Summertime is the best time to get outdoors, explore and take adventures with those you love most. We have found a list of 22 amazing experiences for you and your family to enjoy! Take a look at the end of the blog for our Google Map.
Explore haunted hotels, courtyards and secret graveyards while you learn the dark side of Kingston’s history. Your tour guide shares all of the spooky stories Kingston has kept secret for over a century.
Gaze upon rare fossils, colourful minerals and beautiful crystals as you journey through Queen’s University’s Geology Museum. Take your time, bring the kids and create some fun times digging for dinosaur fossils and enjoying an augmented reality sandbox!
Challenge your family to the ultimate test of teamwork at one of Improbable Escape’s escape rooms. Whether you want something scary, hilarious or just plain adventurous, they have it all! You will be playing against the clock with your favourite people to solve a variety of mind-bending puzzles.
4. Kingston Family Fun World
Get back to the basics of a fun outing at Kingston Family Fun World! Start out hitting balls at the batting cages, team up for a game of mini-golf, and then finally, prove your skills with a race on the go-kart track!
Affordable, check. Educational, check. Located in the middle of Gananoque and Kingston is the MacLachlan Woodworking Museum. Enjoy free family-friendly programs such as LumberKit making and Campfire Songs at the Mac on Thursday evenings. Plus, there’s a beautiful spot for a picnic at Grass Creek Park!
6. Skywood Eco Adventure
Choose your own adventure in the wilderness at Skywood Eco Adventure Climb high up into the trees and hike through fun games that include crossing tree-top bridges, obstacle course, and flying down a zip line!
Did you know that South Eastern Ontario has its very own aquarium? Discover what makes The 1000 Islands so amazing as you play in the hands-on exhibits, learn about local species of fish & animals, and explore replicas of long lost ships. Don’t forget to visit the otters!
The Brockville Museum is both interesting and fun for the kids as they include discovery packs, historic games to make learning about history even more enjoyable.
It’s often said that challenges make families closer, so challenge your A-team to an adventurous day “Escaping the Freight” at Escape Brockville. Work together against the ticking clock to escape by solving mind-bending puzzles. Afterwards, take a tour through Brockville’s famous railway tunnel for a unique and interesting stroll.
If you think you and your clan are tough, or just enjoyed getting scared then sign up for the Paranormal Lock Up! Learn legends of the past before entering a pitch-black, jail to search for ghosts with paranormal experiments.
11. Treehouse Camping in Upper Canada Bird Sanctuary
Find your inner peace by camping with your loved ones atop a gorgeous treehouse. Robin’s Roost Treehouse is an incredible bird haven. Enjoy a private beach, and be sure to bring some binoculars or a telescope to spot many of the 100+ bird species that live in the sanctuary.
Get blasted into the past at this historic village fully equipped with buildings and characters straight from the olden days. Take a horse-drawn carriage or simply walk along the dirt-covered roads to look inside the blacksmith cabin or the Masonic lodge.
13. Prehistoric World
If having a taste of history had you craving more adventure, you need to check out the Prehistoric park grounds nearby! Acquaint yourself with life-sized statues of dinosaurs that will be sure to amaze the kiddos.
Spoil yourself and your family this summer by taking a breathtaking flight above the enigmatic 1000 Islands! Enjoy a private tour with an expert pilot as you soar through the skies and learn about all the sights to behold.
Sometimes the best days are had doing something familiar with those you love. Enjoy the gorgeous Gananoque’s 1000 Islands Miniature Golf and challenge your family to a wicked game of mini-golf.
The most perfect summer days are often spent on the beach, and there is no beach as unique and fun as the Sandbanks Provincial Park. Explore the dunes, relax on the beach and adventure through the trails – maybe even set up camp!
17. Mustang Outdoor Theatre
Enjoy a double feature in the comfort of your own vehicle by just turning the dial on your radio. The big screen won’t disappoint and neither will the delicious snacks sold on-site!
Explore Frontenac’s 5,355 hectares on the southern edge of the Canadian Shield. This beautiful park is open all year and has 48 interior campsites. Canoe routes are available through 22 lakes and there is over 100 km of looped backpacking and hiking trails. This is a wonderful place to fish, view wildlife, hike or enjoy the water.
If you don’t mind a late night with the kids, then take them on an evening journey to the Dark Sky Viewing Area in Lennox & Addington. You will truly be in awe as you view constellations and galaxies as you gaze into the stunningly immense night sky.
If being active is more your family’s style, get the running shoes (and bug spray) ready and take a trip over to the Hell Holes Nature Trails and Caves. Explore remarkable natural wonders including a stone bridge, mushroom-shaped rocks and the Devil’s Horse table Cave.
21.Batawa’s Dino Dig
Calling all aspiring palaeontologists! This is a family-friendly space and Batawa has a one-of-a-kind experience in store this summer. Batawa’s Dino Dig lets kids create memories while scaling the horns of a triceratops, crawling inside a giant dinosaur egg or even making fossil rubbings – but that’s only the beginning. The star of the dig is discovering the 40-foot replica T-Rex skeleton! It’s free but bring your own digging tools.
Whether you feel daring in a kayak or safer in a canoe, you and your family will have an unforgettable experience as you are guided through the Rideau Canal. Enjoy the backdrop of lush green forest and get your exercise in!