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Family Friendly activities

Long before Prince Edward County  was discovered as a gastronomical destination, beautiful dunes at Sandbanks Provincial Park were drawing families from near and far. The County is the perfect place to escape with your family. With stunning beaches, countless hiking trails, tons of water and an endless number of family friendly things to do, you can’t go wrong. Here’s our Top 9 things to do with the family. We are sure there are many more!!!

Top 9 Family friendly Things to Do in Prince Edward County

1.Hit the Beach: Swim at Sandbanks and Explore the Dunes
Sandbanks beach fun with family

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Not much needs to be said about kids, sand and water. Whether clamouring up the dunes at Dunes Beach on a spring day, enjoying the temperate bay water from June-August or driving 5 minutes to Outlet Beach with soft sand and toddler-friendly shallows, the beach is simply the perfect place to be.

  1. Cool down with Ice-cream 
Slickers ice cream Bloomfield, Ontario

Slickers Handmade Ice Cream – Photo courtesy of Great Waterway

Slickers Handmade Ice Cream – Photo courtesy of Great Waterway

Tickle your taste buds with several warm-weather options. So many options now in the County:

For ice cream made with local ingredients check out Slickers in Bloomfield and Picton or Nice Ice Baby in Wellington.  Other locations serving Kawartha or other brands include:

Black River Cheese Factory
Old Greenhouse Ice Cream Shop
Scooperman’s
Sunflower Fields

And for Gelato, visit Bean Counter or Kin Cafe.

  1. Check out the local Museums
Heritage historical sightseeing Prince Edward County

Photo courtesy of prince-edward-county.com

There is no shortage of heritage in Prince Edward County. A great thing to do on a rainy day or any day really.
Ameliasburgh Historical Museum and Pioneer Village
Macaulay Heritage Park
Mariners Park Museum
Rose House Museum
Wellington Heritage Museum

  1. Take a Ferry Ride or go Dock fishing
Fishing Prince Edward County family fun

Photo courtesy of Suzanne O’Connor

Grab your tackle and pick up some red wigglers from the nearest corner store and you’ve got instant kid friendly entertainment. Here’s a map of Prince Edward County fishing spots for you.

  1. Grab a Movie at the Cinema or Drive-In

What to do with the family in Prince Edward County Mustang Drive in

Relax at Picton’s historic Regent Theatre or kick back in the comfort of your own car at the Mustang Drive In. The last Sunday of every month the Regent hosts a FREE family movie. Enjoy!

  1. Explore the Millennium Trail

Millenium Trail what to do with kids in Prince Edward County

At 49 Kilometers long, the Millennium trail stretches from Picton to Wellington and is one of the area’s best kept secrets. The trail welcomes walkers and bikers alike. Don’t be surprised if an ATV or ski doo (in winter) whizzes by, this trail is for everyone! For more information on the Milennium Trail, read Terry Sprague’s write up.

  1. Visit a local Farm, Farm Stand or Farmer’s Market
Vicki's Veggies farm stand Prince Edward County

Photo – Good Food Revolution

A simple way to introduce kids to where their food comes from while picking up locally-grown bounty for your feasts together. Some places have small petting zoos which provide great entertainment for the wee and wee-at-heart alike.
Vicki’s Veggies
Wellington Farmer’s Market
Picton Farmer’s Market
Campbells Orchard
Hagermans Market
The Corn MAZE
The Chetwyn Alpaca Farm

  1. Explore the Great Outdoors
Lavendar Farm Prince Edward County

Photo – Lavendar Farm website

A great antidote to gridlock – get the kids outside! Here are some favourite spots:
Prince Edward County Lavender Farm
Little Bluff Conservation Area
Macaulay Mountain
Bird House City
Lake on the Mountain

What to do with the family Lake on the Mountain

Photo – The Great Waterway

  1. Mini-Golf and Public Parks

mini golf prince edward county near sandbanks

Want to switch things up a little? Mini-golf is a fun way for family members of all ages to spend time together. Caddy Shack is the most up-to-date course in the area and is conveniently located right outside the gates of Sandbanks. Yogurt bar, espresso, licensed patio and food options make this a wonderful destination for some fun and relaxation. You can also find a little putt-putt in Consecon at Emm’s Diner if you are in the Northwest of the County.

parks in prince edward county

The County has some terrific public parks! In Picton, check out the County Youth  Park by the Crystal Palace for boarding and biking and a modern play structure for smaller kids too.  Benson Park north of Main Street at Ross is also a nice place to enjoy some shade or some take-out while the kids get their ya-yas out.

Walk down Mill Street in Bloomfield with your Slickers ice cream and sit overlooking the Mill pond while the kids play on the structure there. Or use the public tennis courts.

The Wellington Park right on Main Street east of Wharf Street, overlooks the water and has a great wooden ship structure that is fun for all ages.

Here is a handy dandy map of Prince Edward County parks, trails and picnic areas.

VACATION RENTALS

There is a lot to consider when taking a family vacation. No matter where you go, one thing remains constant: accommodations can make or break the stay.  Our task here at Sandbanks Vacations & Tours is to find the vacation property that suits your family’s needs. Along with checking availability and finding a property appropriate to your family’s spatial requirements, we also consider the property price, its proximity to area destinations and, most importantly, the kinds of comforts and amenities that you are looking for.

 

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