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Someone at East Coast Trail. Right: Someone holding a pig at Lester's Farm.

Someone at East Coast Trail. Right: Someone holding a pig at Lester's Farm.

If you're taking a pit stop in St. John's this summer and you want to get a bang for your buck during your stay, we've got you covered.

St. John's, which is home to some pretty instagrammable spots that you could check out, and has tons of things to do if you're just there for a day.

From hiking trails and historical sites to aquariums and farms, there's something for both the adventurous and the animal lovers alike in this bustling city.

So here are 20 things you've just got to do if you only have a day to spend in St. John's. Understandably, you may not get to all of these in 24 hours, but it just means you have to come back.

Cape Spear

Why You Should Go: Wake up first in the nation and catch a beautiful sunrise over the most Easterly Point in North America. These 709 views never seem to get old.

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Signal Hill

Why You Should Go: Make your way over to Signal Hill, and see the sun come up over our beautiful city. It's easy to spend hours just sitting and admiring this place.

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The Bagel Cafe

Location: 246 Duckworth St., St. John's, NL

Why You Should Go: It's time for breakfast! You need to try the touton sandwich at this place and get the real Newfoundland experience. You can walk it off later.

A bucket list destination for tourists and locals alike.We love to call this place home and we love to show it off.


Lester's Farm

Location: 173 Brookfield Rd., St. John's, NL

Why You Should Go:Does feeding barn animals ever disappoint? Definitely not! You can also browse through their selection of homegrown produce and homemade baked goods inside.

You're never too old to point and say "HORSES!" especially when they are miniature ponies.

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Bowring Park

Location: 305 Waterford Bridge Rd, St. John's, NL

Why You Should Go: Keep the animal trend going, walk around and feed the ducks at Bowring Park, and take it all the beauty that is.

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Bannerman Park

Location: Military Rd., St. John's, NL

Why You Should Go: If you wanna stick around closer to the downtown area, Bannerman Park is the one for you!

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Stroll Around Downtown

Why You Should Go: Walking around downtown St. John's is always a great idea. This city is so unique and full of culture and colour.

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Iceberg Quest Boat Tour

Location: 135 Harbour Dr., St. John's, NL

Why You Should Go: The perfect way to spend a day in Newfoundland, especially if you are a tourist. You're in for a real treat on an Iceberg Quest Boat Tour.

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Middle Cove Beach

Location: Middle Cove Park, Logy Bay-Middle Cove-Outer Cove, NL

Why You Should Go: Head to the ocean for some scenic 709 views. We're an island, of course we have some amazing beaches.

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Topsail Beach

Location: 21 Topsail Beach Rd., Conception Bay South, NL

Why You Should Go: Just outside of the city, Topsail Beach is the perfect way to spend an afternoon soaking up some.

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East Coast Trail

Why You Should Go: If you can squeeze in a hike along the East Coast Trail, you won't regret it. Getting exercise has never been more enjoyable.

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Bernard Stanley Gastropub

Location: 223 Duckworth St., St. John's, NL

Why You Should Go: Bernard Stanley Gastropub is the place to be for some good lunch. This is the be all end all for all things LUNCH. We got 99 problems but lunch ain't one.


Newman Wine Vaults

Location: 436 Water St., St. John's, NL

Why You Should Go: The Newman Wine Vaults tell the story of a connection between Portugal, Newfoundland, and wine. Sounds good to us. Sign me up.

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Petty Harbour Aquarium

Location: 35 Southside Rd., Petty Harbour, NL

Why You Should Go: Go below the surfacein Petty Harbour. Naturally, this island has some interesting below-the-water creatures to feature. Add it to your 24-hour St. John's bucket list.

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Chafe's Landing Restaurant

Location: 11 Main Rd., Petty Harbour, NL

Why You Should Go: Once you're done touring the aquarium, Chafe's Landing is the obvious next choice for some fish and chips. Not to be passed up.

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The Duke of Duckworth

Location: 325 Duckworth St., St. John's, NL

Why You Should Go: Fish and chips is a must if you have a pit stop in St. John's. If you wanna stick close to the city the Duke is the right choice. Photo ops galore.


YellowBelly Brewery & Public House

Location: 288 Water St., St. John's, NL

Why You Should Go: Be sure to make your way to Yellowbelly for happy hour!


Shamrock City Pub

Location: Various locations

Why You Should Go: Unwind at the best little city in the city.Sit back with your favourite pint and take in the live entertainment at this Irish pub.


O'Reilly's Irish Pub

Location: 13 George St., St. John's, NL

Why You Should Go: Just another pub option in the oldest city in North America.You can check out more local entertainment in what's ranked the best bar in Canada.


Ziggy Peelgood's

Location: Various

Why You Should Go: Finish the night off like a real Newfoundlander, with a feed of Ziggy's.


This article has been updated since it was originally published on June 21, 2017.

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