National Parks / Natural World in PORT CARLING with kids

The world has some incredible natural wonders, and luckily for you, Port Carling has some incredible places to visit with kids right on your doorstep….and you won’t want to forget your camera!

The national and state parks in and around Port Carling, Ontario offer an incredible variety of experiences for children.  Some parks protect a unique and diverse wilderness, teeming with wildlife which is always a thrill for kids!

Some parks protect incredible fascinating and significant historical sites, where the family can go back in time through American history…who says the learning as to stop on a family day out!

Even the city of Port Carling itself has smaller parks perfect for a quick trip into nature.  You don’t even need to leave the city to have that park experience - and kids LOVE them!

Shut those televisions off and put those computer games away….the great outdoors is calling and it’s calling YOU!

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  • Georgian Bay Islands National Park

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    (30 miles) Midland

    Protecting one of Canada's national treasures for your enjoyment: from Honey Harbour to Twelve Mile Bay in southern Georgian Bay you will discover spectacular landscapes, time-worn rock faces, ...

  • Blue Willow Butterflies and Blooms

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    (61 miles) Baldwin (georgina)

    Come visit our beautiful indoor & outdoor gardens and observe over 50 species of colourful native & tropical butterflies and moths. Feel the butterflies landing on you or simply be amazed at the ...

  • Coopers CSA Farm and Maze

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    (69 miles) Zephyr

    There's plenty for the family to do on the farm as well! We are home to "The Uxbridge Maize" - our 10 acre corn labyrinth, as well we have a corn box, mini hay bale mazes, and echo tubes for the ...

  • Lancaster Cottage and Trailer Resort

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    (77 miles) Peterborough

    We offer year round waterfront cottage rentals and 50 full service seasonal trailer sites. Enjoy fun family activities such as, swimming in our pool, fishing, boating, canoeing, horseshoes, ...

  • Warsaw Caves Conservation Area

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    (84 miles) Warsaw

    Nestled in the valley of the Indian River, the conservation area offers a range of recreational opportunities the entire family or other group can enjoy!

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  • Santas Village

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    (12 miles) Bracebridge

    Three exciting amusement parks and one fabulous campground all on 60 acres of family fun in Ontario!

  • Story Book Park

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    (75 miles) Owen Sound

    Welcome to Story Book Park in Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada. Come and experience all of the story book adventures while enjoying all of your favourite park attractions and amusements. A day of fun for ...

  • Milltown Mini Golf

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    (84 miles) Peterborough

    Milltown is a family oriented amusement park located in Peterborough Ontario. We have over 2 acres of beautiful landscaped park area. Putt by 2 fish ponds, a working water wheel, a running water ...

  • Plunge! at Blue Mountain

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    (54 miles) Blue Mountains

    Plunge! is the ultimate, all ages, four season water adventure at the base of Blue Mountain Ski Resort, the largest mountain resort in Ontario, Canada, located near Collingwood - just a 90-minute ...

  • Elmvale Jungle Zoo

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    (39 miles) Elmvale

    Over 300 exotic and exciting animals to visit, plus interactive reptile sessions, adventure playground and more.

  • Northwood Zoo and Animal Sanctuary

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    (71 miles) Seagrave

    Northwood is a Non-Profit Sanctuary Dedicated to providing a clean, safe and loving environment to over 100 exotic animal species. Including Tigers, Lions, Primates, Bears, Wolves, Buffalo, Eagles, ...

  • Riverview Park and Zoo

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    (82 miles) Peterborough

    Riverview Park and Zoo is a unique, recreational facility offering attractions to people of all ages. The zoo features 27 exhibits, with over 48 species, including Yak, Camel, Wallaby, Emu, Macaw, ...

  • Indian River Reptile Zoo

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    (93 miles) Norwood

    The Indian River Reptile Zoo is the only Reptile Facility in Canada to be an accredited member of the Canadian Association Of Zoos and Aquariums!

  • Haliburton Forest and Wild Life Reserve Canopy tour

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    (51 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 ...

  • The Play Pit

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    (14 miles) Bracebridge

    Muskoka's indoor playground awaits, with great play fun for kids up to 10 years in a safe and colourful environment!

  • In Play Inc

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    (72 miles) Newmarket

    If you are looking to Party or Play indoor "Glow in the Dark" Miniature Golf, Rock Climb, or play some Arcade and ticket games. Come to In Play Inc, We are an all-in-one playground. We also have ...

  • Bala's Museum

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    (10 miles) Muskoka

    The museum is known around the world as one of the best L.M. Montgomery museums anywhere. By late 2008, more than 90,000 visitors had come from every corner of the globe.

  • Coldwater Canadiana Heritage Museum

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    (29 miles) Coldwater

    The Woodrow Homestead was purchased in August 1966 by Coldwater Canadiana, a non-profit corporation, organized to preserve local history. The log home is an excellent example of the workmanship of ...

  • Huronia Museum

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    (30 miles) Midland

    Huronia Museum (HM) in Midland, Ontario, Canada consists of the museum building (housing collections and gallery) and the Huron/Ouendat (Wendat) village (palisade and longhouse), is open year round ...

  • Castle Village and the Enchanted Kingdom

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    (31 miles) Midland

    Visit with some of your favourite fairytale characters and take a tour of the Museum of Medieval Arms, Armour & Heraldry!

  • Dorset Heritage Museum

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    (34 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 ...

  • Orillia Museum of Art and History

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    (36 miles) Orillia

    The Orillia Museum of Art and History showcases the best of Orillia and Lake Country's culture and history through local and nationally significant exhibitions.

  • Stephen Leacock Museum

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    (36 miles) Orillia

    Stephen Leacock, Canada's beloved humourist spent his most creative time in what he coined as Lake Simcoe Country. Here in 1928 he built Leacock House, Toronto. The scale and ambience of the plans ...

  • Haliburton Highlands Museum

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    (51 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 ...

  • Highlands Cinemas

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    (58 miles) Kinmount

    Highlands Cinemas, a 550-seat complex with five theatres showing first-run movies, has drawn customers from the surrounding area for more than two decades. We welcome school groups who want to tour ...

  • Georgina Military Museum

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    (58 miles) Keswick

    We thrive on guided tours for school students, community groups, and private gatherings. We are here to help you teach, and learn. Book today and bring your group for a professional guided tour - a ...

  • Boyd Heritage Museum

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    (64 miles) Bobcaygeon

    The Mossom Boyd empire began in 1833 with one saw mill and ultimately spread across Canada. Meet Napoleon the buffalo, view the Art Gallery and admire the handwork of beautiful tapestries.

  • Dufferin County Museum and Archives

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    (73 miles) Rosemont

    The Dufferin County Museum and Archives strives to collect, preserve, and interpret the history of Dufferin County. Built in the style of an Ontario bank barn, the museum's striking architecture ...

  • Scugog Shores Museum

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    (77 miles) Port Perry

    The Scugog Shores Museum is located on beautiful Scugog Island, overlooking the town of Port Perry. The mission of the Museum is to preserve, research, interpret and exhibit artifacts that illustrate ...

  • Owen Sound Marine and Rail Museum

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    (77 miles) Own Sound

    Watch our “G” Scale model train run through our office and pretend to be a conductor in our restored Caboose.

  • Billy Bishop Home and Museum

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    (77 miles) Owen Sound

    Try your hand at our “Red Ace” game and fly like Billy Bishop in our flight simulator!

  • Discovery North Bay Museum

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    (83 miles) North Bay

    The Discovery North Bay Museum's collections and exhibitions, and our dedicated education team provide an outstanding learning environment for students. School programs are available for students ...

  • Artspace Peterborough

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    (83 miles) Peterborough

    ARTSPACE's main gallery is dedicated to presentation of exhibitions by Canadian artists at all stages of their careers. Programming consists of six annual exhibitions, special projects, artists ...

  • The Canadian Canoe Museum

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    (84 miles) Peterborough

    Our exhibits explore how the canoe defines the Canadian character and spirit. Experience a dramatic waterfall upon entering or hear creation stories inside a traditional Mikmaq wigwam. Feel what it ...

  • Art Gallery of Peterborough

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    (84 miles) Peterborough

    The Art Gallery of Peterborough is a non-profit public gallery dedicated to exhibiting and collecting visual works of art. Our goal is to present contemporary visual art by artists from the immediate ...