Montreal for Kids
Montréal is très family-friendly and it’s never a question of what to do, but what to choose because there’s so much going on! This city, referred to as 'Canada's Cultural Capital' offers up many exciting attractions and places for families to enjoy. Our top picks of things to do in Montréal with kids!
The Montréal Science Centre offers exciting scientific exhibitions for everyone! Explore stimulating environments using interactive devices and get a glimpse of the future, experiment daily uses of science, or discover the impact of environmental issues. A spacious, sprawling two-floor museum housed in converted sheds on Old Montréal's port, the Science Centre has literally hundreds of interactive eye-widening exhibits, lively science demonstrations and an IMAX theatre.
Granby Zoo is the most significant zoological garden in Québec, with trails allowing visitors to observe over 1,000 animals from about 200 exotic species, including elephants, giraffes, gorillas, and tigers. Curious humans can attend 20 or so presentations by zookeepers and educators, while the bravest can confront the stormy waves left behind by the god Hurakan at the Amazoo Yoplait Waterpark. Access to the Waterpark and the amusement rides within the zoo is included in the entry fee.
The Montréal Insectarium is considered North America’s largest insect museum. A favourite of children, the museum is home to some 160,000 specimens of living and naturalized insects, an anthill, a bumblebee hive, a honeybee hive, and many other exciting vivariums. When you visit the Insectarium, you’ll plunge into an unknown and fascinating universe. Whatever your age, you’ll be astounded by the incomparable adaptations and surprising behaviour of insects, the champions of nature.
La Ronde is Eastern Canada’s largest amusement park. The facility, which opened as part of Expo ’67, today offers some 40 rides and attractions, including the Goliath, one of North America’s highest and fastest roller coasters, and Le Pays de Ribambelle, an exciting and enchanting family area. Owned and operated by Six Flag Parks.
The Montréal Biodôme offers a close encounter with its four Ecosystems of the Americas, where over 4,800 animals from 230 different species and 750 plant types coexist under the same roof. Experienced nature interpreters accompany guests on a trip that begins in the lush Tropical Rainforest, after which they travel to observe lynx, beavers, and otters in the Laurentian Maple Forest. Visitors can appreciate the numerous birds and rich underwater fauna inhabiting the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Finish your tour with the penguins and auks in the Sub-Antarctic Islands. A visit to the Montréal Biodôme is a unique experience.
Built for the 1976 Summer Olympic Games, the Olympic Stadium is the Park’s centrepiece, a bold design by French architect Roger Taillibert. A funicular-type elevator brings visitors to the top three observation floors of the Tower, the tallest inclined tower in the world, which offers a spectacular view of the city. The sports centre, at the foot of the Tower, has seven aquatic pools as well as a multi-sport facility.
A popular oasis in the heart of the city, the Montréal Botanical Garden is recognized as one of the world’s largest and finest. Its extensive collection of 22,000 plant species and cultivars, 10 exhibition greenhouses, Tree House, and some thirty thematic gardens make it an exceptionally beautiful attraction. Its cultural gardens invite visitors on a trip around the world, from China to Japan, to the world of the First Nations.
Set in the middle of the Saint Lawrence River, nestled between Montréal’s South Shore and the Old Port, this green island oasis is a haven for sports, recreation, nature, and culture. The Aquatic Complex includes three large heated outdoor pools, open all summer long, and water games for kids. The island is also home to the ever-popular La Ronde amusement park and two museums: the Biosphere’s Environment Museum and the Stewart Museum. A network of multi-disciplinary paths wind their way through this lush natural park, accentuated by some dozen public artworks along the way. The island welcomes large outdoor concerts in the summer as well as major events in the winter, including the Fête des Neiges.
The new star of the Space for Life offers an innovative and unprecedented approach to astronomy in a spectacular and eco-friendly setting. Utilizing cutting-edge equipment, the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium presents a unique visitor experience, linking earth and beyond through science, art, and poetry.
Other family-friendly destinations in Montréal:
Jet Boating and Rafting the Lachine Rapids
Clock Tower Pier Old Port of Montréal
Saute-Moutons offers jet boaters of all ages the chance to ride Lachine's mighty and historic rapids. Powerful jet boats give you a fresh new take on the St. Lawrence River. Speedboating: hop aboard for a wild ride on a high-speed boat capable of spinning 360s out on the frothy waters.
Montreal Canadiens Hall of Fame
1909 des-Canadiens-de-Montreal Ave.
Montréal, Québec H4B 5G0
A true museum of the history of the Habs since the team’s founding in 1909, the Montreal Canadiens Hall of Fame exhibits objects, images, and interactive displays in nearly 10,000 square feet of space as it recounts the story of a club that has stirred crowds and warmed the hearts of Québec people throughout the wintertime. A major destination for hockey fans of all ages, the Hall of Fame also conducts tours of the Bell Centre, home of the world famous Montreal Canadiens.
Putting Edge Centre-Ville
1259 Guy Street
Montréal, Québec H3H 2K5
Located in downtown Montréal, Putting Edge provides a unique version of classic miniature golf. The "fluorescent" and luminescent 18-hole golf course transports players to the realm of fantasy as they encounter the infinite universe, lush tropical forests, and Aztec jungles.
2150 autoroute des Laurentides
Laval, QC H7T2T8
Walk through the fabulous tale of Man’s conquest of space by visiting the Space Science Centre. This interactive science centre allows visitors of all ages to discover the achievements of space travelers.
Have you visited Montréal with your family? What were some of your favourite places to visit?