There is always something happening on Halifax’s Waterfront, and a walk along the strip is a must! The waterfront, lined with bars, restaurants, food stalls, souvenir shops, boats, and Adirondack chairs, manages to remain charming despite a large amount of tourist-focused businesses.
Like a little oasis in downtown Halifax, the Halifax Public Gardens is a beautiful spot to relax, people-watch, and enjoy a treat from the on-site café, Uncommon Grounds. The gorgeous manicured lawns and gardens are regular backdrops for weddings and photo shoots.
Halifax’s interactive science museum is an awesome place to spend a few hours, especially for kids. You can experiment in the Innovation Lab, watch live star shows in the Dome Theatre, and check out their fun exhibits and events.
Discovery Centre, 1215 Lower Water St, Halifax, NS, Canada, +1 902 492 4422
Originally built for the Canada Games in 2011, Haligonians were so in love with their new skating rink at the Halifax Commons that they voted to make it permanent. In the winter, you can rent skates (for free) and enjoy the rink, and in the summer, the rink turns into a roller rink.
Emera Oval, 5775 Cogswell St, Halifax, NS, Canada, +1 902 490 2347
Another lovely park in the city center, Point Pleasant is always buzzing with locals walking their dogs, having picnics, and enjoying the ocean view. Rent a bike and explore the park’s many trails.
Point Pleasant Park, 5718 Point Pleasant Dr, Halifax, NS, Canada, +1 902 490 4700
Located in the downtown Parade Square, St. Paul’s, founded in 1749, was the first building in Halifax. While you’re there, check out “The Ghost Window,” a ghost-like silhouette in the window caused by the Halifax Explosion in 1917.
St. Paul’s Anglican Church, 1749 Argyle St, Halifax, NS, Canada, +1 902 429 2240
With a history dating back to 1915, Neptune Theatre is the largest professional theater in Atlantic Canada. The season runs from mid-September to the end of May and often carries well into July. Previous productions include CATS, Beauty and the Beast, Shrek, and Mary Poppins.
Neptune Theatre, 1593 Argyle St, Halifax, NS, Canada, +1 902 429 7070
Make like a local and hop across the harbor to Dartmouth aboard the Halifax Harbour Ferry. Once in Dartmouth, be sure to head to Two If By Sea for giant croissants and locally roasted coffee. Ferry service runs every half an hour.
Discover Halifax’s rich maritime history at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. You’ll learn about the Halifax Explosion, Halifax’s role in the aftermath of the sinking of the Titanic, its shipbuilding past, and so much more.
The fortress on Citadel Hill was created to defend the city from attack, but today, it is a lively national site and museum. Tour guides dressed in historical costumes will take you on a fascinating journey through this crucial site in Halifax’s history.
The newly opened Seven Bays is part bouldering gym, part hip café. Get in a fun workout at the gym, and then enjoy a cold drink on their patio.
Seven Bays Bouldering, 2019 Gottingen St, Halifax, NS, Canada, +1 902 407 9656
A new library may seem like a bit of an odd attraction, but if you take one look at the building, you’ll know why it made this list. The beautiful five-level glass library, located downtown, has two cafés, a rooftop terrace, and regular free events.
Walk, Segway, ride, kayak, or sail around Halifax with one of the many tour companies. Particularly popular tours include the Harbour Hopper, an amphibious tour bus that drives you around downtown and then into the harbor; Taste Halifax Tours, which lets you sample some of the best food in the city; and the ghost tours, which take you to the city’s most haunted spots!
If you don’t go to Peggy’s Cove, can you even consider yourself a Halifax tourist? A short drive from Halifax, Peggy’s Cove is practically a must. You can walk along the rocks, enjoy stunning ocean views, and take your mandatory photo with the lighthouse.
Peggy’s Cove, 185 Peggys Point Rd, Peggys Cove, NS, Canada, +1 289 828 3458
Halifax’s first burial ground, founded in 1749, was beautifully restored in the 1980s. You’ll find notable headstones and find yourself transported to Halifax’s early history.