If warplanes and fighter aircraft interest you then head straight to the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum. This museum houses aircraft models that were actually used during World War II. It is home to several propeller-powered aircraft, helicopters and military jets. Several of the aircraft on display are in an operational condition. Avro Lancaster is a part of the museum's air shows. The Lancaster is one of the few functional Lancasters on the planet.
Established in 1914, the Art Gallery of Hamilton is a famous public gallery in the city and one of the oldest in Canada. The gallery was renovated in 2005, replete with a spacious pavilion and modern exhibition spaces. Boasting of a collection that amounts to 9000 objects, it focuses on European and Canadian art. The gallery calendar is always full with interesting events like temporary exhibitions, art classes, workshops and art festivals. The efforts are directed towards giving the common man a unique art experience. A visit to this space gets you acquainted with the exquisite world of fine art and contemporary art.
Located at the Dundurn Park, the Dundurn Castle is a stunning 19th-century castle that clearly showcases the best of Neoclassical architecture. Regarded as a historic site, this majestic castle covers an area of 18,000 square foot (1,700 square meters) and comprises of 72 rooms in total. Lush gardens and the Hamilton Military Museum are also located on the castle grounds. If you are in the city and have some time to spare, then certainly head to the Dundurn Castle. A stroll through this historic building will not only allow you to learn more about the life of the people in the 19th Century, but it will also be a memorable way to spend the day especially if you are a history enthusiast.
FirstOntario Centre, formerly known as Copps Coliseum, is a sought-after event venue in North America. It is a multifaceted entertainment arena that hosts a variety of happenings ranging from massive sporting events to intimate artistic spectacles. The facilities at FirstOntario Centre are excellent, creating a great backdrop for such high profile goings on as American Idol performances and Britney Spears concerts. Check the events schedule when in Hamilton for the chance to see some first-rate entertainment.
Adding to the long list of outdoors entertainment in Hamilton is the Fifty Point Conservation Area. This area is ideal for water sports, biking, hiking, picnics and a whole lot more; an ideal place to relax and unwind with your friends and family. There are also dining options on site, ensuring full returns for the small entry price.
An address that's more than 150 years old, the Locke Street South hosted horse races during the early 18th century. Today, this historic address beckons those seeking retail bliss. Come here with plenty of time on hand as the street has a lot to offer in the form of eclectic shops, health and wellness services, specialty stores and diverse eateries to satiate your tastebuds. Apart for shopping, the place is bustling with travelers and locals during cultural events and markets.
Absinthe Hamilton is the go-to place for catching concerts while in Hamilton. Treat yourself to delicious food and sip your favorite drink while at this concert venue and add to your overall experience. From top DJs to talented musicians and bands, who's who of the local music circuit play at this exciting venue on a regular basis. Catching concerts of up and coming artists at Absinthe Hamilton is a experience that should not be missed. Fun parties are hosted at this venue on a regular basis drawing a decent crowd of youth from across the city.
Run by Sonic Unyon Records, Mills Hardware is an intimate space for concerts, exhibitions, dance and theater. It also has four basement rooms for rehearsals. The exposed brick walls and high ceilings give it an industrial look. Equipped with good acoustics and lighting, it also has a fully equipped bar.