The Halifax Regional School Board operates public primary, middle, and secondary schools in the city. Examples of schools include Inglis Street Elementary, Fairview Heights Elementary, Rockingham Elementary, Joseph Howe Elementary, Clayton Park Junior High, St. Agnes Junior High, Citadel High, Halifax West High, and J. L. Ilsley High. Conseil scolaire acadien provincial operates French language public schools in the city. There are also a number of private schools, which are operated independently.
Post-secondary institutions in the city include Dalhousie University (offering undergraduate and graduate programs), Saint Mary’s University, University of King’s College, and Nova Scotia Community College.
The Museum of Natural History offers numerous exhibits on Nova Scotia’s cultural history, natural history, and landscape and ecosystems. The museum houses artifacts related to archeology, ethnology, mammals, and marine life, and also conducts research in these areas. Programs and events geared towards children are held throughout the year, and the building has a number of rental options for groups.
Long Lake Provincial Park is located just 15 minutes from downtown Halifax and features 2,000 hectares of wilderness. Hiking, cycling, kayaking/canoeing, wildlife watching, and swimming are all popular activities in the park. Amenities include parking, washroom facilities, benches and bike racks.
Halifax is also home to numerous historic sites, smaller parks, and community centres.