Staying at Atlantis in the Bahamas brings the typical family vacation to a whole other level. Atlantis is epic, full of adventure and a waterpark lovers paradise.  However, the sheer size and number of activities can be extremely overwhelming.  Here’s a bit of advice to help make your trip to Atlantis one for the record books.

Find a map and figure out where you’re going, because this place is HUGE!


Atlantis is a mega resort and it’s easy to get lost, which may be a good thing or a bad thing. On the complex you’ll find 11 swimming areas, 11 water slides, two Lazy River Rides, the protected Paradise Lagoon, The Dig, the Predator’s Lagoon, all of the marine life habitats and the ocean beach area. So pull out a map and go explore.

The food is expensive, but there’s hope

If you’re a guest of Atlantis or just coming to the resort from a cruise ship, you gotta eat. If you just eat/pay as you go, you’ll likely look at the prices and wonder if you can go the entire vacation without eating so you don’t have to sell off a kidney to pay for it. Needless to say, the food is expensive. However, there are some areas that are more reasonably priced such as the eateries near the marina and harbor. Another option is getting a meal plan, which ranges from $96-180 per day for an adult. Children under 11 are free as long as there is a paying adult on the meal plan.

Take advantage of free activities so it doesn’t break the bank

Included in your stay is access to the Aquaventure Water Park.

Other free activities include:

  • Access to all Marine Exhibits
  • Gaming lessons
  • The Dig
  • Atlantis Fitness Center
  • Pool & Beach Towel
  • Tennis courts and lap pool
  • Daily fish feeding and marine life education
  • Climber’s Rush
  • First-run movies in the Atlantis Theater
  • Entertainment in select areas (i.e. lobby bar, Dragon’s Nightclub)
  • The Atlantis Library
  • Pool and beach chair use

Not Included:

Airfare Dolphin Cay Atlantis LIVE
Transfers Sting Ray Experience Escape at The Cove
Sea Squirts Snorkel the Ruins of Atlantis Cain at The Cove
Atlantis Pals Atlantis Kids Adventures Gamer’s Reef
Pro Shop Atlantis Speedway Atlantis Marina
Crush Blue Adventures Yacht & Fishing Charters
Club Rush Stuart Cove Activities Mandara Spa
Scuba Motorized Water Sports Crystal Court Shops
Snuba Earth & Fire Pottery Studio The Shops of Marina Village
Snorkel Ocean Club Golf Course Special Concerts, Performances & Events
Atlantis Logo Stores Jokers Wild Comedy Club

But get out your wallet for fun at Dolphin Cay

Options include a Shallow Water Interaction, Deep Water Swim,  Jr Ultimate Trainer for a Day, Ultimate Trainer for a Day, Stingray Experience and Snorkel the Ruins at Atlantis.

Make money while spending money

Linking the towers and spanning a 7-acre lagoon, the world-class Atlantis Casino is an innovation in casino design. The Atlantis Casino is equipped with state-of-the-art player tracking systems, allowing guests to insert their room key into any slot machine or present it at any table to begin earning points toward promotional giveaways. There are 85 gaming tables featuring baccarat, Ultimate Texas Hold’em poker, Let It Ride poker, craps, roulette & blackjack, and over 700 of the latest slot machines. Complimentary daily gaming lessons are available every day.

Embrace your inner 10 year old self



It was not uncommon for us to be standing in line waiting to scream down a 200-foot body-slide, while being surrounded by pre teens in skimpy bikinis and board shorts. I’m sure we fit right in. Ha! We love waterslides and we’ve never had more fun going from the lazy river, up a conveyer belt and down the next slide without ever leaving our inner tube.

Atlantis is a place you don’t have to leave during your entire vacation. Everything you need is here: accommodations, food, entertainment and 141 acres of pure fun.