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Things to do in Calgary

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Zoo
“The Calgary Zoo is a globally recognized conservation organization that guides, innovates, and applies scientific solutions to restore some of the world’s most endangered species. Locally and globally they take action in the wild every day to yield powerful benefits for nature and for people. The Calgary Zoo welcomes over 1.3 million guests annually. As visitors discover the rare and endangered species. It is home to over 1,000 animals, excluding individual fish and insects, and 272 different species. The 120-acre zoo is organized by into six distinct zones: Destination Africa, Canadian Wilds, Penguin Plunge, Dorothy Harvie Botanical Gardens and ENMAX Conservatory, Eurasia, and Prehistoric Park. The zoo is open every day except for Christmas Day.”
  • 211 locals recommend
Museum
“The Glenbow Museum is located on Stephen Avenue, and the First Thursday of each month is free admission!”
  • 145 locals recommend
Park
“A beautiful park with stunning pathways! It plays host to events like Shakespeare in the park and the Calgary folk music festival!”
  • 166 locals recommend
Monument / Landmark
“Stunning view of the city from the top of the Tower! Be sure to book a table for dinner at the 'Sky 360' restaurant.”
  • 93 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Shopping Mall Downtown Calgary. The beautiful devonian gardens which is at the top floor!”
  • 100 locals recommend
Office
“The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth! Takes place only two weeks every July. Don't miss it!”
  • 121 locals recommend
Science Museum
“Learn together at the Science Centre! A great indoor play space for your kids! ”
  • 116 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Great large shopping mall, enjoy Calgary's low tax rate and Canada's low Canadian dollar. ”
  • 91 locals recommend
History Museum
“Heritage Park Historical Village is a historical park in Calgary on 127 acres of parkland on the banks of the Glenmore Reservoir, along the city's southwestern edge. As Canada's second largest living history museum, it is one of the city's most visited tourist attractions.”
  • 115 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“CrossIron Mills is a fully enclosed shopping centre just outside the northern city limits of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and immediately east of the hamlet of Balzac in Rocky View County. It was developed by Ivanhoé Cambridge, a major Canadian real estate company. Completed in August 2009,[1] the mall is the largest single-level shopping centre in Alberta, containing approximately 109,440 m2 (1,178,000 sq ft) of retail and entertainment space with over 200 stores. Immediately east of the CrossIron Mills property is Century Downs Racetrack and Casino, one of two A-level equine racetracks in Alberta. Operated by the United Horsemen of Alberta (UHA), Century Downs Racetrack and Casino has been open since April 2015. ”
  • 85 locals recommend
Stadium
“Host of the Calgary Flames NHL team, Calgary Hitmen Jr. Hockey team and the Calgary Roughnecks (Lacrosse Team). a great evening out for sports, concerts and other events. ”
  • 101 locals recommend
Bus Station
“From it’s start, the Calgary Tower featured full 360 degree panoramic views from the restaurant and observation levels. The restaurant’s revolving floor had a capacity for up to 200 guests and the original observation deck had a capacity for 250. The Upper Deck section was complete with a cocktail lounge and snack bar. One unprecedented feature for its time was the continual pour of concrete using a relatively new slip-forming construction technique. The tower stands 190.8 meters (626 feet). ”
  • 111 locals recommend
Museum
“Located in the East Village - The National Music Centre would be a good place to go if there weather is not conducive to being outside!”
  • 67 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Want an indoor mall that that is still relatively close with lots of variety? This is an alternative to the massive indoor Chinook Mall.”
  • 60 locals recommend
Park
“Nose Hill Park is a natural environment park, it's the fourth largest urban park in Canada, and one of the largest in North America, grate City view from the hills.”
  • 76 locals recommend
Park
“The park features 80 kilometres (50 mi) of trails, of which 30 kilometres (19 mi) are paved,[2] and is home to a large variety of natural wildlife, including deer, coyotes, owls, and beavers. Over 200 bird species have been seen in the park include great blue herons.”
  • 68 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Gastropub
“The prettiest spot in town! Make sure you check out this restaurant in the summer!”
  • 57 locals recommend
Bar
“Located beside Craft Beer Hall, these two large locations are always busy at night and especially on the weekends. National has a bowling alley in their basement!”
  • 59 locals recommend
Meal Takeaway
“This is my favourite place! I love the kale salad and the margherita pizza!”
  • 54 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
“Awesome Mexican food, and a wall of specialty tequilas! Make sure to visit this spot on a Tuesday!”
  • 49 locals recommend
Music Venue
“One of our favorite places on 17th Ave. Communal seating and very social pub. Amazing Patio.”
  • 56 locals recommend
Pub
“Our favorite pub downtown. Amazing food but no patio. Next door to the National Bar as well if you want to hit both pubs. ”
  • 39 locals recommend
Restaurant
“This is an old favourite with some nice creative food. Check the menu online as its been awhile... Hopefully its still awesome.”
  • 38 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Mexican style restaurant! Make sure to check out any night of the week, but especially Taco Tuesday! ”
  • 41 locals recommend

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