A Very Classic Halifax Summer Fun List

The warm weather’s arrival in Halifax always 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 (or even ride the highest tides if your kids are big and brave enough!).

  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 a family camping trip (read about our first one here).

  9. Spend a day wandering the Halifax waterfront during the Busker Festival, taking in as many 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 natural playground).

  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 and visit the Train Station playground.

  16. Walk or bike across the Macdonald Bridge walkway.

  17. Attend the family performance at Shakespeare by the Sea in Point Pleasant Park.

  18. Visit Atlantic Splash Adventures and go on as many rides as possible.

  19. Take the ferry back and forth across the harbour and visit the playgrounds on both the Halifax side and the Dartmouth side.

  20. Go on a family bike ride on a Rail Trail or one of the many parks in the region.

  21. Get french fries or other treats from a food truck and people-watch.

  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 the one by this playground 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 and on their playground.

  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!