Zoos in PETAWAWA with kids

It’s animal time in Petawawa, Ontario and they are calling YOU!

For those families who LOVE those animal encounters, look no further than Petawawa because this Ontario city has plenty of them!

We have to start with zoos. These are the most iconic way to experience wildlife, and great to visit with children. They offer animal encounters, and kids can experience creatures from all across the globe.  

Farms are a great alternative for a more hands-on experience with petting zoos and barnyard fun. Wildlife sanctuaries offer kids an invaluable lesson in conservation, and animal-specific attractions let kids really immerse themselves in their favorite creatures!

Whatever wildlife experience you choose with children, you know they will walk away filled with memories and knowledge that can’t be replaced. They’ll have a ROAR-ing time! 

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  • Land O'Lakes Rescue Petting Farm

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    (76 miles) Cloyne

    A sweet and educational petting farm in Ontario which features rescued animals, and encourages interactive with kids and adults - particularly those with special needs

  • Valley View Little Animal Farm

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    (83 miles) Nepean

    Producing farm open to the public with special family activities for learning about farms and animals.

  • Valleyview Little Animal Farm

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    (83 miles) Nepean

    Farm Animals and Birds, Duck Pond, Creative Farm Play Yards, Gift Shop. Ride the mini-train, 'The Funny Farm Express'. Puppet Shows on weekends,and daily in July and August. Farm Museum open on ...

  • Little Rays Reptile Zoo

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    (93 miles) Ottawa

    Ottawa's only Reptile Zoo and Insectarium with over 80 displays, housing more than 250 animals. Little Ray's allows you to get up close and personal with the animals. The emphasis is hands-on ...

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  • Storyland Amusement Park

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    (41 miles) Renfrew

    For more than four decades Storyland has been the original childrens amusement park in the Ottawa Valley, and one of the oldest in Canada! Located northwest of Canadas Capital city, Ottawa, Storyland ...

  • Midway Family Fun Park

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    (86 miles) Ottawa

    Enjoy the LARGEST indoor family entertainment center in Eastern Ontario, with over 50,000 square feet of FUN!

  • Logos Land Water Park and Campground

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    (30 miles) Cobden

    Logos Land is a family-focused water play land and a full service vacation campground. Kids and adults enjoy giant (and kiddie) waterslides, water trampolines, paddle boats, a wading beach, mini ...

  • Station Mont Cascades

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    (72 miles) Cantley

    Mont Cascades Resort Waterpark offers great, clean family fun all summer long. World-class water rides, water play areas and full food and beverage services make Mont Cascades Resort Waterpark a ...

  • Royal Canadian Mint

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    (83 miles) Ottawa

    Today, the Ottawa facility produces hand-crafted collector and commemorative coins, gold bullion coins, medals and medallions. This is where the master tooling is done to create the dies that strike ...

  • Haliburton Forest and Wild Life Reserve Canopy tour

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    (83 miles) Haliburton

    A walk in the clouds is more than a guided tour, it is an experience that you will not soon forget. From the moment you arrive your professional guides will lead you through a unique and very dynamic ...

  • Cosmic Adventures

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    (86 miles) Ottawa

    Kids need space and Cosmic Adventures has plenty more of it! Our newly expanded space encourages kids to crawl, bounce, swing and slide through our multi-level softplay structure which feature ball ...

  • CFB Petawawa Military Museums

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    (1 miles) Petawawa

    The Base Museum collection contains a broad and diverse range of artifacts, from pre First World War uniforms and kit used by local soldiers, drinking mugs “borrowed” by a nurse during the First ...

  • Champlain Trail Museum and Pioneer Village

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    (11 miles) Pembroke

    Take a trip back in time as you stroll through our museum and pioneer village. With one of the largest collections of Ottawa Valley artifacts, the Champlain Trail Museum is truly a must-see.

  • Canadian Clock Museum

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    (18 miles) Deep River

    This non-profit, private museum operates as a federal corporation dedicated to preserving and promoting the products and history of Canada's many clock manufacturers and sellers from the early 1800s ...

  • Bonnechere Museum

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    (26 miles) Egenville

    Bonnechere Museum, also known as the Ordovician Fossil Capital of Canada, presents both the natural and cultural history of life as it developed along the Bonnechere River.

  • Arnprior and District Museum

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    (55 miles) Arnprior

    Come and see the new Kenwood Mills exhibit, the 1928 fire engine, scenes of early 20th century domestic life, Charles Macnamara, our own ever-changing lumber exhibit, the museum's tribute to the Lair ...

  • Mill of Kintail Conservation Area

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    (67 miles) Mississippi Mills

    This family-oriented destination, home to the R. Tait McKenzie Memorial Museum, is 154-acres of field and forest along the Indian River in Mississippi Mills. Explore this natural treasure year-round ...

  • Diefenbunker Canadas Cold War Museum

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    (72 miles) Carp

    Built to protect the government from nuclear attack, this once-secret bunker is now a museum and National Historic Site of Canada.

  • Goulbourn Museum

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    (81 miles) Stittsville

    Exhibits chronicle 19th and 20th Century rural township life, with particular emphasis on the 100th Regiment of Foot, Goulbourn’s soldier-settlers. A Children’s Centre allows young visitors to ...

  • Canadian Ski Museum

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    (82 miles) Ottawa

    Canadian Ski Museum (CSMus) is the history of skiing in Canada. It is a record of people, their stories, activities, achievements and a wealth of fascinating artifacts.

  • Canadian Museum of Civilization

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    (83 miles) Gatineau

    Kids will love this exciting world of hands-on discovery, located within the Canadian Museum of Civilization. The Museum also offers family programs, special events and performances.

  • Canadian War Museum

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    (83 miles) Ottawa

    Discover the military history of Canada through a vast collection of artifacts, moving personal stories, works of art, and unforgettable photography. Explore the human conflicts that have shaped ...

  • National Gallery of Canada

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    (83 miles) Ottawa

    Art fun in Ontario with the world’s largest Canadian art collection! Follow a tour, explore the gallery, or get creative yourself!

  • Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography

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    (83 miles) Ottawa

    Founded in 1985, the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography collects photographs and produces major exhibitions and award-winning publications. Since 1992 it has become a cultural destination ...

  • Bytown Museum

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    (83 miles) Ottawa

    Located in the heart of downtown Ottawa, the Bytown Museum explores the stories of an evolving city and its residents from its early days as Bytown to present day Ottawa.

  • Haliburton Highlands Museum

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    (83 miles) Haliburton

    The main gallery facility houses numerous thematic exhibits relating to the first inhabitants of the region, the native peoples, who were followed by the first influx of lumbermen and settlers. Reid ...

  • Gallery 101

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    (84 miles) Ottawa

    We are a non-profit artist-run centre, dedicated to the professional presentation and circulation of visual and media art. Each year, we present a stimulating array of solo and curated group ...

  • Canadian Museum of Nature

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    (84 miles) Ottawa

    See hundreds of dinosaur specimens, including complete skeletons and dramatic life-sized recreations, in the Talisman Energy Fossil Gallery. Our Mammal Gallery is truly breathtaking with its ...

  • Canada Agricultural Museum

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    (84 miles) Ottawa

    The Canada Agriculture Museum is living proof of the "Green Capital". In fact, Ottawa is the only world Capital that has a working farm at its heart. Canada's unique agricultural heritage is featured ...

  • Canada Aviation Museum

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    (85 miles) Ottawa

    The Museum houses one of the world's finest aeronautical collection. Aircraft are clustered in islands each representing a key period in aviation history from the pioneer era to the jet age.

  • Billings Estate National Historic Site

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    (85 miles) Ottawa

    Billings Estate National Historic Site's trained interpreters will guide you through the epic story, spanning four generations, of one of Ottawa's founding families and the evolution of the ...

  • Canada Science and Technology Museum

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    (87 miles) Ottawa

    Discover some of the most important scientific objects in Canada. Climb aboard real trains, try your hand at fascinating experiments, and see for yourself how science and technology affect our ...

  • Dorset Heritage Museum

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    (90 miles) Dorset

    The museum officially opened on July 1st, 2001 and is located in Dorset Ontario at the crossroads of Muskoka & Haliburton featuring museum exhibits of early pioneer life, local settlers, traditional ...

  • Smiths Falls Railway Museum

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    (92 miles) Smiths Falls

    You'll find railway heritage comes alive at this National Historic Site. Visitors can climb up into the cupola of a caboose, inspect the track in a Speeder Car or play in the Children's Area.

  • Heritage House Museum

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    (92 miles) N Smiths Falls

    This elegant Victorian dwelling recreates the lifestyle of a wealthy mill owner c.1867 through eight furnished period rooms. The museum also offers changing exhibitions, art shows, day camps, ...