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Sunday, Dockyard, St. George’s from Fairmont Southampton

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Sunday, Dockyard, St. George’s from Fairmont Southampton

We will be staying for 4 nights at the fairmont Southampton in June. My wife and I have 2 kids, 6 and 9. Our schedule only allows for one day to explore, a Sunday (June 10th). I was hoping to use the ferries to travel to Hamilton, the dockyard, and St. George’s on that Sunday, but read the orange line does not run on Sundays. Fes like we should focus on one area, as I’m not going to take a bus or cab from the dockyard to St. George’s. Too long. I’d like to balance memories with convenience.

My question is, does it make sense to focus on The dock yards for Sunday if we were hoping for a unique perspective into Bermuda. We are making our way through the British island territories over the next few years, and I want our kids to have some sort of iconic experience or memory that sets each island apart. I was considering the crystal and fantasy caves for that, but the dockyards seem easiest for us to get to from Southampton, and the historical aspect seems like it may stick out. And, it may be nice to see some of the beaches near the dockyard to change things up from horseshoe bay.

Anyone else think St. George’s May be worth prioritizing for our one day of sight seeing on Sunday? Would a ferry trip to Hamilton and a ferry trip to the dockyard, and nearby beaches, and historical sites scratch the “iconic/differentiating” itch? Is St. George’s via cab a better option to really make sure we get the full Bermuda experience? Should we reconsider and head to the caves, museum, aquarium, and Blue hole on that Sunday via cabs?

Or can someone convince my wife to ditch her accounting reports that are due that Wednesday and let us stay one more day?

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1. Re: Sunday, Dockyard, St. George’s from Fairmont Southampton

With a four day vacation why does your family only have one day to explore? Just do a a little bit each day. One day go to the Dockyard and maybe a beach near by and the next day go to St.Georges and etc.

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2. Re: Sunday, Dockyard, St. George’s from Fairmont Southampton

5 day vacation, actually. So even more reason to go your route.

How we, with kids and after multiple trips, we’ve learned to never schedule anything on our arrival and departure days, and keep our day after arrival and day before departure days simple when we are dependent upon public transportation. In addition, we have resort, spa, and beach activities in mind for the other days.

Edited: 16 May 2018, 02:05
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3. Re: Sunday, Dockyard, St. George’s from Fairmont Southampton

Hello cheapblackdad,

If it is at all possible, we would also suggest spreading out your activities a little more over the days that you will be on the island so that you can enjoy more of what Bermuda has to offer. Because the ferries do not service St.George's on Sunday's if you do choose to visit there you will have to travel by bus (number 7 or 8 to Hamilton, transfer to number 1,3, 10, 11 to St. George's). Also keep in mind that the Sunday bus service operates on reduced hours and you will have to leave St.George's fairly early in the afternoon in order to make sure that you are able to catch a bus back to Southampton.

The Royal Naval Dockyard is a great place to spend the day with the family and also much closer in distance to the Fairmont Southampton. There are a few different attractions that your kids are sure to love including the Dockyard Glassworks www.dockglass.com Bermuda Fun Golf www.fungolf.bm National Museum of Bermuda www.nmb.bm which is also home to the Dolphin Quest Bermuda www.dolphinquest.com and many other shops, sites and restaurants for you to browse and stroll. Here is some more information about the Royal Naval Dockyard gotobermuda.com/article/exploring-the-royal-…

If you are able to fit it all in, we would definitely suggest heading down towards the east end of the island to see the Crystal Caves (definitely a must see!) and the Aquarium. Keep in mind that they are a short distance from each other and will require a short bus or taxi ride between the two. Here is our Handy Reference Map that should help you better navigate your travels throughout the island gotobermuda.com/sites/…bermuda-map-web.pdf as well as our bus and ferry schedules gotobermuda.com/sites/default/master/files/b… rccbermuda.bm/Documents/…202018.pdf

Hope this helps!

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4. Re: Sunday, Dockyard, St. George’s from Fairmont Southampton

As you've already discovered....there is NO ORANGE--Dockyard-Saint George's public ferry service on the weekends (Sat.or Sun.). It's also worth noting that on Sundays, public bus and ferry service on ALL routes is REDUCED...with LONGER WAIT TIMES between runs for buses and ferries.

Most stores and shops in downtown Hamilton and Saint George's will be CLOSED. Because there will be a large cruise ship arriving ('DAWN'...at 12:3 PM) at King's Wharf at Dockyard, many of the stores and shops out here will be open for business (though some may open a bit later than usual).

Frankly...because of the reduced-service public transportation schedules and Sunday closings...I'm inclined to suggest that you modify whatever '..itinerary..' you have in mind to concentrate more on "..resort, spa, and beach activities.." on Sunday and do more touring about on other days.

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5. Re: Sunday, Dockyard, St. George’s from Fairmont Southampton

Alright, you’ve all convinced me. We will tear ourselves away from horseshoe bay on Saturday and take the ferry over to Hamilton. Anyone think we could do Hamilton and the dockyard in one afternoon? Hoping to play some Mini golf I heard was at the dockyard.

Edited: 19 May 2018, 01:15
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6. Re: Sunday, Dockyard, St. George’s from Fairmont Southampton

>>>...Anyone think we could do Hamilton and the dockyard in one afternoon? ..<<<

YES...easily done via BLUE--Hamilton-Dockyard public ferry route. Start at Hamilton first (FSH private ferry??)...then BLUE route ferry across to Dockyard and FUN GOLF....then #7 (more scenic) or #8 bus back to the Fairmont Southampton Hotel.

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7. Re: Sunday, Dockyard, St. George’s from Fairmont Southampton

Agreed on the FSH private ferry. Any must dos in hamilton with kids?

Edited: 19 May 2018, 01:42
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8. Re: Sunday, Dockyard, St. George’s from Fairmont Southampton

You're a parent. Even trying to figure out what will attract the interest or attention of your own kids, at any given time, of any given day, is probably a one of the great mysteries of the universe.

Downtown Hamilton is a government/commercial center. Located at the far north-eastern corner of Hamilton (approx. 3/4 mile from the main Ferry terminal) is a place known as FORT HAMILTON-- https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Revie… --there are wondeful Hamilton Habour views from the heights here...old cannon, dimly lit, '..scary..' underground passageways down through the fortification, a dry moat that's been converted to a tropical garden. This might interest kids.

Also located out at the eastern-end of downtown Hamilton is the BERMUDA UNDERWATER EXPLORATION INSTITUTE (BUEI)-- https://www.buei.bm/ --which usually has some sort of interesting special exhibit on display...as well as their usual

Take a ride on the PINK--Hamilton-Paget-Warwick public ferry. This route makes a short '..circuit..' 'round Hamilton Harbour (approx. 20 mins) with wonderful views of downtown Hamillton from the water as well as the Paget and Warwick shores across the way. It's a great '..boat ride..'...especially coupled with the FSH private ferry ride across to Hamilton from the FSH and the Blue route ferry across to Dockyard.

There may be a GOMBEY troupe performing at the entrance to Queen Elizabeth II Park (Par-La-Ville Park) along Queen Street between 12:00-1:00 PM on Saturdays-- https://tinyurl.com/y9e2ksqw

There are free Walking Tours of downtown Hamilton most days during the week, led by the Hamilton Towne Crier--

cityofhamilton.bm/things_to_do/…index.php

For modestly/moderately places to stop for a quick lunch (sandwiches, wraps, salads, etc) in downtown Hamilton (among many other possibilities)--

the GLAZE concession, up on the 2nd floor-front of the BROWN & CO store-- https:/…BROWNANDCO-670.jpg --located across from the main Ferry terminal...and...

SOMERS CAFE EXPRESS -- https://www.facebook.com/SomersCafeExpress/ --located up on the 2nd floor-front of the main A.S. Cooper's store along Front Street.

BOTH have outdoor dining spaces with wonderful Hamilton Harbour views.

Edited: 19 May 2018, 02:31
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9. Re: Sunday, Dockyard, St. George’s from Fairmont Southampton

The caves are a unique experience, IMO. They will just take a couple of hours.

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