Things To Do Outdoors in Burlington, Oakville and Hamilton

Outdoor activities are not in short supply near you! We couldn’t be more appreciative of our region and all of the wonderful and unique ways it offers us to be outdoors. We’ve put together some top-rated, family-friendly things to do outdoors, for all seasons. We just know we can inspire your next outdoor adventure with one of our things to do outdoors in Burlington, Hamilton and Oakville…and beyond!

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9 Outdoor Waterparks You Must Visit This Summer

Visiting a waterpark in the summer is one of the more exciting things to do with your kids. We've rounded up all of the waterparks ...

Wild Waterworks in Hamilton: A Thrilling Aquatic Adventure

From exhilarating water slides to lazy rivers, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. In this article, we’ll take you on a detailed journey through the ...

Coronation Park in Oakville – Perfect For Picnics, Biking Paths, and Splash Pad

Oakville‘s Coronation Park is a beautiful park situated on the shore of Lake Ontario. It’s 23+ acres of beauty, and it’s an ideal destination for ...

Paletta Lakefront Park and Mansion

Nestled behind a stone wall and manicured shrubbery sits Paletta Mansion, at Paletta Lakefront Park in Burlington. The grounds make for a peaceful place to ...
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Where To See Trains: 8 Places in Halton, Hamilton & Beyond

Wondering where to see trains nearby? If you’re a train enthusiast or simply love the charm of locomotives, you’re in luck! There are several fantastic ...
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Opening July 2024 – Chicopee Zip Lining at Chicopee is An Adrenaline-Filled Family Adventure

Looking for another epic family adventure this summer? Let me introduce you to zip lining at Chicopee Tube Park!

5 Beautiful Lavender Farms Near Halton, Niagara & Beyond

Visiting lavender farms like these can be a relaxing and photographic summer outing for your family. Spend some quality time together surrounded by fields of lavender ...
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William Rose Park – Great Playground, Sports Courts, Skate Bowl and Trails

William Rose Park in North Oakville is one of the city’s newest parks. It is 4 acres of fun for the entire family and here’s ...

Mountainside Park in Burlington – 2 Playgrounds in 1 Visit

Janelle and her girls ventured off to Mountainside Park in Burlington recently and were pleasantly surprised with what they found. It has everything for a ...
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Exhibition Park is a Huge Natural Playground in Guelph

I love a good day trip, and this summer we’ve been doing many! A few weekends ago we grabbed the kids and hopped in the ...
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Tansley Woods Park in Burlington Has Trails and a Japanese Garden

Tansley Woods Park and Playground is a great spot to spend an afternoon. The playground is great for all ages, and the paths make for ...

Watch Free Outdoor Movies This Summer

Back for 2024! Enjoy free outdoor movies near you this summer! Nothing tells you it's summertime like the release of the movies in the park ...

100 Days of Fun: Summer Event Calendars For June, July and August

Fill your summer break with FUN thanks to our June, July and August calendars that offer you something AWESOME to do every day!

The Ultimate Guide to Summer Festivals in Hamilton, Halton and Niagara

Whether you're a music enthusiast, a foodie, or simply someone who loves the lively atmosphere, there's something for everyone at these festive gatherings.

Pick-Your-Own Strawberries in Niagara

Our guide to Niagara region pick-your-own strawberry farms provides you with all of the info we could track down online. As farms release more ...
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Strawberry Picking in Hamilton

One of our favourite early summer activities is strawberry picking in Hamilton at a local fruit farm. FInd all of your options, plus pricing and ...

Pick Your Own Strawberries Near Burlington, Oakville and Milton

Make the most of the early days of summer by taking the family to pick your own strawberries in Halton! Strawberries are at their peak ...
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Grand River Rafting Adventure – Tips From Our Trip

Floating along the Grand River was definitely our best summer adventure!

Splash Pads, Outdoor Pools and Wading Pools in Burlington

Spend your summer cooling down at a Burlington splash pad (sometimes called splash parks or spray pads). Most of them are free summer activities! If ...

Adventure Village – High Energy Excitement Awaits

Nestled amidst lush greenery and boasting a myriad of attractions, Adventure Village promises an action-packed day out for parents and kids alike. Read on for ...

The Coolest Mini Golf Courses in Niagara

Grab your putters and get ready for an adventure that’s sure to delight both kids and adults alike. Whether you're a mini golf pro or ...

2024 Victoria Day Fireworks, Events and Festivals

Hellooooo Summer! Victoria Day is the (un)official kickoff to our Canadian summer, and it couldn’t come at a better time! This weekend you can enjoy ...
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Farmers Markets in Burlington, Oakville and Hamilton

Visit a Farmer's Market in Burlington, Hamilton and Oakville. It's a great way to support the hardworking folks who grow and make our food, and ...

7 Niagara Farmer’s Markets Worth Visiting

These Niagara region summer farmer’s markets are a great opportunity to buy fresh local produce and meet the people who lovingly grow the fruit and ...

The Best Mini Golf Courses To Play Right Now

Mini golf is a classic pastime that’s been enjoyed by people of all ages for decades. It’s a fun and easy activity that’s perfect for ...
African Lion Safari

African Lion Safari: Ontario’s Wildest Safari Adventure

Great news for fans of African Lion Safari – they are open for the season and have lots of WILD fun in store for you ...

Safari Niagara: Where Wildlife Meets Family Adventure 2024

Nestled in the picturesque region of Niagara Falls, Ontario, Safari Niagara is a hidden gem that promises an unforgettable adventure for nature enthusiasts, families, and ...
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Happy Rolph’s is a Free Animal Sanctuary Kids Will Love

Happy Rolph's Animal Farm in St. Catharines is a must-visit for families. Pack a lunch and bring the kids, because this is a day trip ...

Chudleigh’s Entertainment Farm Opens May 31!

Make fabulous (and delicious) fall memories at Chudleigh's Farm in Milton.
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Triple C Farm: Get Up Close With Adorable Farm Animals

Triple C Farm is one of our most recommended farms in Hamilton to visit. If you’ve got little kids who love visiting petting zoos, or ...
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Downey’s Farm Welcomes Families Back For 2024

If you're looking for a full day of fun at the farm, Downey's Farm is where you need to go! Animals, pumpkins, slides and more!
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Now Open! Brantford Twin Valley Zoo

Twin Valley Nature Park ranks high on the list of must-visit destinations for so many reasons. Read on for those reasons, plus some helpful hints ...
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The Best Drive-In Movie Theatres in Hamilton Halton and Niagara

Taking the kids to a drive-in movie is a classic memory maker. This list curates your options for drive-in movie theatres in Hamilton, Oakville, Niagara ...

Our 10 Favourite Things to Do with Kids in Niagara Falls, Ontario

Your summer vacation plans should include a visit to Canada's most popular tourist destination! Niagara Falls, Ontario, is an exciting destination that offers an array ...

Pier 4 Park in Hamilton Has a Tugboat!

Meet me at the pier – Pier 4 that is! This waterfront destination in Hamilton is full of reasons to visit from an amazing nautical-themed ...
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LaSalle Park in Burlington – You Gotta Go Here

LaSalle Park in Burlington's west end is one of our favourite parks to visit. It's got an upgraded playground that kids love, vast amounts of ...
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William Connell Park in Hamilton Has TWO Playgrounds

When you visit William Connell Park in Hamilton you’ll be treated to a combination of a natural playground, a traditional playground, and more sports fields ...
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The Best Hamilton Skate Parks According To Locals

Summer is the prime time for skateboarding, scootering and BMX biking, and these Hamilton area skateparks provide the perfect location for kids (and adults!) to ...
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The 5 Coolest Skate Parks in Oakville, Ontario

Oakville is home to five outdoor scooter and skate parks, spread throughout the town. They vary in size and style, but all pack a punch ...
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Skateboard and Scooter Parks in Burlington

Burlington has 10 skateboard and scooter parks spread out across the city. Each one has different benefits, and we’ve laid it all out here to ...
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Ride the Antique Carousel at Lakeside Park

Take a trip back in time when you ride the antique carousel at Lakeside Park in Port Dalhousie. It really is a thing of beauty ...
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Centreville – A Full Day of Toronto Adventure For Families

I hadn’t been to Centre Island since I was a kid, so I was thrilled to go back with my mom and my own kids, ...

2024 Solar Eclipse – Where And How To See It

A total solar eclipse is heading your way! On April 8, 2024, a total solar eclipse will be able to be seen across parts of Mexico, ...
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Opening Thursday! Springridge Farm: A Must-Do For Little Farm Fans

Springridge Farm is a long-time family favourite place to visit. This is a great place for multi-generations to visit together. The grandparents have as much ...
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13+ Things to Do At Bronte Creek Provincial Park

Bronte Creek Provincial Park in Oakville is just one of the 340 Ontario Parks. We visit multiple times a year in every season because there’s ...
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The Hamilton Aviary Bird Sanctuary

A visit to The Hamilton Aviary is a great way to feel tropical while supporting this wonderful, volunteer-run bird sanctuary in Dundas, Ontario.

Maple Syrup Festivals 2024: Hamilton, Halton, Niagara and More

Is there anything more Canadian than visiting a Maple Syrup festival and eating freshly-poured-on-snow maple syrup candy? We don't think so, either! That's why Active ...
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Free Fishing Weekend 2024 in Ontario

In 2023, Ontario has planned four Free Fishing weekends. These are times when you can fish without a licence. They are a great reason to ...
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100+ Awesome March Break Activities For 2024

March Break 2023 is full of things to do in Hamilton, Halton, Niagara and the Waterloo Region. We've loaded our events calendar below and put ...
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Free and Cheap Things To Do in Burlington With Kids

Some are well-known places to visit and some are hidden gems only the locals know about. We are bringing you our favourite free and cheap ...

15 Local Toboggan Hills: Burlington, Hamilton, Oakville

Tobogganing is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to keep kids entertained on a snowy day. Grab a sled and your snow pants and ...

23+ Outdoor Skating Rinks in Hamilton, Burlington, Oakville and Milton

Outdoor ice skating rinks are a great place to take your kids in the winter. Burlington, Oakville, Milton and Hamilton each are home to multiple ...

Cross-Country Skiing Near Hamilton and Burlington

Cross-Country skiing in the Halton and Hamilton areas is a great way to get outside and be active, all while maintaining a safe physical distance. ...

How To Borrow Free Parks Passes From Your Library

Your library has free family passes to local conservation areas, Ontario Parks and botanical gardens. Here is how to borrow them!

Enjoy Christmas town, Winterlit and Winter Fun at Mountsberg Conservation Area

Mountsberg Conservation Area is located in Campbellville and features outdoor activities and attractions suitable for everyone from littles to tweens. Grown-ups, too!
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The Candlelit Stroll – Wintertime Fun In Downtown Burlington

The Candlelit Stroll through Downtown Burlington is a free family-friendly event transforms the downtown core into a winter wonderland of lights, glowing storefronts and merriment. ...
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Pumpkins After Dark: How Spooky is This Immersive Halloween Experience?

Your kids will love this massive drive-thru Halloween event in Milton
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Hanes Corn Maze is Canada’s Largest Corn Maze!

It's not Fall without a visit to Hanes Corn Maze. Never been? Here's the scoop on what makes it an ideal destination for a day ...
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The Apple Orchard Is Full of Fall Family Fun

The apple orchard was one of the very first places I took my kids to pick apples. I'm pretty sure we went the first year ...

Stroller-Friendly Trails Near Hamilton, Burlington, Oakville

Here are some of the best-loved and most recommended stroller-friendly trails in Burlington, Oakville and Hamilton. We asked our followers with wee ones where they ...
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Pumpkin Patches Families Love in Hamilton, Halton, Niagara

The crisp fall air, hayrides, and freshly baked farm treats are a great way to spend a day. If you're looking for a pumpkin patch, you'll find ...
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The 7 Best Corn Mazes Near Me In Hamilton and Halton

Get lost - and found - in a corn maze this fall! There is a variety of corn mazes in Hamilton and Halton, perfect for ...
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Best Places To See Fall Colours Hamilton and Burlington

October is the perfect time to watch the leaves in Ontario change from fresh green to warm, firey hues before the frost of winter rolls ...
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Geocaching in Burlington and Hamilton: A Guide For Newbies

Geocaching in Burlington and Hamilton is a great way to spend time outdoors with your kids. It brings together walking in the fresh air, investigative ...
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Apple Picking in Hamilton, Halton and Beyond

There are lots of pick-your-own apple orchards throughout Halton and into Hamilton. Here’s our pick-your-own apple guide with all the details you need to find ...
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Horseback Riding Near Hamilton, Halton, Brantford, Niagara

Our readers often ask "Where can I go horseback riding near me?" so we knew this curated list would help a few families out. If ...

Where To Play Footgolf in Hamilton

Hamilton’s Buncrana Golf Course is now home to a footgolf course and it looks like a blast! Buncrana Golf Course is located in Hamilton and ...

Sunflower Farms and Fields in Hamilton & Halton

Find a stunning, natural backdrop for some beautiful selfies!
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Waterfalls, Hiking and More: Hilton Falls Conservation Area

Hilton Falls Conservation Area is a hidden gem! A stroller-friendly hike that includes up-close access to a waterfall and ruins to explore.

Burlington’s Children Festival 2023 Update

Burlington’s Children’s Festival is not on the events calendar for 2023. We are disappointed, too! We hope this popular and free family event will be ...

Treetop Trekking Hamilton – Fun in the Forest

Hamilton is home to outdoor activities for kids and adults that you will love! Treetop Trekking in Hamilton offers fresh air activity and this is ...
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The Best Hiking Trails Near Hamilton and Halton For Families

These Halton and Hamilton hiking trails are the perfect inexpensive way to spend a morning. Soak up some vitamin D and enjoy the calmness that ...
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Natural Playgrounds Near Burlington and Hamilton

There are so many natural playgrounds near Burlington and Hamilton, and visiting one with a picnic in tow makes for an excellent and inexpensive summer ...
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50+ Free Things To Do In The Summer + Printable

Active Parents has your Guide to 50+ things to do in the summer that won’t break the bank. Share this list of cheap and free ...

9 Beautiful Beaches Families Love Near Burlington, Hamilton

There are so many beautiful beaches in Hamilton and Burlington! Most are free or cost a small fee to visit for the day. You can’t ...

12 Recommendations for Family Camping in Ontario

Camping in Ontario is a wonderful way to spend quality time with your family. With an abundance of provincial parks and campsites, there’s no shortage ...
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Canada Day Fireworks 2023: Where To See Them

It's so exciting to see the return of many in-person Canada Day celebrations in Hamilton, Burlington Oakville and beyond.

7 Reasons To Visit Cherry Hill Gate This Weekend

This nature reserve beckons outdoor fans, offering a perfect blend of wilderness, charming hiking trails, and a peaceful atmosphere. Come along with us as we ...
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Local Pick-Your-Own Produce Farms

Updated for 2024! There’s nothing better than fresh, local produce, and it doesn’t get any fresher than picking your own right at the farm! Read ...
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Ice Cream and Gelato in Hamilton

Temps are rising and I can’t think of a better way to cool down than with a frosty dessert! Read on for your guide to ...
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15+ Ice Cream and Gelato Spots in Burlington

Temps are rising and I can’t think of a better way to cool down than with a frosty dessert! Read on for your guide to ...
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Churchill Park in Cambridge is Out of This World!

3…2…1… Blast off! Churchill Park in Cambridge is out of the world and definitely worth the car ride to check it out! Churchill Park’s Rocket ...
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Confederation Beach Park Is For Pirate Fans

Take a look at what Hamilton’s Confederation Beach Park has for your kids – you’re going to want to visit today! Find more things to ...
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Chappel East Parkette in Hamilton

A natural playground nestled under the watchful eye of a massive owl.

Pick Your Own Flower Farms

Pretty colours and sweet scents await you at these Ontario pick-your-own flower farms.  Gather your family together and head out to a local farm this ...
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Disc Golf Courses Near You

Explore diverse settings for disc golf enjoyment! From serene parks and beachfronts to bustling college campuses and sports complexes, this list guides you to unique ...
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Splash Pads and Wading Pools in Hamilton

Just in time for the hot temperatures, splash pads and wading pools in Hamilton are opening up again for the season! You’re almost guaranteed to ...
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Milton Community Sports Park Has The Biggest Climber We’ve Ever Seen

Add a day at Milton Community Sports Park to your summer calendar if you’re looking for a park that has a playground, zipline, basketball courts, ...
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Bronte Heritage Waterfront Park Will Be Your Favourite Waterfront Park!

This beautiful park has something for everyone, no matter their age or interest. Dog parents love strolling through the grassy waterfront with their pooches. Coffee ...
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Outdoor Scavenger Hunts for Kids

You're going to love these outdoor scavenger hunts to add a mission and destination to your next family walk. Grab the kids and maybe a ...

The Best Christmas Towns From Toronto to Niagara

Holiday lights, snowy strolls, outdoor ice skating and Christmas markets galore.

Burloak Waterfront Park is Accessible and So Much Fun For Families

On the border of Burlington and Oakville is Burloak Waterfront Park and it’s going to be your new favourite park. Its Lake Ontario views and ...
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Mountsberg’s Evening Halloween Spooktacular

Come with us for a behind-the-scenes look at Mountsberg Halloween Spooktacular

44 Family Favourite Fall Activities

Raise your hand if fall activities are your favourite! Indoors, outdoors, active or relaxed, we have put together sooo many things to do with kids ...
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Mountview Park

Hamilton Mountain's Mountview Park had a big renovation this summer - let's see what's new!

Canoe, Kayak and Paddleboard Rentals Near Burlington and Hamilton

Add an outdoor adventure to your summer break when you book a kayak, canoe or stand-up paddleboard rental near Burlington and Hamilton. The very best ...
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Splash Pads and Pools in Oakville

We’ve got all of your splash pads and swimming pools in Oakville so you can cool down all summer long! Oakville has dozens of wet ...

Things To Do In Spring in Burlington

Spring has sprung in Burlington and it is a welcome reprieve from that long cold winter! We know you are ready to leave cabin fever ...

Free and Cheap Things To Do With Kids In Hamilton

Having fun with kids in tow doesn’t have to cost a lot with these free and cheap things to do in Hamilton.

Perth Park – A Natural Playground in Ancaster

Perth Park is a natural playground in Ancaster. Natural playgrounds are still unique in this area, so when we find one it’s big news! We’ve ...
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Little Free Libraries in Burlington and Hamilton

Looking for a new read? Check out our coverage on #BurlOn's Little Free Libraries, and swap out an old favourite, for a new summer read! ...
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3 Great Spots for Creek Walking in Burlington

Creek Walking is one of the best ways to cool down in nature. Nothing is more refreshing and grounding than dipping your toes into cool, ...

Rainy Days Out On The Town

11 places to go in Burlington when the weather just doesn't want you to be outside.

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