Spruce Meadows#8 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.
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, which is a must-do, according to recent visitors.
Spruce Meadows is open every day of the year, although hours may vary depending on the season. General admission, which includes rush seating, costs CA$5 (about $3.75) for adults when there is a tournament (otherwise free for all). Senior citizens and kids 12 and younger are always 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 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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