Today I’m delighted to feature another blogger on Falcondale Life. My guest writer is Samara Kamenecka who has tips to share about travel with kids in Montreal. She is a New York-born freelance writer and translator living in Madrid. When she’s not busy trying to mould her two kids into functional, contributing members of society, she can usually be found enjoying a glass of wine (or three). You can find her blogging over at Tiny Fry and there’s a photo of her at the end of this blog post. This blog contains affiliate links.
Eight Must-See Sights for Kids in Montreal
The city of Montreal offers a variety of magnificent sights for children, including amusement parks, museums, and national landmarks. What to see depends on the age of your children and their interests, but you can’t go wrong with any of the following eight family-friendly Montreal attractions!
1. Voiles en Voiles/MTL Zipline
Voiles en Voiles is a pirate-themed amusement park located in the Old Port. The park is based on the world of pirate and royal ships of the 18th century. Climb aboard either of the 100-foot replica ships at the park, adventure through any of the ten different ropes courses, or explore the inflatable playground. Voiles en Voiles is suitable for children of all ages and is one of the most unique sights on this list. Also, the MTL Zipline (another sight in and of itself) is in close proximity to the park within the Old Port. Binoculars are a handy item aboard the zip line.
2. Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
This exquisite art museum houses 36,000 objects, including sculptures, paintings, drawings, prints, and more. Keep a close eye on the museum’s schedule, as it often features weekend tours geared specifically for children between ages 4-6 and 6-9.
3. Notre-Dame Basilica
Notre-Dame Basilica is a must-see because of its historical and cultural importance, not to mention its sheer beauty. If your kids are not too young for the hour and a half walking tour, it is worth it. At the very least, give your kids a view of the stained glass panes of the basilica that depict the history of Montreal. Also, make sure to bring a small, quality camera to capture the Old World intricacy of the basilica!
4. Montreal Science Centre
The Montreal Science Centre is a world of its own for children. Inside the Centre there is an IMAX theatre, a “Creativity Factory” where children six or older can build everything from handheld boats to parachutes, and also the Clic! Zone for Curious Young Minds where kids aged 4-7 can build roller coasters and paint, among other activities. In short, the Science Centre offers children endless entertainment and opportunities for learning.
5. Montreal Biodome
Your child can see more than 4,000 types of plants and animals at the Biodome, which is located within the Olympic Stadium complex built for the 1976 Summer Olympic Games. The Biodome encapsulates a polar area, a rain forest, a river, a mountainous region, and several other biospheres.
6. Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium
The planetarium is located right next door to the Biodome and features two amazing theaters that will thrill space enthusiasts, in particular. Audience members can make themselves comfortable in the theaters’ reclining seats or beanbag chairs.
7. La Ronde
La Ronde is an amusement park located on a small island close to downtown Montreal. The park features the famous roller coaster, Slingshot, and also the Vampire, which travels up to 50 miles per hour in reverse. There are appropriate rides for children of all ages.
8. Mont Royal
A peaceful bicycle ride along the Lachine Canal up to Mont Royal is fun for teenage children and young adults. If your child is too young for bike riding, perhaps he or she can join in on the fun with the help of ride-on toy! Mont Royal is a small mountain with lovely views of the city, as well as access to Beaver Lake and Mount Joseph Oratory.
While you may not be able to get to all eight of these incredible locations within one stay with kids in Montreal, making it to a handful will certainly enrich your vacation and make the journey unforgettable for your children.
Thanks Samara for this informative blog – there certainly seems to be plenty to do with kids in Montreal. Canada is such a welcoming country, we recently had a great time at Clifton Hill, Niagara Falls.
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