Top Local Attractions in Kingston
There is no shortage of great attractions and meeting spaces in Kingston for both locals and visitors to enjoy. Whether you live in Kingston and want to explore your own city, or you're a tourist staying at the Courtyard by Marriott Kingston Hotel, here are some of the top local attractions to check out around town:
- Fort Henry
If you're staying at the Courtyard by Marriott Hotel in Kingston, then don't pass up the chance to visit Fort Henry. Here, you'll be able to experience British military life in the 1800s with tours and historical re-enactments.
You also don't want to miss Fort Henry's winter feature: Lumina Borealis. Lumina Borealis captures the spirit of winter with interactive night walks through landscapes such as "sleeping woods" and "iceberg alley."
- The Grand Theatre
You can discover the dance, theatre, comedy, and more that Kingston has to offer at the Grand Theatre. This historic building is the home of the Kingston Symphony and the heart of Kingston's performing arts scene, complete with an orchestra pit and a proscenium stage.
- Queens University
Did you know that Queen's University in Kingston predates the founding of Canada itself by 26 years? This public research university holds many noteworthy buildings on its 3,500 acres. If you stop by for a visit, make sure you take the time to see Grant Hall, the Miller Museum of Geology, and the Agnes Etherington Art Centre. Home of the Queen’s Golden Gaels you could even catch a local football game!
- Wolfe Island Ferry Terminal
If you're staying at a hotel in Kingston, Ontario, then the completely free Wolfe Island Ferry terminal will take you to Wolfe Island in just 20 minutes time. The largest of the Thousand Islands, Wolfe Island is located in Lake Ontario at the mouth of the Saint Lawrence River.
- Kingston 1000 Islands
Cruise through Kington’s 1000 island region with a variety of cruise options to suit your style. Maybe a sightseeing tour where you can discover Fort Henry, Kingston Penitentiary, and the Alexander Henry along the historic waterfront. Or choose a sunset cruise – a relaxing way to view the remarkable scenery that has made the Thousand Islands famous.
-Hop on, Hop off Trolley Tours
A great way to see Kingston is by jumping on a trolley. Just jump off when you get to a place you want to spend some time at or stay on the trolley for a full tour of the city.
- Kingston Penitentiary Tours
For an up close look at Canada's oldest maximum security prison, you can take a tour of the notorious Kingston Penitentiary. Like Queen's University, this historic building also predates the confederation of Canada.
- Kingston Haunted Walks
If you are looking for an adrenaline rush, check out Kingston’s very own haunted walks! You can sign up for a variety of walking tours year-round guided by lantern-light. Explore Kingston’s 19th century fortress Fort Henry and learn the secret of Deadman’s Bay and listen to stories of supernatural encounters.
- Sports Teams and Arenas
Among the most popular meeting spaces in Kingston are its arenas. The K-Rock Centre is where you can see the Ontario Hockey League's Kingston Frontenacs in action. Fun fact – Doug Gilmour is their General Manger! The Invista Centre is where the Ontario Junior Hockey League's Voyageurs play. Kingston is also home to semi-professional Kingston Clippers Soccer Club.
Offering fantastic hotel packages in Kingston, Courtyard by Marriott is the place to stay if you're looking to explore Kingston's landmarks and attractions. While here, you can talk to your concierge for information or visit downtown Kingston's website for upcoming events.
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