Get out and explore Downtown Halifax with our curated "trails." Whether it's patio hopping, shopping 'til you drop, or a thirst to learn more about our city, there's something for everyone to enjoy in Downtown Halifax.
Downtown Family Fun Trail
Enjoy a day out with the family in Downtown Halifax while learning more about the rich history of the city AND having some fun along the way!
- Begin your Downtown family adventure at The Discovery Centre. Now open from Thursday to Sunday, you can purchase your tickets and reserve your timeslot online. Enjoy the Discovery Centre’s new exhibit called ‘Amazing Butterflies’. This fun, interactive exhibit features different Instagram-ready experiences that will take you on an adventure from caterpillar to beautiful butterfly.
- Lunch time! Wander down the Boardwalk to Bishop’s Landing and pop into Ristorante a Mano for some yummy pizza and fresh salads. And save room for dessert! Ristorante a Mano’s ever-changing flavours of gelato and sorbets are handmade and great for sharing (or not!). OR stop by the Salt Yard and let everyone choose their own meal from the variety of vendors there including Smokes Poutinerie, BeaverTails, Cows Ice Cream, Heartwood by the Sea, Brawta Jamaican Jerk Joint, and more.
- Walk down the Waterfront Boardwalk towards the Submarine playground. If the weather’s still nice, take break and enjoy the fresh air while the kids burn off their lunch on this fun, interactive play structure.
- Next up, pop into the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, 1675 Lower Water Street, and learn more about Nova Scotia’s rich nautical history. Make sure to check out the popular Theodore Tugboat exhibit based on the actual models and sets used in the Theodore Tugboat television series. And before you leave, check out the Marine Heritage Store for historical books, unique nautical gifts, and Maritime souvenirs for all ages. Admission is FREE for July and August, 2021.
- If there’s still some gas in the tanks, walk up George Street to the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, 1723 Hollis Street. Visit Maud Lewis’ little house and learn more about this beloved Nova Scotian folk artist. Admission is FREE for July and August, 2021.
- Time to head home. Before you leave, get a selfie to remember the day in front of Province House, Canada’s oldest house of government, at 1726 Hollis Street. Post it to the 'gram and tag #MeetMeDTHFX.
Other family-friendly places to visit in Downtown Halifax:
- Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21
- Peace and Friendship Park and the Train Station Playground (at Barrington and South streets)
- Halifax Citadel National Historic Site
- Historic Properties
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(Photo: Tourism Nova Scotia, Dean Casavechia)