Centreville Amusement Park, on Toronto’s Centre Island, is a must-do family summer adventure for young families who live in and around the GTA. It’s the perfect day trip to escape the fast paced city life without having to actually leave the city.
One of my earliest memories is of a trip to Centreville, so I was really excited to take my family for a fun day out at Toronto Centre Island. There aren’t many amusement parks around that cater to younger children, but Centreville certainly does, so I knew there would be fun for both my 3 year old and my 18 month old – as well as for ourselves! I would say that Centreville is great for those aged 12 and younger, and because it does cater to younger children there is a really great family atmosphere.
Centre Island itself can be reaches via Ferry and the Jack Layton Ferry Terminal (find directions and rates here) is located on Queens Quay at the bottom of Bay Street. The Ferry ride itself is about 15-20 minutes long and it’s definitely all part of the experience. My 3 year old was thrilled to see the “water moving” and my 18 month old was pretty gleefully pointing at the “soup”!
The walk from the Ferry dock to Centreville is about 5-10 minutes depending on how focused your kids are on getting there. It is a nice walk as Centre Island is very well maintained park and quite pretty with trees and flowers and plenty of grass.
We had a family of 4 all day ride pass which gave us unlimited access to over 30 rides and attractions for the day. There are other options at Centreville – you can pretty much find something to suit any budget. Admission to Centreville itself is free as is visiting Far Enough Farm – an island farm run by Centreville featuring everything from goats and chickens to peacocks and emus. You can also purchase a sheet of ride tickets or individual all day passes. Ride Passes are available for purchase online all summer long in advance of your visit with great savings!
Our very first ride was on the Centreville train which circles around Centreville and is a fun ride for little ones but also a great chance for everyone to just sit down and relax for a few minutes.
One of my favourite childhood rides at Centreville is the log flume. I really wasn’t sure what Keira would think of it but she enjoyed it so much she begged me to take her on it again! (Not a problem because of short, quick lines and our all day passes.)
Keira, my 3 year old, couldn’t turn down the chancy to ride on a real pony. She was absolutely thrilled!
Ava, my 18 month old, was even able to take a turn at it which was a nice break from the stroller for her.
The girls are pretty much inseparable at home so they were pretty thrilled with being able to ride together on the Touring Cars. This was another ride they went on a few times in a row!
Keira also went on the Bumble Bee Ride a few times, this girl really has no fear!
Aunt Hilde’s Twirling Tea Cups is another ride I remember from my own childhood pretty clearly and I was pretty happy to get us spinning around quickly at Keira’s request. She then wanted a second, more leisurely ride in the pink teacup with her Daddy. Fair enough.
I think one of the neatest rides in Centreville is the antique carousel. It’s gorgeous!
The Swan Ride is pretty relaxing when everyone’s legs begin to tire. Keira and Daddy had a go at this one while Ava and I sat back in the shade watching.
Of course we couldn’t leave before we went on the train one more time and Keira got her chance to ride on the Fire Engines for the 3rd or 4th time of the day.
There are plenty of other rides too, and a ton of other great things to experience at Centreville including a brand new coaster this year called Toronto Island Mine Coaster.
Centreville does have quite a number of restaurants within it, including the Carousel Cafe. You could also bring a picnic lunch as there is plenty of space to sprawl out on!
Centreville Amusement Park is open daily through Labour Day, and then weekends until the end of September.
Has your family been to Centreville lately?
Disclosure: This post was generously sponsored by Centreville, but the opinions and images are my own. For more information, visit www.centreisland.ca