Hamilton offers visitors the diversity of cultural, outdoor, sport and educational experiences and activities Dining in downtown Hamilton covers a generous range of tastes and styles, with over 80 restaurants within walking distance of downtown hotels. The dining options are enhanced by the nightlife with choices such as pubs, live music, and outdoor patios all just steps away. We invite you to experience the excitement, vibrancy and infinite hospitality Hamilton has to offer. These are just a few examples...
Canadian Football Hall of Fame
Exciting exhibits profile the history and progression of football in Canada - including, most notably, its origins in the game of rugby. The museum offers fun, interactive education programs, unique collections, and a library archives. It is also home of the Grey Cup trophy.
Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum
Located beside the John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport, the museum offers the opportunities to test fly a T-33 jet trainer in Canada's finest aviation museum. View more than 25 aircraft housed in this state-of-the-art facility. Modern and WWII aircraft are on display, including the Avro Lancaster Bomber, one of the only two flying in the world. Watch one of the movies in the theatre or participate with the numerous interactive displays.
Royal Botanical Gardens
Within a 10 minute drive of downtown Hamilton is one of the world's largest botanical gardens. The Royal Botanical Gardens is 2,700 acres of cultivated gardens, trails, wildlife and wetland sanctuaries. The RBG has the world's largest lilac collection, over 100,000 spring bulbs, 250,000 iris and 2 acres of roses.
Dundurn National Historic Site
Costumed staff will bring the Victorian era to life in this magnificently restored home of Allan Napier MacNab , one of Canada's first prime ministers. Take a guided tour through more than 40 rooms on three floors. Dundurn Castle is located in a beautiful park, overlooking Burlington Bay and Lake Ontario and there is a souvenir gift shop.
Art Gallery of Hamilton
As the third largest public gallery in Ontario, the AGH is home to one of the most diverse collections of historical, modern and contemporary artworks with a permanent collection comprised of over 8,000 works of art. The Gallery has strong holdings in British, European and American works, and is internationally recognized as having one of the finest collections of Canadian Art.
Hamilton Place theatre is an acoustical jewel, making it the venue of choice for a broad range of theatrical and non-theatrical productions - everything from plays, operas, musicals and a full range of orchestra, to rock shows and solo performances. It is home to the Opera Ontario and the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra as well as the Geritol Follies.
African Lion Safari
This wildlife park is home to thousands of exotic birds and animals roaming free in a large, drive-through Game Reserve. Enjoy live animal shows, nature tours and the ever-popular elephant swim. Take a cruise on the "African Queen" or a ride on the "Nature Boy" scenic railway. African Lion Safari receives over half a million visitors each year - come and see why.
Canada Marine Discovery Centre
The Canada Marine Discovery Centre, located at Pier 8, gives visitors the opportunity to experience Canada's national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas. Visiting the Centre is both fun and educational, providing a place to discover and appreciate our rich natural and cultural heritage. The Centre contains interactive exhibits in three galleries, a 65 seat theatre, an exhibit on Heritage Within Your Reach which explores parks and sites located in the region belonging to the Parks "family".
Flamboro Downs and Slots
TROTS, SLOTS & JACKPOTS!!! Canada's fastest half-mile track! 752 Slot Machines! Live Harness Racing 5 days weekly year-round. Simulcast wagering/dialing on-track or at seven OTB locations; SLOTS open every day of the year 9am - 3am, 24 hours on weekends. Live Harness Racing Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday afternoons and Sunday evenings January 1st - end of March; Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday afternoons and Sunday evenings from the end of March - December 31st.