Kids, ahoy! Halifax, Nova Scotia is a vibrant harbor city with plenty of fun activities for families. Here are 10 of the best things to do in Halifax with kids.
1. Ride the Halifax-Dartmouth Ferry
One of the best excursions in Halifax is a ride on the Halifax-Dartmouth Ferry. For the price of a bus ticket, enjoy a fun journey across the water, gazing at McNab’s Island, the MacDonald Bridge, and the Halifax skyline.
2. Forward March to the Halifax Citadel
The Halifax Citadel National Historic Site is a restored 19th-century fort offering fun historical military adventures. Climb on a cannon, tiptoe through a gunpowder magazine, or book ahead for A Soldier’s Life experience. Tip: The road around the Halifax Citadel has some of the best views of the city, and is a great track for joggers and runners.
3. Explore the Halifax Boardwalk
Stroll along the two-mile Halifax boardwalk, brimming with fun places to eat and shop including the Seaport Farmer’s Market. Highlights for children include a row of sturdy, free hammocks that overlook the water and a cute submarine-themed playground.
4. Visit the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic
Discover Halifax’s rich seafaring history at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. Learn about the 1917 Halifax Explosion, sit on a replica Titanic deck chair, or spend some time with Merlin – a talkative rainbow macaw who lives at the museum.
5. Immerse Yourself in Science at the Discovery Centre
Explore three floors of high-tech interactive science fun at the popular Discovery Centre. Tip: on Wednesday evenings, admission to the Discovery Centre is free.
6. Discover Your Past at Pier 21
The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 offers incredible hands-on and digitally interactive exhibits for kids, plus a public record of passenger lists and ships’ records for most landings up to 1935. Dubbed “Canada’s Ellis Island,” Pier 21 is the very spot where millions of immigrants first set foot on Canadian soil.
7. Clamber the Rocks at Peggy’s Cove
At Peggy’s Cove (about a 40-minute drive from downtown Halifax), clamber over enormous granite boulders and take a selfie next to one of the world’s most photographed lighthouses.
8. Relax at the Halifax Central Library
The architecturally award-winning Halifax Central Library is a must-see in Halifax. Enjoy hot chocolate and cookies at the rooftop café, which has fantastic views over the city, or simply enjoy some chill time on the children’s floor.
9. Stroll Through the Public Gardens
The Halifax Public Gardens are an oasis of Victorian tranquility in the middle of busy downtown. On summertime Sunday afternoons, there are free concerts, plus good coffee and delicious ice-cream at the café, Uncommon Grounds.
10. Find Your Speed at The Halifax Oval
The Halifax Oval is a free public outdoor recreational surface, which is the size of three NHL hockey rinks. In the summer, you can borrow bikes, scooters, roller skates, and inline skates. In the winter, lace up a pair of blades, and glide across the ice to your heart’s content.