Fodor's Expert Review Bahamas National Trust Rand Nature Centre

Freeport Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

Established in 1939 on 100 acres just minutes from downtown Freeport, a half mile of self-guided botanical trails shows off 130 types of native plants, including many plants known for their use in bush medicine. The remaining tracts of land are left natural and undisturbed to serve as wildlife habitat. The center is also one of the island's birding hot spots, where you might spy a red-tailed hawk or a Cuban emerald hummingbird. Visit Donni, the caged one-eyed Bahama parrot the center has adopted, and the two Bahamian boas, a species that inhabits most Bahamian islands, but not Grand Bahama. On Tuesday and Thursday, free (with admission) guided tours depart at 10 am. The visitor center also hosts changing local art exhibits. The center survives on admissions, gift shop purchases, and donations alone, but has high hopes and plans for a future face-lift and new exhibits,

Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge Park (National/State/Provincial) Tour–Sight Silversea Cruise

Quick Facts

Freeport, Grand Bahama Island  Bahamas

242-352–5438

www.bnt.bs

Sight Details:
Rate Includes: $5, Weekdays 8:30–4, Sat. 9–1; guided nature walk by advance reservation