Top Attractions, Activities, and Places to Visit

Kingston: Curated. Whether you’re in the city for a day trip or you have time to spare, make sure you experience the very best of Kingston. Explore our list of top Kingston attractions that we’re known for.

Home to Ontario’s oldest public market and Canada’s hippest live music scene, Kingston is a walkable city, where hidden alleyways contain antique markets and restaurant patios. There is so much to do and many places to visit in Kingston. From walks and tours to boating and diving to hiking and sightseeing. Kingston has something for everyone. With dozens of museums and historic sites, and dozens more unique shopping and dining experiences, Kingston offers you something old and something new around every corner.

Haunted Walk

Haunted Walk of Kingston

Haunting locals and newcomers alike, this ghost tour takes you for a spooky stroll through Kingston’s old Sydenham Ward. It features haunted hotels, hidden burial grounds, grave robbings, hangings at the old courthouse, and Kingston’s famous haunted courtyard. A tried and true favourite for all ages.

Open for the 2024 season

The PumpHouse, an original waterworks from 1851

PumpHouse Museum

Step into Kingston’s first waterworks in operation from 1851 to 1952. Today, this magnificent building continues to serve the public as a community museum. Discover our new exhibition Collecting Histories, or explore a guided tour of Ontario Street.

Open for the 2024 season


Kingston Trolley Tours

Running daily in October and Saturdays and Sundays in November, explore Kingston from the comfort of an open-air red trolley. Explore Canada’s first capital on a 1 hour trolley tour with an experienced tour guide. See all of Kingston’s historic old town and shopping district with an informative engaging overview of the city’s 300 years of history.

Open for the 2024 season

Fort Henry: Kingston Top Attraction

Fort Henry

Visit Fort Henry to experience 19th-century military and civilian life, musical performances, military demonstrations, and its museum. Fort Henry is one of Ontario’s only UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Open for the 2024 season

Kingston’s 1000 Islands Top Attraction

Kingston 1000 Islands Cruises

Discover history and heritage along Kingston’s spectacular waterfront on a 1-hour Discovery Cruise. Or, take in the Sunset aboard the Island Queen on a 1.5h Sunset Cruise.

Open for the 2024 season

Kingston Penitentiary Tours

Go behind the walls of Canada’s oldest and most infamous maximum security prison. Today it stands as a National Historic Site building offering daily, seasonal tours.

Open for the 2024 season

Other Places To Visit In Kingston

Historic Listings

Kingston Penitentiary
Fort Henry
Murney Tower

Activities In Kingston Ontario

Family Fun

Original Hockey Hall of Fame
Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area
The Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning

Sightseeing In Kingston

Sightseeing + Tours

Explore Kingston’s rich music, literature, and film histories through archival images, video clips, and behind-the-scenes stories with nine walking tours.

Cycling Tours
Architectural Tour
Walking Tours

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