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Things to Do in Kingston

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  • tammys4224
    Baldwinsville, NY186 contributions
    Admission by donation. Showed the history of Kingston’s Penitentiary system. Had lot of actual prison uniforms, contraband and examples of punishment by the year. Well laid out. When we went, on a Saturday, there were a lot of volunteers eager to answer your questions.
    Written October 18, 2022
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  • phil52_10
    Maidstone, UK891 contributions
    You can easily spend the best part of a day here. The guard on the gate and other sentries are more than happy to engage in conversation and give you information on the fort and the duties they would have to carry out as soldiers of the period. The uniforms look authentic as do the arms they carry. The living history talks give you an insight into life for both the soldiers and the civilians living within the confines of the fort. Equal time and effort are given to explaining the lifestyles of both men and women and life was hard indeed for the women based here. Demonstrations for both small arms and cannon were carried out to a professional standard. The parades of fife and drums were carried out to a high standard, the effort put in by the volunteers is exceptional. You can get great views of Kingston and the surrounding area from the ramparts. Whether you like history or spectacle this fort is definitely worth a visit.
    Written September 5, 2022
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  • tammys4224
    Baldwinsville, NY186 contributions
    Lots to see. Beautiful nature and ample space to people watch. Very relaxing! Rondout area is cute with shops and sitting areas, for the men in your life, that dont want to explore the shops. Lots of art and culture to explore as well.
    Written October 18, 2022
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  • Frank P
    1 contribution
    It was a great place to stay for our regatta last week. Very centrally located to regatta and downtown Kingston.
    Only small negative was that parking was not at the building, so anytime we were in out out, you had to walk a couple of blocks.
    Written August 15, 2022
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  • Barry B
    Montreal, Canada44 contributions
    Ferries were quick & exact timing as scheduled. Staff was very friendly, Washrooms aboard were filtty, otherwise all went well.
    Written September 13, 2022
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  • baroom
    Mississauga, Canada2,050 contributions
    I included Bellevue House (1840s home of Canada's first Prime Minister) in our Kingston itinerary knowing the historic house is closed for renovations. The Parks Canada website clearly mentioned that only the visitor centre, grounds and gardens are currently open to the public--and for this reason, admission is free. We got here around 2:40PM on Civic Holiday Monday. Parking was not a problem because the site has a huge parking lot right across the street, also free of charge. We went straight inside the visitor centre where friendly staff welcomed us and invited us to read and look around and, later, to follow the path to the house and grounds. While we were here, I overheard some clueless visitors who were upset about Bellevue House's closure and even blamed the website. I commend the staff for being patient while informing them that the house has been closed since 2018.

    We spent a few mins reading about Sir John A. Macdonald and the Confederation (and the prejudices of that time) and then off we went to see his house--or the exterior, at least. We climbed up the yellow front steps and posed for photos on the porch. From the house, we followed the path towards the wooden bench overlooking the kitchen garden. The backyard has lots of shade due to mature trees. There is even a huge red oak tree, estimated to be over 200 years old, towering over a wooden gazebo next to it. We should have brought our tripod and DSLR camera because we had the grounds to ourselves. We stayed for 30 mins which seemed like a long time when compared to others' quick look and selfie before leaving.
    Written August 19, 2022
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  • phil52_10
    Maidstone, UK891 contributions
    A really pleasant place to have a picnic lunch with views of the lake and quiet even though there is a splash pad nearby that local kids were really enjoying.
    there is plenty of parking and ice cream is available. Facilities are clean and well maintained. A great place for families but you can also find solitude, well worth a visit.
    Written September 4, 2022
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  • Lawonridge
    New Smyrna Beach, FL307 contributions
    Good place for a long walk; although several of the trails are ok'd for bikes, overall seemed too short/tight for bikes to have much fun. Positive is that several of the trails have lots of shade, great on a hot summer day. The trails, though, are primarily gravel, with some loose stone, and others just dirt with a fair amount of roots to watch out for. One trail does have water views, others of the fields. Appropriate shoes are a must.
    Written August 25, 2022
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  • emma g
    2 contributions
    c’est vraiment unique! David et Wendy sont des âmes gentilles et créatives qui ont créé un espace inspirant à visiter. Perfect for Europe enthusiasts, art lovers, and people of all sorts. Visited with my boyfriend on Thursday afternoon and quickly became the highlight of my week!
    Written May 14, 2021
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  • Ladybuggy
    Whitby, Canada54 contributions
    We were walking around doing a scavenger hunt and saw a sign for this tour in the City Hall. Donna was great and very informative. Did you know there is a jail in the basement !!! stop in and check this tour out !!1
    Written July 18, 2022
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  • fPisces3
    Canada55 contributions
    We stopped at this place on our way to Ottawa. Very tranquil spot for a picnic, you can buy a permit and fish. We were very lucky to witness the locks being opened for 2 boats that were lined up to pass through. It is fascinating how they open one lock at the time as the passage is on 4 different levels. As well there is an overhead railway bridge. Really charming spot to spend a morning.
    Written August 30, 2020
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  • rmooy1956
    2 contributions
    Martello on Brock is an amazing place. It's not just an art gallery, it's an immersive art experience, featuring artists and crafters local to the Kingston area. There is no other place like it and should be on everyone's must do list.
    Written June 9, 2021
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  • Slade L
    St. Albert, Canada125 contributions
    A well-laid out and immersive museum, covering the history of the RCCS. There is a great combination of information boards, artefacts and dioramas to enhance the visit. It is 5 minutes from down-town and has a cool kit (gift) shop. Good for a 30-90 minute visit.
    Written July 17, 2022
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  • Ron S
    New York City, NY5,152 contributions
    The museum is small, just a few rooms, but they have a terrific collection of Dutch Golden Age painters. A few paintings by Rembrandt, Arent de Gelder, Jan Lievens made our detour to Kingston a worthwhile visit.
    Written August 6, 2022
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  • Maria D
    Montreal, Canada79 contributions
    Probably one of the most impressive buildings in the city from an architectural point of view. An absolute gem that they have made sure to keep in perfect condition
    Written September 14, 2021
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