Arts & Culture May 1, 2017

BEST Halifax attractions for families

A city like Halifax is one of the best places for families to visit – the compact size makes it quick, easy and affordable to explore but it’s large enough that there are tons of things to do for all ages to enjoy.

Here are some of the best attractions for families in Halifax: 

1. Halifax Citadel National Historic Site

One of the top attractions in the city, this National Historic Site gives you the chance to experience life as a soldier in the 18th and 19th centuries. The authentic and exciting family activities on offer include solving a 100+ year old mystery using a comic book guide, firing of the noonday cannon and learning to send coded messages.

With 2017 marking Canada’s 150th birthday, admission to all National Parks is FREE with the 2017 Discovery Pass, so this is the year to visit!

2. Maritime Museum of the Atlantic  

This fascinating museum brings Nova Scotia’s maritime history to life through various exhibits and collections, including thousands of photographs and sailors’ memorabilia, arctic expedition discoveries, and an award-winning Halifax Explosion display.

Make sure the kids visit the CSS Acadia, the Museum’s Canadian Scientific Ship, moored on the Halifax waterfront.

3. Discovery Centre

This science centre just moved to it’s shiny new digs on the waterfront, and the open, colourful space is a curious child’s dream! They can jam with real instruments and learn about the science of rock n’ roll (on exhibit until May 14th), learn how to fly a plane, and explore a full replica town on RBC Someday Street.

4. Museum of Natural History

Another museum where you can really get your hands dirty, you and the kids will learn all about the geography, geology and zoology of Nova Scotia (and elsewhere).

Be sure to say hi to Gus, the 94-year-old turtle who has lived at the museum for many decades!

5. Murphy’s Harbour Tours

Murphy’s the Cable Wharf offers various land and sea tours that are perfect for families. Jump on the Harbour Hopper, an amphibious adventure that shows you the best of land and sea or climb aboard Theodore Tugboat’s Big Harbour Adventure. Try being a pirate for a day aboard the Tall Ship Silva, or you can even learn to sail a real sailboat (new family hobby, perhaps?).

 6. Halifax Central Library

This stunning building only opened a little over 2 years ago, and it’s already one of the most popular attractions in Halifax. The kids will enjoy going up and down the zany staircases, reading a book on one of the bright, comfy couches, or taking selfies with the fantastic view from the 5th floor Living Room.

You may even want to fuel up with some delicious pastries and Italian-style drinks at one of the library’s cafes first!

These next attractions are a short way outside of downtown Halifax, but worth making the trek:

7. Fishermen’s Cove

Located in Eastern Passage, this 200-year old restored fishing village looks just like a postcard. Grab a water taxi to nearby McNab’s Island, stroll the boardwalk with an ice cream, or browse locally-made souvenirs at one of the many quaint shops.

8. Atlantic Playland

Opening for the 2017 season June 30th, this theme park will provide your family with hours of fun. There are bumper cars, waterslides, go-karts, a carousel, mini golf, a haunted castle, bumper boats, and much more!

9. Cole Harbour Heritage Farm

This farm is in the middle of Dartmouth but feels as peaceful as the country. It dates back to 1800, so there is a lot of history here. The kids can learn all about what life on a farm was like, including interacting with various livestock such as sheep, chickens, pigs and calves (just remember to be gentle – this isn’t a petting zoo!). Grab some homemade pie or soup in the charming tea room before heading back downtown.

There are so many more family attractions to enjoy here. Why not make Halifax your next family vacation destination?


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