9 Things to Do In Bermuda With Kids
Bermuda has an abundance of both indoor and outdoor activities that go way beyond the beach (although we’ve got a list of our favourite beaches for families here, too!) and plenty of action and adventure to keep little ones busy across all nine parishes.
Bermuda Railway Trail
Bermuda’s Railway Trail has had a renaissance over the past few years and the Trails, which snake across the length of the island, are some of the best ways to spend outdoors. One of the newer additions to the Trail is the Bailey’s Bay Bridge, which opened up further access to the Railway Trail along North Shore. An ideal place to walk with kids, as it is mostly flat, and the views are stunning.
Of course a vacation in Bermuda would not be complete without a trip to the beach. Our beaches are well known for their soft pink sand and beautiful crystal waters and there are plenty of options that are more practical when you have kids in tow. Clearwater and Turtle Bay at the East End of the island are calm and tend to be less crowded. John Smith’s Bay on the South Shore also tends to be quieter and they have newly renovated bathroom facilities. While Horseshoe Bay can get crowded there is a small area off of the main beach where the water is super calm for children. There are also bathroom facilities at this location. Don’t forget to rent your bucket and spade and beach toys from Little Longtails to take along for sand castle building!
Although small, Bermuda has plenty of museums that showcase our history and natural environment. The National Museum of Bermuda at the Royal Naval Dockyard mixes an interactive playground and playhouse within the Keep’s massive ramparts, which make it an ideal way to learn about Bermuda’s history in a fun an interactive play area. For those kids fascinated by the natural wonders of the island, both the Bermuda Aquarium, Museum and Zoo in Flatts Village and Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute, on the outskirts of the City of Hamilton, are not to be missed for the future oceanographer.
On the Wild Side
Bermuda has some of the best spots for exploring across the island. Favourites for kids include Tom Moore’s Jungle and Walsingham Nature Reserve, where kids can search the caves for all manner of fairy tale characters (or monsters and dinosaurs, if your kids are into that!). If you start from Blue Hole Hill parking lot, it’s a great walk that loops back around to a perfect picnic spot, so it’s a great excuse to bring a packed lunch and there’s a small beach nearby to cool off if necessary.
For West End adventurers, a great spot is Hog Bay Park. There are loads of fun trails to explore and a few spots to cool off overlooking the Breakers off Pompano. Just remember to bring water shoes, as it can be rocky in areas.
Picnic (and art) in the Park
The Botanical Gardens fits a lot into a small space – plenty of hills to roll down, flowers to smell and trees to laze under. Highlights include the Sensory Garden for the Blind and the Butterfly Garden. Tucked away in an old arrowroot factory is the Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art, which is a great introduction to art for young people. There is a café on site, which is a great place to stop and grab a snack to either eat in or take out – as there are plenty of spots for a picnic!
Bermuda has dozens of forts to explore as a former British naval and military stronghold. In the East End there’s Fort St Catherine, which has some of the most labyrinth tunnels and the most spectacular views. Fort Hamilton’s moat is worth exploring and the upper areas that overlook the City of Hamilton has plenty of grassy picnic spots. Further west is Fort Scaur, which has many underground passages and has sweeping views of the Great Sound.
One of our favourite things to do when we travel is find the area’s local playgrounds. It means hours of endless outdoor play and exploration with a little downtime for us adults. Bermuda has a wealth of great playgrounds but three of our favourites include Warwick Playground near by Warwick Long Bay, Shelly Bay along the North Shore (which also has access to a lovely, calm beach) and Mullet Bay Playground on the way into St George’s.
If indoor playgrounds are more your jam or the weather is rainy, a couple of new indoor play spaces have recently opened up. The Playtrium tucked behind a large car park in Smith’s Parish, is a great space for all ages to climb, jump and explore. Similar in structure, Full of Beans in Southampton caters to all ages with a soft play area as well as a jungle gym for more adventurous kids. BSmart, centrally located in the City of Hamilton, is better suited to children under four, but the space is clean, bright and full of fun interactive toys.
When it’s hot out the best way to cool off is with a delicious icy treat. Bailey’s Ice Cream Parlour in Hamilton Parish has a variety of delicious flavours including Rum Raisin and kid-friendly Shrek. In Dockyard you will find a whole slew of options including Bermudian made Alex & Pete Ice Cream with Bermuda-inspired names like Hog Bay Chocolate Brownie Chunk as well as a Haagen-Dazs outpost. If you’re looking for a fruity treat, the deliciously refreshing Duch Pops, sold out of a colourful concession stand near the ferry stop, comes in fruity flavour combinations such as kiwi, mango and raspberry and cucumber lemon.
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Places to Stay
When traveling with Kids there are some great kid friendly hotels, but also why not rent a whole house or Apartment and have a bit more freedom. There are some great sites where you find your perfect accommodation Bermuda rentals,
Things to do!
Why not try out an art class or see if there is an art event near you. Scribbles Art Shack Bda Drop in for a family art lesson or check out their pop-up events, book them for face painting, birthday parties this talented lady will make sure all have fun!
Places to Shop
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