With so many exciting events and attractions, a visit to Barrie is guaranteed fun for kids of all ages! Below are some ideas to help you plan a fun-filled day in Barrie.


Take the kids to the beach, park and playground at Barrie’s Centennial Beach. Spend a day watching your kids play in the sand, cool off in Kempenfelt Bay, on their own or at Splash On Water Park and play for hours on the swings and slides. You and the family can walk, cycle, in-line skate and run around the beautiful paved 6.7 kilometer path that wraps around the Bay. After all that fresh clean air, you will be ready to go for a nap too.

Choose your own adventure with Theatre By The Bay. You and your family will love the wacky characters included in the kids production each summer.

Kayak, Canoe or Stand-up Paddle Board with Happypaddling.com for fun on the water the kids will love! Enjoy the water with the support of a team of Professional Instructors and Trip leaders committed to making your new endeavor in the great outdoors safe, fun, and enjoyable.

Another beloved outing with family and friends is the Elmvale Jungle Zoo. This is where kids can feed and pet the kid-friendly animals and see them up close. The zoo is not too big and not too small; it is just perfect for families with kids ranged from 0 to 12 years of age (and for us older folks too). You will cherish all the photos and memories of your visit to the Elmvale Zoo for a lifetime. 

Chappell Farms was made for family fun! Your kids will love visiting Chappell Farms during their Spring and Fall Festivals. Halloween is not the same without a visit to the kid-friendly Boo Barn, Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch. Even mom and dad can get in a good scare at the Haunted Barn or finding their way out of the maze. Don’t forget the camera!

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Both girls and boys will love Treetop Trekking at Horseshoe Resort. Kids will experience a special interactive game circuit made just for them. 

After swinging around in the trees you can make your way to Shanty Bay Go Karts. Show off your driving skills around the track or take your best shot through a mini-putt course. 

Nature, scenery and history await your family at Scenic Caves Nature Adventures.  Whether exploring the underworld of ancient caves, or treetop walking and zipline gliding, the adventures will be memorable for all ages.

If you would like add a little knowledge and culture to your day, head over to Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons and Discovery Harbour. The kids will learn some history and have loads of fun exploring Sainte-Marie, the 17th century Jesuit mission headquarters to the Huron people, and Discovery Harbour, a 19th Century British naval base built to defend Upper Canada. Check their websites for special events and highlights taking place throughout the season. Also, just next door to Sainte-Marie among the Hurons is the Wye Marsh, where you can take a tour with the kids. 

Take to the skies 3000 ft. above the city. Enjoy the quiet thrill of hot air ballooning with your family as you enjoy a birds eye view of Barrie & Area. Air Display Hot Air Balloon Team offers memorable and safe hot air balloon ride adventures with meeting spots in Barrie & Cookstown. Ideal for ages 7 and up.

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Hit the road or go off-road for a family cycling adventure that you won’t soon forget. Or, take the family on a more challenging mountain biking trail through Barrie & Area. Born to Ride” will take you there! 

Kayak, Canoe or Stand-up Paddle Board with Happypaddling.com for fun on the water the kids will love! Enjoy the water with the support of a team of Professional Instructors and Trip leaders committed to making your new endeavor in the great outdoors safe, fun, and enjoyable.

Born to Ride will rent and tour you through spectacular trails in and around Barrie. Take your family on a personalized 3 hour guided tour with Peter Armstrong, right from your hotel room. Tour and bike rental packages are available. You can also rent a bike starting per hour. Specialized Custom Group Tours available.

Creating fun for you! Rounds Ranch has over 18 attractions that are fun for all ages. Enjoy our petting zoo, jumping pillows, pony rides, ziplines, mazes, western play fort, pedal carts and so much more! Open Tuesday-Saturday for the summer, Easter events and in the fall for Pumpkin Mania. Visit www.roundsranch.com to purchase tickets! 
Bring your family to Barrie during one of our events and festivals! Explore our Calendar of Events!

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