Atlantis Paradise Island Guide with Kids

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Should you visit the luxurious Atlantis Resort with children? Yes! The Bahamas’ premier resort offers family-friendly accommodations, miles of soft white sand beach, the world’s largest outdoor marine habitat and the fabulous Aquaventure outdoor water park. Here’s how to have more fun in Atlantis with kids.

This post is sponsored by Atlantis Resort Bahamas.

A trip to Atlantis Paradise Island in the Bahamas is a must-visit destination for many families. It was definitely for mine, when I visited my 8 year old daughter and 12 year old son.

And since a trip to Atlantis is an investment, it’s important to plan your accommodations, meals, and activities in advance.

With that in mind, here’s our ultimate guide to visiting Atlantis with kids, to help you get the most out of your Bahamas getaway.

TravelingMom tip: To help you plan your trip, read our guide for beginners to visiting the Bahamas.

Outdoor walkways at The Cove at Atlantis. Photo credit: Heidi Gollub

Where to stay: child-friendly accommodation

Atlantis Bahamas has five hotels and all of them are perfect for family trips. Which one you choose will likely depend on your budget and where you’d like to be in the sprawling resort town.

Your options are:

  • The cove. This luxury hotel is my favorite. Our balcony suite had stunning ocean views and was steps away from Cove Beach, The Baths Pool and Aquaventure Waterpark. The Fish by José Andrés restaurant, which offers an appetizing breakfast menu, is also nearby.
  • The Royal. Royal Tower is the iconic pink hotel you see in Atlantis advertisements. This is a great place to stay if you want to be in the heart of the action. Inside you’ll find The Dig, a maze of tunnels filled with exotic fish and sea life, and you’re just steps away from Paradise Lagoon, Royal Baths Pool, Mayan Temple Waterslides and Dolphin Cay. All rooms and suites have been recently renovated.
  • the reef. If you’re looking for a quieter spot that’s suitable for families, The Reef offers units with multiple bedrooms and bathrooms plus kitchenettes or full kitchens. It will take a little longer to walk to Aquaventure from here, but you’ll have easy access to the private beach and a family pool for The Reef and The Cove guests only.
  • The coral. It is a good option for budget travellers. Located next to Marina Village, The Coral is close to restaurants like Olives and the Atlantis Theater where you can catch a movie.
  • Harbor resort. If you want space away from the crowds, you can rent a villa at Harborside Resort. These villas are equipped with fully equipped kitchens and can accommodate up to 10 people.

TravelingMom tip: Before you leave, read our VIP tips for Atlantis Resort Bahamas.

Day passes

If you’re in the Bahamas and want to enjoy Atlantis without spending the night, that’s also an option. You can purchase a day pass to explore the resort.

Dinner at Atlantis with kids
Dinner at Les Oliviers. Photo credit: Heidi Gollub

Where to eat: Family dining options at Atlantis

Would your kids rather eat sushi from Nobu, pizza from Marina Pizzeria or amazing bread soaked in olive oil at Olives?

These are three restaurants in Atlantis that Christy Crockett Wisor, mom to Jake and Faith, highly recommends.

She’s been to Atlantis twice with her kids, now 8 and 9, and tried several of the resort’s 21 restaurants.

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My kids and I agree with his recommendation to eat at Olives – we loved this place.

Make reservations before you go

Crockett Wisor also advises parents to make their dinner reservations several weeks in advance. Some of the resort’s popular restaurants fill up in the evening and you won’t want to miss them.

I was glad to have a reservation with Carmine for our visit to Atlantis. We loved having family dinner and it was so nice to sit outside in Marina Village.

Boy eating spaghetti at Carmine's, an Italian restaurant at Atlantis Resorts with children
Family dinner at Carmine’s. Photo credit: Heidi Gollub

Discover the catering plan

As almost anyone who has been to Atlantis or considered going to the resort knows, you need to plan your food expenses.

Check out the Atlantis Meal Plan, where kids 6 and under eat free, or the resort’s dining experience credits before you go. With experience credits, the station offers a 15% bonus. For every $100 invested in Experience Credits, Atlantis adds $15.

Where to Play: Aquaventure and Animal Experiences

The most important thing to know about visiting Atlantis with kids: The resort is vast. There’s a free shuttle to help you out, but you’ll still be walking a ton. If you don’t bring your own, consider renting a stroller.

The Kids Concierge can help you. These resort resident experts can also:

  • Give you information about children’s activities
  • Create daily itineraries full of family fun
  • Make reservations for kid-friendly animal experiences
  • Share children’s menus and food tips
  • Make reservations for Atlantis Kids Adventure, the children’s club

Download the Atlantis app

Planning your activities in advance can make for a more relaxing and enjoyable vacation once you arrive.

But if you prefer to plan as you go, Atlantis has a mobile app. You can use the app to rent a cabana or make dinner reservations. It also has an interactive map, which will help you navigate the 141-acre water park, Aquaventure.

Water slide at Atlantis
Photo credit: Heidi Gollub

Aquaventure

Aquaventure is the largest water park in the Caribbean, with slides ranging from gentle to slightly terrifying.

Toddlers will enjoy water fun at Splashers and Ripples (near the Royal). Children at least 48 inches tall can slide straight into Leap of Faith at the Mayan Temple and Power Tower water slides like The Surge.

My kids favorite Aquaventure attraction was not a waterslide but The Rapids River. This mile-long river ride pushes inner tubes through caverns, under waterfalls and into whitewater rapids. It’s a bumpy ride and there’s no guarantee that your inner tube won’t drain in the event of rising water.

Rapids River at Aquaventure Water Park at Atlantis Resort Bahamas
The Rapids River. Photo credit: Heidi Gollub

marine life

Atlantis also has the largest outdoor marine habitat in the world, so walking around the resort is always a treat. You can see over 50,000 aquatic animals spread across 14 lagoons and aquariums. Visit one of the outer lagoons to see stingrays and sea turtles, or head inside to The Dig to see jellyfish and tropical fish.

You can even take a waterslide through a shark tank at the Mayan Temple Shark Lagoon. Floating through a clear tunnel as sharks swam overhead is my daughter’s favorite memory of Atlantis.

Animal experiments

Paid animal encounters are also available if you want to get a little closer to the marine life. Dolphin Cay offers paddleboarding and kayaking with dolphins or games with sea lions. A portion of the profits from paid animal encounters is donated to the Atlantis Blue Project Foundation, which works to save marine species and their habitats in the Caribbean Seas.

TravelingMom Tip: If you are interested in animal encounters, you must book them in advance.

Atlantis with children - paddle at Atlantis Paradise Lagoon
Paddleboard with the family at Atlantis Paradise Lagoon. Photo courtesy of Atlantis Resort Bahamas.

paradise lagoon

Paradise Lagoon is a bit off the beaten path and is a safe place for children to swim. My daughter had a great time snorkeling here in the shallow waters protected by lifeguards.

If you don’t bring your own gear, the resort sells snorkels in the gift shop.

Beaches

Finally, for a Caribbean activity that the whole family can enjoy, take the children to play on the resort’s eight kilometers of beaches. The sand is soft and white, and there are plenty of interesting shells and fossils just waiting to be discovered.

Five miles of beach at the Atlantis Resort Bahamas
Grab a Starbucks at The Reef and take an early morning stroll on the beach. Photo credit: Heidi Gollub