Downtown Calgary is a great place to stay, with a lot for visitors to do and see. Guests at the Regency Suites Hotel are conveniently located in the heart of the city. From there, exploring downtown Calgary can be easy, affordable, and tons of fun. :
Here are 10 places to check out next time you’re staying at a hotel in downtown Calgary.
Glenbow is an art and culture museum that has been open for over 50 years. It features Western Canadian artwork and local history, giving students the opportunity to learn more about the community they grew up in. Last year, the museum had over 125,000 visitors! General admission for adults is $16 and on the first Thursday of each month from 5 to 9 pm admission is free.
Fort Calgary is located on the eastern edge of downtown Calgary, on 40 acres of land. Visitors can check out this wooden fort built in 1875 by the North West Mounted Police and hear stories about the city’s past in the Interpretive Centre. You can even sit in an old jail cell and try on a real RCMP uniform!
The Devonian Gardens is an indoor public park with tropical botanical gardens, a 'living wall', palm trees (in Canada!), fish ponds, and a children’s play area. The park, originally built in 1977, now offers visitors free Wi-Fi, a meeting room and event places, over 500 trees, and over 50 species of plants. This location is temporarily closed for maintenance until Summer 2017.
The Calgary Tower was finished in 1978. It offers visitors a great view of the city and surrounding Rocky Mountains. Groups can now book multimedia tours in English, French, Mandarin, and German. If you’re hungry you can eat in Sky 360, a revolving restaurant, and for those who are feeling brave there is a glass floor observation deck.
Prince Island Park is an urban park located just north of downtown Calgary, where events like festivals, celebrations, and Shakespeare in the Park often take place. A serene spot located on an island on the Bow River, this popular destination has trails and picnic areas.
Shaw Millennium Park is a free outdoor skateboard park that is open 24 hours a day and spans over 7 hectares of skate space. The surrounding park has a stage and Amphitheatre used for concerts, volleyball and basketball courts, a waterfall, and a clock tower. Millennium Park is in the western part of downtown Calgary.
Calaway Park is an amusement park and campground with free parking, 32 family fun rides, street performers, treats, and entertainment to keep everyone happy! Calaway Park has been open for thirty years, and is now Western Canada’s largest outdoor amusement park.
Head on over to the Calgary Ζoo for some all-ages fun. Say hello to all their live animals and check out the dinosaur exhibit. Calgary Ζoo has places to eat and gift shops, plus they host special events like birthday parties, team building, and more.
“We had a lovely stay and enjoyed our room at Regency during our conference, the room was very clean, parking was great and the front desk was excellent. We even got a chance to use the exercise room!” -Janet B.