Looking for some cheap, fun things to see and do in Calgary? Well get on your horse because this city has some very unique and affordable options for you.
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One great way to save on local fun things to do in Calgary is to check Groupon, the money-saving website that features local discounts in 150 cities. Visit the Calgary Groupon page and you’ll find savings of anywhere from 40-90% on attractions, tours, theatre tickets, activities, golf, skiing, comedy, dinner spots and accommodations. The Groupon Calgary page is a smart place to check out when you’re first planning your trip and even when you’re in the middle of your Calgary visit because new deals get added weekly and even daily many times.
The Military Museums of Calgary is a wonderful, affordable thing to do. It’s actually eight museums in one, including the Naval, Army and Air Force Museums of Alberta. Here you’ll learn about the military efforts, triumphs and tragedies of the Canadian forces. Walk through a WWI trench, stand at the helm of a WWI wheelhouse and witness a bomber squadron’s mission over enemy territory. There are even veterans on hand to provide you with a first person account of Canada’s military involvement. To go on a mission to The Military Museums of Calgary is definitely a fun, cheap thing to see and do in the city—just $10 per adult, $4 for kids, kids under 7 are free and if you’re bringing the whole troop, a family admission is only $20.
Another historic thing to do in Calgary that’s also cheap on the pocket book is a day at the Glenbow Museum. One of the largest museums in Canada, the Glenbow Museum has over a million artifacts to see and over 28,000 paintings. Learn about the mavericks who founded Alberta and the Blackfoots who have lived for thousands of years on the plains of Alberta. Marvel at Asian sculptures; some dating back to the first century. See the earth’s oldest rock. Have fun taking in modern art by Emily Carr, Jack Shadbolt and more. Adult admission to this cheap, fun thing to see and do in Calgary is $14, youth $9, kids 6 and under are free and a family of 6 can get in for just $32.
Calgary is home to Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame. Just a few years old, the hall is an awesome, fun, cheap thing to see and do. It’s full of cool sports memorabilia and artifacts including the running shoe that Terry Fox dipped into the Atlantic Ocean to begin his Marathon of Hope. There are lots of interactive displays at Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame too—box against Lennox Lewis, try wheelchair racing, become a major league baseball catcher or an NHL goalie, and more. This place is a real sport about the admission price: Adults are just $12, youth $8, kids 3 and under are free and a family of 4 can get in for $35.
If you’re a fan of the Olympic Games, Calgary offers up a unique cheap thing to do—the opportunity to skate on the same ice as Olympic champion speed skaters. That’s right, between July 1st and March 31st, you can strap on a pair of blades and go for a spin on the Olympic Ice Oval that was used for the speed skating event at the 1988 Olympic Winter Games. Adults just $6.75, kids $4.50 and a family of 3 only $18. You can rent skates if you don’t have your own—you can even rent real speed skates, the ones with the extended blades, if you want. Wicked fun, or what!
If you’ve got a set of wheels and are up for a drive, a day trip to the Royal Tyrrell Museum, home to one of the world’s largest displays of dinosaurs is an awesomecheap thing to do. The hour and a half drive from Calgary is a scenic one, and even if you’re not a dinosaur freak you will be amazed when you see the “Dinosaur Hall” at the Royal Tyrrell Museum which features 40 dinosaur specimens including a tyrannosaurus. Adults $11, youth $6, kids 6 and under free and a family of two adults and up to six youth, just $30. And here’s another fun, cheap thing to do while you’re there–for an extra $8 per person you can go on a guided hike and search for fossils and see real dinosaur remains that are still in the ground.
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