Family Road Trips: Animal Lovers

Active Parents is here to help fill your summer vacation with fun. We are putting together ideas for day trips to keep the whole family entertained. We’ll cover local and short distance jaunts, and we hope you’ll suggest some fun stops, too!This week we bring you destinations fit for the Animal Lover in your house. My youngest is besties with everything four-legged, so this list was a quick one to put together, it’s basically our summer bucket list!


African Lion Safari – 1,000 birds and over 100 animals that can be pet, watched, and even viewed from your own car is what you have waiting for you!


Bird Kindgom – Billed as the world’s largest free-flying indoor aviary, you’ll see more bird species than you knew existed, feed bats and lorikeets, and much more! Located in Niagara Falls.


Brantford Twin Valley Zoo – This local fave is perfect for families, and we loved that it was just the right size to see in its entirety, in one day. You’ll be up close and personal with lions, tigers, and – you guessed it – bears. Oh my!


Butterfly Conservatory – Located in Niagara and featuring over 2,000 butterflies call this spot home. Take a self guided walk through the rain forest and experience the magic.


Donkey Sanctuary – Visit with over 90 donkeys and mules, and learn about the care and rehabilitation of the Guelph farm residents. Who knew, right?


Happy Rolph’s – Petting zoo, large playground, beautiful walk, and very scenic. We went last summer and loved it! Located in St. Catherines.


High Park – Toronto’s most famous park also boasts a pretty swell zoo that many people don’t know about. Take a drive, or get on the GO and spend the day with the animals, in an amazing park space.


Little Rays – There’s a good chance your kid has been to a Little Rays birthday party, but did you know they also have a reptile zoo open for visiting? Get a chance to feed the animals, while getting a little education, too. We love local family road trips!


Mountsberg – It’s super close, and perfect for your little fan of feathered friends. Watch entertaining shows (they’re educational, too!) plus, tour the site and check out all of the animals they have in addition to birds.


Oshawa Zoo – They been rescuing animals since 1993, and have over 40 in a large 22 acre farm. They even offer a mobile animal program for events and celebrations!


Puddicombe Farm – This farm has been around for over 200 years! It’s a great spot for train rides, animal watching, and picking your own fresh produce. A definite must-do for a day of fun.


Safari Niagara – Formerly knows as Zooz, this Niagara park is a family road trip hot spot of fun. There are over 1000 exotic birds, mammals, and reptiles, not to mention a water park and play ground!


Springridge Farm – A local favourite with something for everyone. Mountain goats, a petting barn, fluffy bunnies, and who doesn’t love Rocky Rooster? Psst, try their strawberry tarts, too!


Did we miss a must-see spot? Share it in the comments and we’ll add it to the list!




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