Fun for all ages, this three-in-one attraction stars hands-on exhibits, animals and activities. At the Aquarium, don’t miss the 140,000-gallon North Rock adventure, showcasing live corals and large predatory fish including scary sharks. You'll also want to visit the playful seals, particularly during feedings, which happen several times a day. The immersive zoo lets you encounter 300 birds, reptiles and mammals in lush, naturalistic exhibits. And the Bermuda Natural History Museum’s interactive exhibits give you the inside scoop on Bermuda’s ecosystem and habitats.
2 Climb to the Top of Gibbs' Hill Lighthouse
Help little ones burn off excess energy as they scale the 185 steps to the top of Gibbs' Hill Lighthouse. Completed in 1846, Gibbs' Hill is one of the oldest cast iron lighthouses in the world. Its light can be seen 40 miles out to sea, with power equal to half-a-million candles. From the top, you’ll get a stunning, birds-eye view of the entire island. Just tell the kids to watch for pirate ships on the horizon, and they'll be enthralled.
3 Have a Jungle Adventure at Walsingham Nature Reserve
Locals call the 12-acre Walsingham Nature Reserve “Tom Moore’s Jungle,” and you’ll understand why as you make your way along winding trails through dense greenery, birds chirping in the branches above. The payoff for your trek is the spectacular Blue Hole Park, where a crystal-clear mangrove pond boasts subterranean grottos and caves. Older kids won’t be able to resist cannonballing into the water off a cliff.
4 Get on the Water on a Guided Kayak Tour
Take an unforgettable eco-adventure kayak tour of Bermuda’s secluded west end with Crystal Clear Kayaks. Children will love gliding across the crystal-clear water with marine life and colourful coral reefs just inches below. You should also see some of the island’s incredible birds on the nearby cliffs, including heron and the beautiful Bermuda Longtail. End the trip with a refreshing dip in the ocean.
5 Splash Around at Port Royal Cove
Kids love the beach. And Bermuda has some of the best stretches of oceanfront sand in the world. Port Royal Cove (aka Baby Beach), on the western end of famous Horseshoe Bay Beach (one of USA Today’s Top 10 Caribbean Beaches), is the perfect spot for younger children. Sheltered by large rock formations, the shallow water is calm enough that you can teach the kids to snorkel, or just let them splash. Make sure to build a pink sandcastle, too. If you're into building or admiring sandcastles, don't miss the Annual Bermuda Sand Sculpture Competition, usually held around September. The event features incredible beach art and architecture. Everyone can join in the fun – there are castle-building contests for families, children 12 and under, and teenagers.
6 Explore History in The Town of St. George
Who’s up for a little time travelling? Settled in 1612, the well-preserved Town of St. George, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the oldest continually inhabited English settlement in the New World. You’ll find history around every corner and down every cobblestone lane. Even the street names themselves echo the past – don’t miss Shinbone Alley, where drunken sailors supposedly knocked their knees on the wall as they exited the pubs. One of the enjoyable activities for kids is the Ducking Stool reenactment, which shows how misbehaving 18th-century Bermudians were punished. Hint: there’s a big splash!
7 Make Waves at the Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute
Scuba diving might be a few years off for younger children, but the Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute (BUEI) can take them virtually under the surf with interactive exhibits. Fun-yet-educational exhibits, including a simulated dive experience, take you 1,200 feet below the surface of the sea to spot whales and sharks. The Treasure Room features artifacts recovered from some of Bermuda’s 300 shipwrecks – see coral-encrusted coins and gilded crosses. The immersive Living With The Ocean is a state-of-the-art stunner, with seven large Google Earth screens that let you “dive” to visit coral reefs around the world.