Spruce Meadows#4 in Best Things To Do in Calgary
If the Calgary Stampede doesn't satisfy your appetite for equine action, make your way to Spruce Meadows. This top-notch sporting facility—whose name springs from the surrounding spruce trees—hosts some of Canada's most prominent horseback riding events. Here, talented jockeys compete for national titles (and prize money) in adrenaline-pumping events like show-jumping and cross-country. According to one TripAdvisor user, "Stampede comes but once a year and is full of tourists. Spruce Meadous is where you see real Calgarians (and their pets) enjoying themselves each summer."
For visitors, Spruce Meadows is more than your average riding arena. You can get up close and personal with the horses while touring the stables, explore the exquisitely manicured gardens, or let the kiddos run wild at the Canadian Superstore Playground. The facility also hosts numerous events, like the Christmas Market.
Spruce Meadows is open every day of the year, although hours may vary depending on the season. General admission, which includes rush seating, is $5 CAD (about $5 USD) for adults. Senior citizens and kids 12 and under are welcome free of charge. To learn more about Spruce Meadows and for a complete listing of upcoming events, visit the facility's official 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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