We’ve said it a million times, but it bears repeating: Hamilton is a great place to put down roots. For many parents who decide to move to Hamilton or raise their kids here, it’s not just the great schools and tight-knit communities that make this city the ideal place to call home. It’s also the sheer number of all-ages activities available. To tell you the truth, we had trouble narrowing this list down to just a small handful of enjoyable things to do!
If you’re looking for family fun in Hamilton, here are five must-visit places in the area…
1) Explore Dundurn Castle
Dundurn Castle is one of Hamilton’s major attractions, but did you know that this 18,000-square-foot villa is as fun for school-age kids as it is for adults? Built for politician and businessman Sir Alan Napier Mcnabb, this grand living space was constructed between 1834 and 1835. Its Italiante architecture is a true marvel—as is the scenery on the grounds outside, which overlook Burlington Bay. So round up the family for a guided tour. You’ll enjoy taking a peek into Ontario’s history, and the kids, well…they’ll love wandering around a massive castle. Who says educational experiences can’t also be fun?
2) Cool down at Wild Waterworks
When the weather is warm, Wild Waterworks is the place to be. This ultra-fun, family-friendly attraction is a Confederation Park staple. If you’re spending a full day at the waterpark, you might want to start by renting a cabana. Complete with lounging chairs and tables, these spaces are perfect for decamping as a family before you start exploring. Next up, take the kids to check out the park’s many attractions, which include thrilling body slides, a lazy tube ride, and one of the largest wave pools in Canada. There’s even a “Little Squirts” area that features slides and fountains for the littlest members of your family.
3) Visit the Hamilton Children’s Museum
While there are plenty of fun things to do with older kids in the city, entertaining little ones can be a bit of a challenge. That’s why we’re so lucky to have an engaging space that even very young children can enjoy! Located in Gage Park, the Hamilton Children’s Museum is a historic home that’s been converted into a big play centre. You’ll find a craft room, tons of toys and dress-up items, play equipment, and much more. One of the most notable exhibit galleries is designed to mimic a large ship—the perfect environment for kids to exercise their imaginations. Put simply, the Hamilton Children’s Museum is a can’t-miss attraction if you have toddlers or younger kids!
4) Grab a bite at a kid-friendly eatery
We’ve written about Hamilton’s food scene before, and for good reason. But as excited as we are about the many creative eateries popping up around the city, not all of them are child-friendly. Luckily, foodies with kids have some very solid options. Chicago Style Pizza is one of our favourite local go-to’s for families who love Italian, while HAMBRGR serves up perfectly-crafted burgers that are a cut above the average. If you’re looking for a lot of different options, try Earth to Table Bread Bar. In addition to kiddie classics like mac n’ cheese, you’ll find gourmet salads, sandwiches, and sides. At both the James and Locke Street locations, there’s a little bit of something for everyone!
5) Spend a day at the park
One of the best things about Hamilton is its beautiful green spaces. Gage Park is one of our all-time favourites—and not just because it’s home to the Hamilton Children’s Museum. Here, you’ll find a fantastic playground, an over 180,000-square-foot greenhouse, and an abundance of nature paths to explore. Throughout the year, there’s also no shortage of family-friendly events to attend. Case in point: the Northern Heat Festival, which will be taking place on August 10th. Check out some top-notch live performances while enjoying an ice cream cone or funnel cake at this annual event! Other beloved Hamilton green spaces include Bayfront and Sealey Parks.
Interested in learning more about life in Hamilton, and maybe even seeing some of the beautiful homes on the market here? Get in touch—we’d love to show you what makes life in this city so great!