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Activities & Attractions January 26, 2018

10 TripAdvisor-Reviewed Halifax Attractions

Halifax is feeling the love!

From hotels to attractions to places to eat, people are sharing their positive experiences and we want to send all that love right back!

In honour of Halifax ranking #4 in TripAdvisor’s 2018 Destinations on the Rise, we’ve listed Halifax’s TOP 10 TripAdvisor-rated attractions and some of our favourite reviews that travelers have left for them.

Read on for the TOP 10 TripAdvisor-approved things to do in Halifax:

1. HMCS Sackville

1675 Lower Water Street, Downtown Halifax

OMG! Incredible!

Such an incredible surprise! My husband wanted to “just” go an look at the ship… Well, we ended up going virtually EVERYWHERE on it!!! We were even in the engine room!

Any question one had was answered. I have no idea how long we were on the tour.

It was an experience where you lost track of time, because it was so interesting!

– Reviewed by TripAdvisor traveler MaAnHa from Seneca Falls, New York – September 4, 2017

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2. Fairview Lawn Cemetery

3720 Windsor Street, North End Halifax

Fascinating Cemetery

If you are remotely interested the History of the Titanic this is a must visit place. However if you are not familiar with the names behind the Graves you will struggle unless you do some research before your visit.

I would recommend that you take a tour with a local guide that has the knowledge and insight to explain exactly [what] you are looking at. We used Halifax Titanic Historical Tours. We had a wealth of information from the guide which really enhanced the whole experience of the visit.

Reviewed by TripAdvisor traveler OldContemptible from Tamworth,  United Kingdom on October 8, 2017

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3. Halifax Harbour Ferry

Halifax Ferry Terminal, Downtown Halifax

A lovely ride!

We enjoyed the quick trip across the harbour and back. It was also lucky that we arrived in Dartmouth just as the Natal Day parade was passing and we witnessed Sidney Crosby carrying the Stanley Cup.

It was a beautiful and fun way to see Halifax from the water.”

Reviewed by TripAdvisor traveler jearthy from Vancouver, Canada on August 7, 2017

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4. Point Pleasant Park

5718 Point Pleasant Drive, Downtown Halifax

Great park in the middle of Halifax

Walked to the park from our hotel (I may recommend driving lol it was a bit of a hike) and had a wonderful time.

There aren’t too many people and you get an incredible view of the water and a lighthouse off in the distance. There are tons of walking paths and any way you go is a beautiful scene.

Ran into a very nice officer on a horse as well as a nice woman walking her dog on the rocks. Everyone is so friendly it will make it hard to leave! A must while you are in Halifax.”

Reviewed by TripAdvisor traveler thompsonmerger2016 from Richmond Hill, Canada on August 23, 2017

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5. Maritime Museum of the Atlantic

1675 Lower Water Street, Downtown Halifax

What a great place!

I was visiting Halifax for just one night on a Maritime Road Trip so I wasn’t sure how much time I would have for museums and tours. However, the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, with its great location and reasonable admission fee, seemed like it would be a mildly interesting visit. How wrong I was! It was fantastic!

All the exhibits were spellbinding and the story of Halifax is told vividly through pictures and films. Listen, I don’t care about boats and fishing—yet [even] I found this place engaging and informative. It was easy for my senior companion to make her way around the building and I think I would make a second visit next time I am in Halifax!”

Reviewed by TripAdvisor traveler yeehaw from Nashville, TN on October 31, 2017

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6. Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21

1055 Marginal Road, Downtown Halifax

A wonderful surprise for recent (and not so recent) immigrants!

On the spur of the moment, I decided to see if my grandfather’s entry was listed, and the archivist found it right away! He’d come from Liverpool with his parents and brother, they had $50 between them, and my great-grandfather was heading to Toronto to work as a trolley driver for the TTC. We even received information about the boat they’d traveled on.
If you’re an immigrant, or know someone who is, this is the Ellis Island of Canada and well worth the visit.” Read the full review.

Reviewed by TripAdvisor traveler Deborah K from Cledon, Canada on October 5, 2017

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7. Halifax Waterfront Boardwalk

Something for Everyone

From the thrill of seeing my family name on a plaque at Pier 21 to a selfie with Theodore the Tugboat. The waterfront boardwalk truly has something for everyone.

Read the full review.

Reviewed by TripAdvisor traveler Venza2015 from Barrie, Canada on June 26, 2017

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Photo: Lora Pope

8. Halifax Citadel National Historic Site

5425 Sackville Street, Downtown Halifax

Excellent tour! One of the best we ever had!

Maintained by Parks Canada, this is a fascinating site. We had a wonderful tour guide, Jeff — he was full of information, was enthusiastic and funny. He presented everything in a way that COULD have been a dry recitation of facts, but he brought it to life.

Every single day (except Christmas Day) at 12:00 noon, the main cannon is fired. On the hour each day there is a changing of the guard. And walking tours are given throughout the day.

The views of the city are wonderful. I highly recommend this!”

Reviewed by TripAdvisor traveler lotsagoldens from Surprise, AZ on October 11, 2017

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9. Halifax Central Library

5540 Spring Garden Road, Downtown Halifax

One of the best public libraries I have ever been to

We wished we had it in our city. We have not checked the book section because we went for a quick visit and because we wanted to see the architecture.
The reading rooms are enormous, the light in the building is beautiful especially on the last floor. It is a wonderful place to study, to read, to get inspired, to write, to research. They have a section of books that can be consulted online too and a terrace on the last floor that is open in season. Halifax Central Library is really a place that inspires.”

Reviewed by TripAdvisor traveler Federica M from Rome, Italy on December 29, 2017

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10. Halifax Public Gardens

Spring Garden Road and South Park Street, Downtown Halifax

A Jewel in Halifax

What a beautiful jewel the city of Halifax has with their Public Gardens!

It was such a pleasure to walk the grounds and see the beautiful flowers and trees. It really is an oasis with many places to sit and relax. I could have sat for a very long time on a bench near the Boer War Memorial Fountain, in the shade, listening to the sound of the water and admiring the beauty of the gardens surrounding me.

We were lucky to be there on a gorgeous sunny day that really brought out the bright colours in the many different flower beds. The visit to the gardens was one of the highlights of our trip.”

Reviewed by TripAdvisor traveler Bijou-G from Ottawa, Canada on  August 16, 2017

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