Rand Nature Centre
The Rand Nature Center sits on 100 acres (40 hectares of beautifully preserved land—home to hundreds of bird species, including a large number of wintering northern songbirds. In addition to the plentiful birds, the center has an extensive network of trails winding past pine barrens, coppices, wildlife ponds, and a native plant arboretum.
The Rand Memorial Nature Center is one of the most popular outdoor attractions on Grand Bahama. Some guided sightseeing tours of the island include the center, along with other points of interest, like the Port Lucaya Marketplace, St John’s Jubilee Cathedral, and the Bahamian Beach Club. Visitors can experience Grand Bahama’s natural wonders on land and sea by combining a walking tour of the nature center with a glass bottom boat cruise on the Grand Lucayan Waterway to Shark Junction.
Things to know before you go
*The Rand Memorial Nature Center is a must-visit for birders, wildlife enthusiasts, and families. *Be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes suitable for uneven surfaces. *The Visitors Centre houses public restrooms and a gift shop.
How to get there
The Rand Nature Center is the most easily accessed national park on Grand Bahama. The center can be reached by foot from anywhere in town.
When to get there
Visit the nature center between October and May for the best birdwatching opportunities, when the resident population is joined by migrating songbirds. The nature center is closed on weekends and holidays. Orchids are in bloom in spring and summer.