20 Things To Do in Calgary Under $20

20 Things To Do in Calgary Under $20


1.   Calgary Tower

Located 191 metres above the downtown core, the Calgary Tower offers the best view in the city and is must-see for any visitor or resident! On the Observation Deck, you’ll experience a spectacular 360* view of the city, the Rocky Mountains, the foothills, and prairies.
Stand on the glass floor for a birds-eye view of the city streets below. Enjoy a complimentary tour and learn about Calgary’s history, landmarks, and future plans.
General (13-64) $18, Senior (65+) $16, Child (4-12) $9, Infant (3 and under) FREE

2.   Glenbow

A key cultural cornerstone in Calgary for 50 years, Glenbow has surprised and engaged generations of Albertans and visitor to the city with remarkable connections between art, culture and the world around us. Check out their website for the current collections and showcases.
Adult (18+) $16, Senior (65+) $11, Student (with valid ID) $11, Youth (7-17) $10, Child (6 and under) FREE. Family (up to 2 adults & 4 youth) $40.

3.   Loose Moose Theatre

Located on the second floor of the Crossroads Market in the historic Inglewood neighbourhood, this theatre company presents weekly improvised comedy shows. Every show is different, but they’re always funny!
General $15, Student $12

4.   TELUS Spark, Calgary’s Science Centre

The science centre houses four exhibit galleries, movies, planetarium shows in Calgary’s only HD Digital Dome Theatre, interactive activities in the Creative Kids Museum, live science demonstrations, and more. The Brainasium outdoor park features an interactive play area where children learn momentum and teamwork of the five tone spinning rock, explore simple physics on the teeter-totter built for six, slide their hands along the musical railing and climb the netting tower to the 63 foot slide! The second Thursday night of every month is “Adults Only Night”, where the venue is open only to adults to enjoy unique programming, an open bar, workshops and presentations, and kid-free play.
Adult (18-64) $19.95, Senior (65+) $17.95, Youth (13-17) $15.95, Child (3-12) $12.95, Children under 3 is FREE

5.   Heritage Park Historical Village

With more than 200 exhibits and attractions spread over 127 acres of lush parkland, this living history museum has a lot to offer both the history buff and the pleasure seeker. It’s the perfect balance between historical fact, adventure, discovery and fun! This isn’t a museum where history stays behind the glass. The interactive exhibits, costumed interpreter, historic buildings, and hundreds of working antiques are all just waiting for you to touch, smell, taste, hear and see how the West was once.
In the Winter Season, only Heritage Town Square and Gasoline Alley Museum are open. Heritage Town Square is loaded with great shopping, food, and a 2-acre nature park. It is located before the gates and is an admission free zone. Winter admission includes access to Gasoline Alley Museum where you can explore the rare and stunning antique truck and car collection as well as the world’s largest public petroliania display.
Gasoline Alley is open Tuesday – Sunday, October 11, 2016 – May 19, 2017 (open select Holiday Mondays)
General (15-64) $10.75, Senior (65+) $8.50, Youth (7-14) $6.75, Child (3-6) $5.50

6.   The Plaza Theatre

The Plaza plays alternative films and functions as a first-run art house cinema. Watch timeless classics or a new indie flick in their 370 seat auditorium. Movie prices vary and usually cost under $10!

7.   Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame

Located at Canada Olympic Park, you can discover Canada’s greatest sport legends at the Hero Station, experience more than 60 sports in our 12 Gallery Exhibits filled with interactive experiences, treasured sport memorabilia and artefacts that will transport you into the work of Canadian sport, and learn about Canada’s sporting history from the experts in the Education and Resource Centre.
General $12, Seniors (65+) $10, Youth (4-18) $8, Children (3 years and under) FREE, Family (2 adults & 2 youth) $35

8.   Olympic Oval

The world-class, high performance atmosphere of the Olympic Oval skating rink is not just for professional athletes! Located at the University of Calgary, the 450 metre oval ice surface is open to the public, with equipment rentals available at the Skate Shop.
Adult $7, Youth/Senior (55+) $4.75, children under 5 FREE, special needs (with an assistant) $5

9.   Rothney Astrophysical Observatory

Located on a hilltop in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, the University of Calgary hosts public events and open houses that offer perfect occasions to star gaze. The Rothney Astrophysical Observatory (RAO) is dedicated to expanding our knowledge of the Universe and educating students, school groups and the public about the wonders of Astronomy. The side provides easy access from Calgary and an unobstructed view of the entire night time sky. Also, the observatory has one of the three largest telescopes in Canada!
$20 per car (all proceeds go towards Rothney Astrophysical Observatory educational programs). Gates open at 8pm and the event runs until 11pm

10.   Lougheed House

Lougheed House is a hub of cultural happenings and programs, and is at the heart of Calgary’s vibrant Beltline community. A National and Provincial Historic Site and Museum located on it’s original 2.8 acres. This 14,000 square-foot sandstone prairie mansion remains one of the finest residences in Canada’s Northwest, and was the political and social hub of fast-growing Calgary until 1938. They offer spectacular flower and vegetable gardens (free and accessible 24 hours) and indoors (with paid admission) they offer self-guided and audio tours, historic interpreters (if booked in advance) and year-round revolving exhibits, concerts and happenings produced in partnership with their cultural collaborators.
Adult $8.50, Student/Senior $6.50, Child (6-12) $5, Family $25, Under 6 FREE

11.   The Military Museum of Calgary

The Military Museums of Calgary, AB is the largest tri-service museum in Western Canada and the second largest military museum in the country. It consists of the four founding regimental museums and the Naval, Army and Air Force Museums of Alberta. You can walk through a World War I trench, enter the wheelhouse of a World War II ship model, and visit exhibits at the Founders’ Gallery.
Adults $10, Senior $5, Student and Youth (7-17) $4, Family $20, Children under 7 FREE

12.   The Hangar Flight Museum 

Formerly the Aero Space Museum of Calgary, The Hangar Flight Museum is a busy and growing museum that fosters the understanding and appreciation of the evolution of flight through stories told about the airplane, and helicopters in their collection and the men and women who designed and flew them. The collection holds rare and historically significant military and civilian aircraft sure to delight visitors young and old! Movie Nights are the second Thursday of each month from October to May, and begin at 7 pm.
Adult $12, Senior (65+) $8, Student (12-17 with valid student ID card) $8, Children (3-11) $6, 2 and under FREE

13.   City of Calgary Leisure Centres

Get active at The City of Calgary’s two leisure centres. Admission includes access to the wave pool and slides, fitness centre, gymnasiums, exercise and aquafit classes, as well as scheduled public skating and shinny hockey. The recreation areas also have their own unique qualities – the 5.5 acre Village Square Leisure Centre, located in the northeast, boasts its own safari-themed waterpark, while the Southland Leisure Centre, located in the southwest, spans 227,000 square feet and its pool features a rope swing!
Adult (18-64) $12.50, Senior (65+) $6.25, Youth (7-17) $6.25, Preschooler (2-6) $3.10, Under 2 FREE

14.   Art Classes

The community-based Grasby Art Studio, located in the northwest, offers more than just art supplies! They also teach art classes and paint night events, as well as host several art shows a year. Their drop-in open studio offers instructed art classes daily. Whether you’re a beginner or an advanced artist, choose your medium or genre and work closely with an art connoisseur. All students learn a five-step drawing strategy and the six fundamental principles for professional art production.
$16/hour (all supplies included) or $13/hour (bring your own supplies)

15.   Dance Classes

Put on your dancing shoes! Every Friday night, Alberta Dancesport holds a dance party from 9:15 pm to midnight. The dance party is preceded with a workshop that begins promptly at 8:15 pm and is held at their Vecova (formerly called VRRI) location in the northwest. Complete with DJ, you can dance to your hearts contect!
$8 (includes admission to the Friday night workshop that runs from 8:15 – 9:15 pm)

16.   Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump

Where the foothills of the Rocky Mountains meet the Great Plains, you will discover one of the world’s oldest, largest, and best preserved buffalo jumps. In 1981, the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) designated Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump as a World Heritage Site, placing it among other world heritage monuments as the Egyptian pyramids, Stonehenge, and the Galapagos Islands! Even though this isn’t in Calgary, this historical site is well worth the drive.
Adult (18-64) $15, Senior (65+) $13, Youth (7-17) $10, Child (0-6) FREE

17.   Fort Calgary

In the fall of 1875, the North West Mounted Police built a small wooden fort at the confluence of the Bow and Elbow Rivers, and laid the foundation for the city that became Calgary. Located just east of downtown on a 40-acre site, open year-round, the Fort offers Calgarians and their guests fun, interactive exhibits and tours.
Adults $12, Seniors (65+) $11, Students (post-secondary) $11, Youth (7-17) $7, Children (3-6) $5, 2 and under FREE

18.   Butterfield Acres

Enjoy an authentic farm experience from April to October at Butterfield Acres, located on Rocky Ridge Road. Toddlers can play at the Nursery Rhyme Park, and children can enjoy pony rides and tractor pulled wagon rides through woodlands and over hilltops. Pet the feel the farm friends and new baby arrivals at the Farm Corral, from chicks and bunnies to piglets and donkeys! You can even learn how to milk a goat!
Adults (18+) $14.99, Seniors (65+) $12.99, Children (able to walk to 17 years) $11.99

19.   Fish Creek Provincial Park

One of the largest urban parks in North America, and the largest in Canada, Fish Creek Park features the Bow Valley Ranch Visitor Centre, Environmental Learning Centre, and a seasonal interpretive program and Sikome Aquatic Facility (the manmade beach and lake are the perfect summer spot to hang out). Bird watch, fish, bike, and hike through trails in the riverine forest location. Take a break and dine at Annie’s Café or the upscale Bow Valley Ranch Restaurant, or pack your meal and take advantage of the picnic tables and shelters complete with a fire ring and charcoal grill. Fish Creek’s beautiful scenic environment is enjoyable all year-round!

20.   Inglewood Bird Sanctuary

In 1883, Colonel James Walker settled the land that is now occupied by the sanctuary. In 1910, the current brick house – named Inglewood – was built, and the surrounding area was named for the most prominent property in the area. In 1929, Colonel Walker’s son, Selby, applied to the Federal government to have the 59 acres on the west side of the Bow River be designated as a Federal Migratory Bird Sanctuary. His request was granted and the Inglewood Bird Sanctuary was born. When Selby died in 1953, Ed Jefferies acquired the property and leased it to the Alberta Fish & Game Association. In 1970, The City of Calgary purchased the property and has been managing it as a natural reserve ever since. The Sanctuary’s Nature Centre was built in 1996 and grassland restoration projects began in that same year.
The Inglewood Bird Sanctuary and Nature Centre have been providing migratory birds with a place to rest their wings since 1929. That’s more than 80 years of conservation! To date, 270 species of birds, 21 species of mammals and 347 species of plants have been recorded at the Sanctuary and Nature Centre by members of the public, volunteers and staff.
Trails are open sunrise to sunset all year-round. Reminder, Inglewood Bird Sanctuary is a natural environment and NO DOGS permitted on site (except assistance dogs).
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