Looking for things to do to help make your visit to Brockville memorable? With family friendly activities and attractions all over town, we are sure we can help you find just what you are looking for to make your visit truly one of a kind.
Canada’s First Railway Tunnel is a must-see for families visiting Brockville. The tunnel was completed in 1860, and was recently re-opened in August of 2017. The walk through the accessible tunnel is 1.5km each way, and is a great free activity for the family to discover! Outfitted with a multi-coloured, programmable LED light show by Philips Lighting that can be synced to music or sounds of a train passing though, they also highlight the natural geological formations and man-made elements of the tunnel. This experience is one that is already shocking visitors and locals alike and impressing everyone who goes through. An active, exciting place for children, youth and their families, the Tunnel will enable pedestrians to connect from the Trail at the city’s waterfront, through the Gorge and under the bridge under the CN rail corridor, to other sections of the Trail running to the city’s north and west. In addition work is still progressing to see a tour train operate through the tunnel beginning in the spring.
Located at the base of the Tall Ships Landing in downtown Brockville, this 27,000 square foot aquarium and discovery center opens its doors showcasing all there is to see and do in the 1000 Islands! With our wide variety of immersive explorations, your Ontario getaway isn’t complete without a visit to Brockville’s Aquatarium! The Aquatarium is more than just an aquarium. It offers a full range of interactive exhibits and activities for kids in a comfortable, and accessible environment. With ongoing clubs and camps for youth, dive certification through a course in our state-of-the-art dive tank and the ability to host unforgettable special events, the Aquatarium is your perfect port of departure for an extraordinary Ontario getaway up and down the St. Lawrence River. The facility is open year round so plan your visit today!
Boat cruising in the world famous 1000 Islands! No visit to Brockville would be complete without a cruise of the world famous 1000 Islands. Departing from Block House Island in the City’s historic downtown, 1000 Islands & Seaway Cruises operates a fleet of boats offering a close-up view of the Islands. Choose from a variety of traditional Sightseeing, Dining and Entertainment cruises or get your motor running aboard the Islands’ only high-speed passenger boat, the ‘WildCat’ – safe, family fun; an adventure for all ages.
The Brockville Museum aims to encourage families and children to engage in our past, whether they’re visiting on a weekend outing or participating in a special program. We want kids to feel welcomed and to have an enjoyable museum-going experience. We are pleased to offer a number of different museum experiences for children.
- Back-Pack Program: Visiting the museum as a family? Our back-pack program provides fun and interactive activities that engage children (and parents) with our exhibits. Search the museum’s exhibits for hidden postcards and learn about Brockville’s history through games and activities. Geared for children 4-11 accompanied by an adult.
- Children’s Pioneer Play Room: Young families visiting the museum can take some time during their visit to play and explore in our children’s room. Children can explore and re-enact life as a pioneer through a child-sized log cabin, pioneer costumes and forest creature puppets.
The Brockville Public Library offers a variety of family-friendly drop-in programs including story-time, crafts, and Saturday movie matinees. Special Seasonal and Summer Programs. All free. Check their schedule for details.
The theatre is located in the heart of historic downtown Brockville within easy walking distance of the city’s beautiful St. Lawrence River. The Brockville Arts Centre is recognized as one of the finest medium size historic theatres in Canada. Year after year the Brockville Arts Centre welcomes thousands of theatregoers to an experience that makes them feel close and connected to the performers on stage. The Brockville Arts Centre has one of the region’s top art galleries, is fully accessible and provides phonic in-ear devices for those with hearing disabilities. The theatre is air conditioned and has ample free parking.
Located just west of the downtown core at King St. W. and Gilmour Street. Designed as a downtown multifaceted play area where families, youth and the community at large, can enjoy healthy recreation in a safe and accessible environment. Amenities include; Splash Pad, Change rooms and Washroom Facility, Walking Paths, Fenced in Play Area, Basketball Court, Synthetic Ice Surface, Existing Outdoor Rink and Children’s Play Structure, linked to the Brock Trail.
- Splash Pad: This splash pad features water sprinklers, ground fountains and bucket dumpers to keep you cool on a hot day. Rotary Park is also equipped with washroom facilities so you can easily slip into your suit – Don’t forget your towel. The splash pad is open daily from May to September.
- Pump Track: The Brockville pump track, the first-ever black-top paved pump track in all of Canada, is a small track using as little as 10 x 30 feet of land, is a looping trail system of dirt berms and “rollers” (smooth dirt mounds for pumping) for bicycling without the rider pedaling. The purpose of a pump track is to use this pumping motion to maintain speed around the track without pedaling.
- Skatepark: The Rotary Skatepark is located at the corner of Gilmour and George Streets. The skatepark is open daily from April through October.
Located west of town on King Street, St. Lawrence Park has a beautiful safe sandy beach ideal for children which is supervised during the summer period. Washrooms, change rooms and a canteen are in operation from June through to September. Day use at the park is free, however, charges do apply to overnight camping. St. Lawrence Park welcomes cyclists and has an “always room” policy for self-supported cyclists. Check out our other beaches in the area.
A family-friendly outdoor event series taking place in Hardy Park every Thursday Night all summer long. Events will include live music, volleyball, fitness demonstrations, youth vendors, local artists and a Kid Zone, followed by a movie screening at dusk. With activities for the whole family, a huge blow-up screen and professional quality sound, Movies in the Park promises to be fun for people of all ages. Music, activities and youth vendors will be open to the public at 6:00pm. The movie will start rolling at dusk, or around 8:30pm. Please come early to check out the festivities and to set up your blankets and lawn chairs to reserve your spots for the show! Movie admission, activities and popcorn will be provided free of charge, with drinks and snacks available for purchase as well.
The Brockville Memorial Centre contains an arena with a seating capacity of 1,800 and a 350 seat community hall. The facility is located on Magedoma Drive within the Memorial Park recreation complex. The arena serves as headquarters for the Brockville Braves Junior A Hockey Club and the Brockville Tikis Junior B Hockey Club.
The ice surface is in operation from September until April of each year offering public skating and to watch hockey games.
Located at Memorial Park, immediately east of the Brockville Memorial Centre is a large, outdoor skatepark that was completed in the fall of 2007. The skatepark is open daily, weather permitting, from dawn to dusk.
Thousand Islands National Park welcomes you to relax and play on the breezy banks of the St. Lawrence River. From community picnics to family reunions to an impromptu outing, Mallorytown Landing has all the ingredients for family fun: new barbeque facilities and a beautiful gazebo, interactive indoor and outdoor exhibits, live animals that kids of all ages can touch and hold, nature programs, and a playground. Park interpreters are available to share stories of the park and, chances are, you’ll be busy making memories and stories of your own!
Visitors can explore the original historic site and interact with guides in period costume. Children can go on an adventure and become Parks Canada Xplorers to discover this unique fort. The site also boasts a new visitor center featuring the wreck of an 1812-era gunboat.
- Cannon Program: You do the Firing! Program Fee: (optional 2-hour intensive program)
- Personally Guided Tours (Weekends June-August 1:30pm)
- Xplorers Program
- Fort Kids
Looking for more family fun? Try FootGolf at Sunnidell Golf, go bowling at the Brockville Bowling Centre, try paintball at Stinger’s Indoor Paintball, try a zipline and aerial adventure tour at Skywood Eco Adventure Park, play at our many parks and playgrounds, explore our beaches, walk along the Brock Trail, go for a hike at Mac Johnson Wildlife Area, or go see a movie at the Galaxy Cinemas in Brockville,
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