Fort Charlotte, NassauFort Charlotte sits a mile west of downtown Nassau, on West Bay Street, where its perch atop a hill offers a strategic vantage point overlooking the harbor. Today, this defensive position affords visitors excellent views of both Nassau and Paradise Island. Completed in 1819, the large stone fort is well preserved, and visitors can cross the dry moat and explore underground passageways to the dungeons. There are 42 cannons placed around the fort, though they were never used in battle. Starting at 11:30 a.m. every Wednesday and Friday, historical reenactors in period dress demonstrate aspects of colonial life, and at noon they fire one of the cannons.
About a mile from downtown Nassau, Fort Charlotte—the island's largest and most imposing colonial fortress—covers more than 41 hectares (100 acres) on a hilltop overlooking downtown Nassau and the harbor. The 1789 complex includes a moat, 42 cannons (none of which were ever fired), a dungeon and artisans and market vendors dressed in period costumes.