What comes to mind when you think of Kingston? Probably that it's a small, quiet city. Right? However, it's so much more than just that.

Kingston is a small city with lots to offer. It has a big city feel, since there is always something to do and boredom never sets in. Kingston is charming, vibrant and thriving. More and more, it's becoming the place to be and visit, so why not visit for Canada's 150th? Kingston was the first capital of Canada, so it only seems appropriate.

With all of the amazing old buildings, new restaurants, and the view of lake Ontario, you'll never want to leave. When people think of a getaway, they don't consider a city so close to them. However, being only 1.5 hours from Ottawa, you're able to have a weekend getaway that won't break the bank and will make you fall in love with the city.

This city has so much to offer, but being in between Ottawa and Toronto, Kingston is sort of forgotten. There is no better year to visit Kingston, especially if you're on your way to a big city. It's the perfect place for a weekend getaway, and you'll feel refreshed and ready for another vacation. Here are a few things you can do when you visit Kingston this year that will make you want to come back for more:

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1. Agnes Etherington Art Centre

Agnes Etherington Art Centre is located on Queen's University's campus, and offers a huge amount of artwork. With 8 different galleries, you'll find yourself in awe at all the unique and beautiful artwork. If you're interested, they also offer classes and workshops for any art lovers out there.

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2. Stone City Ales

In the heart of Downtown Kingston, Stone City Ales is making their name known. They're a great brewery who know exactly what their customers want. Their craft beer is made in store, and you'll have a hard time choosing what you want on the menu. Stone City Ales puts so much effort into everything they do, you'll just have to eat there to know what we're talking about!

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3. Fort Henry

Fort Henry was the former home to the British Army, and has been a go-to spot for tourists for years now. It was also a prison to combatants in the 1800s, so Fort Henry has more history than we could ever imagine. You can take tours of Fort Henry, and learn more about what life was like back then. Even better, you'll hear ghost stories on these tours, which make it even more interesting!

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4. Princess Street

Princess Street is a must visit in Kingston. It has great shops, restaurants, and it's what gives Downtown Kingston so much life! If you're in a shopping mood, Princess Street is a great place to go. You'll seriously never get bored!

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5. Kingston Pen

Kingston Pen is a former maximum security prison that is sure to add some excitement to your trip. Constructed in 1883, Kingston Pen is full of history and although it is no longer in use, it was once known as Canada's oldest prison. There's even a guided tour of Kingston Pen that you can add to your itinerary!

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6. Barcadia

Barcadia is, well, a bar and an arcade in Kingston. It's a super relaxed place where you can sit back, and act like a kid again. They have a wide selection of beer to choose from, and every arcade game is only 25 cents. Imagine getting drunk while playing Mario Kart. Sounds amazing, right?

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7. CRAVE Coffee House & Bakery

Crave Coffee House & Bakery is a trendy coffee shop in Downtown Kingston that has unreal coffee. Located on Princess Street, this is a great place to stop by to get refueled while shopping. They have amazing pastries, treats, and even better coffee. If you're looking for vegan options, they offer that as well. You'll be so cozy here you'll never want to leave!

Treat yourself to an awesome local getaway you never knew you wanted this year and Visit Kingston! Book your stay today – you’ll be glad you did.

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