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, yet it’s large enough that there are plenty of things to do for any age.
Here are just a few of the fantastic family-friendly attractions available in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
This stunning building only opened a little over 3 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!
2 – Fisherman’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.
Located in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada near the Halifax Stanfield International Airport, The Atlantic Canada Aviation Museum!
This museum is an aerospace museum devoted to telling stories of pilots and aviation heroes, and preserving all aspects of Atlantic Canada’s aviation heritage.
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.
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.
Hop aboard Atlantic Canada’s most popular tour – an amphibious adventure that shows you the best of Halifax by land and sea!
As you travel, view places of interest in this historic, yet vibrant city, such as Citadel Hill National Historic Site, the Victorian Public Gardens, St. Paul’s Church and busy Spring Garden Road.
7 – Nearby Planet VR
Tucked away in the downtown Nearby Planet VR is one of the top venues in Halifax to hang out with friends and family. Offering Private Virtual Reality gaming rooms, that are customizable to offer unforgettable unique experience for four people per adventure (room). Share smiles while travelling through time or saving the planet.
8 – Discovery Centre
This science centre , located on the waterfront is the perfect place for family fun! The open, colourful space is a curious child’s dream!
The Discovery Centre features 4 floors of interactive, hands-on learning experiences including an Immersive Dome Theatre, Innovation Lab and changing featured exhibits throughout the year!
Take a family trip to Atlantic Splash Adventure to explore Nova Scotia’s beloved waterpark. Slip and splash down one of the eight new water slides, or take a ride on Runaway Mine Train roller coaster, bumper boats, tilt-a-whirl, ferris wheel, kiddie rides and more!
Take a trip through Nova Scotian History with the family and experience life during the 1940’s at Memory Lane Heritage Village. An award winning living history museum depicting coastal rural life in Nova Scotia, including a look at daily activities during the second world war!
Learn the story of Nova Scotia railways at the Musquodoboit Harbour Railway Museum on Route 7. Examine the posters, tickets, maps and photographs in the Canadian Northern Railway station of 1918.
Don’t forget to stop for ice cream on the way out!
12 – Kartbahn Racing Inc
There couldn’t be activities more fun than Laser Tagging and Go Karting, so Kartbahn Racing, Atlantic Canada’s premier Indoor Karting and Mission Based Laser Tag is a must stop for family fun!
Get tactical in the team laser tagging missions, and experience true racing in electric karts that reach speeds of up to 50kph.
There are so many more family attractions to enjoy, so next time you’re looking for a fun, family-friendly getaway, pack the kids in the car and join us in Halifax!
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