Sydney Downtown Development Association

Sydney Downtown Development Association

Sydney Downtown Development Association
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Piers & BoardwalksScenic Walking Areas
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Want to experience Sydney? Visit Downtown Sydney - a safe, clean, inviting, and walk-able district with a business-friendly area for residents and visitors to experience our unique and vibrant small town atmosphere. Home to a beautiful waterfront boardwalk linked to the world's largest fiddle, and minutes to our historic district, not to mention a wealth of unique retailers and hotels, with so much to experience Downtown Sydney is proud to be the core of the CBRM.
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roaming_kiwi58
Christchurch, New Zealand2,817 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
The Sydney waterfront has been nicely redeveloped, with a nice boardwalk, and several monuments. We came to Sydney on a cruise ship, so it was an easy walk for us.
Written October 24, 2023
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Zespy
Chandler, TX249 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
This was a lovely port of call on our cruise. Cruise terminal was nice with vendors. Everyone was friendly and seemed genuinely glad we visited the area. Boardwalk was nice. Big fiddle was great attraction. Taxi’s were out front offering tours for a fee.
Written June 9, 2023
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Grumpyogre
Guelph, Canada169 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
We enjoyed the boardwalk several times during our stay. It was clean and well kept. Enjoyed the Big Fiddle and chatting with the shop owners in the Cruise Pavilion.
Written September 28, 2022
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travelbob1
New Windsor, NY1,134 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Walking off the cruise ship we found it easy to get around with the map and info provided by the tourist box located at the pier. The shops inside the pavilion provide an opportunity to shop and get more tips from the merchants. There is also musical entertainment at times. We found this a good place to visit at the end of our day for some A/C and last minute shopping.
Our walking tour started just 10 minutes from the pier and took us about 3-4 hours covering the historical neighborhood and business district from DeBarrest St to Wentworth Park. Included in our walk were several historical homes, churches, museums, markets, craft fair ( on cruise days) businesses and a bite to eat.
The walk included shaded streets, some benches to rest and plenty of neighbors willing to stop and talk with us.
If time is limited stick to Charllotte St between Amelia and Townsend Sts.
A bathroom was available at the McConnell Library - thanks to the staff.
Written September 2, 2022
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Doug McBride
Fredericton, Canada2 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
Suffice to say that while visiting this June with our family from Saskatchewan, we were impressed enough with Sydney and the area to to put it on our short list of possible places we will look at retiring in a few years.
Written June 15, 2022
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Marty Bielicki
Stuart, FL15,342 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Many people travel into Sydney via a cruise ship as we did. It is a quaint small town in Cape Breton. The obvious attraction is a photo is front of the largest “Big Fiddle” in the world. It is 60 feet high made of solid steel. You haven’t visited Sydney until you get a photo in front of the fiddle! The day we visited it was over-cast and raining.

As you walk out of the harbor area, there is a good size map of the area. A walk along the harbor front and downtown is very doable.

We found strolling along the harbor front pleasant. There is a large statue for the Merchant Navy. There is a descriptive plague in front of it.

We did walk in town and found a “Tim Horton’s” on Charlotte Street. It was extremely popular the day we visited. The WIFI was good.

The casino is a few blocks away. For a small town, it was fairly large, but just “ok.” If you are crunched on time, I would say you could miss this casino.

The homes in downtown are quaint. There are a few shops and restaurants. Overall, just a few hours are needed to explore this lovely town in Nova Scotia.

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Written April 8, 2020
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Waterfront Fun Folks
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
Spend a day to really take in the ambiance and wonder off to side-streets and read about the history of the area described on signage. .. It is a slow-paced city, but had all the amenities.
Written February 11, 2020
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GordonW318
Gloucester, UK1,205 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
A walk along the boardwalk is well worth doing as well as visiting the shops in the harbour. Even just wandering around this city on a "busy" Saturday morning everything is quiet. This gives the impression of a sleepy city. However it is full of character and well worth a stroll around.
Written November 10, 2019
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Pastor S
77 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Some people complain that there is little to do in Sydney and that is wonderful. Be sure to stroll along the boardwalk which leads from the visitor center to the fire station. Stop and read the placards which tell about the role Sydney played in trans-Atlantic shipping during the two World Wars. As you make your way along the boardwalk, the local folks stop and talk to you. They are happy that you've come to visit and they are proud of their community. If you go back in five years, you'll find that a community college is to be built along the bay. The boardwalk will extend through the campus and connect with Wentworth Park. It is nice now, but it will be even nicer.
Written October 24, 2019
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chanyu1
california686 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
This was one of the ports our cruise ship called on. The town is near the pier and within walking distance. However, there's really not much to do here except take a leisurely stroll and then return to the cruise. Do walk the boardwalk as the merchant's memorial statue and the giant violin do offer good photo opts. I was told that the beauty, especially during Fall foliage, is outside of town by car. However, when we disembarked the ship, there weren't any taxis or tour vans available for hire like in most ports so we were not able to go outside of town...
Written October 20, 2019
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