The Best Things to Do in Bermuda for Families
This five-day itinerary invites you to enjoy Bermuda’s famous beaches and snorkeling, explore underground caves, and experience the Bermuda Aquarium & Zoo together for experiences that delight the young and young at heart.
For families who love to adventure together on vacation, Bermuda makes for the ultimate natural playground. Snorkeling the calm waters of Tobacco Bay Beach, going underground at Crystal Cave, and visiting the island’s most beautiful beaches are just a snapshot of all there is for your gang to love in Bermuda.
ItineraryPLAN YOUR TRIP
Day 1:Ascend a lighthouse and kick back on a pink-sand beach
If you’ve arrived on the island early enough in the day, head to Gibbs Hill Lighthouse and climb up 185 steps for incredible island views. To beach it instead, there’s no finer swath of sand than the one at Horseshoe Bay Beach, whose pink sand glows particularly rosy at dawn and dusk.
Finish your first evening with a relaxed dinner at Boundary Sports Bar and Grille, with three outdoor patios and inside dining, too, where the menu aims to please a crowd with dishes including Bermudian fish chowder, wahoo nuggets, and jerk chicken
Day 2:Bike a railway trail and visit Walsingham Jungle
Your next stop in the area is Walsingham Nature Reserve & Blue Hole Park, a 12-acre paradise with natural trails to wander along with the kids for views of the crystal-clear waters of Blue Hole Park. This is also the spot to tour Bermuda’s largest and most impressive caves, Crystal and Fantasy Caves, where deep blue pools shine like gems in the spotlights some 120 feet under the earth.
By now, everyone’s probably saying they’re hungry. So refuel at an iconic island restaurant, Swizzle Inn, where the hearty American and British offerings include burgers, fish and chips, and Shepherd’s pie, served with lots of history. After all, this is Bermuda’s oldest restaurant. Don’t miss trying the rum swizzle cocktail, which was invented here.
One of the island’s beloved dessert spots is right nearby at Bailey’s Bay Ice Cream Parlour, where the all-natural homemade ice cream tempts with island-style flavors like coconut and rum raisin.
Day 3:Explore culture and go golfing
Day 4:Climb on the canons in a historic fort and snorkel at Tobacco Bay Beach
When everyone’s ready for lunch, Wahoo’s Bistro & Patio, right in the town’s historic heart, is the place to try fresh spiny lobster during lobster season (from September through March) or a bowl of the famous Bermuda fish chowder.
Take a jaunt south after lunch to Cooper’s Island Nature Reserve on Bermuda’s southeastern tip to swim in gorgeous beaches like Clearwater Beach or Turtle Bay.
Alternatively, you can stay put in St. George’s to play among the ramparts, towers, and drawbridge at the 17th-century Fort St. Catherine and head out snorkeling nearby among parrot fish in the calm lagoon at Tobacco Bay Beach.
Day 5:Beach day and Bermuda Aquarium, Museum & Zoo
It’s going to be time for another family feed soon enough and Lost in the Triangle is an excellent South Shore choice for fresh island seafood like fish cakes and tacos along with kid-pleasing foods, like wahoo nuggets and fries.
You could return to the hotel for some last moments together on the beach or pack in a final activity for the day at the Bermuda Aquarium, Museum & Zoo, nearby. It offers free admission for kids under five and the 145,000-gallon coral reef exhibit is home to sharks and groupers. Kids can get up close with rescued sea turtles, reptiles, and mammals representing many other island environments around the world, bringing back memories of a great time in Bermuda and all the lessons they learned when they head home.