Planning your March break staycation in halifax
It's March again and this year's March Break is stacking up to be a #Staycation instead of a vacation off in sunnier locals. That doesn't mean it can't be an adventure! One of my favourite parts of being a Realtor is exploring neighbourhoods across Nova Scotia, so here are my top picks for family-friendly March Break activities around the HRM.
downtown halifax art walk
Did you know that there are over 20 murals located in Downtown Halifax? A self-guided tour of these murals and other public art pieces can be found on the Downtown Halifax Business Commission’s website:
Downtown Halifax Art Walk
Because it's outside, this activity would make for a good chance to join up with close family friends for a walk downtown in the warming temperatures.
I recommend starting your exploration at 5151 South Street where you can pick up one of Rousseau Chocolatier's house hot chocolates before heading to the core of downtown. Make sure to have your camera ready!
Weather not cooperating?
The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia will be open for extended hours —March 11-21, consecutively— over March Break. You can explore their current collections including Gigante's Mechanical Eye: Views Of 19th Century Naples which is running from February 1st to May 9th alongside their extensive regular exhibitions.
Photo by @pie_humble on Instagram
Lunch In Downtown Dartmouth
Looking to make a day of it? Take the Ferry to Downtown Dartmouth where you can grab a Humble Pie to refuel, before checking out the 15 public art pieces on the Downtown Dartmouth Art & Selfie Walk.
Photo by @adelenatalieb on Instagram
Skating at the oval
Enjoy a skate time at the Emera Oval. Over March Break, The Oval will be offering 6 one-hour skates per day. Skaters can register up to 48 hours in advance of their desired skate time, meaning if you hope to skate at noon on Wednesday you can book as early as noon on Monday.
You can book online here or by calling 902 490 6666 between 8:30 am- 4:30 pm daily.
Photo by @acorn_art_photography on Instagram
Take a Drive to Peggy’s Cove
The winter is the perfect time to enjoy this iconic Nova Scotia tourist attraction without all the crowds! Bundle up and head out to watch the waves and explore the rocks. On the way, stop by the new coffee shop/café Labour Day Picnic Café located at Paul’s Hall in Glen Haven. Grab a soup or sandwich off their “Lunch(ish) Menu” or a coffee and a sweet treat from Lure Caramels for the road.
Photo by The Discovery Centre
Visit The Discovery Center
Explore over 40,000 sq ft of fun, hands-on learning experiences or check out their latest feature exhibit, JoyLab!, and discover how your surroundings can spark joy. The Discovery Centre may just be the #1 Stay-cation March Break Destination
Tickets for March Break, March 13-21, can be reserved on a 72-hour rolling schedule. Meaning you can book up to 72 hours in advance of your desired visit date. Tickets will start selling on March 10th at 8:30 am for visits on March 13th and will continue on a rolling basis for the duration of March Break.
Make it an overnight stay
Looking to make your visit to the Discovery Centre extra special? You can pair it with a downtown hotel stay. Check out this great package from the 4 Points Sheraton.
DISCOVERY CENTRE PACKAGE (From $129 per night):
- Overnight Stay
- Free heated underground parking ($25.00 value)
- Discovery Centre family pass ($48.00 value)
- 2 $5 vouchers for Cabin Coffee
Bonus Tip: Dine around Halifax has been extended until the end of March! Check out my top picks for Dine Around Here.