With the feeling of travelling to an exotic island, yet still accessible within a couple of hours of the U.S. East Coast, Bermuda is a fun family destination that everyone in your group will fall in love with. This five-day itinerary includes nature, history and, of course, those world-famous beaches.
Explore the Natural World
Captivate the kids with a day of nature that takes you underground and under the sea – and to one of Bermuda's favourite ice cream shops.
Morning: Bermuda Aquarium, Museum and Zoo
Get up close and personal with more than 200 species of indigenous fish in ocean and reef environments at the Bermuda Aquarium, Museum and Zoo. The centrepiece of the aquarium is the 140,000-gallon North Rock exhibit, a re-creation of Bermuda’s coral reefs. Get to know creatures from the Caribbean, Australia, Asia, Madagascar and the Galapagos at the Natural History Museum. Grab a bite at the snack bar and search for the free-roaming peacock.
Afternoon: Crystal Caves
One of Bermuda’s most impressive natural attractions is underground at Crystal Caves, one of the largest cave systems on the island. Walk the pontoon bridge across underground Cahow Lake, a 55-foot-deep crystal-clear lake, and gaze at the stalactites and stalagmites that have formed over 30 million years.
See stalactites and stalagmites that have formed over 30 million years.
Nearby you will find the very popular Swizzle Inn and, if you're in need of a cool treat, the ice cream at Bailey's Bay Ice Cream Parlour across the street is delicious.
Get Your Feet Wet
Get to know one of the island's most well-known attractions: the Royal Naval Dockyard. Then, check off a bucket-list item and swim with the dolphins in the afternoon.
Morning: Royal Naval Dockyard
Once a strategic naval base, Bermuda’s Royal Naval Dockyard is now a complex of shops, restaurants, markets and museums. Stop by to climb the ramparts, watch boats in the harbour, eat savoury fish 'n chips at the famous Frog & Onion Pub, and go snorkelling at Snorkel Park Beach.
Afternoon: Dolphin Quest
Your family will be inspired by the interactive experience at Dolphin Quest. You’ll get to touch, play and swim with bottlenose dolphins while learning about the vital role humans play in conserving their marine home. It’s an experience to remember.
A Day at the Beach
No doubt about it – Bermuda's beaches are second to none. Horseshoe Bay Beach has beach rentals and a fabulous shallow water swimming area at Port Royal Cove. Gibbs' Hill Lighthouse is the taller of Bermuda's two lighthouses and offers some of the best views on the island.
Morning: Horseshoe Bay Beach
Once you set foot on Horseshoe Bay Beach, you'll realise why it’s the island’s most celebrated beach. The long, sweeping crescent of pink sand makes it a popular choice any time of year. The nearby Beach House offers snacks, rentals and changing facilities.
Afternoon: Gibbs' Hill Lighthouse
Built in 1846, the Gibbs' Hill Lighthouse is one of the oldest cast iron lighthouses in the world. Enjoy dinner at the Dining Room, located at the base of the lighthouse, then climb the 185 steps to the top for a panoramic view of the island and a perfect vantage point for watching the sunset. Don’t worry – there are resting stops and several interesting exhibits along the way.
Historic Attractions in the Town of St. George
Fort St. Catherine began its life as a wooden fort in 1612. Today, it's an impressive stone structure and a fun place to take the kids. In St. George's, don't miss a photo op at the old pillory in King's Square.
Morning: Fort St. Catherine and Tobacco Bay Beach
Although a fortification has stood at St. Catherine's Point since the early 1600s, the present-day Fort St. Catherine dates from the 19th century. Check out the historic weaponry and the museum showcasing artefacts of British military operations. A five-minute walk away is Tobacco Bay Beach, notable for the unusual limestone formations off the shoreline and phenomenal snorkelling.
Afternoon: The Historic Town of St. George
As the oldest surviving English settlement of the New World, the Town of St. George is a recognized UNESCO World Heritage site. Check out some of its most-visited sites such as the Tucker House, the Unfinished Church and the Old Rectory. There are shops and restaurants to explore and grab dinner.
The Deep Sea and the Harbour City
The Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute is a fun way to spend a few hours, especially if it's raining or too hot for the little ones. Later on, you'll explore Front Street, one of Bermuda's most bustling tourist districts.
Morning: Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute
Explore the wonders of the ocean at the Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute in Hamilton. See an impressive shell collection, explore the Shipwreck Gallery and take a simulated deep-sea diving vessel to 12,000 feet below the surface of the ocean.
Afternoon: Front Street
City of Hamilton's popular Front Street has multiple shops and restaurants to explore for your final few hours on the island. Depending on the time of year, there are also lively evening events for the whole family. Don’t forget to take a photo of the pastel-coloured storefronts. Tip: You can hop a ferry to other parts of the island from here – a fun way to say see Bermuda from water.