There’s a lot traveling kids love about one of the most popular family Bahamas resorts, Atlantis Resort.

Centered around bringing to life the myth and legend of the lost city of Atlantis, this holiday heaven is built around a 141-acre waterscape comprised of over 20 million gallons of fresh and saltwater lagoons, pools and habitats.

A few highlights include a Mandara spa (one of my favorites), opportunities for dolphin and other marine life encounters, accommodations in a variety of price ranges, golf, a casino, white sand beaches, kid’s clubs and world-class dining.

If you need even more convincing… Atlantis Resort is located on Paradise Islands in The Bahamas.

I haven’t been yet, but a visit is on my bucket list. And, if your kids watch Cartoon Network or Disney Chanel on TV, they’ve probably seen an Atlantis commercial. As I was writing this post, my 7-year-old said, “Oh, that’s Atlantis!”

Note: Much has changed in the travel world since this post was written. Check to see what’s open and closed in addition to health and safety measures.

Dolphin Cay and Other Marine Life Encounters

Interacting with dolphins and sea lions at Dolphin Cay is surely something the family will never forget. Dolphin Cay is one of the largest and most sophisticated marine habitats and animal rescue-rehabilitation facilities in the world where you really can safely snuggle a sea lion and go swimming along side a dolphin.

Along with the above comes learning (which is still fun). Older kids can work alongside aquarists to see what it’s like to care for over 50,000 animals, learn the importance of conservation, and so much more. And, there are opportunities to see marine life all over the resort.

Atlantis Kids Adventures (AKA)

The 8000 square foot supervised kid’s club (trust me, this is HUGE for a kid’s club) is where kids ages 3-12 are able to choose their own adventures including culinary lessons,  interactive electronic art, theater and outdoor play. AKA features state-of-the-art themed spaces along with partial and full-day participation as well as evening programs so parents can enjoy a round of golf, spa day or a romantic dinner alone at Nobu, for example. I’ve loved every restaurant by Chef Nobu Matsuhisa that I’ve ever been to.

Epic Cartoon Network Adventure

The Cartoon Network celebrates summer at Atlantis Resort with character parades, an inflatable outdoor obstacle course, nighttime outdoor screenings, red carpet premiers of their favorite shows, a concert on the beach by the hit band Paramore and much more.

CRUSH Teen Nightclub

Teens ages 13-17 will love hanging out in CRUSH, a 14,000 square foot, high-tech space with an internet lounge, gaming room, a live DJ with touch screen song request, concession stand and more. It looks like a place even I would want to hang out in, but no parents allowed!


You’ve probably seen photos of the Leap of Faith slide with its 60-foot vertical drop, but there’s also a mile-long river ride with rolling rapids and wave surges, 20 swimming areas, a spectacular kids water-play fort, and a lazy river. This park alone provides days of fun.

And, I have to tell you that we didn’t even scratch the surface of things to do with kids at Atlantis. Not even close.

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Katie Dillon is the managing editor of La Jolla Mom. She helps readers plan San Diego vacations through her hotel expertise (that stems from living in a Four Seasons hotel) and local connections. Readers have access to exclusive discounts on theme park tickets (like Disneyland and San Diego Zoo) and perks at luxury hotels worldwide through her. She also shares insider tips for visiting major cities worldwide, like Hong Kong, London, Paris, and Shanghai, that her family has either lived in or visits regularly (or both).

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