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Top 10 things to do in Halifax for under $10!

Here is a list of the top 10 things to see and do in and around Halifax for $10 or less; Nova Scotia’s capital is a destination full of big memories for a small cost!

  1. Explore the Museum of Natural History

Cost: $6.30 (One adult)

Visiting Gus the Gopher Tortoise is worth the $6.30 alone! Over 90-years-old, Gus is originally from Florida and was brought to the Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History in the 1940s.

Besides Gus, the Museum of Natural History provides visitors with plenty of wonders to explore: you’ll find glittering gold, interesting Mi’kmaq artifacts, sea creatures and a whole whale skeleton. Interact with the Netukulimk exhibit and get to know the sights and sounds of Nova Scotia’s forests or go to the Moon with the museum’s Science on a Sphere exhibit.

  1. Discover the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic

Cost: $9.55 (One adult)

For less than $10, discover Nova Scotia’s rich maritime heritage at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. Located in the heart of Halifax’s vibrant waterfront, you can explore all things maritime including small craft boatbuilding,World War Convoys, the Days of Sail, the Age of Steam, the Titanic and the Halifax Explosion. Experience Nova Scotia’s relationship with the sea though the stories, people and events that have helped to shape the province’s seafaring culture.

BONUS: Every Tuesday evening from June 7 to August 30, head to the Museum’s waterfront courtyard for live music with Tuesday Night Tunes. Best part? It’s FREE!

  1. Get active at the Emera Oval

Cost: Free

Who doesn’t love a family-friendly FREE activity? The Emera Oval, located on the Halifax North Common at the corner of North Park Street and Cogswell Street is best known for its beginnings as an ice skating rink, but did you know that it’s also open during the summer? The Oval has a diverse selection of equipment available to borrow. Take a skateboard, longboard, bike, scooter, or inline/roller skate for a spin… for FREE!

TIP: Don’t forget to bring a valid government ID with you, you’ll need it to be able to rent equipment!

  1. Discover the Atlantic Canada Aviation Museum

Cost: Free (there is a suggested donation of $8 and all funds go to helping to improve the museum)

Located near the Halifax Stanfield International Airport, the Atlantic Canada Aviation Museum is Atlantic Canada’s only museum devoted to preserving all aspects of our aviation heritage. With both civilian and military aviation history on display, the Atlantic Canada Aviation Museum has hundreds of artifacts, large and small, from books, badges and uniforms, to engines and aircrafts! Discover Atlantic Canada’s unique aviation heritage dating back from the earliest balloons and gliders to today’s modern aircrafts.

  1. Take the Harbour Water Taxi to Alderney Landing

Cost: $10 (for two taxi stubs)

For $10 you can catch a round trip ride with Harbour Water Taxi between Dartmouth’s Alderney Landing and the Halifax waterfront. The Harbour Water Taxi has been in operation since summer 2015, offering locals and visitors a fast, safe and fun method to travel. It’s a great way to experience Halifax the way it was meant to be—by sea!

Once you’ve arrive at Alderney Landing, head to the theatre, the art gallery, the weekend market, the local shops, the World Peace Pavilion or my favorite, Evan’s Fresh Seafoods and Restaurant.

  1. Spend an afternoon at the Halifax Central Library

Cost: Free

The Halifax Central Library is a public library located on the corner of Spring Garden Road and Queen Street. New to the city, the library was designed by the Danish firm Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects in collaboration with local Halifax architects Fowler Bauld & Mitchell.

In 2015, the Halifax Central Library made the shortlist for the World Building of the Year 2015 in the Civics and Community Buildings category. Not only is the library an architectural masterpiece, it’s also a community hub with plenty of free events for all ages and interests.

Learn more about the Halifax Central Library’s programs and events.

  1. Tour the Halifax Harbour on Theodore Too
    : $10 (One child)

This one is for kids of all ages or those who have watched Theodore Tugboat on television between 1993 and 2001 will feel particular nostalgia on this fun boat ride.

Today, you can take a harbour tour with a brightly coloured, giant replica of the tugboat, named Theodore Too. Designed with children in mind, the Big Harbour Tour informs and entertains, bringing the sights and sounds of an actual working harbour to life.

  1. Play smart at the Discovery Centre

Cost: $10 (One adult)

Located in downtown Halifax, the Discovery Centre is Nova Scotia’s only hands-on science centre. It features dynamic travelling and permanent exhibitions, a state-of-the-art digital planetarium, high-definition films, live science demonstrations and interesting science programs for all ages. The Discovery Centre’s is the smartest place to play!

  1. Discover the Dartmouth Heritage Museum 

Cost: $5

Discover Dartmouth just across the harbour from Halifax. Before amalgamation with Halifax in the 1990s, Dartmouth was a separate and unique city. Today, Dartmouth is a proud region with its own rich history and heritage.

The Dartmouth Heritage Museum focuses on protecting, preserving and promoting the history of Dartmouth and area. This museum is located in Evergreen House, a restored Victorian house built in 1867 – a fine example of a mid-Victorian gentleman’s residence in the Halifax region.  The gallery houses temporary art and heritage exhibitions with over 14,000 photographs, a rich artifact collection, historic and genealogy files, and has much to offer research enthusiasts of all ages.

  1. Sail away at Saint Mary’s Boat Club 

Cost: Free

Every Saturday and Sunday between June 1 and September 30, you can visit the Saint Mary’s Boat Club and rent a canoe for an hour for FREE. The last rental available is at 6 pm, and you can arrive as early as 11 am to take a boat out for a cruise around the Northwest Arm!

Let us know your favourite activity to do in Halifax at $10 or less!

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