Barrie-Muskoka Top Attractions

Here are the most popular children's attractions in the Barrie - Orillia & Cottage Country region:

Bear Creek Wildlife Sanctuary
8633 10th Line of Essa,
RR # 2, Barrie, Ontario, L4M 4S4
(705) 721-4730 Fax: (705) 721-4059
Bear Creek Exotic Wildlife Sanctuary is NOT A ZOO! We are a volunteer driven non-profit organization dedicated to the survival of rare and endangered species. We are also involved in humane wildlife rescue and rehabilitation of animals involved in public concerns, and as always, we provide a safe haven for unwanted, abused and injured exotic and zoo surplus animals. We are family and volunteer run. At Bear Creek we house over 100 animals, some of which are the most beautiful and most rare species from around the world. Open to visitors Victoria Day to Labour Day. For groups of ten or more people by appointment! Admission: Adults $10.00, Children (5 - 16) and seniors - $5.00, Under 4 years - Free.

Big Curve Acres
Hwy 11 and Concession Road
RR # 1, Hawkestone, Ontario
Phone: (705) 487-2000 Fax: (705) 487-1941
Major supplier of Horses to equine programs in Ontario with animal education programs & demonstrations. Importing & exporting of horses throughout Canada, United States & Europe. Wide range of rare & minor/endangered breeds of farm animals, animal actors for film & TV, and unique farm animal displays Open July & August daily (except Fridays) from 12 noon until 4 pm. Tacj & Gift Store open Saturdays 10 am to 5 pm.

Summer bungee at Blue Mountain Blue Mountain
Blue Mountain Road. RR#3
In the winter as popular ski destination. In summer take the gondola, or enjoy the tube rides, children's water play areas, children's dry playground, golf, climbing walls and Euro Bungee.

Blue Mountain Go-Karts Hwy. 26 between Collingwood & Wasaga Beach
P.O. Box 367, L9Y 3Z7.
(705) 445-2419
A family entertainment centre, go karts, mini karts, mini golf, arcade, games room, snack bar, batting cages.

Bygone Days Museum & Heritage Village
879 6th Street, Collingwood.
(705) 445-4316.
Tour 29 Historical buildings with over 23,000 artifacts to step back in time. Tours daily 10am-5pm seven days a week.

Castle Village
701 Balm Beach Road, Midland
(705) 526-9683
Visit Dracula's Dungeon of Horror featuring a series of early prison housing well-known horror characters or the Museum of Medieval Armament where you will learn about heraldry & amour throughout the Middle Ages. Located behind the castle, an Enchanted Kingdom covers acres of nature & fantasy including Little Red Riding Hood & Grandma's House, Goldilocks & the Three Bear's house, Mother Goose & family, Teddy Bear's Tea Party, Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs, Merlin's tower Bridge & more. Inside the Castle, enjoy a unique shopping experience with over 10,000 gift items on display. Open Monday to Saturday 10am to 5:30pm, Sunday 12 to 5:00pm Closed Mondays - Except July, August & Long Weekends. Closed January to March. The Enchanted Kindom Park is open early May to Thanksgiving, weather permitting. Admission: Dracula's Dungeons $2 per person, Museum of Medieval Armament $3 per person., Enchanted Kingdom $3 per person.

Chappell Farms
617 Penetanguishene Road
Barrie, Ontario, L4M 4Y8
Phone: (705) 721-1547
This attractions helps kids connect to the country. Features haunted barn, corn mazes, and pick your own pumpkin (in season), and fresh corn. In spring, come for the Spring Festival and Easter egg hunt.

Kings Wharf at Discovery Harbour Discovery Harbour
93 Jury Drive (end of Jury Drive, Penetanguishene)
Penetanguishene, Ontario, L9M 1G1
(705) 549-8064 Fax: (705) 549-4858

Discovery Harbour, on scenic Penetanguishene Bay, recreates the community with 1800s British naval and military forces in Central Ontario. Discovery Harbour is home to full-size replicas of British sailing ships H.M.S. Tecumseth and H.M.S. Bee. Tour the 15 historic buildings, including the restoration project on the original 1836 Officers' Quarters, and learn first-hand the challenges of shipwrights, sailors, soldiers and other military and civilian personnel at this isolated outpost built to defend Upper Canada from possible American attack after the War of 1812. The Officers' Quarters is the only surviving building from the military garrison at Penetanguishene. . Open Victoria Day (late May) to June 30th: open Monday to Friday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; last admission 4:30 p.m, and July 1st to Labour Day: open daily 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; last admission 4:30 p.m. Admission is Adult: $6.50, Senior (65+ years old): $5.50, Student (13+ with student ID): $5.50, Youth (6-12 years old): $4.50, Child (5 & under): FREE. Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Interac are accepted

Discovery Harbour is home to the beautiful King's Wharf Theatre, with live professional productions throughout the summer. Enjoy a fabulous meal at Captain Roberts' Table with the scenic view of the tall ships at docks nearby.

Elmvale Jungle Zoo
Hwy 27 North
Box 3003, Elmvale, Ontario
(705) 322-1112 Fax: (705) 322-2245
Originally in 1967, the zoo covered two acres exhibiting mainly birds and reptiles. Since then, it has grown to include more than 300 animals from around the world, such as Australia, South America, Africa and Asia. Open Late May & June: Weekdays 9:30 am - 5 pm, Weekends 9:30 am - 6 pm; July 1 to Labour Day: 9:30 am - 7pm; Sept 4th to Oct 8th: 10 am - 5 pm (Weather permitting). Last admittance 1 hour before closing. Admission: Adults $11.50, Youth (13-17) $9.50, Seniors $9.50, Children (3-12) $5.95, Children 2 years and under are FREE! Special Group Rates Available.

The Escaporium
Carney's Lane, 946 3rd Ave East
Owen Sound Ontario Canada
519 376-4172
The world's first and only museum of escape artists and escapology.

High Falls Water Park
Hwy 11 N & Hwy 117
Bracebridge, Ontario
Muskoka's "Niagara of the North" is where this new Magical Water Park awaits your arrival. It's a great place for family fun, relaxation, scenery and lots of activities. Bask in the sun on our 2000 feet of sandy beaches and a sand bar island, sit and listen to the water hitting the rocks in the several natural pools at the base. A nature's paradise and the only bay in Canada where 5 separate water falls come together like magic.

Unlimited free access to paddle boats, water trampoline, kayaks, floating slides, picnic tables plus sandy beaches. Horse swim, where adults and children ride two Belgium horses across to the island, is twice a week, approximately Wednesday and Sunday mornings. Beach Volleybal, too.
Adults & 3 Children (under 12 yrs) $49.00 +tax Open 9:00 AM - 9: PM. Admission: Adult $20.00 +tax, Child (under 12 yrs) $10.00 +tax
Rounds Ranch Farm Adventures
1922 County Road #92, 4 km west of Elmvale
(705) 322-MAZE (6293)
Canada's most spectacular cornfield maze (435,000 sq. ft. - 5 km of trails) promising to be adventurous and entertaining for all ages. Other attractions include horse & tractor drawn wagon rides, pedal carts, giant straw maze, roped tree maze, soybean maze, apples away, plus much more. Exciting experiences for all ages, families, groups, clubs, and companies. Farm Market sells farm fresh eggs, meats, home baking, produce and preserves. Ample free parking for cars and buses.

Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons
Hwy 12 East, Midland
(705) 526-7838, Web:
Explore Canada's national treasure and Ontario's first European community. Experience the re-enactment & dramatic story of the 17th century French Jesuit mission to the Huron nation. Features an introductory audio-visual show, award winning interpretive museum, on-site restaurant and museum gift shop. Special summer presentations include 17th century fire starting, locked waterway demonstrations, and native storytelling with costumed guides. Open Victoria Day to Thanksgiving. Open weekdays May 1 to October 30 , and daily from Victoria Day to Thanksgiving weekends (prime season) 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (with last admission 4:45 p.m.) Admission (GST included) are: Self-Guided Shoulder Season Admission: Adults: $ 10.00, seniors $ 10.00, youth (6-12): $ 9.00, students $ 9.00, children 5 yrs. & under free. Prime Season (Victoria Day to Labour Day) Admission Adults: $12.00 , Seniors $10.50, youths (6-12): $ 9.00 , students $ 10.50, children 5 yrs. & under: free. Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Interac.

Santa's Village & Sportsland
Box 398 Santa's Village Rd.
Bracebridge, ON P1L 1T7
(705) 645-2512
Welcome to Santa's Village and Sportsland in where it is like Christmas all season long. At Santa's summer home, catch the Candy Cane Express or Kris Kringle's Riverboat. Also on this 20 heactare (50 acres) attractions, you'll find a petting zoo, live entertainers, rides and attractions. Next door is Rudolph's sportsland. Open daily from 10 am to 9 pm end of June to Labour Day,and 10- 6 during early June and after Labour Day in September. Open June 24 - Labour Day September 4, and the September weekend after Labour Day. Children 2-4 and seniors $16 +tax, 5 & older $20 + tax.
South Simcoe Railway
South Simcoe Railway Heritage Corp.,
South Simcoe Railway Station, Tottenham
(20 km west of Hwy 400 on Hwy 9)
P.O. Box 186, Tottenham
(905) 936-581
Enjoy an exciting one-hour journey through the scenic Beeton Creek Valley aboard a historic steam train. Travel in restored 1920's open-window coaches over the rails of a century-old branch line that once connected Hamilton with Barrie and Collingwood, with highlights and commentary by the conductor.

Story Book Park
RR#6, 4 km south of Owen Sound, on Story Book Park Rd
Owen Sound, N4K 5N8
(519)-376-2291 Fax: (519)-376-2291
Located right on Niagara Escarpment, the scenic & pleasantly shaded Story Book Park offers many attractions for the family. See Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Hansel and Gretal, Goldilocks and the 3 Bears. Lots of amusement rides, mini-golf, water slides, and a number of unusual animals. The waterslide has a Parks Twister, and Ultraflume, a kiddie mini river, and a wading pool for the young ones. NOTE: bring your Bathing Suits, as Jean and Cotton shorts are NOT permitted on the slides. Admission is $14.25, seniors $9.50, and kids 2 or under free. All Rides, Waterslides are FREE with admission. MiniGolf $1.00

Wasaga 500 Go-Karts Ltd.
Hwy. 92, two miles east of Wasaga Beach.
P.O. Box 180, Wasaga Beach, L0L 2P0
50 tuned karts to drive around high-banked curves on a one mile go-kart track,. Fully lighted for safe night driving.Children age 9 & under ride free with an adult on our side-by-side two seater karts. Two challenging 18-hole mini-golf courses and nine baseball/softball batting cages are extremely popular. Snack bar and washrooms on site. Open daily 10:00 am to 11:00 pm (late June, July and August). Please phone for off-season hours (705) 322-2594.

Wasaga Beach Paintball Adventure
3600 Vigo Road (East of Wasaga Beach off Cty Rd 92 at Vigo Road)
RR#2 Elmvale, Ontario, L0L 1P0
An indoor/outdoor paintball megapark with a 20,000 square foot playing arena and a park with 12 unique fields (such as a Western-themed town, tank-attack field, POW camp, etc) on over 70 acres of beautifully wooded, landscaped terrain designed specifically for paintball. Playing field site rated the best paintball in Canada. Top notch equipment. Safety is our main concern. Open April to November, Groups welcome, call for reservation. Cash, Visa, MasterCard, Amex, Interac accepted

Wasaga Waterworld Wasaga Waterworld Hwy 92 Location
Highway 92 East
705-429-4400 Fax: 705- 429-6520 Toll Free: 1- 800-809-0896
Mail: P.O. Box 230, Wasaga Beach, ON. L9Z 1A3
Two locations in Wasaga Beach. This complete water amusement park offers a kiddie playland, giant wave pool, speed slides, water slides, paddle boats and thermal pool. On the waterfront, between Beach Areas one and two, four high speed water slides provide lots of thrills and spills. 18 hole mini-putt winds around the water flumes. Groups of 20 to 3000 people welcome.

Wasaga Waterworld Beach Area 1
Beach Front Park, Area 1
705-429-4400 Fax: 705- 429-6520 Toll Free: 1- 800-809-0896 Mail: P.O. Box 230, Wasaga Beach, ON. L9Z 1A3 Two locations in Wasaga Beach. This complete water amusement park offers a kiddie playland, giant wave pool, speed slides, water slides, paddle boats and thermal pool. On the waterfront, between Beach Areas one and two, four high speed water slides provide lots of thrills and spills. 18 hole mini-putt winds around the water flumes. Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream bar. Groups of 20 to 3000 people welcome.

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