Fun (and free) things to do in Calgary + Calgary coupons

You’ll find the Orchard Treehouse at Granary Road in South Calgary.

Calgary Attractions coupons

Planning a trip to Calgary can be overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. There’s a lot to see and do in my city, and as a local, I know the very best Calgary attractions. Even better, I’ve got the low down on how to get major discounts for your group. Read on to find out which attractions are best suited to your crew, and how to score Calgary Attractions coupons. Oh, be sure to read the full post for information on how to claim these coupons.

Fun things to do in Calgary + How to score major discounts at Calgary Attractions

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s time to start your engines!

Bow Habitat Station

There’s more than fish swimming around Bow Habitat Station. This interpretive wetlands centre is also home to a variety of urban wildlife such as birds, deer, muskrats, porcupines, coyotes and most recently a bobcat! Inside the Discovery Centre, visitors travel through the six different aquatic ecosystems found across Alberta – all without stepping outside.

Insider Savings Tip: Visitors can receive 20% off four Discover Centre admissions.

fish guts

And now you know what the inside of a fish looks like. Thanks, Bow Habitat!

Calaway Park

Located a mere 10-minute drive from the city, Western Canada’s largest amusement park is a hoot no matter your age. They’ve got over 32 family friendly rides, but only true thrill seekers should step aboard the Vortex Rollercoaster. That baby gets up to 80km/hour in just 3 seconds! You can even camp here (full service and tents) starting May long weekend.

Calaway Park coupons: Save 40% off for up to four people.

roller coaster

My tween would love the Vortex, but I’m more partial to their log ride: Timber Falls.

Calgary Stampede

If your kids love farm animals you’ve got to take them to Aggie Days. This free, fun family event takes place from 10 am to 4pm,  April 14-15, 2018 in the Nutrien Western Events Centre. Every week there’s cool events running at Stampede Park, not just during July’s Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth. We’re already bookmarking Royal West, an international show jumping competition October 18-28, 2018.

Money Saving Tip: Did you know you can get 15% off at the Calgary Stampede Store in the BMO Centre?

girl holding pig

I just don’t know who is cuter! (Photo credit: Shaun Robinson/Calgary Stampede)

Calgary Tower

If you’re looking for panoramic views of the city AND the Rocky Mountains, you’ll want to visit this local landmark. Fun fact: on windy days the Calgary Tower can sway up to 7.5 inches and withstand winds up to 161 km/hour. It’s kinda scary, but be sure to step on the glass floor to peer down over 4,000 ft.

Calgary Tower Coupon: Why pay full price when you can receive $1 off one general admission?

mountains from Calgary

These spectacular views of the Rockies are yours at the Calgary Tower.

Calgary Zoo

Situated on an island smack dab in the middle of Calgary, the Zoo is home to over 1000 animals. The most exciting new inhabitants are the four giant pandas arriving May 7, 2018. Panda Passage will be their state-of-the art habitat for the next five years.

Calgary Zoo Coupons: I know how you can score a promo code for 10% off admissions.

Chinese zoo pandas

The pandas will soon be in Calgary! (Photo credit: Toronto Zoo)

Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame

First opened in Toronto in 1955, Calgary now hosts this prestigious facility that sports way more than sporting paraphernalia. Within its collection of 100,000  artefacts, you’ll find art from Olympic figure skater Toller Cranston and some bizarre taxidermy given to Ken Read after winning the Hahnenkamm – the craziest, most demanding demanding ski course on the World Cup circuit.

Score a 50% coupon! I know a little secret on how to snag buy-one get-one general admission…

Canadian sports hall of fame

Head to Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame for interactive exhibits.

Fort Calgary

This legit fort built by the North West Mounted Police in 1875 is set between two of Calgary’s coolest neighbourhoods – Inglewood and the East Village. The Fort sits on acres and acres of land, so it’s an ideal spot for kids to burn off energy. Of course there’s interpretive exhibits to suss out, but folks need to know about their Sunday brunch – more specifically, their scones (they make 64,000 a year!). These babies are majorly addictive, especially when dolloped with their house-made preserves.

Fort Calgary Coupon: Visitors receive 25% off regular priced admission.

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Those scones though!

Glenbow Museum

The Glenbow is a much bigger deal than people realize. With over a million artworks, artifacts and photographs in their collection, they’re often loaning out parts of their collection to museums and galleries around the world. It’s worth taking one of their behind-the-scenes tours and hitting up their gift shop, where you’ll find incredible items for all occasions.

Want to save money? Buy one-get one-free admission can be yours anytime of year.

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There is always something new to see at Glenbow – the feature exhibitions change every four months.

Studio Bell

You don’t have to be a musician to rock out at Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre. Visitors can play the drums, guitar, or even a synth with the help of tutorials for all skill levels. Speaking of synths, TONTO (The Original New Timbral Orchestra) is one of the world’s largest analog synthesizers. It was made famous by Stevie Wonder, and is on display here. Just imagine the fun you could have Instagramming that!

Studio Bell Coupons: Music lovers can score 20% off admission.

music museum

Jammin at the National Music Centre. (Photo credit: Neil Zeller)

Granary Road

Part public market, part totally tricked out playground, it’s hard to pigeonhole Granary Road. Three km of winding paths connect almost a dozen exhibits on picturesque, pastoral land. There are giant animatronic animals, active learning play stations and a market filled with over 40 vendors dishing out homemade goodies.

Coupons for Granary Road: Buy one child’s single day admission and receive a second child’s admission 50% off.

animal themed playground

Kid burn off energy on this massive spider structure.

Hangar Flight Museum

Both military and civilian aircraft are on display at Calgary’s only aviation museum. This is the place to see a Lancaster Bomber up close and personal. Also of note, the museum’s showpiece wall displays loads of unusual stones and fossils collected by Bullock helicopter pilots. If I’m being honest, I’m not all that into the aircrafts themselves, but the personal stories of the men and women who helped develop and fly these planes is awe inspiring. Make movie night more memorable by catching a classic flick here the second Thursday of each month until May 10, 2018.

Savings Tip: Visitors can receive 25% off regular priced admission.

old fashioned airplane

This museum is situated in a former drill hall.

Heritage Park

The past comes alive at this historical village in a very real (read: not boring) way. There’s a festival vibe emitted throughout the property – especially around the 7 antique midway rides that pre-date 1928. For a treat, hit the Alberta Bakery to wolf down either a butter tart or one of their famous cheese buns. Fun fact: In the Victorian era, human hair wreaths were super popular. Hair was woven into small flowers, then arranged together to form a wreath. Victorians would frame and hang these (slightly creepy) works of art, which you can view for yourself inside Thorpe House.

Heritage Park Coupons: Buy-one get-one 50% off.

old fashion candy store

Shop the old west at the Claresholm General Store AKA the old-fashioned candy store.

Skyline Luge Calgary

This, my friends, is the world’s longest luge track. It’s 1.8 km long, and you don’t have to be an Olympian to ride it. To tackle this wheeled gravity ride on your own, you need to be over 110 cm or ride with an adult. It’s a major adrenaline rush, but you control the brakes, so the speed is up to you. Opens for the season May 18, 2018.

Score a deal: Get three rides and a photo for $28 with Calgary Attractions.

skyline luge

If you’ve got a need for speed, Skyline Luge Calgary can’t be ignored.

How to get your Calgary Attractions coupons?

Want to save major bucks on your next visit to Calgary? Check out Calgary Attractions to print off discounts for all these top attractions. Pssst…. even if you’re a local Calgarian, you can still score these deals. And if you’re looking for an easy, accessible way to get to these must visit sites, check out how they’re all conveniently mapped out for you here

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This post presented in partnership with Calgary Attractions.