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Discover Ontario’s Iconic Attractions

Order up unlimited, year-round fun for kids of all ages at Ontario’s wide array of attractions.

At this time, it is important to travel locally, travel safely and to do your part by following public health advice – practice physical distancing, frequent hand washing and wearing a non-medical face covering where required or where physical distancing is a challenge.

For the most up-to-date information on where and when it is safe to travel please visit: covid-19.ontario.ca. When planning to visit any Ontario attraction, please call ahead or check online for the latest operating hours and information.

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Outdoor & Indoor Waterparks

Indoors or out, you’ll find year-round aquatic adventures at Ontario’s waterparks. Make a splash at these family-friendly locales.

Calypso Waterpark, Limoges: Canada’s largest theme waterpark, just east of Ottawa.
Wild Waterworks, Hamilton: summer fun for all ages.
Splash On Water Park, Barrie: located waterfront, at Centennial Beach in the heart of downtown.
Fallsview Indoor Water Park, Niagara Falls
Great Wolf Lodge, Niagara Falls
Waves Indoor Water Park, Niagara Falls
Plunge!, Blue Mountain: indoor-outdoor pools and an indoor water playground provide kids four season water adventure.
Adventure Bay Family Water Park, Windsordowntown indoor water amusement parks featuring five slides and an activity pool.

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Amusement Parks & Thrill Rides

Let your inner child run wild at Ontario’s themed amusement parks, great for the young, the young at heart, and the thrill seekers in search of an adrenaline rush.

CN Tower EdgeWalk, Toronto: the world’s highest full circle hands-free walk on a ledge encircling the top of the Tower’s main pod.
Canada’s Wonderland, Vaughan: ride massive roller-coasters, including the Yukon Striker, the longest, fastest and highest dive coaster in the world.
Ridge Runner Mountain Coaster, Blue Mountain: a thrilling year round downhill ride through varied terrain.
Niagara SkyWheel, Niagara Falls: a 53.3 metre (175 foot) tall Ferris ride is a family favourite.
Whirlpool Aero Car, Niagara Falls: cross the Niagara Whirlpool in an antique cable car 200 feet above the water.
iFLY, Whitby and Mississauga: enjoy the trills of sky diving without jumping out of a plane.
Storybook Gardens, London: watch the make-believe world of nursery rhymes come to life.
Santa’s Village & Sportsland, Bracebridge: visit Mr. Claus during the summer.
LEGOLAND Discovery Centre, Vaughan: play with over three million LEGO bricks.

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Entertainment Centres

Indoor and outdoor entertainment complexes and playgrounds offer all kinds of family fun.

Kids Fun City, Toronto: indoor amusement centre perfect for families with kids of all ages, including toddlers.
Niagara Speedway, Niagara Falls: elevated four-acre facility that combines the thrills of go-kart racing and roller coaster riding is a recent addition to Clifton Hill, the famous ‘street of fun’ in Niagara Falls.
Bingemans, Kitchener: includes FunworX, a huge indoor family playground.
Playdium, Mississauga: go-karts, video games, cool rides like a simulated race car, and more at this large indoor fun park.
The Factory, London: Canada’s biggest indoor family entertainment centre features North America’s largest indoor high ropes course.
East Park, London: indoor and outdoor recreation including golf, go-karts, a climbing wall and an arcade.
Blue Mountain Go-Karts, Collingwood: seasonal outdoor family entertainment centre, with a go-kart track.
Wasaga 500 Go-Karts, Wasaga Beach: in addition to go-karting, enjoy batting cages and mini-golf.
Wasaga Adventure Park, Elmvale: get your fill of action with paintball, nerf wars and escape rooms.
Ultimate Paintball Milton, Milton: Ontario’s oldest paintball park.

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Science, Nature, Culture & History

Let your kids get hands-on at interactive science centres, museums and historical sites that provide activities and programs geared to expand young minds and make learning fun.

Ontario Science Centre, Toronto: new exciting exhibits are featured seasonally.
Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto: learn about world culture and natural history.
Canadian Museum of Nature, Ottawa: a national landmark and includes a Live Animals area.
Canada Aviation and Space Museum, Ottawa: looks to the past, the future as well as above and beyond.
Royal Botanical Gardens, Hamilton: one of Canada’s largest botanical gardens is a living flora museum.
Science North, Sudbury: explore the wonderful world of science at Northern Ontario’s most popular tourist attraction.
Dynamic Earth, Sudbury: home of the Big Nickel and an immersive, hands-on science centre that features earth science and mining experiences.
Long Point Observatory, St. Williams: magical stargazing from the astronomical observatory.
Stones ‘N Bones Museum, Sarnia: explore dinosaurs, fossils, minerals and more.

Treat your kids to museums dedicated to them.
Children’s Museum, Ottawa (part of the Canadian Museum of History)
Niagara Children’s Museum, Niagara
Hamilton Children’s Museum, Hamilton
THEMUSEUM, Kitchener-Waterloo
London Children’s Museum, London

Travel back in time and experience early settler life at one of Ontario’s pioneer villages, military life at historic forts and the finer things in life at historic castles.
Fort William Historical Park, Thunder Bay
Sainte-Marie among the Hurons & Discovery Harbour, Midland & Penetanguishene
Uncle Tom’s Cabin Historic Site, Dresden
Black Creek Pioneer Village, Toronto 
Fanshawe Pioneer Village, London
Lang Pioneer Village Museum, Peterborough
Backus Heritage Village, Port Rowan
Fort York, Toronto
Fort George, Niagara-on-the-Lake
Old Fort Erie, Fort Erie
Fort Henry, Kingston
Fort Malden, Amherstburg
Fort St. Joseph, St. Joseph Island, Sault Ste. Marie
Casa Loma, Toronto
Dundurn Castle, Hamilton

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Zoos, Aquariums & Animal Sanctuaries

Thrill the animal lovers in your family at these attractions featuring wildlife native to Ontario and exotic creatures from afar.

Toronto Zoo, Toronto: sprawled over 700 acres with over 5,000 creatures big and small from around the globe.
Riverview Park and Zoo, Peterborough: the only free admission accredited zoo in Canada.
Brantford Twin Valley Zoo, Brantford: come feed goats and deer.
Spruce Haven Zoo, Sault Ste. Marie: mountain goats, Arctic wolves, Tibetan yaks and Japanese sika deer call this home.
Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada, Toronto: features a moving walkway in a see-through tunnel, a tropical reef tank, informative dive shows and over 45 interactive exhibits.
African Lion Safari, Cambridge: drive through and observe the animals roaming free.
Jungle Cat World, Orono: photograph some of the world’s largest felines and spend the night at its unique Safari Lodge.
Cedar Meadows Resort, Timmins: enjoy a tractor-drawn wagon ride that brings you up close and personal with moose, elk and bison.
Cochrane Polar Bear Habitat, Cochrane: Meet Ganuk and Henry, the residents of the only captive bear facility in the world dedicated solely to polar bears.
Saunders Country Critters, North Grenville: get to knowa diverse collection of furry and feathered friends, located about 15 minutes from Ottawa.
Aquatarium at Tall Ships Landing, Brockville: see the playful species of fish and animals, such as otters, native to the St. Lawrence River, and participate in hands-on interactive exhibits.
Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory, Cambridge: relax in this serene 10,000 square foot tropical conservatory while thousands of free-flying butterflies dance through the air around you.
Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory & Bird Kingdom, Niagara Falls: located within the Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens, the Butterfly Conservatory is home to over 45 species of butterflies. Complete your animal lover’s Niagara itinerary with a visit to the nearby Bird Kingdom to enjoy its colourful collection of indigenous and exotic birds.
Reptilia, Vaughan & Whitby: experience the entire world of reptiles with over 250 cold-blooded creatures on display.
Upper Canada Migratory Bird Sanctuary, Morrisburg: hike the safe and well-marked trails to the bird sanctuary and stay longer to glamp in a treehouse.
Bear Creek Sanctuary, Barrie: book a private tour and learn about the care required for exotic wildlife.
Happily Ever Esther Farm Sanctuary, Campbellville: meet Ontario’s most famous pig (and her friends).
The Donkey Sanctuary of Canada, Puslinch: meet and groom almost 100 donkeys, mules and hinnies; and pick up a momento of your visit at the Long Ears Boutique.
Cedar Row Farm Sanctuary, Lakeside: open houses and work visits are offered at this family-run farm in Southwestern Ontario devoted to rescuing all your favourite farm animals.

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