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
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.
Cool down with Ice-cream
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. Other locations serving Kawartha or other brands include:
And for Gelato, visit Bean Counter
Check out the local Museums
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
Take a Ferry Ride or go Dock fishing
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 link to Prince Edward County fishing spots for you.
Grab a Movie at the Cinema or Drive-In
Explore the Millennium Trail
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 Millennium Trail, read Terry Sprague’s write up.
Visit a local Farm, Farm Stand or Farmer’s Market
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.
Wellington Farmer’s Market
The Chetwyn Alpaca Farm
Explore the Great Outdoors
A great antidote to gridlock – get the kids outside! Here are some favourite spots:
Prince Edward County Lavender Farm
Little Bluff Conservation Area
Bird House City
Lake on the Mountain
Mini-Golf and Public Parks
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.
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 link to all of Prince Edward County parks, trails and picnic areas.
Check out Sandbanks Vacations & Tours for your accommodation needs. We offer a variety of properties throughout the area all year long.