A Very Classic Halifax Summer Fun List

I know the official first day of summer was technically a couple weeks ago but now that school is out it feels like it finally is really summer!

It feels like a long time coming and we are MORE than ready to soak in every warm summer day this year.  Growing up as a kid in Halifax is a privilege. Clean air, sparkling lakes and ocean beaches, forests for days...the possibilities for fun are endless.

We're welcoming it with lots of day trips and a couple longer road trip vacations which we're very excited about.

Every year our family creates, what we call, our Summer Fun List, also known as a Summer Bucket List. This year we were driven by our plans for a simple, retro-inspired summer (along with a few new favourite places to visit) that also celebrates our region.

Here are thirty ideas to get started!

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  1. Roll down Citadel Hill

  2. Walk on the ocean floor on the Bay of Fundy (though we'll probably save riding the highest tides till they're a little bigger!)

  3. Build a sand castle on any of our amazing beaches and check out the Clam Harbour competition for inspiration (we love the beaches all year round!)

  4. Visit Peggy’s Cove and fly a kite or climb the rocks (just stay away from those dark ones!!)

  5. Go on a whale watching boat and try to spot some ocean wildlife

  6. See ALL the parades happening this summer

  7. Kayak through the Shubie Canal

  8. Go on another family camping trip (read about our first one here, including some tips for camping with littles in an article I wrote here) and put that free Park Pass to good use!

  9. Spend a day wandering the waterfront taking in as many Busker acts as possible

  10. Go on a VIA Rail train ride to Truro or Moncton and stay overnight there (kids ride cheap in the summer!)

  11. Watch a movie outside, under the stars, at either one of the Atlantic Film Festival kids' offerings or at the drive-in theatre in the Annapolis Valley

  12. Re-visit our local museums, the Discovery Centre and Pier 21

  13. Watch fireworks over the harbour

  14. Climb to the top of the Dingle Tower (and play on their new natural playground and attend the Free Forest School on Tuesdays)

  15. Do a train focused weekend and visit all the spots on our train list here, as well as ride the new Halifax waterfront train

  16. Walk across the newly reopened Macdonald Bridge walkway

  17. Attend Peter Pan at Shakespeare by the Sea in Point Pleasant Park

  18. Visit Atlantic Playland and go on as many rides as possible

  19. Take the ferry back and forth across the habour and visit the playgrounds on either side.

  20. Ride our bikes as a family on a Rail Trail or one of the many parks in the region

  21. Get french fries from Bud the Spud and people-watch while we eat them

  22. Visit as many playgrounds as possible, including some out-of-province ones on the #Canada150 list we contributed to! Here are some of our favourites in the Halifax region to get started with.

  23. Sail the harbour on one of the boats that go to McNab's Island

  24. Read one hundred books per kid through Halifax's free summer reading club.

  25. Visit all the splash pads around the region, including this one which has become a summertime staple in our family!

  26. Go to all of the local tot-friendly animal adventures from our list here

  27. Visit a local Farmer’s Market (or even a working farm!) and buy supplies for lunch direct from the farmers.

  28. Go to the Commons and play on the Oval

  29. Eat ice cream on the waterfront boardwalk in Halifax, Dartmouth, or Eastern Passage (or all of them - there's never too many ice cream moments!)

  30. Visit the Public Gardens and have a picnic while enjoying music at the bandstand (plus Woozles does story time there every Tuesday too)

Are THERE Any that we've missed that you think we should add? Share in the comments below so others can add it to their list!