Olympic Park, Montréal
Concierge.com's insider take:
The 1976 Olympic stadium, designed by French architect Roger Taillibert, is a white, sloping beacon that can be seen from almost any east-facing point on the Plateau. The Olympic games are long gone, and so are the Expos, the baseball team that called the stadium home until 2004. Still, there's something magical about the structure's massive, extraterrestrial facade. For $10.50, you can get a great view of the city by taking a cable car to the tower-top observation deck (4545 Pierre de Coubertin Ave.; 514-252-4141; www.rio.gouv.qz.ca; closed mid-Jan.–mid-Feb.). Nearby is the flourishing Botanical Garden. Highlights include the Chinese Lantern Show in September and October, and the lilac garden in May; for a complete calendar of blooms, consult the garden's website (4101 Sherbrooke St. E.; 514-872-1400; www2.ville.montreal.qc.ca/jardin/en/menu.htm). Kids will delight in the nearby Insectarium, where visitors can gawk at a wide array of creepy crawlies. The stick bug terrarium is fun for a game of "I Spy." The gift shop might inspire a game of double-dare, given the bug-filled lollipops and crunchy barbecue- or cheese-flavored insects for sale (4581 Sherbrooke St. E.; 514-872-1400; www2.ville.montreal.qc.ca/insectarium).