National Parks / Natural World in TORONTO with kids

The world has some incredible natural wonders, and luckily for you, Toronto 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 Toronto, 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 Toronto 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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  • High Park

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    Toronto

    High Park is Toronto's largest public park featuring many hiking trails, sports facilities, diverse vegetation, a beautiful lakefront, convenient parking, easy public transit access, a dog park, a ...

  • Humber Arboretum

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    (12 miles) Toronto

    Enter a world of beauty as you wander along trails and boardwalks through gardens, forests, meadows and wetlands. First opened in 1977, the Humber Arboretum is a joint venture of the City of ...

  • Bronte Creek Provincial Park

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    (26 miles) Oakville

    Enjoy the great outdoors! Camp, swim, picnic, fish, hike, rollerblade, toboggan and more! Plus enjoy a Children's Farm and Play Barn.

  • Kelso Conservation Area

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    (30 miles) Burlington

    Kelso Conservation Area is a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts. Indulge in a swim at a sandy beach, fish for trout in the glistening lake or get energized with some great downhill skiing at Glen Eden Ski ...

  • Coopers CSA Farm and Maze

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    (35 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 ...

  • Royal Botanical Gardens

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    (35 miles) Hamilton/Burlington

    Royal Botanical Gardens (RBG) enjoys a worldwide reputation based on its first-class horticultural collection and natural lands. It is Canadas largest botanical garden and one of the countrys premier ...

  • Balls Falls Conservation Area

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    (36 miles) Jordan

    Stunning area for hiking, biking and eco tourism, with interactive at the visitor centre and the continued backdrop of the Niagara Escarpment!

  • Campark Resorts

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    (41 miles) Niagara Falls

    Around the camp: We have a large outdoor 20x40 heated pool, with a hot tub. Next to this are TWO large outdoor playgrounds with tube slides, swings and more. There is a recreation hall where we hold ...

  • Blue Willow Butterflies and Blooms

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    (42 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 ...

  • ONE AXE Pursuits

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    (44 miles) Guelph

    If your kids are going to learn how to climb, real outdoor rock climbing is the way to go. With personal coaching and top-notch instructors, the whole family is guaranteed awesome outdoor fun!

  • Lancaster Cottage and Trailer Resort

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    (66 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, ...

  • Georgian Bay Islands National Park

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    (80 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, ...

  • 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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  • Centreville Amusement Park

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    (7 miles) Toronto

    A 20-acre family theme park with over 30 rides and attractions on the Toronto Islands. Old Ontario village main street has lots of food, games, shops and rides including our antique carousel, log ...

  • Fantasy Fair

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    (12 miles) Etobicoke

    Come out and enjoy Fantasy Fair - the perfect place for the whole family. Little ones love the bumper boats and the play village while older children can enjoy the bumper cars, the spinner and the ...

  • LEGOLAND Discovery Centre

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    (14 miles) Vaughan

    New! Now Open! . LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre Toronto - it's like you’ve just jumped into the biggest box of LEGO® bricks ever! • Come share our LEGO world of colour, creativity and family ...

  • Canada's Wonderland

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    (15 miles) Vaughan

    Experience the most exhilarating collection of rides and roller coasters in all of Canada! Test your level of thrill being spun 360 degrees, or free falling 230 feet!

  • Adventure Village

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    (34 miles) Hamilton

    Adventure Village is set on over 3 acres of beautiful rolling hills with lush vegetation, 5 waterfalls, 6 fish ponds, rapids, shipwrecks, and features a wide range of fun things to do including, ...

  • Bingemans Conference and Recreation Centre

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    (55 miles) Kitchener

    The area's largest water park, offers days of fun and entertainment for kids of all ages. there is also the newest and largest indoor family playground in the region with 25,000 square feet of fun.

  • Milltown Mini Golf

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    (68 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 ...

  • Story Book Park

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    (97 miles) Owen Sound

    A fun day in Owen Sound with storybook adventures, family rides, water slides, and even a haunted house!

  • Ontario Place

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    (2 miles) Toronto

    Visit Toronto's only downtown waterfront playground and enjoy dozens of rides and attractions for kids of all ages Live children's entertainment, day camps and fireworks festival held June 27, July 1 ...

  • Wild Water Kingdom

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    (14 miles) Brampton

    Canada's only salt water park offers unlimited use of bumper boats, batting cages, minigolf, and rock climbing under a waterfall!

  • The Wave

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    (15 miles) Richmond Hill

    Ride the wave at York Region's first and only indoor wave pool...all year long!! Swim and surf in four-foot waves, frolic on water mats or try bodysurfing! Ride the thrilling 160-foot twisting water ...

  • Waves Indoor Water Park

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    (41 miles) Niagara Falls

    Ride the waves and slides in Waves, our 25,000 square foot indoor water park with a retractable roof for year-round fun!Our Water Park comes complete with a beach entry wave pool, tube slides, body ...

  • Fallsview Indoor Water Park

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    (41 miles) Niagara Falls

    The Fallsview Indoor Waterpark is Niagara’s newest and largest indoor waterpark, located on North America’s largest hotel and indoor waterpark complex, the Falls Avenue Entertainment Complex. ...

  • Plunge! at Blue Mountain

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    (75 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 ...

  • Reptilia

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    (14 miles) Vaughan

    Reptilias zoo contains more than 75 species of reptiles including all the 'Big Names' such as Nile Croc, King Cobra, Black Mamba, Reticulated Python, American Alligator, Boa Constrictor, Alligator ...

  • Toronto Zoo

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    (15 miles) Toronto

    Visit over 5,000 animals. Be thrilled by the Amazing Animal Show! Explore "Zellers Discovery Zone,"* featuring the "Kids Zoo", "Splash Island" and the "Great Barrier Reef Exhibit".

  • Bowmanville Zoo

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    (40 miles) Bowmanville

    Experience a close encounter of the wild kind. Bowmanville Zoo is an intimate and interactive zoo with educating live animal shows daily in the Animal Theatre. Animal rides and carnivore feedings. ...

  • Marineland

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    (42 miles) Niagara Falls

    A swimmingly fun day out for the whole family full of fun aquatic displays and performances, as well as 16 thrilling rides for all ages (and bravery levels!)

  • Northwood Zoo and Animal Sanctuary

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    (43 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, ...

  • Jungle Cat World Wildlife Park

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    (45 miles) Orono

    Big cats and more at this wildlife park with nearly 180 animals representing over 60 species. Free daily feeding tours, plus Animal Encounters too!

  • African Lion Safari

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    (46 miles) Cambridge

    Go “On Safari!” and get closer than you ever imagined to over 1,000 exotic birds and animals from around the world! See majestic lions, rare cheetah, a herd of graceful giraffe, and a crash of ...

  • Brantford Twin Valley Zoo

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    (51 miles) Brantford

    Learn about the animals of the world, explore nature trails, and even see baby animals up close - all at this Ontario zoo!