2015 Top Family-Friendly Summer Attractions in the Hamilton Area
Wild Waterworks is one of Canada’s largest outdoor wave pools, with four tube slides, two body slides, the Eazy River, and Little Squirt Works for kids. Like roller-coasters, there are minimum height requirements for some of the rides.
Avoid gate lineups and and experience the ultimate "staycation" by renting one of the six Cabanas!
For a trip back to pioneer times, visit Westfield Heritage Village, with events running all year long. With over 30 restored historical buildings, this is one of the most interesting historical destinations in Ontario. Buildings aside, there is some beautiful natural scenery on this 130-hectare site.
Guided tours are available.
Hamilton Conservation Authority (HCA) is the area’s leading environmental agency owning more than 20 conservation areas. These include Confederation Park, Christie Lake, and Dundas Valley, among others, where families can enjoy a wide variety of outdoor activities including camping, fishing, hiking, cycling, picnicking, boating, swimming, or simple appreciation of nature.
With more than 130 kilometres of trails, you can enjoy visiting waterfalls, scenic vistas, underground caves, wetland boardwalks and more.
Royal Botanical Gardens is the largest botanical garden in Canada, a National Historic Site, and registered charitable organization with a mandate to bring together people, plants and nature.
RBG leads a province-wide "Back to Nature" Network to help kids reconnect with the outdoors and manages one of the largest freshwater marshland restoration projects of its kind in North America. Since 2006, RBG has been appointed Canada's 'National Focal Point for the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation (GSPC), part of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity.
In 1996 Royal Botanical Gardens (RBG) was centralizing most activities to its Main Centre and their site known as the Teaching Gardens was being vacated. Because of the many features suited to the Aviary at this location, the City and the RBG agreed to a multi-year lease and the Aviary was moved to that location. Indoor and outdoor cages were built and today, the Aviary continues in a new home, in a beautiful park setting.
Friends of the Aviary's goal is to maintain a vibrant, healthy aviary exhibit, planned and managed in a practical fashion by volunteers, which will attract, educate and delight visitors, and be a source of pride for the City of Hamilton.
Fieldcote is a cultural heritage centre with an emphasis on the collection, preservation and exhibition of local history, the promotion of fine arts and the celebration of natural heritage through beautiful landscaped award-winning pesticide-free gardens and walking trails.
This summer, enjoy the ongoing "Shades of Grey: The Art of Black & White Photography" exhibit, Friday Night films in August, as well as musical performances every Sunday evening during July and August.
Griffin House stands as a testament to the bravery and determination of black men and women who journeyed to freedom in Southern Ontario by the Underground Railroad. Griffin House offers tours and black-history-related programs as part of the Black Heritage Network.
This unique historic site is situated atop a hill overlooking the Dundas Valley and is managed as a joint project. The house and property are owned and operated by the Hamilton Region Conservation Authority. Public visitation and interpretation is offered by Fieldcote Memorial Park and Museum. This summer, they are offering a free tour for Emancipation Day on August 2nd.
Visit Canada's original safari adventure this summer, and get closer than you ever imagined to lions, giraffes' cheetah's rhinos, and over 1000 exotic birds and other animals!
Open until September 20th this year, you can enjoy driving your family through the game reserves in your own vehicle, take a cruise on the African Queen boat, and see some great educational bird and animal shows. One attraction not to miss for the children at African Lion Safari is the Misumu Bay Wet Interactive water adventure (open weather permitting).
At the Battlefield House Museum, you can experience life in the early 19th century. Aside from the museum, Battlefield Park is home to the 100 ft. tall monument since 1913, and the Battlefield Cemetary at Smith's Knoll, which is now a National Historic Site.
The park itself occupies 32 acres on the border between Hamilton and Stoney Creek.
Adventure Village is an exciting amusement park, located in Confederation Park on over 3 acres of beautiful rolling hills, waterfalls, fish ponds, shipwrecks.
Activities at the park include mini-golf, batting cages, bumber cars, rock climbing, outoor laser tag, the bungy trampoline, and even gemstone mining! Tickets can be purchased for single attractions, or for unlimited play.