You will find no shortage of outdoor activities, attractions and events to explore while in Barrie & Area. Try all of these great family activities and experience the city without breaking your vacation budget. 

Indoor Adventures
Base Borden Military Museum
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Base Borden Military Museum
Cost:
 Free
Hours: Tuesday - Friday: 9am - 3pm; Saturdays & Sundays: 1pm - 4pm
Location: 27 Ram Street, Borden
Description: War buff? Base Borden is one of Canada's largest Military Museums which holds a
significant collection of WWI, WWII and post war armoured vehicles, trucks and aircraft.

Barrie Public Library
Cost: 
Free
Hours: See website
Location: Downtown Branch - 60 Worsley Street, Barrie; Panswick Branch - 48 Dean Ave. Barrie
Description: Various activities each month including Family Storytime, Teens After School, Cookie Swaps, Holiday Crafts and more.

City of Barrie Recreation Centres - Pools
Cost: 
Child: $4; Youth: $4.50; Adult: $5.50; Seniors: $4.70: Special Needs: $4.70
Hours: Click here for Swimming Drop-In Schedule 
Locations: See website
Description: Enjoy open swim with the family or get fit during lane swim.

 
Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery Tours
Cost:
 Free
Hours: Mon - Fri: 2pm, Sat: 1pm, 2pm, 3pm & 4pm, Sun: 2pm
Location: 107 Dunlop Street East, Barrie
Description: Learn about craft brewing while enjoying some free samples.


Last Level Arcade Lounge
Cost: $5.00 admission, Children 12 and under: $3.00
Hours: Mon: Closed, Tues - Thurs: 5pm - 12am, Fri: 5pm - 2am, Sat: 2pm - 2am, Sun: 2pm - 8pm
Location: 72 Dunlop Street East
Description: Barrie's First Retro Arcade Bar. Unlimited Plays for $5. Get all your friends together to eat and play your favourite 80’s arcade or pinball game in Downtown Barrie! 

MacLaren Art Centre
Cost:
 Suggested admission - $5.00
Hours: Mon, Tues, Thurs & Fri: 10am - 5pm; Wed: 10am to 7pm; Sat & Sun: 10am - 4pm
Location: 37 Mulcaster Street, Barrie
Description: Take in a little art while in Barrie. The MacLaren Art Centre has a permanent collection of works by contemporary Canadian artists and offers world class exhibitions year-round. Enjoy lunch on the garden patio!


Outdoor Adventures
Sunnidale park
Apple picking
Barrie Farmers Market
Cost:
 
Free
Hours: 
Saturdays 8am - Noon
Location: 
City Hall, 70 Collier Street
Description: 
Visit the Barrie's Farmers Market in front of City Hall from May to November. Find unique arts and crafts, delicious seasonal offerings from the garden and the over, as well as a variety of meats and fresh fish.

Heritage Walking Tour - Self Guided
Cost:
 Free
Hours: n/a
Location: Various locations through Barrie
Description: Step back in time and learn about Barrie's past and how it became the flourishing city it is today on a self guided historic walking tour. Click here to download all six walking tour or pick up your guides at Tourism Barrie, 205 Lakeshore Drive.

Meridian Place in Downtown Barrie
Cost: Free
Hours: Click here for schedule
Location: Meridian Place, 30 Simcoe Street, Barrie
Description: Enjoy the wonderful events at this outdoor, urban amphitheater located in the heart of Downtown Barrie. Featuring live music and entertainment, yoga, outdoor films and more.

Sunnidale Park Arboretum
Cost:
Free
Hours: n/a
Location: Sunnidale Road, Barrie
Description: Take a stroll through Barrie's Arboretum in Sunnidale Park and view a wide variety of trees, plants and shrubs all labeled for your interest. Sunnidale Park offers 70 acres of outdoor fun including a playground, numerous trail and an off-leash dog park.

Apple Picking at Barrie Hill Farms
Cost: $5 per person
Hours: Mon to Fri: 8am - 8pm; Sat & Sun: 8am - 5pm
Location: Barrie Hill Farms, 2935 Barrie Hill Road, Springwater
Description: Take a wagon ride out to the orchards and pick your own apples. Click here to see what's available for picking.


Events
Festival at Fort Willow 
Date: September 28, 2019
Cost:
Free
Location: Historic Fort Willow, 2741 Grenfel Road, Springwater
Join Fort Willow on a journey back to Simcoe County in 1812 at the Festival of Fort Willow. Historical re-enactors will bring to life the daily activities of British soldiers, camp followers and Indigenous people living in Simcoe County in the early 19th Century. More.

Images Studio Tour
Date: October 12 - 14, 2019
Cost: Free
Location: Various Studios through Barrie & Simcoe County
This artist-run, juried event is one of Ontario's finest and longest running studio tours, 30 outstanding artists and crafts people will exhibit their work over the 4 days at 15 different studios. More.

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