on November 12, 2011
If like me you have followed ice hockey for most of your adult life, but don't live in Canada, then visiting the Hockey Hall of Fame is pretty much a must when you're in Toronto. You can find it on Yonge Street (the longest street in the world) near Union Station. Before entering I was warned that the building that it is housed in is one of the most haunted buildings in Toronto (if you believe in that sort of thing).Not only is the building a Hall of Fame for the greats of Ice Hockey but it is also a museum. I would also recommend having a meal at Gretsky's either before or after your visit because there are some nice pieces of memorabilia in there too. I didn't think it was too expensive to visit this great place, only CAD$17.50 for an adult entry. There is an unrivalled amount of information about hockey in here, including displays of the equipment used by the 'old-timers' and a full-sized trophy room that houses a Stanley Cup. Along with the multitude of statistics, facts and memorabilia this is really a fantastic place for any hockey fan.Unlike other museums there is plenty to do if you have kids, with a whole level dedicated to interactive games. You can try your hand at being a goal-tender and try and field shots from Gretsky or Messier or you can have a go at hardest shot or even try your hand against some hockey related trivia. This place was such a good laugh for me, I'm so pleased I got the opportunity to go and to round it all off being in the gift shop was like being a kid in a candy store. Living in the U.K. it can be quite difficult to get some of the books and shirts that I have wanted to collect, suffice to say that my suitcase was little heavier and my wallet a little lighter after leaving the gift shop!!
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