No need to call up the grandparents or babysitters -- your kids are sure to have as much fun learning and exploring as you are, on a visit to Ottawa. From accommodating Ottawa hotels to welcoming, educational attractions spanning the city, our nation’s capital charms at any age. Here are a few ideas on how to get the excitement started on your family trip to Ottawa.
Expand your child’s mind with visits to the many historical exhibitions in Ottawa.
Just to name a few: the National Gallery of Canada, Canada Museum of Nature, Canadian Museum of Civilization, and many others offer an opportunity to learn about Canadian history. Walking tours of the Parliament Buildings and Rideau Hall are sure to spark wonder in young eyes, while adults will enjoy breathtaking architecture and interesting facts.
Admire nature at the Rideau Canal and Ottawa River.
From wildlife experiences to getting active by cycling, canoeing, golfing, and more, the choice of activities is seemingly endless in these naturally beautiful settings. Additionally, many events just for kids are held throughout the year.
Visit a local park.
Confederation Park, Brewers Park, and Commissioners Park are the perfect spots to relax and play—especially the last during a spring visit. During the famed Canadian Tulip Festival, Commissioners Park features the largest display of tulips in Ottawa.
Entertain little ones by visiting animals.
The Valleyview Little Animal farm reopened on March 25th, and now is the perfect time to explore all the property has to offer. The farm features baby animals that love to be played with in the petting zoo, a creative play zone, puppet shows, train rides, and more.
Stay inside on a rainy day.
While rainy days are bummers when exploring a new city, places like the bustling Byward Market and the epicenter of amusement, Fun Haven, make having a great time possible no matter what. Just bring your umbrellas for travelling in and out.
Convinced that Ottawa is the next place for your perfect family vacation? Check out the many family-friendly IHG hotels in Ottawa, spanning many areas of town for a convenient and cozy stay.