Summer Day Trips in Ontario

We haven’t really done much this summer. I try to take the kids to different parks, zoo’s and lakes while Steve is at work, without getting in over my head.

Steve is off the last week of August, so we are planning to do a few day trips then. With me being off on a small extended maternity leave, we are on one income, so we don’t have a lot of extra money to spend.

Here are five great places to visit in Ontario with your kids this summer:


Centreville on the Toronto Islands, is a great place for families with young kids to visit. A short ferry ride from Toronto Harbour brings over 30 rides and attractions including: Bumper Boats, a petting zoo, Twirling Tea Cups, a Ferris Wheel, and much more!


There is no admission fee; however, you must purchase tickets to enjoy the rides and attractions.  To enjoy unlimited rides all day it is:

$37 for over 4′  ($34 if purchased online)

$25.95 for under 4′ ($23.95 if purchased online)

A family of four all day ride pass is $111.80 ($106.13 if purchased online)

You can also purchase sheets of tickets for rides, as opposed to the day passes. It is definitely a little pricey, but worth it if you plan on spending the day and enjoying the rides.

Great Wolf Lodge

Okay, I know this is more of an overnight trip, than a day trip; but I had to mention it. Great Wolf Lodge is a chain of family indoor waterparks – the one in Ontario is in Niagara Falls. There are rides and slides for adults and kids of all ages – complete with a toddler area. In terms of sleeping accommodations, they have everything from basic suites to elaborate lofts. The accommodations are quite pricey (prices vary), but Groupon is a great place to hunt for deals for this resort!


Niagara Falls

Although I just mentioned a popular place to visit in Niagara Falls; the falls themselves are a great place to visit in the summer.


In addition to viewing this spectacular sight, there are other attractions you can visit with the kids. Clifton Hill is known as Niagara’s “Street of fun” and has the Guiness Museum of World Records, Ripley’s Believe it or Not Museum, The Hollywood Wax Museum, and even a bowling alley! There is also the Journey Behind the Falls attraction or the Butterfly Conservatory – fun for all ages!

(I remember visiting the Butterfly Conservatory as a kid and being terrified when the butterflies started landing on me. I ran out of there crying, and haven’t been back since…True story.)

The Canadian National Exhibition (CNE)

The CNE  is located in Toronto, and runs from August 15 – September 1, 2014.

Children 4 and under are free

Children 5 to 13 years of age are $14 and

General Admission ages 14-64 is $18

There is so much to do/see for all ages. Enjoy rides, various forms of entertainment, shopping, food trucks, a garden show, a casino, and so so much more! This place is always PACKED, and it can be a little frustrating to maneuver a stroller through the crowd (especially a double stroller), but it’s only once a year and has been going on since 1879! (The CNE is easily accessible by public transit from the east and the west.)


Ripley’s Aquarium

Ripley’s Aquarium is located in Toronto, and is somewhere you need to visit at least once. This is great for all ages, especially kids. The admission is:

$29.98 for Adults

$19.98 for ages 6-13

$9.98 for ages 3-5 and

Children 2 years of age and under are free

We went in April and Maxton had a great time. He loved exploring the aquarium and seeing so many amazing fish up close – not to mention the sharks! We would definitely go back.


Enjoy these last few weeks of summer, no matter what you do!

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