Get Out of Town!

From safaris and water parks to scenic trips and beaches, there are some great getaway ideas for the entire family. Give your youngsters a dose of fresh air and introduce them to a variety of exciting neighbouring cities this Summer. These attractions and destinations, each just a short drive or train ride from the city, are bursting with family-friendly activities, making them the perfect spots for Summer day trips.

African Lion Safari
1386 Cooper Road, Cambridge, ON N1R 8B2
1-800-461-WILD (9453) |
Your day of family adventure at African Lion Safari begins as you set out on a “trek” along 9 km of safari trail in your own vehicle or aboard a Safari Tour Bus. Visitors get closer than they ever imagined to over 1,000 exotic bird and animals that roam freely throughout seven large Game Reserves. Explore thrilling bird and animal performances, take a cruise aboard the "African Queen" boat, or come and see our daily elephant swim. Visit the Pets' Corner and see a variety of animals and birds. Monkey around in the Jungle Playground featuring the Safari Venture, and Toddlers' Play. Then cool down in the Misumu Bay Wet Play splash pad area.

Blue Mountain Resort
108 Jozo Weider Blvd, Blue Mountains, ON L9Y 3Z2
877-445-0231 |
If you look hard enough, you’ll find it nestled in the trees, soaring through the skies, and gliding along the water.  At Blue Mountain, adventure lies around every corner.  Experience the thrill of the Ridge Runner, Ontario’s only mountain coaster, or the freedom of the Wind Rider Triple Zips as you sail through the air from platform to platform. Test your limits on Blue’s high ropes course, Timber Challenge, or freefall from the Apex Bagjump.  Adventure awaits at Blue Mountain.

Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory
2500 Kossuth Road, Cambridge, ON N3H 4R7
519-653-1234 |
The Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory is situated on a 117 acre site which includes the environmental sensitive Kossuth Bog. The 25,000 square foot facility includes a 10,800 square foot indoor tropical garden featuring 1000’s of free flying butterflies from all over the world, over 100 different varieties of tropical plants, waterfalls, streams, reflecting pools, tropical finches, Chinese painted quail, and red-eared slider turtles. Discover 1000's of free-flying butterflies in a tropical garden. Explore a vast collection of insects, meet live giant exotic bugs and experience the tropics!

Chicopee Tube Park
1600 River Road East, Kitchener, ON N2A 4K8
519-895-2322 |
Guests will continue to enjoy the excitement of tubing rides all through the Spring, Summer, and Fall seasons. Our unique Italian manufactured Summer Tubing system offers waterless tubing on special gliding mats, providing the same stimulating sensation of snow tubing, without the snow! Enjoy other attractions such as Ziplining, Eurobungy Trampoline, Horizontal Ropes, and The Spiderweb - an amazing climbing tower!

Fallsview Indoor Water Park
5685 Falls Avenue, Niagara Falls, ON L2E 6W7
905-374-4444 |
Fallsview is North America’s Largest Indoor Waterpark & Resort with 3 Acres of Indoor Family Fun! A two minute walk from Niagara Falls. Features 16 thrilling waterslides, massive indoor wave pool, hot springs, and outdoor sundeck with pool. Directly connected to Falls Avenue Resort featuring three hotels and more! Voted #1 Amusement Parks & Water Parks in Canada on TripAdvisor for 6 consecutive years!

Halton County Radial Railway  
13629 Guelph Line, Milton, ON L9T 5A2
519-856-9802 |
Halton County Radial Railway is a full-size operating electric railway and museum, featuring historic electric railcars operating on two kilometers of scenic track. The museum offers a fun day out for everyone of all ages, featuring unlimited rides, access to two display barns, historic railway station, and gift shop. Look for many special events that take place throughout the season. The Halton County Radial Railway is a unique and fun experience kids won’t soon forget.

Niagara Falls
Niagara Falls, ON
An excursion to Niagara Falls Ontario Canada offers more than you could imagine. Niagara Falls Canada has often been called "the world's most famous address". While the falls is certainly the most visited natural attraction, the rest of Niagara offers a rich, varied, and rewarding experience as well. Niagara Falls, and the surrounding Niagara Region, have evolved and grown into one of the word's foremost travel destinations. Theme parks, water parks, shows, scenic rides and towers with a view are just a leisurely drive away.

Scenic Caves Nature Adventures
260 Scenic Caves Rd., Collingwood, ON L9Y 0P2  
705-446-0256 |
Explore a self-guided trail of caves, caverns, and crevasses carved by glacial ice. Venture over Southern Ontario’s longest 420 ft. Suspension Footbridge which offers spectacular views of Georgian Bay. Hitch a ride on Rocky the train or the country wagon. Older adventurers can soar down the half-mile Thunderbird Twin Zipline. Enjoy additional features such as: Rocky the train, country wagon, children’s playground, gemstone mining, mini-golf, trout pond, picnic areas, and more. Located 1 1/2 to 2 hours from anywhere in southern Ontario.

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425 Bingemans Centre Dr., Kitchener, ON N2B 3X7
Bingemans features FunworX, the largest indoor family playland, Big Splash, the area's largest waterpark, paintball, bowling, and more. More

Bird Kingdom
5651 River Road, Niagara Falls, ON L2E 7M7
Bird Kingdom is a world-class attraction located a 5-minute walk from a world wonder, Niagara Falls. It's one of the largest free-flying indoor aviary in the orld. You'll see exotic birds, animals, and reptiles. More

Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum
386 Church St S, Box 1838, St. Marys, ON N4X 1C2
A newly renovated space that includes three baseball fields, a museum, and walking trails. The history of the game of baseball is presesrved through this  museum. More

Darien Lake
9993 Alleghany Road, Darien Center, NY 14040
New York’s best entertainment value with more than 45 thrill rides, a 10 acre water park, a wide array of live shows, midway games, paddle boats, mini golf, and more. More

Discovery Harbour
97 Jury Dr., Penetanguishene, ON L9M 1G1
Discovery Harbour is a picturesque historic site situated on beautiful Penetanguishene Bay. Enjoy fun and interactive daily tours, and daily on-site activities that reflect life at this 19th century outpost. More

East Park London
1275 Hamilton Rd., London, ON N5W 1B1
A fun family entertainment centre and golf course. East Park features mini-golf, batting cages, water slides, splash pad and climber, go-karts, and picnic areas. More

London Regional Children's Museum
21 Wharncliffe Rd. S., London, ON N6J 4G5
There are permanent galleries and travelling/seasonal exhibits filled with hands-on activities and interactive programs that will entice and engage visitors of all ages. More

7657 Portage Road, Niagara Falls, ON L2E 6X8  
Marineland is a theme park featuring performing marine mammals, amusement rides, and land animals. More

The Museum
10 King Street West, Kitchener, ON N2G 1A3
THEMUSEUM is a cultural destination that celebrates art and technology at play with an innovative and educational facility for kids of all ages. More

Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory
2405 Niagara Parkway, Niagara Falls, ON L2E 3E8
This attraction features over 2,000 colourful tropical butterflies floating freely among lush, exotic blossoms and greenery. More

Royal Botanical Gardens
680 Plains Road West, Burlington, ON L7T 4H4
At 2,700 acres, RBG is the largest botanical garden in Canada. Within its 60 documented collections, 40,000 plants are displayed in five major garden exhibition areas. More

Safari Niagara
2821 Stevensville Road, Fort Erie, ON L0S 1S0
Safari Niagara, a 150-acre, nature park, invites you to spend the day with more than 750 animals of native and exotic mammals, reptiles, and birds. More

Sainte-Marie among the Hurons
16164 Highway 12, Midland, ON L4R 4K8
A National Historic Attraction of a 17th century First Nation and European Community. A nationally significant historic site with 25 reconstructed buildings that include barracks, a church, and more. More

Santa's Village
1624 Golden Beach Rd., Bracebridge, ON P1L 1W8
A 60-acre attraction nestled in a bend of the Muskoka River. This amusement park has been Santa’s Summer home for over 50 years. More

Storybook Gardens
1958 Storybook Lane, London, ON N6K 4Y6
Storybook Gardens offers something for everyone, with its farm animals, rides, games, play house, beautiful gardens, Summer splash pad, and more. More

Upper Canada Village
13740 County Rd. 2, Morrisburg, ON KOC 1XO
Upper Canada Village is a heritage park in the village of Riverside which depicts a 19th century village in Upper Canada feating a blacksmith shop, cook’s tavern,
flour mills, and more. More

Westfield Heritage Village
1049 Kirkwall Road, Kirkwall, ON L0R 1X0
Westfield is a stunning collection of over 30 historical buildings which has made Westfield one of the most interesting historical destinations in Ontario. More

Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre
16160 Hwy 12 E., Midland, ON L4R 4K6
Experience nature up close at Wye Marsh. Situated on 3,000 acres of a national wildlife area in Georgian Bay, it is the perfect place for a family outing. Encourage your kids to connect with nature with kid friendly activities and events or just let them loose to hand feed a chickadee or go pond netting. See Birds of Prey Show or go hiking, biking, canoeing, and kayaking. More

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