Ontario Summer Getaway Ideas for Families

A group of children watch an exhibit at a museum

Photo location: Ontario Science Centre, Toronto

Looking for things to do with your kids this summer? Ontario has got it all. Whether it’s a weekend getaway, a weeklong road trip or something a little closer to home, there is something for you and your family.

Check out this collection of family itineraries from across Ontario. From beaches and farms to big cities, planning your family trip just got a boost of inspiration.

Hit the Beach on Ontario’s West Coast

The soft sandy beaches, endless lake views and myriad of water-based adventures on Lake Huron make for the perfect summer destination for beach-loving families. Check out family-friendly accommodations like Oakwood Resort, featuring an indoor pool and onsite golf just a frisbee throw away from the beach. Bonnie Doone Manor-on-the-Beach in Grand Bend and Ipperwash Beach Club also provide family-friendly beachside accommodations.

Family Fun in Niagara Falls

There’s no shortage of things to do with kids in Niagara Falls. Aside from the obvious awe of the majestic falls, families are drawn to games and entertainment in Clifton Hill, one of the largest glass-enclosed butterfly conservatories in North America, thrilling zipline adventure, indoor waterparks and amazing kid-friendly resorts and hotels.

Indigenous Experiences at Chiefswood Park Six Nations

Experience authentic Haudenosaunee culture of the Six Nations of the Grand River through guided cultural and outdoor tours at Chiefswood Park Six Nations. Open year-round, the park also features a boat ramp, playground, canoe and kayak rentals, campgrounds and over a dozen new, super cozy cabins.

Grand Land & Water Adventure

Live out your fantasy of being a family of adventurers in the Heart of Ontario. African Lion Safari’s Wake Up the Wild experience gives you access to the park before it opens to the public and a personal guided tour. Just west of the park, embark on a thrilling rafting journey down the Grand River with Grand Experiences or Grand River Rafting.

Family Getaway in Toronto

From exciting sports and cultural and scientific wonders to treats and eats that everyone can enjoy, Toronto has amazing attractions your kids won’t want to miss. Plan your family getaway in Toronto and save money and time using the TO CityPass to five top attractions.

Theme Park Thrills in York and Durham

For larger-than-life fun, choose from a selection of theme parks and outdoor adventures just north of Toronto including Canada's Wonderland, Jungle Cat World, LEGOLAND, Treetop Trekking and The Roc Adventure Park.

Georgian Bay Family Getaway

Find family fun along the Bruce Peninsula and southern coast of Georgian Bay. Choose from waterfront resorts like Miller’s Family Camp or recreation resorts like Blue Mountain. Explore natural wonders of Bruce Peninsula National Park and the Niagara Escarpment. Find outdoor adventure at Scenic Caves or Kickin Back Alpaca Ranch and visit some of Ontario’s more iconic beaches.

Brighton Beaches and The Big Apple

Take a road trip in Northumberland to over 60 km of farm-fresh produce, apple country magic, pristine beaches, an art gallery, a few museums and even theatre in a barn. Make time for a couple of extra stops along the area’s famous Butter Tart Tour.

Family Fun in Kingston

Canada’s first capital city is brimming with history and culture, plus so much more! Family fun in Kingston includes cruising in the 1,000 Islands, witnessing the Sunset Ceremonies at Fort Henry, enjoying splash parks, treetop trekking, unique museum, watersports and, some might argue, the best pizza you’ll ever have.

Explore Ottawa with the Family

Experience family-friendly summer vibes with this three-day Ottawa itinerary. From the downtown core to the countryside, Canada’s capital is full of family fun attractions, tours, rafting and museums. Add an extra day to splash, play and cool off at Calypso Waterpark just outside the city.

Getaway to the Country

Unplug and rediscover family-friendly adventures in Lennox & Addington, including fishing, camping, farm visits, hiking and cycling trails and unbelievably beautiful starry night skies.

Family Glamping in Ontario’s Highlands

After a getaway to Four Corners Algonquin in Whitney, you’ll have discovered your new favourite family tradition. Designed to help you reconnect with nature and with each other, experience family-friendly glamping, camping or tiny house accommodations and enjoy access to Algonquin Park during the day and crackling campfires at night.

Go Resorting in Muskoka

From lakeside lodges to cozy cabins to the themed entertainment at Santa’s Village, Muskoka has served up unforgettable family vacations for generations. Find the perfect Muskoka family resort for your summer getaway.

A Family Fun Weekend in Sudbury

If you’re wondering how to spend an ideal weekend in Sudbury with kids, this itinerary has the inside scoop with outdoor adventures, fascinating museums including Science North, sunny beaches and yummy food.

Algoma’s Road Trip Attractions

If you're looking for the best places to grab the cutest photo ops of you and your family, look no further than this Algoma itinerary. And explore the best of Algoma Country along the way.

Family Fishing Trip in Sunset Country

In addition to amazing sunsets, Sunset Country is famous for its incredible fishing. Customize your next family fishing adventure starting with one of Northeastern Ontario’s many fishing lodges, resort, camps and even houseboat rentals.

Note: Before packing up the car and the kids, make sure you book ahead, check for activity reservations and ensure that businesses are up and running.

Last updated: August 19, 2022

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