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Maritime Museum of the Atlantic

At the Maritime Museum of Atlantic, you can explore the hydrographic research vessel, CSS Acadia, which is berthed at this museum's wharf. At other times, content yourself with wandering through the William Robertson & Son Ship Chandlery. For those interested in the Titanic, you might be aware of the fact that the recovered bodies of the tragedy were brought to the city's morgue and then interred here in 1912. Watch a film depicting the tragedy that was the Halifax Explosion in 1917. Check out more than 40 small watercraft and thousands of artifacts. Souvenirs can be purchased in the Museum Shop. The Museum is also rented out for different events.

Halifax, NS, Canada
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Harbor Hopper Tours

The Harbor Hopper Tour happens aboard a Lark V, built during the Vietnam War years to navigate on land and water. Individuals and groups up to 41 can be accommodated for a 55-minute tour. On the tour you will see it all - gardens, famous old churches and the City Hall. Then it's into the water for a different perspective. You can get your tickets at Harbor Hopper's kiosk, located next to the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic.

Halifax, NS, Canada
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Woozles

Operating since more than three decades, Woozles is one of the oldest stores in the region. A world for children, this store has an array of books, tapes and fun things to do to keep any child interested. Whether you want the classics or latest editions for your little and not-so-little ones, the store offers various genres in beautifully packaged gift sets. There are special low-cost workshops too; subjects such as candle making, book design, yo-yo tricks and how to make your own rain stick are covered regularly. Beside books and CDs, Woozles offers a wide variety of games and is a perfect place to stop by if you are wanting to shop for your little princes or princesses.

Halifax, NS, Canada
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The Halifax Public Gardens

To walk through the iron gates of The Halifax Public Gardens is to step back a century; Canada's first public gardens have that effect. Since 1867, visitors have enjoyed the flowers, trees, fountains, a pond and winding paths. Sit on a bench near the Victorian bandstand and listen to the music and marvel at the beauty of a huge Rhododendron in bloom. Bring lunch, you'll want to stick around. one thing to remember while visiting the park is that opening times vary in the winter and summer seasons.

Halifax, NS, Canada
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Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History

Within walking distance of downtown, Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History is a must see. Beautiful exhibits show life as it was for Nova Scotia natives. Examine the exquisite bead and quillwork on ancient clothing or check out the displays of local animals and insects. There is a see-through beehive that allows you to watch the critters go about their business. Kids especially love petting Gus the turtle, finding hiding places of tiny mice and voles and watching butterflies in the summer months.

Halifax, NS, Canada
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Emera Oval

The Emera Oval is an ice skating rink that is impossible to miss on the Cogswell Street. Open year round, the rink serves as a recreational facility for all those interested in ice skating and speed skating. If you wish to learn, skating classes are also available at the center. Those who are just accompanying friends but don't really wish to try the sport for themselves, can cheer them from the viewing area. The facility has also been used for several national and local level competitions in the past and has been extremely popular since its opening in 2010.

Halifax, NS, Canada
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Atlantica Hotel Halifax

Citadel Hill and Dalhousie University are minutes from this Halifax, Nova Scotia hotel. Each room includes free WiFi. A fitness centre, an indoor pool, hot tub and sauna are on-site at the hotel. Guest rooms at the Atlantica Hotel Halifax features a flat-screen TV with pay-per-view movies. A seating area and a work desk are included. Select rooms provide bathrobes. The Seasons by Atlantica Restaurant and Lounge is located at the Hotel Halifax Atlantica. This pet-friendly hotel provides an on-site cash machine and a free limo service to downtown Halifax. The Casino Nova Scotia is located in close proximity to the Atlantica Halifax Hotel. The Pier 21 Museum is also a short drive from the hotel.

Halifax, NS, Canada
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Nurtured

Nurtured is a full-fledged maternity and childcare shop that sells merchandise for pregnant women, babies and children of all ages. In fact, it allows would-be-moms and parents to form a community by organizing workshops in prenatal education, first aid and CPR, infant massages and baby-led weaning among other topics. The store's extensive collection includes maternity clothes, books on pregnancy and childcare, diapers, baby toothbrushes, strollers and car seats. It also has plenty for kids to explore with products like rainbow-colored playing blocks, toy xylophones, story books, wagons, pretend play games and backpacks. Nurtured also sells decor items that add an element of fun to kids' bedrooms.

Halifax, NS, Canada
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Fiddleheads Kids Shop

Fiddleheads Kids Shop is a one-stop store for all baby gear, kiddie clothing, books and toys. This waterfront boutique overlooks Lake Banook and can be easily accessed from the Trans Canada Trail. The helpful staff here guide everyone from mothers-to-be to preteens to select the merchandise best suited for their budget and needs. The shop specializes in baby strollers and car seats, made available in the latest designs and technologies. The strollers can be found in all-terrain, reversible, lightweight, travel, single and double varieties, while car seats are available for convertibles as well. There are also large sections for games, clothes, furniture, food and bath products. Kids enjoy selecting from merchandise like musical toys, action figures, binoculars, puppets and vintage wooden toys. Parents usually like the sheer range of safety equipment, baby monitors, potty seats, diaper bags and cribs found here.

Halifax, NS, Canada
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Shearwater Aviation Museum

The Shearwater Aviation Museum houses artifacts instrumental in the study and understanding of the past of the Canadian Maritime Military Aviation. The museum houses various aircrafts such as the McDonnel CF-101 Voodoo, the Canadair Tutor and the Fairey Swordfish among many others. In addition to the that, the museum also has an audio visual room and a theater, a well stocked library and a gift shop.

Shearwater, NS, Canada
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The Cole Harbour Heritage Farm Museum

Cole Harbour Heritage Farm Museum is a fine place to check out a farmer's life back in the 19th Century. Wander through barns, houses, a blacksmith shop and more, for a first-hand look at the hardworking existence of those who filled the markets in those days. Gardening is done here the old fashioned way. Herbs and perennials await your nose and eye. On site is the Rose & Kettle Tearoom where you can have a cuppa after wandering the farm. And, of course, the museum is full of fascinating information. Guided Tours can also be arranged by the museum. Note: The museum is open from mid-May to mid-October.

Cole Harbour, NS, Canada
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