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Best Things To Do in Montreal

Montreal's museums, historic sites, shopping districts and nightclubs provide plenty of entertainment. For a taste of historic Montreal, spend a day exploring the 18th-century buildings of Vieux-Montréal, which now house small museums and souvenir shops. This city is also a great destination for families, with attractions like the Montreal Biodôme and La Ronde Amusement Park. If you are visiting during the winter, escape the cold by heading down to the shopping malls and museums of the Underground City.

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#1
Old Montreal (Vieux-Montreal) Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: As the site of the original city of Montreal, Vieux-Montréal (accessible from the Orange Line's Place-d'Armes métro station ... read more»

#2
Montreal Botanical Gardens (Jardin Botanique de Montreal)
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Thanks to 10 large greenhouses — each tailored to a specific theme — the 185-acre Botanical Gardens is home to more than ... read more»

#3
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (Musée des Beaux-Arts)
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Montreal's most prestigious museum has been building its collection of fine arts for well over a century. Feast your ... read more»

#4
Jean-Talon Market Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: In a world dominated by overly refrigerated, fluorescently lit supermarkets, the Jean-Talon Market is literally a breath of fresh air ... read more»

#5
St. Joseph's Oratory (Oratoire Saint-Joseph) Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Sitting adjacent to Mont-Royal, this immense basilica is the highest point in Montreal. Dedicated to St. Joseph, Jesus' earthly father ... read more»

#6
Parc du Mont-Royal Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: This 761-foot hill from which Montreal got its name is the largest of the city's parks. Towering over central ... read more»

#7
Notre-Dame Basilica (Basilique Notre-Dame)
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: It is said that when architect James O'Donnell designed the Notre-Dame Basilica in 1824, he was so moved by ... read more»

#8
Montreal Biodome (Biodome de Montreal)
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Housed in the former Olympic bicycle-racing stadium, the Montreal Biodome is home to four distinct ecosystems: a polar environment; a ... read more»

#9
Museum of Archaeology and History (Pointe-à-Callière Museum)
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Overall Rating: Rating: 3.5

Why go: Many say that this is the best place to begin discovering Montreal. While the modern architecture may not be typical ... read more»

#10
La Ronde Amusement Park
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Overall Rating: Rating: 3.5

Why go: This beloved amusement park on Ile Sainte-Hélène — originally constructed for the 1967 International and Universal Exposition (Expo 67) and now ... read more»

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