Summer is here, and it's time to enjoy all the fun activities that Barrie and Simcoe County have to offer. From an inflatable waterpark to outdoor film series, there's something for everyone. Here are the Top 10 Must-Do Summer Activities to Enjoy This July!
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Stroll Downtown Barrie & Explore During Open Air Dunlop
Head over to Dunlop Street to take in the live entertainment at Meridian Place, visit the many shops and boutiques, sit on a patio, indulge in delicious food or sip some local craft beer as Dunlop Street turns into a pedestrian-friendly space on July 1st and 15th! As you take a walk through downtown, be on the search for nine art installations created by local and regional artists. To learn more about the artwork, click here.
View The Fireworks Over Kempenfelt Bay
Celebrate Canada Day with beautiful fireworks over Kempenfelt Bay. During the day, stroll the streets of Downtown Barrie and Meridian Place for family-friendly activities, entertainment and more.
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Climb, Jump, and Bounce on Barrie’s Inflatable Waterpark
Cool off on a hot summer day at Splash ON Waterpark on Kempenfelt Bay. The giant 200+ person floating playground has climbing walls, monkey bars, swings, slides, trampolines, balance beams and more. It's the perfect place to spend a day with family and friends. To book your spot and for pricing, click here.
Check Out Free Flicks Under the Stars at Meridian Place
Grab your lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy some great family movies outdoors on Barrie’s beautiful waterfront on Wednesdays during the summer. Be sure to come early to enjoy some of the buskers, car shows and more that take place before the film during Lawn Chair Luminata. Screenings: July 5: The Princess Bride; July 12: Shazam!; July 19: Mighty Ducks; July 26: Soul
Swing and Zip Through the Trees
For an adrenaline-filled adventure, head to Treetop Trekking, Ontario’s original zip line and aerial game park. During the 3-hour experience, you will be outfitted in a harness and helmet as you climb, balance and zip your way through the forest canopy. It's a great way to challenge yourself and enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Copeland Forest.
Get Spooked on a Ghost Tour
On Saturday evenings in July, take a lantern-lit guided tour revealing the supernatural side of Discovery Harbour! The tour is approximately 1.5 – 2 hours, and proceed rain or shine! The Discovery Harbour Team has designed the tours to sync with the sunset to maximize the spooky factor. Click here to book your tour.
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Go Berry Picking
The best thing about summer is the fresh, local fruit. Spend the day at Barrie Hill Farms, where you can take a wagon ride to the fields and pick your own berries. While there, step into the market and grab some home-baked pies, freshly picked corn, green & yellow beans, potatoes and more.
Cheer on the Baycats at a Home Game
Catch a baseball game at the Vintage Throne Stadium. Barrie’s semi-pro Intercounty Baseball League plays throughout the summer and provides a fun and exciting atmosphere for fans of all ages. Get your home game tickets here.
Photo Credit: Nat Caron Photography
Cycle Around the Bay
Barrie’s waterfront is beautiful year-round, especially in the summer when you can enjoy the 6.7 km waterfront path on your bike. Don’t have your bike, Born to Ride Bicycle can rent you everything you need for a few hours or a whole day, or join them on a 1.5-hour guided tour. Be sure to head downtown and grab a bite to eat at one of the many patios that line Dunlop Street.
See a Drive-In Movie
Once the sun goes down, pack some snacks, blankets and pillows and head over to Sunset Barrie Drive-In to watch a double feature. Only To see what's playing, click here.
Whether you're looking for adventure, relaxation, or family fun, there's something for everyone in this beautiful region. So, get out there and enjoy all that Barrie and Simcoe County has to offer this summer!