Bermuda Aquarium, Museum & Zoo

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40 N Shore Rd.

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Museums, Zoos and Aquariums Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
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  • 4.0Facilities
  • 4.5Atmosphere

Founded in 1926, the government-owned and operated Bermuda Aquarium, Museum & Zoo is one of the world's oldest aquariums. The facility offers a variety of activities to engage visitors, such as animal feedings, arts and crafts, animal story time and even guided snorkeling expeditions. The 7-acre complex is home to more than 200 species of fish and marine invertebrates and 300 birds, reptiles and mammals. After checking out the aquarium and zoo, head to the National Museum of Bermuda and learn about the impact humans have on Bermuda's ecosystem through interactive exhibits.

Recent visitors said the aquarium, museum and zoo, although relatively small compared to others of its kind, are a must-see as kids love it and the low prices can't be beaten. Many also praised the knowledgeable staff and educational aspects.

The Bermuda Aquarium, Museum & Zoo is located in the Flatts Village neighborhood and open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., though the facility closes at 5 p.m. Tickets cost $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 5 to 12. For more information regarding specific activities and schedules, visit the aquarium's website.

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Southampton parish's Horseshoe Bay is the most photographed (and famous) beach in Bermuda, making it hard to score a prime spot on the sand, especially if a cruise ship is in town. The blushing sand at Horseshoe is gorgeous at any time of year, but the water is chilly from September to May, so unless you enjoy a frigid dip, you should steer clear of the tide after Labor Day. But even in the colder months, Horseshoe is a great spot for a romantic stroll along the sand. And if you're in town during Easter you have to make a special trip to Horseshoe to see the beautiful handmade Bermudian kites flying high on Good Friday.

Recent Horseshoe Bay beachgoers said the views are stunning and the pink sand is breathtaking; some tout it as the best beach in Bermuda, which may be why many also complain about the heavy crowds. Travelers also warn that the ocean waters can be rough with a strong undertow. Luckily, you can rest easy with your kids playing in the waves because this beach employs lifeguards. Plus, Port Royal Cove offers an enclosed part of the beach that keeps the waves out. If you get hungry, there are plenty of beachside eateries to choose from.

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