5 great family friendly activities in Ottawa
Whether staying in Ottawa hotels or passing through on a road trip through Canada, the nation's capital is filled with activities the whole family can enjoy. From beautiful parks and museums to exhilarating laser tag games and wave pools, Ottawa is the perfect place for families to bond during their vacation in The Great White North.
Ahoy maties! Get decked out like a real pirate, then head out on a search for sunken treasure. Watch out for the evil “Pirate Pete” as Pirate Adventures takes young and old on a 75-minute cruise on the Rideau River.
Rainy days don't matter at Cosmic Adventures, the city's largest indoor playground. Toddlers, teenagers and adults can all have a blast at this giant park that features bouncing castles, swings and rides. The park also has educational facilities where younger children can brush up on their hand-eye coordination skills with newfound friends.
Don't forget to bring a towel and an adventurous attitude to the Kanata Leisure Centre and Wave Pool, where kids can safely ride the waves with boogie boards. Visitors can also shoot down a number of thrilling water slides.
For a taste of history, families should go to Rideau Hall, an historic residence where Canada’s Governor General lives and works. Children can participate in treasure hunts and educational programs while their parents help them construct arts and crafts projects.
Nothing says "awesome" quite like Little Ray's Reptile Zoo, which features displays of roughly 250 different varieties of reptiles and insects. With an emphasis on educational programs and hands-on exhibits, the zoo encourages kids to appreciate creepy crawly creatures and discover the amazing attributes of these unique animals.