There are tons of great family activities around Toronto, but some families are looking for more of a rush than you typically get from a zoo, farm, or museum.
Is your family full of daring, risk-taking thrill-seekers? Here are our top picks for exciting activities near Toronto for adventurous families!
Explore the outdoors from up above at one of Treetop Trekking’s zipline and aerial game parks. You’ll get to navigate the treetops, climbing from tree to tree on suspended bridges, Tarzan swings, swinging logs, cable traverses, and ziplines.
There are several locations in Ontario – including Brampton, Barrie, and Hunstville – with courses ranging from beginner to advanced for adults and kids over 9. For younger adventurers at any age, the Treewalk Village Adventure Park for Kids at the Stouffville location has a treewalk area, where little ones can climb through walkways and tunnels to get to tree houses, forest trails, an underground tunnel world, and a mini climbing wall.
Treetop Trekking, multiple locations
Looking Glass Adventures
Don’t let bad weather ruin your family adventure! Even on a rainy day, you can do an escape room for a thrilling indoor activity. At Looking Glass Adventures on the Danforth, their all-ages, family-friendly escape rooms appeal to kids and aren’t scary—but they are exciting! You have 60 minutes to work as a team in this live, interactive puzzle challenge to accomplish your mission. Can you crack the code in time?
Looking Glass Adventures, 2200 Danforth Ave, 647-498-5596
401 Mini-Indy Go-Karts
Do you feel the need for speed? Then buckle your seatbelt and zoom off to the indoor and outdoor go-kart racetracks at 401 Mini-Indy Go-Karts, boasting Toronto’s fastest go-karts.
Kids ages 5–9 can ride in double go-karts driven by an adult, and kids older than 10 can drive their own junior kart racer. Once you’re done your laps, check out the glow-in-the-dark mini-golf for more family fun!
401 Mini-Indy Go-Karts, 37 Stoffel Dr, 416-614-6789
Albion Hills Conservation Area
For a real, active, outdoorsy adventure, head to the Albion Hills Conservation Area in Caledon for a family hiking or mountain biking trip. With over 50 kilometres of bike trails and a variety of terrain for riders and hikers of different skill levels and ages, you’ll want to map out your journey before you head out.
Kids can also play Pokémon GO on your trek! Bring your phone to look for PokéStops and hunt for Pokémon; you might even be able to hatch an egg while you bike and hike!
Albion Hills Conservation Area, 16500 Peel Regional Rd 50, Caledon, 905-880-0227
Madawaska Kanu Centre
Get ready to get wet! Rafting at the Madawaska Kanu Centre on the Madawaska River is a great place for paddlers old and young to enjoy the beautiful scenery and a white water adventure!
Families can choose between two 2-hour rafting trips. On one, a guide steers as you hold on for the rapids or body surf through them. Bigger risk-takers can choose to paddle the rapids on their own in a Sportyak (two-person inflatable kayak).
Madawaska Kanu Centre, 247 River Rd, Barry’s Bay, 1-888-652-5268