The real question is how to narrow it all down, so here’s a roundup of sure-fire Bermuda activities for kids, teens – and you!
Bike the Railway Trail
Take a two-wheel a journey filled with island history and teeming with rich, flora-filled landscapes. The 18-mile Bermuda Railway Trail is named for the transit route that once wrapped around the island shores, and its mostly flat terrain makes it a perfect bike journey for the whole family, winding past hidden coves, beautiful beaches, forts and spectacular cliffs. Pack a picnic and make a day of it. Tip: Before you hit the trail, pick up your free Railway Trail Guide from a Visitor Information Centre located at the Royal Naval Dockyard, in Hamilton or in St. George's.
Hit The Beach
It’s a simple fact: everyone loves the beach. And Bermuda has some of the best beaches in the world. Port Royal Cove (aka Baby Beach), on the western end of famous Horseshoe Bay is the perfect sandy spot for younger children. Sheltered by large rock formations, the shallow water is calm enough to splash around in safely. Make sure to build a pink sandcastle, too! For a picture-perfect Bermuda family photo, head to Jobson's Cove, one of the island's most visually stunning beaches with steep, jagged rocks in a sheltered inlet.
Discover Bermuda’s Eco-Attractions
Who says you can’t learn a few things on vacation? These spots are not only a lot of fun – they’re also educational.
- The Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute (BUEI) offers interactive exhibits galore, including the Treasure Room, with sunken treasure recovered by diving legend Teddy Tucker from some of Bermuda’s 300 shipwrecks.
- All ages will want to explore every inch of the three-in-one Bermuda Aquarium, Museum and Zoo (BAMZ), home to a host of hands-on exhibits and activities. At the Aquarium, don’t miss the 140,000-gallon North Rock adventure, showcasing live corals and large predatory fish – including sharks!
- Locals call the 12-acre Walsingham Nature Reserve “Tom Moore’s Jungle,” and you’ll understand why as you make your way through dense greenery along winding trails, birds chirping happily in the branches above. The payoff for your jungle trek is truly spectacular: Blue Hole Park offers a crystal clear mangrove pond, with subterranean grottos and caves to swim to.
Bermuda looks even better on horseback. The knowledgeable guides of Spicelands Equestrian Centre lead Western-style rides on Bermuda’s South Shore along the scenic Railway Trail, with opportunities to explore parks and pink-sand beaches – all levels of riders are welcome. Your family can also explore the alluring beaches and historic sites of Bermuda’s East End by horseback with private, guided tours from Bermuda Horse Trail Ride.
See What’s Happening Under the Waves
Scuba diving may be a few years out of reach for younger kids, but that doesn’t mean they can’t do some underwater exploration in Bermuda. Snorkel Park Beach’s crystal clear lagoon is a great place for all experience levels, with shallow, colourful reefs that teem with marine life. You can also give helmet diving a try – the glass-windowed helmets have air hoses to the surface, and there's no mask or regulator required. It’s safe and easy – and gets you up-close-and-personal with all kinds of aquatic creatures.
Descend Into The Magic of the Crystal Caves
Kids discovered Bermuda’s Crystal Caves back in the early 1900s thanks to a cricket game gone awry – and kids will absolutely love this underground wonderland today. When you descend 120 feet (36 meters) into these otherworldly – and pleasantly cool – caves, you’ll see incredible stalactites and stalagmites and a crystal clear (hence the caves’ name) underground lake. Good to know: it was Crystal Cave that inspired the classic Jim Henson TV series Fraggle Rock! The caves are open to the public every day from 9am-5pm, with guided tours leaving every 20 minutes. Rubber soled shoes are recommended – you will have to climb those steps down and back up.