Family Fun


From family-friendly thrills like the Calgary Zoo and amusement parks to more cerebral pursuits like historical sites and museums, Calgary – and the area around it – has seemingly countless places perfect for spending some quality time.

Admission costs are generally low, and most places are open seven days a week. Check out our expansive list of fun, engaging and educational places to visit.


When it comes to attractions and activities for families, Calgary has plenty of engaging and educational places to visit. While your kids are sure to enjoy all of the following sites, adults will have fun too.

Here are some of the more popular family-friendly attractions:

  • Calaway Park is western Canada’s largest outdoor family amusement park, located just west of Calgary
  • The Calgary Tower is the city’s most famous and recognizable landmark a 191-metre observation tower with the highest 360 degree observation deck in the world
  • The Calgary Zoo is home to nearly 1,000 creatures across 119 species and is one of the city’s favourite family destinations
  • Canada Olympic Park is a year-round sports and tourist attraction with ski runs, biking trails, a zip line and more 

More Attractions

Here are some of the more popular family-friendly attractions:

  • Calgary Corn Maze is great for kids, with a puzzling maze, petting zoo and pumpkin patch  
  • Fort Calgary Historic Park is where Calgary got its start, and today offers visitors the chance to explore the city’s history
  • Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump is a UNESCO World Heritage Site south of Calgary with a museum of Blackfoot First Nation culture
  • Heritage Park is Canada’s largest living historical village
  • Spruce Meadows is a world-class showjumping venue in southwest Calgary
  • TELUS Spark, Calgary's newest science centre, has exhibits and programs to ignite a sense of wonder and excitement – check out their adult-only nights!
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From art to frontier history, from sports to paleontology, the Calgary area has an impressive roster of museums:

  • Canada's Sports Hall of Fame is dedicated to preserving and celebrating Canada's impressive sports history
  • The Glenbow Museum is Calgary’s darling of the museum world, with impressive world-class touring exhibits as well as a permanent collection of local and international pieces
  • The Military Museums enable visitors to experience the victories, tragedies and sacrifices of the Canadian Forces
  • The National Music Centre is an amazing collection of musical instruments and artifacts
  • The Royal Tyrrell Museum is the T-Rex of the area’s museums, with thousands of fossils that bear witness to the region’s ancient history

More Museums

The list goes on... 

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Calgary Zoo


For over 90 years, the world-class Calgary Zoo has offered visitors from around the world the opportunity to experience and interact with wildlife right in the heart of Calgary, only five minutes from the downtown core. 

Western Canada’s largest accredited zoo has over 1,000 creatures across 119 species. Many animals from North America are featured in the zoo’s Canadian Wilds section, with ecosystems representing northern forests and the Rocky Mountains. The zoo also includes six acres of botanical gardens, as well as volcano and sandstone hoodoos as part of the environment surrounding life-size dinosaur models in the Prehistoric Park, which recreates the Mesozoic period. 


The Calgary Zoo is open every day except Christmas Day and can be reached off of Memorial Drive NW, just west of downtown.

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Calgary Public Library


The Calgary Public Library (CPL) is a distributed library system featuring 20 branch locations, including the Central Library, that's served the public since 1912. The branch locations are as follows:

  • Bowness Library
  • Central Library
  • Country Hills Library
  • Crowfoot Library
  • Fish Creek Library
  • Forest Lawn Library
  • Giuffre Family Library
  • Judith Umbach Library
  • Louise Riley Library
  • Memorial Park Library
  • Nicholls Family Library
  • Nose Hill Library
  • Quarry Park Library
  • Rocky Ridge Library
  • Saddletowne Library
  • Sage Hill Library
  • Shawnessy Library
  • Signal Hill Library
  • Southwood Library
  • Village Square Library

In efforts to further people's opportunity to grow, learn and prosper, the Calgary Public Library, along with financial support from the Library Foundation has moved to free Library cards in 2015 to help ensure all can access and utilize the Library wealth of resources and to help unlock their potential.

Calgary Central Library

Calgary's revamped Central Library is located one block east of City Hall in the trendy downtown neighbourhood of East Village. 

The Central Library was created to inspire Calgary's growing population with 240,000 sq. ft. of functional, flexible and beautifully designed space, the new Central Library (NCL) is home to a physical collection of 450,000 books, more than 30 free community meeting areas, a performance hall, café, outdoor plazas, a children’s library, dedicated spaces for teens, recording studios, and much more.



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