The kids are out of school, your vacation has been booked with work and the beautiful weather is here but what are you actually going to do with your time? If you’re planning a staycation this year and are looking to explore your community a little more here’s some of the best summer activities Vaughan has to offer.
This one is pretty obvious, but it’s a great way to spend a day or two of your summer holidays. Packed with roller coasters, water park attractions and all kinds of games there’s really something for every member of the family to enjoy here. As our country’s largest theme park, Canada’s Wonderland is now home to the tallest and fastest roller coaster in Canada as well as the largest outdoor wave pool. If your kids are not quite old enough to enjoy those attractions, there’s carrousels, character meets and kid-friendly rides available. Canada’s Wonderland opens in May and closes in October, so there’s plenty of time for you to check this out over the summer. Passes start at $39/person, although season passes are also available if you’re planning to visit multiple times.
LEGOLAND Discovery Center
Located on Bass Pro Mills Drive in Vaughan, LEGOLAND Discovery Center is home to over 2 million bricks of LEGO! This center is perfect for days where it’s a little too hot to be outside, or even if the weather is less than ideal. When visiting you will see extraordinary LEGO creations, but there are also rides and 10 build & play zones for kids to make their own, unique LEGO structures and creatures. No kids? No problem – LEGOLAND Discovery Center offers an adults night on the last Friday of each month from 6 – 9 pm. What’s more is that this activity is open year-round, so if summer comes and goes before you know it you can always visit this center during the winter.
Captive Escape Rooms
Escape rooms are a great activity for friends, giving them a chance to work together and escape the area before the time is up. Captive Escape Rooms have gone one step further with Captive Kids: the first escape adventure designed for kids and families. It’s a challenging and fun adventure, designed with kids in mind. Although it is kid-friendly, it will not be easy so be prepared to work out puzzles and solve clues as a family! Adult escape rooms are also available at any time. You can find Captive Escape Rooms at 155 Winges Road in Vaughan. Prices range from $54 to $108, depending on number of persons involved.
Vaughan is home to multiple conservation areas, including Kortright Centre for Conservation and Boyd Conservation Area. Both of these areas offer hikes through beautiful and natural wooded and marsh areas. You can explore the forests as a group, or even just on a peaceful quiet walk with your dog. Kortright Centre offers tours of a bat habitat and even a Maple Syrup Festival. Further both areas offer workshops and education programs on sustainable technology and protecting the environment. Boyd Conservation Area also hosts over 15 picnic sites, so you could make a complete day of it by bringing lunch and a good book to read under a tree. Fees to access these areas are small – ranging from $5 – $10 – and go towards maintaining the preserving the areas.
This winery is the third largest in Ontario, but it’s the only one that is fully licensed to produce and sell wine, beer and distilled drinks. They offer complimentary and private tours; although the complimentary tour only runs once a day, at 2 pm. If you prefer a more intimate and private experience, you can book your very own tour at a specific time. You will see all of the state-of-the-art equipment used to produce their award winning wines, but you’ll also be shown a showcase of vintage tools that are used in the ancient art of barrel making. Finish your tour at their 40-foot oak tasting table, where you can sample their delicious products. Their private tours are $25/person but you’ll need to have at least 20 people to book this experience.
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