Located on Prince George Wharf, Festival Place was designed by award-winning Bahamian architect Jackson Burnside. Its vibrant, colorful design reflects the architectural style of a Bahamian village and evokes a time when Bahamian artisans and crafts persons practiced their art and trade in small island communities.
The Welcome Center provides a truly Bahamian experience and the opportunity for visitors to purchase quality, authentic Bahamian-made souvenirs and craft items. With over 45 artisans and trade persons, visitors and patrons can sip a cup of Bahamian-blended tea while they wait for the finishing touches to be placed on a special straw bag, a quilt, or a painting by a Bahamian artist. They can munch on Bahamian sweets and treats, like coconut and pineapple tarts, as they stroll through walkways and lanes named after magical and inviting towns in the islands: Settlers Way, Andros Avenue, Queens Highway and Barratarre Way.
Services available at Festival Place include: a tour desk providing general information on The Islands Of The Bahamas and information on attractions, land and water-based tours; a full-service post office for regular and registered mail, high-speed delivery and the sale of Bahamian stamps; a communications center offering pay phones, phone cards, Internet kiosks/WiFi , operator service, fax service and telegrams; transportation information for scooter rental, taxi and ferry boat operations; and hair braiding.
Visitors can join in and dance to the live Bahamian music in the indoor square on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.