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One day stop in St John what are the must see things to do

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One day stop in St John what are the must see things to do

We will be in St John for a stop on our cruise. We are trying to determine if we need to pay for an excursion by the cruise line or if we can just navigate ourselves around and see some of the sights. What are the must see items in St. John? Also how do you get around in St John? Finally what are the best local places to eat we have no preference between restaurant and bar/restaurant but not a national chain style place.

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1. Re: One day stop in St John what are the must see things to do

Hello bamafan07,

There is plenty to see and do within walking distance of the cruise dock. Certainly, top on your list should be The City Market which has part of our community for over 130 years. The market offer plenty of Canadian/Saint John souviners and wonderful lunch counters (Kim's Korean has become my new fav spot in the city). The New Brunswick Museum, located at Market Square, is a great spot to learn about the city and region.

Some of my personal favourite restaurants in the uptown area include: 1) Church Street Steak House on Grannan Street 2) Billy's Seafood Company, at the upper entrance of the City Market 3)Vitos, on Hazen Ave.

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Hi 'Bama!

You can see a lot without paying for excursions.

Here's an incomplete summary, in order of distance from the crusie ship pier:

1) New Brunswick Museum, located right on the harbor near the cruise dock.

2) Market Square shops and restaurants. Naturally, the merchants go out of their way to attract cruise ship customers, as you will see.

3) Old City Market, an enclosed area of shops and kiosks selling direct from the producer.

4) Uptown St. John. If you wander up King Street, it takes you to King Square Park and nearby Loyalist Burying Ground. You'll like poking around the shops and businesses around the square and in the streets lying to the north.

5) Fort Howe, a small park with a Martello Tower, which once was the acme of military defensive emplacements.

6) Reversing Falls, the narrow gorge where the St. John River, one of the larger rivers of eastern North America, breaks through to flow into St. John Harbor. The gorge contains a small rapids, and gradually the rising tide drowns these rapids as the river begins to flow upstream. It is not really a falls, and nothing of an immediate, thrilling nature happens. Reversing Falls is 1 3/4 miles from the cruise pier.

7) Rockwood Park and Cherry Brook Zoo. This is the largest zoo in Atlantic Canada, located at the northern end of north St. John, about five miles from the cruise pier. You could take a taxi or the city bus.

8) St. Martin Sea Caves and the Fundy Trail parkway. They're about 25 miles east of the city, and the best nearby place to see Bay of Fundy coastal scenery. You can go inside the caves at low tide. (You've read that Bay of Fundy tides rise as much as 25 feet at St. John.)

For getting around in the city, here's a short summary, and it may not be complete:

A) You could walk. In addition to strolling near the cruise pier and in nearby uptown St. John, the city has built a scenic walkway, nicely landscaped. Follow the yellow brick road, or in this case, red brick. It's 1 3/4 miles from Market Square to Reversing Falls.

B) Taxi.

C) City bus.

D) Rent a bike. Bicycle rentals are offered at Market Square, very close to the cruise pier. The red brick walkway is also open to bicycles.

E) Reversing Falls Shuttle, a tour boat that runs from Market Square up to the falls.

F) Bus tours run from the cruise pier. They cost about US$17 per person.

Others will tell you about the city's fancy restaurants, or you could just discover them for yourself walking. So I'll put in a plug for a "greasy spoon" style place where we always eat anytime we're in town: Reggies, located on Germain Street, about five minutes walk. Reggies has stayed in business for over 40 years, so it can't be all bad. We enjoy their smoked meat sandwiches and burgers, all served with a rich helping of old St. John atmosphere that's not on the menu in other places. It's open early for breakfast and lunch.

Happy travels, and let me know if I can help further!

David

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3. Re: One day stop in St John what are the must see things to do

Thanks for taking the time to provide all of that great information. My question is, without paying the cruise line $115 per person for a trip to the Bay of Fundy, how else could one get there?

Thanks!

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4. Re: One day stop in St John what are the must see things to do

Hi Salt Lake!

Don't forget that in St. John, New Brunswick, you already are on the Bay of Fundy. St. John harbor is part of the Fundy. So is Reversing Falls, when the tide is in. Your ship will rise and fall (or fall and rise) 25 feet during the time you're docked.

St. Martin Sea Caves and the nearby Fundy Trail Parkway are less than an hour away, and an excellent way to see the Fundy and its tides in a non-urban setting. You need wheels to get there. If a cruise-related operator is demanding over a hundred bucks per person, why not gather a party of four and either agree on a deal with a taxi driver to take all of you there and back for a fixed price, or rent a car for the day.

David

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5. Re: One day stop in St John what are the must see things to do

EXCELLENT advice. Thank you again for your time and valuable knowledge.

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6. Re: One day stop in St John what are the must see things to do

Thank you, that advice helps us too when we take our cruise in Oct.

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7. Re: One day stop in St John what are the must see things to do

the Loyalist house is also only a block or 2 away and is full of history

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8. Re: One day stop in St John what are the must see things to do

If you rent a car you could also get to the Irving Nature Park - which is a peninsula a few minutes to the West of the City that justs into the Bay and has hiking trails and very good scenery. - about a 15 minute drive from the cruise pier.

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