Garden of the Groves and City Tour

Enjoyable and Educational
August 01, 2023
The city tour and time in the garden were both so enjoyable. Such a beautiful and peaceful time with nature. The shops in the garden were very nice also. I can't remember our guide's name for the garden, but she was excellent!
Reviewer: Deborah Henderson-Scott
5 Stars
Nice tour
August 01, 2023
Very pleasant tour. Very good guide through the garden.
Reviewer: James Scott
5 Stars
Nice Tour of Garden
May 16, 2023
Garden of the Groves was an excellent site to see on Grand Bahama Island. Very well done tour of garden. Our tour director was very informative and also gave us a good tour of the city. Unfortunately Freeport has not recovered from hurricane of 2019 and this was sad to see. This island needs more tourists and $ to recover. My issue was with fellow travelers on the bus who continuously talked and make it hard to hear the tour director's comments. Not the tour director's fault. Otherwise was a worthwhile tour.
Reviewer: Diane Varner
4 Stars
Very Educational & Interesting
May 03, 2023
On an excursion from our cruise ship this made the most out of the few hour we had away from the ship. We received a very descriptive account of what happened to the island during Hurricane Dorian and got to see some of the remaining damage to homes and trees during the bus trip to the Gardens. The gardens were beautiful and we got to see many of the Bahamian plants and creatures at the Gardens. It was reassuring to see that preservation is not just an American quality.
Reviewer: Ed
5 Stars
Great garden
February 24, 2023
Quite a pleasant afternoon. The coordination was efficient and the driver and tour guide were interesting
Reviewer: Walt Sobczak
5 Stars
Loved Garden of the Groves
February 22, 2023
Our tour guide on the way to the Gardens was fun and informative as was the guide at the Gardens. The Garden is beautiful and has good dining and shopping opportunities. Last stop was at a shopping site which was fine.
Reviewer: Debbie zoeller
5 Stars
First time in Freeport
October 19, 2022
A small bus of 20 people toured a beautiful Garden of the Groves and provided information about the island complete with interesting stories and history. It rained on the way back preventing us from stopping at an attractive looking beach. Great tour and guide.
Reviewer: Steve Kerlick
5 Stars
Garden of the Groves and City Tour
August 23, 2022
Enjoyed the tour. Very informative and our guide Boo was attentive, personable and willing to answer all questions. Everybody associated with the tour made us feel at home.
Reviewer: Thaddeus & Laura
5 Stars
January 11, 2022
Ricardo was the tour guide. He was very informative and had great driving skills. Enjoyed the tour very much. We were disappointed that Atlantis was closed due to covid but that is life now.
Reviewer: Michelle Kimball
5 Stars
Had a great time in spite of the rainy day
March 08, 2020
Our bus and garden tour explored much of the Grand Bahama island that had been devastated in 2019. Our guide was highly knowledgeable which was very much appreciated by those listening. The long stop at the garden honoring the American real estate and economic developer of the island a generation ago was wonderful. The guide for the garden was clearly a horticultural guru. On the excellent paths in the garden, she talked about the various flora and discussed how the garden had made out during hurricane Dorian in 2019. My wife and I were so glad we came on this tour. Both guides were great! We will be taking this tour again the next time we cruise to Grand Bahama to see how the gardens have progressed. Highly recommended tour.
Reviewer: Dennis Titley
5 Stars
Nice Tour
February 26, 2020
My husband and I enjoyed the tour. It was just the right amount of time. Our driver was very friendly and informative.
Reviewer: Carol
5 Stars
Less than impressive
February 03, 2020
Unfortunately this island is still rebuilding. The garden was neat but, didn’t have enough to keep us entertained for the time spent there. The balance of the island tour had very little to see.
Reviewer: Scott
3 Stars
Garden Grooves
July 20, 2019
Driver was very knowagble and nice gave people fruit to try and picked us up early when we had a downpour.
Reviewer: vicki gordon
5 Stars
well worth the money
June 04, 2019
We got on an air conditioned bus headed out for the tour of Freeport and our drivers name was Rolie Williams which was a very friendly and very informative narrator..we asked a lot of questions..he always had answers..the island has been devastated throughout and has never recuperated which we didn't. care much to see..but when we got at Garden of the groves it was beautiful and our woman guide was wonderful..we had no problems with nothing..I would highly recommend this excursion..very low key and picturesque.
Reviewer: Peggy hilliard
5 Stars
Guides were very nice- would’ve liked more time
May 08, 2019
Both the bus driver and the guide were very nice and even gave kids candy. However, there was very little at the Garden itself for us to roam and go around on our own. It felt very rushed once we finally had our own time. Bonus, bus driver took us to the beach for 20 minutes, which was not in the normal agenda but nice touch. Overall, it was nice but not enough time to explore on our own.
Reviewer: Lyle
4 Stars
Absolutely Beautiful Garden
February 19, 2019
This garden is one of the best kept secrets in the world. The garden guide was incredible with a wealth of knowledge. The tour guide was hilarious and made the city tour worthwhile. My co.elements to all.
Reviewer: John Bognoski
5 Stars
February 06, 2019
A great tour! From the tour bus driver to the guide at the garden- very professional and informative! Loved the garden! Would recommend this tour to anyone interested in Grand Bahamas!
Reviewer: Jim Davis
5 Stars
Fun, informative excursion
December 26, 2018
Really enjoyed the Garden of the Groves, the tour guide at the Grove and our bus driver were great. Only thing I would have changed is to give you longer at the Groves and less time in the town.
Reviewer: Cindy Ewers
4 Stars
Our favorite excursion
November 19, 2018
Our expectations were far exceeded on the tour due to our driver. He was so knowledgeable about the area, including history, eco systems, and the current economic outlook. I highly recommend this tour. We loved the Garden of the Groves.
Reviewer: Sailor1
5 Stars
October 17, 2018
We learned so much about Freeport on this tour. That was probably in large part to our particularly informative guide, who had done lots of extra self-study to be able to go beyond the usual script. The Garden is lovely, and worth a visit with a guide, but otherwise I wouldn't have appreciated it as much.
Reviewer: Mark in Atlanta
5 Stars
Great tour
January 10, 2018
The tour was excellent. Very courteous and informed driver and vert nice tour through the city. Lot of natural beauty made it memorable
Reviewer: V Giridaran
5 Stars
Interesting and informative
December 31, 2017
This was a very entertaining and informative tour. Our tour guide went out of his way to tell interesting snippets about Freeport and point out interesting places and even explained the various number plates as we were going along. Garden of the Groves tour guide was also very interesting. Comfortable bus and we could see well. Enjoyable tour and not too long!
Reviewer: Charlotte Kruger
5 Stars
Garden of the Groves Tour
December 23, 2017
Wonderful tour. Well narrated. Highlight was the cockatoo that was talking to us. Recommend this tour to other travellers
Reviewer: Sheila Persaud
5 Stars
Garden of the Groves Tour
November 13, 2017
Mike and I thoroughly enjoyed Garden of the Groves. We learned about many benefits from the Neem tree and purchased product from their little shop. The Neem cream and salve are wonderful, as well as the Neem tea.
Reviewer: Diane Henry
5 Stars
Garden of the Groves and City Tour
August 07, 2017
This was a nice tour of Freeport and the Garden .
Reviewer: Tawanda Hunter
4 Stars
Outstanding Tour in Freeport
July 19, 2017
Our group had such a great time on our tour and the Garden of the Groves was just amazing! The gentlemen who drove our bus was excellent and provided us with a ton of knowledge of Freeport and showed us many areas of the city and some local shops that were full of great local items.
Reviewer: Sherry Barringer
5 Stars
Garden of the Groves and City Tour
May 26, 2017
It was a very interesting tour. The bus driver did a good job in giving us a good overview of Grand Bahama especially Freeport. The tour guide at the beautiful Garden of the Groves was very friendly and informative. Would recommend this tour to others.
Reviewer: Bruce Oakley
5 Stars
Fun Tour
May 20, 2017
We had a good time on the tour and our guide at the Garden of the Groves was very good and kept us all interested and amused. After the Garden of the Groves wee we able to stop and have a wonderful lunch but with having lunch it left little time to go to the beach and/or do some shopping. Overall a good tour but it could be improved.
Reviewer: Keith Rajala
3 Stars
May 19, 2017
Reviewer: Glenna
5 Stars
Nice tour
April 17, 2017
Our Tour guide was very knowledgeable and well-spoken. He had a mike so we could hear him well. Van was comfortable and air-conditioned. He took us on a comprehensive tour of Freeport. Went to the Garden of the Groves, which was beautiful. It had beautiful flowers and trees as well as birds and turtles. Then we went to Port Lucaya Marketplace for shopping and lunch. It was a nice tour and a nice way to spend the short time we had in Freeport.
Reviewer: Deb
4 Stars
Gardens of the Groves and City Tour Feb 2017
February 21, 2017
Dwaine was a wonderful tour guide. He was very informative and knew everything about Freeport, including the history of the island and its prominent people. He is a great storyteller and was funny and had a good sense of humor. He is very personable and answered questions easily. We would tour with him again!!! Cudos!!
Reviewer: Linda
5 Stars
February 10, 2017
This tour was awesome and the guide was very informative. I learned a lot about the island. If your looking for a relaxing tour this wood be it.
Reviewer: Teresa Baldwin
5 Stars
Informative Tour
January 17, 2017
Very informative tour. You learn a lot of the country's history and way of living. The gardens are pretty and you get to visit the beach and ahopping areas if you wish. The beach itself is not the best but the water is beautiful.
Reviewer: Janelle
4 Stars
A BeautifulGarden
December 23, 2016
I really enjoyed this tour, and I consider myself as an naturalist. The tour guide was awesome! This was the most memorable attraction that i experienced while in Freeport! My fiance did'nt enjoy it as much!
Reviewer: Roseann Rawls
5 Stars
Roli the driver was great
November 28, 2016
My family and I enjoyed rhe bus drive to and from the garden tour. Roli told us the economics and way of life of the Bahamian. Very interesting. The garden tour was beautiful.
5 Stars
Absolutely Beautiful!!
November 23, 2016
My husband and I loved this excursion! The people working in the small gift shops were so friendly and welcoming. While there, we learned so much. About how The Garden of The Groves was founded and about all of the animals there. We got so caught up admiring bature's beauty that we ran out of time to walk through all of the parts of the garden. However, it was worth every penny spent!
Reviewer: Crystal Nasimento
5 Stars
Awesome Excursion!
November 22, 2016
This excursion was absolutely awesome! The Garden of the Groves was beautiful and the tour guide (Kendra), was very knowledgeable about the landscape and history. She was also very friendly and interactive with the group which made everyone feel at ease. The city tour was also fabulous--there were not enough people signed up for the tour so my husband, daughter and I were given a personal tour by car. The driver showed us areas where prominent citizens lived in their beautiful homes, historic landmarks, government and industry buildings, and also where the not so fortunate citizens lived. He also took us to the market place where we had plenty of time to shop and dine. I would highly recommend this excursion!
Reviewer: Kim
5 Stars
Garden of the Groves and City Tour
August 24, 2016
It was a beautiful place to tour with great history provided by our driver and guide!
Reviewer: Dawn Shelley
5 Stars
Guide was Awesome!
March 30, 2016
The guide was great. He was well educated, spoke well and added so much fun details of the history and culture of the island. The tour guide at the Grove was very entertaining and informative. I loved it all!
Reviewer: Edwina from Texas
5 Stars
Good tour
March 23, 2016
Informative and historical
Reviewer: Bus driver
4 Stars
The tour guide is nice
January 22, 2016
The tour guide is really nice.But we have to wait for a long time before the tour bus came to pick us up. We got to the place on time, the tour bus did not get to us about 1 hour later. I felt that we wasted a lots of time. So we did not have time to do much shopping after the garden tour.
Reviewer: Sharon
4 Stars
Loved the Gardens!
January 07, 2016
Kind of disorganized in changing guides and buses during the trip. Also it seemed they were looking for places to take us. The gsecond guy was very good and informative.
Reviewer: Sclindah
4 Stars
I would recommend this excursion
December 30, 2015
The tour guide was very knowledgeable and pleasant. He gave us a history of Freeport and showed us points of interest. The gardens were lovely and Marilyn was very entertaining.
Reviewer: rcf
4 Stars
A tour worth buying!
December 29, 2015
It was great that the items sold included children's crafts and educational materials.
Reviewer: Joy
4 Stars
Garden city tour
December 21, 2015
The first part of this excursion was slow pace which was very relaxing before going to the shopping market it's going from booth to booth which was fun you just need to know how to say no thank you and move along
Reviewer: Clay Willoughby
4 Stars
a must see
September 03, 2015
if you are into tropical and exotic plants this is a must see. There was also some different wildlife, i.e. lizards, birds, spiders. The guide was very knowledgeable and funny....If in Freeport, take this excusion
Reviewer: superbrino
5 Stars
August 20, 2015
New to me! Enjoyed very much. New guide being mentored by experienced guide was ok.
Reviewer: Nan
4 Stars
A Small Piece of Paradise
August 11, 2015
Pleasant guides and felt very safe.
Reviewer: Cabela the photo bomber
4 Stars
Great Tour!
June 30, 2015
The driver guide was courteous and informative! The Garden guide was great!
Reviewer: The Happy Travelers
5 Stars
Just wish we had more time to explore the gardens!
May 21, 2015
The weather wasn't quite perfect that day and the excursion was delayed for about 45-55 minutes. This delay took away from our time at the Gardens, so we didn't get to go thru the entire gardens. We will definitely plan this excursion again on another cruise to the Bahamas. The Gardens was absolutely gorgeous and worth the price of this excursion.
Reviewer: Elaine
4 Stars
Let's see the birds and flowers
March 18, 2015
It was a nice excursion. The bus was nice and cozy. I would like to have had to e to see the beach but not enough time so had to walk the city. Enjoyed the tour.
Reviewer: Let's go and see
4 Stars
Good Tour
January 15, 2015
The tour guide was great, lots of inside knowledge and went above and beyond to explain things and show us things. The Gardens were beautiful & I would have loved more time there. The shopping was just tourist traps & I chose a restaurant that had good food but lousy service (waited 40 minutes for soup and a wrap). However, on balance, it was a good experience.
Reviewer: Juleeroze
5 Stars
Small but very pretty
October 16, 2014
The Garden is small but very beautiful, and the guide for the gardens was very knowledgeable and friendly, the shopping area after the gardens is just rows of shops that every vender asks you come in, it's like being at a flea market
Reviewer: DeDee
4 Stars
September 27, 2014
The gardens were beautiful. There wasn't much of them. More time spent at the shopping village than on the tour.
Reviewer: cruising01
5 Stars
Great Excursions! Highly Recommended!!!
July 26, 2014
This excursion was great! We met the tour guide at 9:30 in front of our ship. There were about 20 of us on a well air conditioned van. The group also included a few elders and one individual who used a wheelchair. The driver was very accommodating to everyone. The driver gave us a tour of the city and provided history about The Bahamas, information on the economy and information about the life of its citizens. We then traveled to The Gardens of the Groves where our guide provided information about the vegetation, the founders of the Island and we had an opportunity to shop. I spent so much time shopping, I didn't have time to eat lunch at the restaurant on site. That was okay because our next stop was the straw market where we were able to enjoy a nice relaxing lunch. I felt that this tour was great for people who like to learn about the history of an area and the social conditions in the area. We were taken back to the ship with more than enough time to shower and get ready for dinner. I felt that the price was great and I thoroughly enjoy this excursion.
Reviewer: Nita B
4 Stars
Wonderful experience
May 16, 2014
Really enjoyed the Botanical Gardens--beautiful and educational about the island. Guides were very helpful and knowledgable.
Reviewer: Crackerjack
5 Stars
Great Experience
April 28, 2014
The tour was very easy to find and conveniently located right by the pier. The driver was friendly and accommodating and gave us an enjoyable narrative overview of the island. We liked the fact that we were in a smaller group, not on one of the massive, over-priced tours from the ship. The variety of activities was nice and it was an extra bonus that we were even able to visit a beach too! Highly recommended.
Reviewer: AceNavig8r
4 Stars
March 19, 2014
this was a very great trip. Everything was on time and lots to see
Reviewer: River
5 Stars
Beautiful tour in a gorgeous town!!!
March 17, 2014
This was a garden/city tour my sister and I took when we were visiting Freeport. We had a most enjoyable visit in the garden and saw the beauty of Freeport. It was a wonderful tour and I would recommend it to anyone visiting Freeport.
Reviewer: Susan the animal lover
5 Stars
Unexpected pleasure
February 15, 2014
Did not expect it to be so pretty and interesting. Did not have enough time to fully enjoy it. Could have skipped shopping at the market and spent more time at the grove.
Reviewer: B & B
4 Stars
More of a zoo than a garden
January 02, 2014
We enjoyed seeing all the exotic animals and particularly enjoyed the trained flamingo show!
Reviewer: Ellen, the traveler
4 Stars
So easy to participate and enjoyable
January 01, 2014
Worry free excursion. Coordinated with ship schedule as advertised. Wii definitely use them again.
Reviewer: Len and Becky
4 Stars
November 10, 2013
It was a fun, our guide gave us a lot of information about free port,
Reviewer: Melanie
4 Stars
Nature at its best
August 12, 2013
It was breathtaking. I enjoyed the flowers and wildlife. It was a great change from the beach
Reviewer: Kimdilley
5 Stars
Accurate and Precise = Perfect
August 10, 2013
A beautiful park in a historic setting and very peaceful. Our guide was a knowledgeable teacher and enjoys the park as much as we did. Recommend for all ages - will visit again.
Reviewer: PeaceOut
5 Stars
Garden of the Groves and City Tour
June 15, 2013
Guide was excellent. Took us all over Freeport and showed us all the sights. Garden of the Groves was beautiful. could have spent all day there.
Reviewer: Ambodach
5 Stars
May 11, 2013
Not much else to see in Freeport
Reviewer: Renier
4 Stars
Enjoyed tour
March 22, 2013
Enjoyed this tour. Tour guide was very friendly and informative. price was very reasonable
Reviewer: Canam
4 Stars
great visit
March 20, 2013
one of the nicest sites you will see
Reviewer: ronnierace
5 Stars
January 25, 2013
Our tour bus driver, Rollie, was absolutely fantastic. He gave us tons of information about Freeport, took a short stop beachside, helped some bicyclists with directions and told us about the best shopping. It was pleasant and so enjoyable. We learned so much about the island. He was an absolute delight!!!
Reviewer: TexTerri
5 Stars
Phenomenal Excursion
January 04, 2013
The tour bus was really nice and PJ was very knowledgeable about the island. The tour went at a fast pace, but that is because our cruise ship gave us only 5 hours at Freeport. The Garden of the Groves was beautiful, and the the two shopping stops really tested our bartering abilities! We had a great time, and would highly recommend this excursion to anyone going to Freeport, as I can not honestly think of one bad thing about it.
Reviewer: Maria the Traveler
5 Stars
Delightful day :)
December 27, 2012
Our guide was very knowledgeable about the Gardens, she has even written a book which is for sale in the gift shop. However, the time we had in the Marketplace was TOO SHORT. They gave us 1 hour which was not really enough time. Tried to grab a sandwich at a coffee shop and that took 25 minutes. Would do another Gardens tour.
Reviewer: Dora the Explorer
5 Stars
Good Shore Excursion
February 23, 2012
Good shore excursion; informative; some confusion as to where to meet at beginning,but it got worked out. Guide, bus driver -- were all friendly and helpful. Garden of the Grove was pretty; not much blooming at this time of year (January), but interesting nonetheless.
Reviewer: Jan
4 Stars
Tons of information, not enough flowers
January 29, 2012
I honestly expected a tour guide style trip to a botanical garden and back, and it's not what we got. However, the bus guide and the tour guide at the garden were both informative and entertaining. I only wish I'd realized in advance so I would have found another activity for my son. That said, I really did enjoy most of teh garden tour, and really liked learning about Freeport and Lucaya as we rode around on the tour bus.
Reviewer: Chaos Dragon
4 Stars
Beautiful gardens
November 19, 2011
Enjoyed the beautiful gardens and the wildlife we were forunate to see. Enjoyed having the extra time to explore and take pictures at our leisure.
Reviewer: Nature Lover
4 Stars