Prince's Island Park#1 in Best Things To Do in Calgary
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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#2 Heritage Park
Calgary's Wild West past still thrives at this 66-acre living-history village. Nestled beside the Glenmore Reservoir and just south of downtown, this history-lover's paradise swarms with costumed staff re-enacting times gone by. You'll explore an 1860s replica of a fur-trading post, a ranch and a historic village—all of which are still functioning. You can take a ride on a steam locomotive or a horse-drawn wagon or cruise the reservoir by paddle-wheeler boat. For a better understanding of Calgary's history, check out the Gasoline Alley Museum, home to numerous artifacts representing the city's frontier days.
Recent visitors agree that Heritage Park is a must-see, especially if you have kids. One TripAdvisor user writes: "Kudos to the hard-working people who conceived this place and those who work here every day. We thoroughly enjoyed stepping back in time. Great for all ages."
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