Calgary Tower#8 in Best Things To Do in Calgary
Standing a whopping 626 feet high, this landmark was once the tallest building in the city. It was originally constructed in 1967 to celebrate Canada's Centennial and in 1988, the Calgary Tower also sheltered the Olympic flame. Today, the tower now acts as the city's centerpiece, offering tourists spectacular views of Calgary and the Rocky Mountains. While you will pay to climb the 762 steps to the top (or to ride the elevator), one TripAdvisor user writes that it's the "best view in Alberta east of the mountains […] The view is panoramic and worth every penny."
Located in the heart of downtown Calgary, the tower is open to visitors every day from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. during the summer and from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. during the winter. Admission is around $15 CAD for adults and $11 or $7 CAD for kids, depending on their ages (prices are roughly equivalent in American dollars). For more information, check out Calgary Tower's website.
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#1 Prince's Island Park
According to a TripAdvisor user, this island park near the Calgary Zoo is "A great place to go for a walk, play some Frisbee, toss the football around or have a picnic. I was amazed of how such a clean family friendly park could exsist in the middle of a city." Trails lined with cottonwood trees appeal to walkers and bikers alike, while regular festivals and an outdoor theater beckon to culture-hounds. For food, just follow the footbridge across the Bow River to the stalls of Eau Claire Market. Looking for more refined dining? Then check out the River Café.
The park is open all day, every day, and you don't have to pay to play. For more information, visit the Prince's Island Park website.
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