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 ‘JoyLab’. This fun, interactive exhibit features different Instagram-ready experiences that will leave you and the kids feeling more joyful.
- 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! A Mano’s ever-changing flavours of gelato and sorbets are handmade and great for sharing (or not!).
- 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.
- 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. Enjoy free access to the Gallery on Thursday nights with their BMO Free Access Night from 5:00–9:00 pm.
- 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 Instagram and tag it #MeetMeDTHFX.
Other family-friendly attractions to visit in Downtown Halifax:
- Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21
- Halifax Citadel National Historic Site
- Historic Properties
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Wondering what else you can do in Downtown Halifax? Check out our list of over 70 Things to Do in Downtown Halifax here.
Photo Credit: Tourism Nova Scotia / Photographer: Dean Casavechia