Visiting Ottawa with Kids? Check Out These Fun Attractions
Ottawa has something for everyone. There are outdoor activities, family-friendly museums, cultural spots, historical sites, and sporting events taking place all the time. This makes it an ideal destination for a trip with the kids. If you’re unsure what to do, check out these fun attractions.
1. Canadian Museum of History
Within the Canadian Museum of History is the Canadian Children’s Museum. Kids receive a hands-on tour, exploring the world through the ages. Your whole family will also enjoy many of the exhibits in the main museum, especially the largest indoor collection of totem poles in the world.
2. National Gallery of Canada
The National Gallery of Canada provides you with an excellent opportunity to teach your kids about art. There are always interactive workshops taking place for children of all ages. After you’ve explored the Canadian art indoors, you must head outside to see the sculptures — in particular, kids love the giant spider!
3. Other Museums
There are many other museums in Ottawa — visit the ones that best match your kids’ interests. For young children, the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum is a good choice, whereas teens will likely enjoy the Canada Science and Technology Museum.
4. Rideau Canal
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Rideau Canal is one destination you must not miss. Depending on the time of year, you may be able to take a boat, kayak, or canoe along the canal, cycle the trails that run alongside the water, or, when the water is frozen, ice skate down the canal.
5. Royal Canadian Mint
At the Royal Canadian Mint, you are able to watch Canadian coins being made right in front of you. You will also learn all about the process and may even have the chance to hold a solid gold bar valued at almost $1 million.
Kids love the Ottawa festivals. Some of the top options include the Canadian Tulip Festival in May, Winterlude in February, and Canada Day on July 1, which is held at Parliament Hill.
7. Parliament Hill
Even if you don’t come for Canada Day, you must pay a visit to Parliament Hill. Families with young kids might like to just see the House of Commons, Senate, and Library of Parliament from the outside. However, if your children are interested in government or history, make the most of the opportunity to take a free guided tour.
8. Gatineau Park
If you’re looking for outdoor adventures, you can find everything you want at Gatineau Park. Depending on the weather, you and the kids may be able to hike, swim, cycle, ski, snowshoe, or go geocaching.
With so much to do in Ottawa, it’s worthwhile looking into coming for an extended stay. Ottawa alternative hotels, like RCC Ottawa West, make this an affordable possibility. Unlike traditional Ottawa hotels, your family will receive a large suite with plenty of room for everyone. Plus, there are facilities on site for cooking your own meals, giving you greater flexibility and all the comforts of home. Book your stay today!