Toronto, Canada M5J1B
From the moment they board the ferry to cross over to the island, kids know the adventure has begun. Centreville — a replica of an old Ontario village — doesn't disappoint them. With everything in miniature, toddlers and school age children will be the most impressed here. Between the swan boats, train rides, petting zoo and mini-golf, they'll be giddy with stimulation. Plan to spend the day on the island (but maybe only half a day at Centreville) to keep things on an even keel.
Babies: Admission to the grounds are free (only rides cost money) so feel free to stroll around the park and take in the attractions before heading off to explore the rest of the island.
Pre-Teens & Teens: There will be little besides funnel cake to entertain them at Centreville but the paths and waterfront trail on the rest of the island will be a draw for those who like the outdoors.
- Getting there. Ferry Boats leave every 15 minutes from Bay Street and Queens Quay at Harbourfront, just south of Union Station.
- An all day children's pass will cost you upwards of $20. Consider buying ride tickets (.85 cents each or 50 for $40) if you're only planning a few rides for the family. Check the Web site in advance and you'll be able to quickly calculate which is the better option — keeping in mind that depending on the size of the child you may have to ride along.
- Pack a picnic. With 21 sites and six fire pits on island you'll be able to make lunch if you bring the right ingredients.
Just the Facts
Hours: Centreville opens daily at 10:30 a.m. from June 1 to September 7 and all weekends in May and September, weather permitting. Closed annually on the weekend of the Virgin Festival, usually the second weekend in September.
Recommended Time: Full day