I Heart Bikes loans two-wheelers and recommends a variety of self-guided routes to visitors and locals looking to explore downtown Halifax. A couples bike rentals include four hours of biking time and a picnic blanket on which to spread a romantic lunch of energy bars and protein shakes. After selecting their spokes, explorers depart from the waterfront location to chart their own course or follow one of five routes, each of which encompasses opportunities for sightseeing, dining, walking, and shopping. Couples who work up a hunger surveying the city topography or racing flying carpets up the skyline can stop in for a snack at one of the three eateries along the routes at which I Heart Bikes' touring customers receive a 25% discount.
Certified by Transport Canada for safety, Four Winds Charters' experienced captains have been floating guests across picturesque St. Margaret's Bay for more than two decades. Tours and private charters set sail toward scenic coves and private islands as dolphins and sea birds pass by on their watery commutes. Four-hour deep-sea fishing trips drop anchor approximately 5 miles from shore, allowing the included hooks, rods, and hand lines to grab at mackerel, cod, and shipwrecked inner tubes. Catering is available for both private charters and fishing trips upon request.
Since its beginnings more than six decades ago, the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic has conserved artifacts and narratives from Canada's naval heritage. Traverse the heroic history of the CSS Acadia through both world wars, recline in a replica Titanic deck chair, and examine shipwreck records rescued from the hi-fi stereo systems of 5,000 doomed vessels. Weekly talks enliven the historical journey, along with special events including listening of sea music, ghost stories, family fun programs and submarine-sandwich construction workshops. Admission for children ages 5 and younger is always free.
Discovery Centre is a not-for-profit sanctuary of scientific exploration that employs hands-on experiences, live demonstrations and educational workshops to enthrall and educate children and bigger children. Like gym socks, exhibits and activities are constantly changed to keep returning proto-scientists excited about learning more. The current exhibit is PLAY (February–May), an interactive game-changer which carries the curious through well known clubhouse games magnified to person size, allowing visitors to experience the daily lives of dominoes and bowling pins. This Groupon is good for a regular, yearlong family membership.
Surprisingly spry for a 90-year-old, Gus the gopher tortoise greets Museum of Natural History visitors while strolling around the premises and snacking on clover and dandelions. As the museum's mascot for more than six decades, Gus has amassed a substantial following, and he keeps his 1,500+ Facebook friends abreast of the latest goings-on at his home's seven permanent galleries. Unearthed tools, arrowheads, and Tupperware of the Mi'kmaq and Acadian peoples await in the archaeology exhibit, and the pre-contact culture, religion, and language of Nova Scotia come to life in the ethnology hall. Life-sized models of feathered bipeds and four-legged furballs lurk in the mammals-and-birds gallery. Live snakes, frogs, salamanders, and honeybees call Netukulimk home, embodying a Mi'kmaq conception of the relationship between the human and natural worlds.