6 Things to do in the Maritimes for Families
No matter what your age, there’s something for everyone
The Maritimes are filled with indoor and outdoor family activities that extend beyond your next ferry ride on The CAT, the mv Fundy Rose, or the mv Confederation or mv Holiday Island. From theme parks to museums and national historic sites, there’s something for everyone here. If you’re planning your next family trip, here are a few attractions you will definitely want to add to your itinerary.
Upper Clements Park
With over 30 exciting rides and attractions, Upper Clements Park is Nova Scotia’s premier theme and adventure park. This award-winning park features rides for everyone in your family, including the Tube Slides and Red Baron Airplanes, as well the Tree Topper Rollercoaster and Sissiboo Sizzler Flume Ride for thrill seekers. Afterward, you can even camp at the Upper Clements Camping site, which is the perfect way to end an exciting day with the family.
The Halifax Citadel is not to be missed when you travel to Nova Scotia’s capital city. In fact, it’s almost impossible to miss! Located in the heart of downtown, this National Historic Site takes visitors on a trip back in time, with re-enactment interpreters offering first-hand accounts of life in Halifax during the mid-1800s. You can even assume the role of a 19th-century soldier when you pre-book your spot in the Soldier for a Day program! During your visit, be sure not to miss the firing of the Halifax Noon Gun—a heart-pounding tradition that every local knows all about.
There’s no better way to cool off on a hot day than by taking a trip to Magic Mountain in Moncton, New Brunswick. A part of the Magnetic Hill tourist site, Magic Mountain features 10 rides and attractions for family members of all ages. If you’re looking for a relaxing way to spend your afternoon, why not take a ride down The Lazy River or head over to Puddle Jumpers Pond with the little ones? Or, if you’d rather something with a little more excitement, try experiencing complete weightlessness on The Torpedo, or take a ride on Magic Mountain’s legendary Kamikaze waterslide!
The Chocolate Museum
There is no sweeter way to spend your day than by visiting The Chocolate Museum in St. Stephen, New Brunswick. Located an hour from Saint John, The Chocolate Museum is located in the original Ganong candy factory and features interactive exhibits for the entire family to learn about the rich chocolatier history of St. Stephen. You’ll get a sneak peek at chocolate making equipment, see vintage candy boxes and advertisements, learn how chocolate is made, and yes, you’ll even have an opportunity to sample some delicious treats!
Green Gables Heritage Place
Anne of Green Gables is a character beloved by people of all ages and is as synonymous with Prince Edward Island as red sandy beaches and potatoes. Now, when you travel to PEI, you’ll have the opportunity to dive into Anne’s world like never before at the Green Gables Heritage Site. Here, you’ll be able to stroll through Green Gables, learning more about the characters you know and love so dearly. You’ll also have the opportunity to join in on Victorian-style picnics, participate in a Green Gables ceilidh, and more!
Sandspit Cavendish Beach
Prince Edward Island is also home to the classic Sandspit amusement park at Cavendish Beach. With over 15 rides and attractions, Sandspit is the ultimate carnival for the entire family. While you’re visiting, you can have fun in the bumper boats, play old-fashioned carnival games on the midway, dare to ride the Cyclone rollercoaster, and hit the Can-Am racers go-kart track to tackle your need for speed! Perhaps best of all, pets are also permitted at Sandspit, so even your four-legged friend can have a great time.
Bonus! Take in a Portland Sea Dogs Game
If you’re taking The CAT to Maine, you’ll definitely want to take the family to a Portland Sea Dogs game at Hadlock Field. The Sea Dogs are the Double-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, and through the years, All-Stars and World Series champions such as Jon Lester, Anthony Rizzo, David Ortiz, and Dustin Pedroia have suited up for the team. Whether you’re taking in a special themed event like Star Wars night or Elvis night, or simply want to relax with your family while enjoying America’s pastime, a Sea Dogs game will be a family adventure you’ll never forget. And while you’re at the game, be sure to have your photo taken with Slugger, the official mascot of the Portland Sea Dogs.
There are so many things to do in the Maritimes!
Throughout the Maritimes and New England, there’s limitless fun to be had and things to do with your family. From family activities in the Halifax Citadel to exciting thrills and memorable evenings at the ballpark, this region has something to offer everyone. To start planning your next family adventure—including a trip on The CAT, the mv Fundy Rose,