Calgary Tower#11 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.
After riding the elevator to the observation deck, head to the Theatre Room. In the Theatre Room, make sure to check out the short film, "Calgary Tower – Building and Icon," and Travel Alberta's most recent fly-through video, which shows footage of Alberta from the sky. The films run every 15 minutes from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and admission is included with your elevator ticket purchase.
If you're hungry or thirsty, you can dine in the Sky 360 Restaurant and Lounge, which rotates high about the city in a 45-minute spin at lunch and every 60 minutes during dinner. A Ruth's Chris Steak House is also located at the base of the tower.
Though past visitors said the tower offers nice views of the city, some bemoaned the ticket price and said it's only worthwhile on a clear day. Others were disappointed in the lack of attractions or exhibits at the top of the tower. Still, if you're on the hunt for a memorable view of the city or a quick activity, you can't go wrong at Calgary Tower, according to reviewers.
Located in the heart of downtown Calgary, the tower is open to visitors every day from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. from June to August and from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. from September to May. The closest CTrain stations are 1st Street SW or Centre Street. Admission to the tower costs CA$18 (about $13) for visitors ages 13 and older. For more information, check out Calgary Tower's website.
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#1 Glenbow Museum
Heralded as one of Canada's finest, the Glenbow Museum caters to history buffs and art lovers alike. Exhibits here focus mainly on the culture of Western Canada, featuring everything from interactive displays on the First Nations tribes to an extensive collection of military memorabilia. However, there are also displays of European Art, Asian sculpture and even West African artifacts, plus plenty of hands-on activities to keep children entertained.
Recent visitors praised the museum's fascinating exhibits, treatment of history and its interactive arts and crafts opportunities.
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