A port city on the western tip of Lake Ontario, Hamilton is surrounded by the picturesque southern shores of Lake Ontario and the lush trails of the Niagara Escarpment, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. Here are the top things to do in Hamilton, Ontario next time you’re in town.
Its location between Toronto and Niagara Falls makes it an ideal destination whether you’re a history buff, an art collector, or an outdoor enthusiast.
Learn about Canadian military history at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum or take a tour of the naval warship situated on the city’s lakefront, the HMCS Haida. If the urban setting is more your style, wander through one of Canada’s finest art collections at the Art Gallery of Hamilton or explore the stalls at numerous local farmers markets. And sports fans can try out the city’s top-ranked golf courses or catch future stars in action at a Hamilton Bulldogs OHL game. Some may be surprised to learn that Hamilton is a big hub for entertainment in Ontario. A number of converts, festivals and theatre shows are held in the downtown core. Keep an eye out for what’s in town and you may be able to see some of the biggest acts in the world.
For nature lovers, Hamilton offers an incredible playground. Take a stroll through the Royal Botanical Gardens or admire some of the city’s more than 100 breathtaking waterfalls, all located mere minutes away from the downtown core. There are a large number of trails that come in varying difficulties which will keep you busy for as long as you want. Head over to the city’s waterfront for a wide range of activities and picturesque sights. Here you can have a peaceful picnic in Bayfront Park, walk through the many trails, hit up the roller skating rink or take part in some water activities. Nearby is also Hamilton’s beachfront where you can cool off in the water.
Eats n’ Drinks
Hamilton is known to have some of the best food in the entire province. Locals from nearby cities often hit up restaurants, bars, and cafes in Hamilton. Not only is the food delicious, it’s also highly Instagrammable. Charming bakeries and eateries with highly aesthetic interiors line the streets. You can also find a wide range of choices based on price point. There are cheap eats that will shake your taste buds to the core, and also some fine dining you will never forget. When the sun goes down, you can head over to the local pubs or upscale cocktail lounges. The city is also host to a massive range of international cuisines. No matter what you’re in the mood for, you’ll find it in Hamilton.
Things to Do with Kids
If you’re traveling with little ones, you’re in luck! There are an endless number of events, places, and activities that’ll keep your kids happy and having fun throughout your trip. The kids will love getting up close and personal with the lions and giraffes that roam freely at the African Lion Safari’s animal game reserves. Hamilton also has a monthly Art Crawl where the city’s art scene hits the streets. James Street North is filled with galleries, exhibits, outdoor displays and opportunities for kids to participate. During summer, take the kids to Wild Waterworks where they can have a thrilling day filled with waterslides, mini-golf, and go-karting.