King's Square

#9 in Best Things To Do in Saint John, New Brunswick
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Key Info

100 King St.

Price & Hours

Free

Details

Parks and Gardens, Free Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
3.5

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  • 5.0Value
  • 3.0Facilities
  • 3.5Atmosphere

If you want to enjoy a bit of greenery, sunshine and music on a warm summer day, spend an hour or two sitting in King's Square. At the center of this park lies the King Edward VII Memorial Bandstand, a raised structure with a copper roof and fountain that was built in 1908. The historic bandstand hosts multiple free outdoor concerts on select Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday evenings (weather permitting). It also sits adjacent to the Saint John City Market, making it an excellent place to enjoy a coffee, snack or lunch.

Visitors say this park is beautiful and relaxing, adding that it's a can't-miss spot for people-watching and picnicking. Others praise its historical monuments and unique design, which resembles the British flag. However, some lament the park's lack of amenities.

King's Square is located in the city center about halfway between the Saint John River and the Courtenay Bay Channel. It's situated within walking distance of several museums, including the Loyalist House, the Saint John Jewish Historical Museum and the New Brunswick Museum. Street parking is readily available around the park, and more than 10 bus lines have stops nearby. The park is free to visit 24 hours a day. To learn more about King's Square, visit the Discover Saint John website.

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#1 Reversing Falls Rapids

Sitting just 2 miles southwest of uptown Saint John, the Reversing Falls Rapids are a must-see destination in New Brunswick. Here's what makes this natural site such an anomaly: Its gurgling whirlpools, impressive rapids and small waterfalls flow one way with the incoming tide and another with the outgoing tide. You can watch the churning water from one of several rooftop viewing areas in Fallsview and Wolastoq parks.

Although some previous travelers lamented the charge attached to viewing the rapids from the Reversing Falls Restaurant's observation deck, others were quick to recommend visiting the other platforms, which are free to access. For an adrenaline rush, consider paying for a zip lining excursion with Saint John Adventures. Zip line rates vary depending on the time of year.

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