Calgary has so many great attractions and interesting places to see. There is no way to list them all. Whether you prefer museums or you'd rather enjoy a sports attraction, you can find it in Calgary. So here are some of the top places to visit, whether you are just visiting or feeling like a great day out you won’t be disappointed.
Canada Olympic Park
This Olympic park was built for the 1988 Winter Olympics, it is a fantastic facility for athletes to train and is used by the city’s residents all year round. It offers ski and snowboarding slopes, bob-sled rides, a park for mountain biking, summer Luge rides and all year Zipline rides. It hosts a number of restaurants and a gift shop, you can visit the Hall of Fame Museum too, and see the hero’s of the Winter Olympics.
This is a fantastic day out for kids and adults. There are so many things to see and do, including the Flight and Motion simulators, experiment with air-pressurized rockets, learn all about the radar screens that help air traffic controllers monitor planes and build a space station of your own. The centre has a NASA certified space shuttle and rocks taken from moonwalks.
Calgary has many great attractions and a number of good reasons bring new families to the area every year. The main attraction or at least the place with the main attractions throughout the year is the The Scotiabank Saddledome. This large venue is home to the Calgary Flames, an NHL team and two other hockey teams (Calgary Hitmen and Calgary Roughnecks) and provides a place for top concerts and other events.
Whether you come to the Saddledome to watch hockey or you come for a concert, you're sure to have a great time.
Banff National Park
Words never do Banff justice when trying to explain it or define it. This park spans 2,500 square miles and includes everything from forests, rivers and meadows to glaciers and epic mountain ranges. The scenery here is nothing short of stunning - every sight is liable to literally steal your breath away.
Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre
This centre is a beautiful explosion of colour and cultural history. Offering a museum, gallery, gift shop, gym, auditorium, restaurant and much more. The main hall has a breathtaking structure of a dome that has been painstakingly adorned with delicate designs and exotic colours. The dome is dominated by the lucky colour red, and was constructed to replicate the Temple of Heaven in Beijing.
We might not have the tallest tower in the world but it's definitely the tallest tower in Calgary and the glass floor on the observation deck gives you a whole new perspective on our city, if you're not faint of heart that is. Being 525 feet above ground means that you get to see Calgary in a truly unique way.
The Calgary Tower observation deck is an amazing glass floor, birds-eye view of the city. They offer complimentary tours full of historical facts, landmark information and plans for the future. It’s only steps away from downtown entertainment and nightlife, as well as shopping and dining.
At the base of the tower, check out the Tourism Calgary Visitor Information Centre with info on arts and culture, the award-winning cuisine, nightlife, trails and outdoor activities.
Aero Space Museum
If you're a fan of anything to do with flight or space travel then you're going to love spending time at this museum. There's a wide range of aircraft on display here, dating from World War I onwards, with every exhibit being a tribute to the courage and innovation of Canadian aviators and inventors.
Big Rock Brewery Ltd
This enterprising brewery started in 1985 and has kept growing since. Started by a former lawyer, barley farmer and beer aficionado, the brewery produces some of the best independently crafted beer in North America.
A day out in the zoo is something every family can enjoy and the Calgary Zoo features all of the animals you'd expect to find in a modern zoo, plus it also has a dinosaur exhibit too!
Spruce Meadows puts on 6 international tournaments for horse show jumping annually along with 300 other fantastic events throughout the year. The Southern Family operates and owns this facility that was created to offer good sport, commerce and friendship. It is committed to being the world’s leading venue for horse sports internationally while focusing on the hosting and organization of tournaments for show jumping.
Whether you come out for the annual rodeo event or you prefer thoroughbred racing, you will find it at Stampede Park. This attraction provides a number of things to do from the casino in the Big Four Building to the Grain Academy in the Roundup Centre. Bring the entire family for one of the many events or just come out to enjoy the casino year-round.
Other top attractions in Calgary include Heritage Park, the Military Museums and Fish Creek Provincial Park, as well as the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra.
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