Planning A Mini Family Getaway:

Barrie’s waterfront is the place to be if you’re looking to beat the heat and relax for a couple days with the kids. Here’s our guide for the perfect mini getaway for families this summer:

Family Waterfront Getaway

Where to Stay


Located in Barrie’s south end the Super 8 Barrie is a great family friendly hotel and is close to restaurants and big box stores for convenience. Try and book the family room where your kids can have their own space, featuring bunk beds.

Free hot breakfast, kitchenette rooms, heated pool and just a short drive to Barrie’s beautiful waterfront, the Best Western Plus Barrie is perfect for the family to get some rest after a full day of adventure.

What to Explore

Splash On waterpark

There’s so much to do on Barrie’s waterfront in the summer! Head over to Centennial Beach where the kids can splash in Kempenfelt Bay and build sand castles on the beach. Lifeguards will be manning their posts from 11:30 am – 5:30pm until mid-August.  Just off the beach you will see Splash ON Floating Water Park, where you can explore the terrain and obstacles from 10am – 8pm. Play all day for $25 or access the park from 5:30pm – 8pm for $15. All participants must wear a life jacket and children 5 – 8 will need to be accompanied by an adult.

Happy Paddling

Reserve a Stand-up paddle board, canoe or kayak with Happy Paddling and see how peaceful the bay is in the early morning. No experience... no problem! Book a lesson with Ann & Mike and they will teach you everything you need to know to be safe and have a ton of fun.

Jack's Urban Jungle

Take the adventure indoors for awhile and explore Jack’s Urban Jungle. This indoor adventure park has so much to do, you’ll have to come more then once to try everything! Your ALL DAY PASS for $39 gets you access to all the activities including zorbing, ziplining, bungee harness trampolining, aerial course, ninja warrior course and so much more.

Where to Eat

Jack's Pancake factory

There are so many amazing local restaurants in Barrie. Here are a couple that are sure to please everyone in the family:

Jacks Pancake House
Pie – Wood Fired Pizza Joint
Market Buffet BBQ & Smokehouse

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