Edmonton Tourism

Edmonton Tourism

March 17, 2009 08:01 ET

Edmonton Attractions Make Canada's Festival City a Family Affair

West Edmonton Mall, Royal Alberta Museum, the Edmonton River Valley & More Make It an Ideal Family Vacation Destination

EDMONTON, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - March 17, 2009) - The unlimited range of Edmonton attractions and activities, from swimming to strolling to sightseeing, makes Canada's Festival City a perfect destination for a family outing.

Pack bathing suits! Edmonton has plenty of opportunities for everyone to get wet and wild. West Edmonton Mall's World Waterpark offers five fabulous acres of family fun, including a children's area for the little ones. Visit Kinsmen Park in Edmonton's scenic river valley and enjoy an outdoor wading pool, playground, picnic sites, walking trails and a sports centre with indoor swimming pools. Millwoods Recreation Centre has a water park that features a wave pool, giant waterslide, diving tank, a teach pool with waterfalls, sauna and large whirlpool.

Edmonton attractions also include plenty of fun activities for the whole family to do on land. Spend a day discovering Edmonton's past at Fort Edmonton Park, Canada's largest living history museum. Fort Edmonton Park is home to 158 acres that includes 75 original and reconstructed historic buildings that show what Edmonton has looked like through the ages.

Giant-sized thrills and spills are waiting for every family at West Edmonton Mall. Galaxyland Amusement Park is the world's largest indoor amusement park, featuring 24 exciting rides and attractions, including the Mindbender rollercoaster. There's also Galaxy Kids Playpark with four storeys of interactive space-themed fun, the five-acre World Waterpark and the world's largest indoor wave pool. Toddlers and parents alike will have a great time at the Little Caribbean, an interactive play area. And everyone will love the wildlife at West Edmonton Mall's Marine Life, with endangered species--including African Blackfoot Penguins and green sea turtles--and the Sea Lion Encounter Program.

Edmonton's Valley Zoo is home to a wonderful and diverse collection of animals representing a wide range of climates and habitats. From tiny rodents to elephants, birds of all kinds, snakes, tortoises, frogs and more, you'll find a variety of animal presentations with plenty of opportunities to learn, discover and experience.

Edmonton's Muttart Conservatory is Edmonton's premier horticulture attraction. Set in the lush Edmonton river valley, the Muttart Conservatory brings the outdoors indoors. The whole family will enjoy exploring four shimmering pyramids containing thousands of species of domestic and exotic plants.

John Janzen Nature Centre has much to offer kids and adults who are interested in how nature works. In the heart of the river valley, the nature centre has four kilometres of nature trails to explore. Indoors, check out the new exhibit room and the small animals that live there. The John Janzen Nature Centre also has a living, working beehive that you can safely observe and learn all about the complex world of bees.

Art lovers of all ages can discover more artworks among the many Edmonton art galleries. Edmonton invites you to enjoy the Gallery Walk, the first of its kind in Canada. Eight member art galleries feature the works of artists of merit... with a focus on Canadian artists. And for even more visual arts, visit the Alberta Art Gallery downtown and the Edmonton Art Gallery in the Arts District.

There's even more to see and do when you tour the Royal Albert Museum, one of Canada's most popular museums. The Royal Albert Museum is home to a wide range of exhibitions and activities for every age and interest. Behind the scenes, 13 curatorial programs are responsible for building and making accessible some of the finest cultural and natural history collections in the country. And in the Edmonton river valley, you can also visit the John Walter Museum. This museum displays the three original homes of John Walter, one of Edmonton's first settlers and industrialists, and also plays host to a range of special events and programming.

For fun that's a little more "out of this world," there's the TELUS World of Science. This unique science and technology centre features entertainment and learning for explorers of all ages. The TELUS World of Science is home to an IMAX theatre, an observatory, and six themed interactive exhibit galleries, including the Discoveryland Intergalactive Gallery that's designed for children two to eight years old.

And for a learning experience that combines wonderful scenery and history, bring your family for a free guided tour of Alberta's foremost historical building at Alberta's Legislature. Built between 1907 and 1912, this is Edmonton's premier architectural attraction that houses decades of grandeur and parliamentary tradition.

For parents and children looking for some magic and memorable entertainment, there's always something to do and something to see on an Edmonton vacation. From arts to animals, swimming pools to science exhibits, Edmonton has activities and attraction for all ages and all interests.

For more information on Edmonton attractions, visit www.edmonton.com/liveallyear.

Contact Information