Things to Do in Windsor
Windsor’s history is heroic and intriguing. Windsor and its neighbouring communities served as entry points for thousands of brave men and women fleeing slavery via the Underground Railroad during the 19th century. The city was also an important battle site during the War of 1812. And during American Prohibition, Windsor was the illicit transportation grounds for gallons of alcohol. Each of these acts profoundly affected Windsor, and the echoes of Windsor’s history can be experienced through its museums and monuments, including the Fort Malden National Historic Site, The Tower of Freedom Underground Railroad Monument and the John Freeman Walls Historic Site and Underground Railroad Museum.
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Food and drink
Breweries and distilleries are easy to find in Windsor. You’ll also have your pick of farm-to-table restaurants and providers. And if you’re in the mood for something sweet, again, jackpot. For your daily pick-me-up, visit any of Windsor’s cafes.
Outdoor and recreation
Into fishing, canoeing, or hiking through the forests and marshlands? Amazing, Windsor has you
covered. If you’re up for an adventure, take a day trip down to Point Pelee National Park located along Lake Erie, a favourite spot for birdwatchers. There are also plenty of places to go camping, such as Windsor Campground. And if you’re looking for something to keep you active, try a game of golf at the Roseland Golf and Curling Club or simply bike around the waterfront at Dieppe Gardens.
Museums and heritage sites
Whether you choose a tour or to explore the city on your own, make sure to stop by Willistead Manor, one of Windsor’s oldest and most stunning historical sites. And if you’re travelling with kids, Adventure Bay Family Water Park is sure to keep your entire family entertained. You’ll also want to see the city’s two National Historic Sites: Francois Baby House, which is a historically significant building from the War of 1812, and The Sandwich First Baptist Church, which was founded by Underground Railroad freedom seekers. Today, the Francois Baby House is also known as Windsor’s Community Museum, and both buildings embody the cultural appeal and history that makes the city uniquely Windsor.
Nature and relaxation
While it’s not your typical “sport,” Caesar Windsor Casino is the place to go for a fun night of games and gambling. It has thousands of slots and tournament games, and even if you’re completely new to casinos, you’re sure to find something you’ll want to play. (If you’re a more experienced player… well, that’s even more reason to visit!)
Arts and cultural experiences
The Chimczuk Museum is your shortcut to learning all about Windsor’s history. The museum features exhibits focused on the Original People’s Culture and Legacy and the city’s development, as well as an interactive children’s gallery. Another unique museum is Windsor Sculpture Park, which is entirely outdoors. The museum features over 30 unique statues and has an app for self-guided tours. You can also visit the internationally renowned Art Gallery of Windsor (AGW), which is the largest public art museum in all of the Windsor-Detroit area and houses stunning national and international artwork. And depending on when you visit, you might be able to catch Windsor Bluesfest, an annual festival devoted to appreciating and sharing the Blues.
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