The Discovery Centre has always been a favourite Halifax attraction for both the young and the young at heart. Now that they’ve moved in to their new state-of-the-art facilities on the Halifax waterfront, there’s even more to be excited about! A stunning space, permanent exhibits and displays for kids of all ages; everyone who visits raves about Halifax’s new waterfront science centre.
Since the Discovery Centre is a must-see attraction, we know that’ll be one of your first stops in Halifax. Once you’ve spent some time exploring the galleries packed with things do, seen a live star show in the immersive Dome Theatre, and seen the featured exhibit on display, here are 7 other places to visit within a 7 minute walk of this cool, new space.
1 – Maritime Museum of the Atlantic
Located just a short stroll down the boardwalk from the Discovery Centre, the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic has something for locals and visitors alike.
With permanent collections devoted to the Titanic, the Halifax Explosion and Shipwreck Treasures, as well as fascinating pop-up exhibits there’s plenty for everyone to explore!
Visit the museum’s website for info on admission rates and hours.
2 – Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market
Practically a next-door neighbour of the new Discovery Centre, don’t miss a trip to the Seaport Farmers Market. Baked goods, local produce, amazing coffee and a beautiful rooftop patio – this place has it all.
Click here for a list of the market vendors and for the largest selection, visit the market on a Saturday morning.
» Can’t-Miss Vendors at the Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market
3 – Elements on Hollis
Diagonally across from the Discovery Centre, in the beautiful Westin Nova Scotia, you’ll find Elements on Hollis.
With a focus on working with local suppliers, Elements on Hollis helps to support local agriculture – even the wine list features numerous Nova Scotian selections.
4 – Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21
Just a few steps down from the Halifax Seaport Farmers Market, the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 will help you learn about the path immigrants took to Canada.
You can also use the Scotiabank Family History Centre to help uncover your roots as well – a trip worth taking for the whole family.
Photo: Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21
5 – Garrison Brewing Co.
Need to wet your whistle after exploring the Discovery Centre? Head to Garrison Brewing Co. Across from the Seaport Farmer’s Market, Garrison has a flavor for every taste – and a lovely patio in the summer, too!
If you’re bringing the kids along, that’s okay, too: they brew their own craft sodas! The root beer is a personal favourite.
» 7 Craft Breweries in Halifax That Will Cure What Ales You
6 – I Heart Bikes
Looking to travel just a little bit further? From May through October, I Heart Bikes offers a variety of tours around Halifax and Dartmouth.
Looking to explore on your own? No worries – grab a rental and head out!
» Top 10 Guided Tours of Halifax
Photo: I Heart Bikes
If a tour is what you’re looking for, the Harbour Hopper should be your next stop. Open May to October; the interactive tour escorts passengers around the downtown on an amphibious vehicle!
One second you’re on the street, and before you know it, you’re cruising on the harbour!
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