The following Barbados attractions are great for both adults and children. Make sure that children are well protected from the sun and heat and you’ll all enjoy a great time
The Barbados Wildlife Reserve is located in a natural mahogany forest, across the road from the Farley Hill National Park in the parish of St. Peter.
Entering through the gates of the Barbados Wildlife Reserve you find yourself in a magical mahogany forest filled with Green Monkeys, ducks, turtles, tortoises, peacocks, otters, raccoons, agouti, deer, macaws, porcupines, flamingos, parrots and pythons. With over one mile (2km) of trails winding through the forest a trip through the reserve is a journey of discovery and wonder.
All the animals, except the pythons and parrots, roam freely throughout the forest, so it is important to walk slowly and quietly. The animals are in their natural environment so, unlike animals in a zoo, you have the unique opportunity of seeing them behave naturally and without any bars between them and you.
Brought to the island from Africa in the late 17th century, the Green Monkeys are now one of the biggest attractions at the reserve. The best time to see them is late afternoon when they come out to feed.
There is an exotic orchid collection, and an iguana sanctuary, where you can see an endangered species of Cuban iguana, a walk-in aviary, where the screeching macaws compete with other parrots to see who can make the most noise, and an information centre where you can learn about the animals’ habitats and history.
There are plenty of places to sit and rest, and just watch the animals. There is also a cafe and shop on site where you can buy a snack and cold drink, which you may need, as it can get quite hot.
The entrance fee to the Wildlife Reserve includes admission to the adjoining Grenade Hall Forest and Signal Station, so be sure to visit once you’ve completed your tour of the reserve.
The admission fee – $11.50US adults, kids 12 and under $5.75US.
Barbados Wildlife Reserve
Ph 246 422 8826
Grenade Hall Forest & Signal Station
Built in the 1800s, the signal station, one of six towers erected at strategic points around the island, which by using flags or semaphore, could relay intelligence and other information from Bridgetown to the north of the island. Restored to its original state, the interior of the tower now houses a series of exhibitions and historic artifacts.
Grenade Hall Forest encompasses a coral stone pathway with educational resources along the way that provide you with an opportunity to learn about, and appreciate, the natural environment.
Grenade Hall Forest and Signal Station
Ph 246 422 8826
Open daily from 10 am to 5 pm
Harbour Master Cruise
The MV Harbour Master is a custom-built, floating entertainment centre. 100 feet long, 40 feet wide and 4 decks high. It features a 70′ water slide, dance floor, air-conditioned restrooms with hot and cold fresh water showers.
The Bajan Village Life Lunch Cruise captures the spirit of Barbados as local characters from the past entertain and take you back to old Barbados. The cruise also has cooking demonstrations, sampling sessions, a buffet lunch, interactive games, and an onboard Craft Village with artisans displaying their crafts.
At the beach stop kids can play on a safe sandy beach, snorkel on a nearby reef, or the more adventurous can try the 70ft water slide. Then on the journey home, a live calypso band will entertain you.
Harbour Master Cruise
The Shallow Draught Harbour
Ph 246 430 0900
Fax 246 430 0901
The Caves are located near the geographical centre of Barbados, in the parish of St. Thomas.
The tour starts in the theatre with an audio-visual show documenting the fascinating and unique geological history of Barbados, and the wonders of the cave.
After the show, accompanied by a guide and driver, you board the trams for the stunning ride underground. What follows is a spectacular journey through vast caverns, with waterfalls thundering over ledges into crystal-clear pools, and thousands of stalactites and stalagmites.
There is a Visitor’s Centre that provides refreshments, handicraft shops, and an exhibit of Amerindian artifacts, excavated from sites around the island.
Children $7.00US Adults $16.00US
Ph 246 438 6640
Fax 246 438 6645
The Barbados Museum, located at the Garrison, is housed in the former British Military Prison. There is a children’s gallery ‘Yesterday’s Children’ which provides an informative and educational voyage back into Barbadian history, and special programs for children.
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Mon – Sat
2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Sunday
Closed on public holidays
Visions of Titanic and all the other undersea movies you’ve ever seen come back, as the submarine slowly descends and then makes its way to a sunken shipwreck.
Ph 246 436 8929
Adventure Beach at the Boatyard
This hotspot in Bridgetown has something for everyone.
Kayaks, pedal boats, glass bottom boats, banana boat rides, rope swinging, ocean trampolines, beach volleyball and snorkeling.
Ph 246 436 2620
Fax 246 228 1720
An exciting snorkel experience that uses a special hand-held power “scooter”, James Bond style. You are outfitted with snorkel gear and the guide explains the proper use of the snorkel gear and Power Scooter. A fifteen-minute ride on a power catamaran takes you into historic Carlisle Bay home to the famed wrecks Berwyn and Cornwallis.
Once you are comfortable with your snorkeling equipment, you receive your individual Power Scooter. The scooters are simple to use and safe to operate. After a few minutes orientation, your guide leads you on a fascinating tour over wrecks dating from the early 1900’s.
Atlantis Adventure Center located at Shallow Draught, Bridgetown
Ph 246 436 8929
Adventure 4X4 Tours and Island Safari provides off-road tours in Land Rovers and Patrol Safaris. Traveling through 10 of the11 parishes of Barbados visiting areas not normally seen by visitors, particularly along the north and east coasts. Tours begin at 8.30 a.m. and include a number of scenic stops where rum, and fruit punch is offered. Lunch is provided at a local restaurant and the tour drops you back at your hotel at about 3.30 p.m.
Adventure 4X4 Tours Ph 246 429 3687 or 246 418 3687
Island Safari Ph 246 429 5337
Note: The tours spend considerable time traveling off-road, along bumpy tracks and unmarked trails. They are not suitable for anyone with back problems, and at five hours, young children will probably get bored and tired.
People with back, heart or physical conditions and women who are pregnant, should not participate in these tours.
Minimum age is 5yrs old and an adult must accompany children ages 5-12yrs old.
This safari offers many stops including two stops on the beach and an opportunity for a swim after lunch at the local beach.
8:00am to 2:30pm
Another alternative is the land and sea safari.
The tour starts with a 4 x 4 Safari exploring the countryside and eastern coastline. Switch to the Tiami Catamaran to ride the waves, then relax in the sun, or swim, and snorkel with turtles.
All snorkel equipment is included.
8:00/8:30pm – 3:30/4:00 pm
Mini Buggy Safari & Swim
Foster’s Funland in St. Peter, is the headquarters of the Mini Buggy Safari and Swim adventure. The Mini-Buggy is a two-seater, fully roll-caged, all terrain vehicle with an extended wheelbase and 10” ground clearance. Its extra large cockpit and all-terrain suspension makes this a fun and safe vehicle to drive.
Upon arrival, your guide will take you through a short safety briefing and operating procedure. After selecting your helmets, you climb into your Mini-Buggy and embark convoy style for your tour through the rugged North Coast. The guide determines the pace for the next hour of off-road fun while you enjoy the beauty of Barbados. Once off-road, you hardly see another person as you explore the landscape with the Atlantic Ocean on one side and the Scotland Hills of St. Peter and St. Andrew on the other.
After the safari, you take a coach to the west coast where you can enjoy a cool drink and a 30-minute swim, at Paradise Beach.
Duration: 3hrs 30 mins.
Includes: Helmet, Tropical Punch, Sodas, and Rum Punch.
Min Age: 5 yrs
Cost $100.00US per buggy
Ph 246 418 3687
If you’ve never snorkeled, or even if you’ve never swum, you can Snuba.
Snuba is a unique, shallow water diving system that bridges the gap between snorkeling and scuba diving.
Snuba is great for families, children eight years and older, and seniors.
Snuba divers breathe underwater by means of a 20-foot airline, connected to a standard scuba tank mounted on a raft on the surface. The raft follows you as you move around underwater. Guided by a diving professional, you can swim close to the surface or descend to the ocean floor.
Start in shallow water and take as much time as necessary to get comfortable breathing underwater. Once comfortable, you take a guided underwater tour where you feel like you are swimming in an aquarium surrounded by tropical fish. A great experience for both young and old.
Ph 246 438-2088
Fax 246 438-3650
Sea Turtle Project
Swimming with turtles is an amazing experience for both adults and children and will certainly be a highlight of your holiday. Barbados is home to a large population of hawksbill and leatherback turtles. Once endangered by over-fishing, these great creatures are now protected and monitored throughout the island.
Turtles are sociable and tend to stay in the same area, following a steady routine. They can be seen playing and feeding along the inshore reefs. In certain monitored areas, they are relatively tame, and have become accustomed to humans. You can swim with them as they feed amongst the coral. A good way to do this is with a sailboat tour and snorkeling picnic.
Sail along Barbados’ calm, crystal-clear waters to a secluded bay, and swim with the Sea Turtles, stroll on a beach or sunbathe on deck. Explore a shipwreck and feed schools of tropical fish in the shallow waters, and discover a spectacular world of underwater life. Snorkeling gear is provided, and the crews can quickly teach you the basics of this fun activity. Then have a delicious lunch with wine and dessert onboard.
Cool Runnings Catamaran Cruises
Ph 246 436 0911
Fax 246 429 2596
Tiami Catamaran Cruises
Ph 246 427 7245
Fax 246 431 0538
Heatwave Sailing Cruises
Ph 246 228 8142
Ph 246 434 5764
El Tigre Cruises
28 Prior Park Terrace
Ph 246 417 7245
Fax 246 421 7582
Just Breezing Water Sports
Ph 246 432 7645
Fax 246 432 7062
Good Times Watersports
1st Avenue Lower Carlton
Ph 246 422 1900