Staycation: A Weekend of Great Food and Fun Activities in Burlington

Staycation: A Weekend of Great Food and Fun Activities in Burlington
22 Nov 2019

Disclosure: Our weekend activities, experiences, and food were covered by Tourism Burlington and its partners. All opinions are my own.

LIving on the west side of Oakville, we are constantly in Burlington. We shop, dine, and do fun activities as a family. But we have never done a weekend dedicated to spending time in Burlington, to showcase some fun things to do, things to see, and good places to eat… until now.

We recently worked with Tourism Burlington to highlight some of their partners as part of a fun Burlington Staycation.

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Trampolining and Rock Climbing at Rockin’ Jump

Our first stop was Rockin’ Jump. Lauren and Rachel were quite excited to get bouncing on the trampolines, and Lauren was eager to climb the rock climbing wall.

After we registered, Lauren got harnessed in and climbed the wall. She was excited that she made it to the tip, and loved rappelling down the wall.

Next we tried the stunt bag arena. Wendy loved flipping on to the big air pillow.

After that, we had a fun game of dodgeball

Then Wendy and Lauren battled on the X-Beam.

We had a fun time at Rockin’ Jump. It definitely won’t be our last time here!

Location

5070 Benson Dr #6, Burlington, ON L7L 5N6
(289) 273-5333

Hours

Sunday 11:00am to 7:00pm
Monday Closed
Tuesday to Thursday 4:00pm to 8:00pm
Friday 9:00am to 12:00pm, 4:00pm to 9:00pm
Saturday 8:00am to 10:00pm

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Lunch at Gator Ted’s Tap & Grill

I don’t think I have ever seen as many TVs in a bar playing live sports as I have at Gator Ted’s Tap & Grill. Everywhere you look, there are big flat screen TVs with people sitting and watching their favourite sports, eating and enjoying a few pints.

As we had never been to Gator Ted’s before, we didn’t know what to expect. We did hear they are known for their wings, so we had to try them… and they were indeed good!

Rachel ordered the brisket poutine, and she said it was amazing!

Lauren loves deep fried pickles, and these ones did not disappoint.

I ordered the brisket pizza to share with everyone. It came with onion rings on top. It looks a bit over-the-top, but the flavours work well together. Really impressed!

The food was awesome! We really enjoyed our lunch at Gator Ted’s, and will definitely be back again!

Location

1505 Guelph Line, Burlington, ON L7P 3B6
(905) 336-3133

Hours

Sunday 9:00am to 11:30pm
Monday to Wednesday 11:30am to 12:00am
Thursday 9:00am to 1:00am
Friday and Saturday 8:00am to 1:00am

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Axe Throwing and Virtual Reality at Viking’s Landing

Viking’s Landing just opened their doors in mid October 2019. With a tag line like “Burlington’s Best Axe Throwing and Virtual Reality Arcade”, you can bet we had pretty high expectations! We’ve been axe throwing before, and have even tried virtual reality.

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As you enter through the front doors, you can tell that Viking’s Landing is set up for a more upscale experience. It is clean, with beautiful live edge wood furniture and barnboard accents.

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There are 10 axe throwing lanes, with a seating area to relax when it is someone else’s turn.

On Rachel’s first throw, she got a bullseye!

From there, we headed upstairs to try out the Virtual Reality Arcade. Lauren got right into it and destroyed some zombies.

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We had a fun unleashing our inner viking warriors! It really is a fun place, and would be suitable for not only family outings, but group events, corporate events, team building, and leagues.

Location

1550 Yorkton Ct Unit 14, Burlington, ON L7P 5B7
(289) 636-7478

Hours

Sunday 11:00am to 5:00pm
Monday to Friday 11:00am to 9:00pm
Saturday 10:00am to 9:00pm

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Wicked Awesome Tour and Tasting at Nickel Brook Brewing Co.

Our next stop was a tour and tasting at Nickle Brook Brewing Co., Burlington’s own craft beer brewery. Located on Drury Lane, this brewery has a tasting room that serves all of their beers. You can also buy any of their prepackaged beers here, or get a growler filled with your favourite brew.

As always, when doing tasting tours like this, I always recommend one person not indulging so you have a designated driver to get you home or to your next destination safely. In this case, I was that designated driver. Wendy loves beer, so this stop was all for her… or so I thought.

Owner John Romano gave Wendy and I a tour of the facility, and talked about the history of Nickle Brook.

After the tour, we went up to the tasting room so Wendy could try some of their beers. John prepared a flight for Wendy, that consisted of 4 beers: Thrashin’ Passion, In This Corner, Kentucky Bastard, and Raspberry Uber.

So that we didn’t feel left out, John poured me and the girls a glass of his famous craft root beer, which we all really enjoyed. I also tried the ginger beer, which was quite delicious.

Location

864 Drury Lane, Burlington, ON L7R 2Y4
(905) 681-2739

Hours

Sunday 11:00am to 6:00pm
Monday Closed
Tuesday 11:00am to 6:00pm
Wednesday to Saturday 11:00am to 10:00pm

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Family Style Dinner at Studebaker

We’ve been to Studebaker many times for lunch and dinner, so we knew we were in for a great experience. Except this time, they decided to surprise us with a little something they have been working on… family style dinner.

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They started us off with a delicious root vegetable soup and fresh buns.

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Next came the main dishes – roasted potatoes, mashed potatoes, and roasted veggies.

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And roasted chicken…

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And beef tenders. Tender is an understatement! So good!

For dessert, they baked us an apple pie. You can’t get any better than that!

What an experience! I love that they tried this out on us, and it was pretty awesome seeing the tables around us look on.

Studebaker is one of our favourite restaurants to go to, whether it is for a meal, or just to go have apps and drinks while watching a hockey game.

Location

2535 Appleby Line, Burlington, ON L7L 0B6
(905) 331-7878

Reservations

For the Family Style Dinner, reservations are required at least 24 hours in advance. Reservations are not required for normal eat in, but recommended.

Hours

Sunday 10:00am to 9:00pm
Monday Closed
Tuesday and Wednesday 11:30am to 10:00pm
Thursday 11:30am to 11:00pm
Friday 11:30am to 12:00am
Saturday 10:00am to 12:00am

“Legally Blonde: the Musical” at Drury Lane Theatre

Drury Lane Theatre is a small community cabaret style theatre showcasing variety shows and musicals. Their newly renovated theatre includes a fully licenced bar.

We saw “Legally Blonde: The Musical”, and it was fantastic! The singing was amazing! If you are a fan of the 2001 comedy film starring Reese Witherspoon, you will love this production.

You will laugh, cry, and relate to Elle and many of the characters in this musical. Definitely worth seeing.

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We were quite excited to see one of our friends, Brian Vaughan, in the show as “Callahan”. As well, MMMMM was one of her choreohgraphers for Aladdin Jr this past summer. What a small world!

If Legally Blonde is no longer playing, I encourage you to check out another production at Drury Lane. It’s an intimate sport to see some amazing variety shows and musicals. This is a fun night out for people of all ages!

Note: The taking of photographs and the recording of video are not allowed during the performance.

Location

2269 New Street, Burlington, ON L7R 1J4
Box Office: (905) 637-3979

Showtimes for “Legally Blonde: The Musical”

Evenings 8:00pm
November 1, 2, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, 30 (2019)

Matinees 2:00pm
November 10, 17, 24 (2019)

Showtimes for “Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs: Christmas Pantomime”

Evenings 7:00pm
December 13, 20 (2019)

Matinees 2:00pm
December 14, 15, 21, 22 (2019)

Showtimes for “40th Anniversary Drury Lane Music Hall”

Evenings 8:00pm
February 7, 8, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29 (2020)
March 5, 6, 7 (2020)

Matinees 2:00pm
February 16, 23, March 1, 8 (2020)

Showtimes for “The Last Resort”

Evenings 8:00pm
May 8, 9, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, 30 (2020)

Matinees 2:00pm
May 17, 24, 31 (2020)

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Lunch at The Coop Wicked Chicken

Our first stop of the second day was lunch at The Coop in downtown Burlington. Know for their “tasty as cluck” chicken, we were looking forward to trying out some dishes.

There were games you could play while waiting for your food to be prepared.

We ordered some deep fried tempura deviled eggs. Oh my, they were delicious!

The nachos had were great, with a lime aioli sauce drizzle.

Our main dish was a chicken slider with a side of fries, coleslaw, and mac’n’cheese bites.

Overall, the food was really good, and we would definitely go back again!

Location

370 Brant Street, Burlington, ON L7R 2E8
(289) 815-2667

Hours

Sunday to Wednesday 11:00am to 12:00am
Thursday to Saturday 11:00am to 2:00am

Experiencing ”Part of the Machine: Rock & Pinball” at Joseph Brant Museum

I remember dropping off the girls for Girl Guide events at Joseph Brant Museum in the Historic Brant House a few years ago. Since then, they built a beautiful new addition that opened in September 2019, with new galleries, workshop rooms, and a gift shop. The Historic Brant House is still there, and is currently being used for administration offices.

We were quite excited to experience the Canadian premiere of “Part of the Machine: Rock & Pinball” exhibit, on loan from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio. This is the first exhibit to appear in the new Showcase Gallery at the Joseph Brant Museum.

This is an interactive exhibit, and you are allowed to play the pinball games. We all picked a game and played.

I loved that hey had the electric chair from Alice Cooper’s stage performances…

And KISS’ drum kit.

We had a lot of fun exploring the exhibit. We also got to spend some time walking through the rest of the museum,, and seeing the history of Burlington and Joseph Brant.

Location

1240 North Shore Blvd East, Burlington, ON L7S 1C5
(905) 634-3556

Hours

The exhibition runs from October 6th to January 12th.

Admission

Entry to ”Part of the Machine: Rock & Pinball” is included in the cost of regular museum admission: $10/adult, $6/children, $8/senior/student, free for children under 3.

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Visiting the Botanical Train Display at Royal Botanical Gardens

Holiday traditions are alive at Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington!

Christmas decorations are up, the snow is on the ground, and families are enjoying the festivities!

Lots of crafts for sale at the shop – great gift ideas!

The Botanical Train Display is amazing! We have been to RBG before, but never to see the model trains.

This gigantic model train display has over seven tons of cedar slabs, 3000 pounds of rock, 250 feet of track, and several trains working their way around different paths. It is quite impressive!

The RBG Express is also a fun activity you can do with your family. You can schedule a ride to and from Santa’s Cabin as part of RBG’s North Pole Experience.

Location

680 Plains Road West, Burlington, ON L7T 4H4
(905) 527-1158

Hours

The Botanical Train Display is open daily from November 16th 2019 to January 5th, 2020.
Saturday to Monday 10:00am to 5:00pm; RBG Centre
Tuesday to Friday (November 19th to December 20th) 10:00am to 8:00pm; RBG Centre

Date restrictions apply: Unavailable after 5:00pm on November 28th and 29th. RBG is closed December 25th, 26th, and January 1st. Closing at 3:00pm December 24th and 31st. Closing 5:00pm December 27th, January 2nd and 3rd.

An Afternoon of Bowling at Splitsville

Splitsville is Burlington’s newest entertainment facility. I say entertainment, because they are more than just bowling. 24 lanes of bowling including VIP lanes with comfy seating, as well as an arcade area, laser tag, and fully licensed bar and lounge.

We had a fun afternoon of bowling planned.

The kids all had a great time. Many laughs were shared, a few strikes, lots of spares, and some quality family time.

Location

830 Laurentian Drive, Burlington, ON L7N 3V6
(905) 333-6570

Hours

Sunday to Thursday 11:00am to 12:00am
Friday 11:00am to 2:00am
Saturday 9:30am to 2:00am

Come Home 2 Burlington

We had an awesome weekend bonding as a family, doing fun activities, experiencing cool things, and indulging in some great food.

There is so much to see and in in Burlington. Pair that with a wonderful selection of restaurants, Burlington is the perfect place to enjoy a family staycation for those in the area. If you are from out of the area and want to stay in Burlington, there are a lot of hotels to choose from.

Visit tourismburlington.com to plan your next trip to Burlington. Stay in the know by subscribing to the Tourism Burlington blog and/or visitor newsletter. Enjoy your visit!

Cheers,
Big Daddy

If you would like me to review your product, service, restaurant, or travel destination, please send me an email at craig@bigdaddykreativ.ca or tweet me at @BigDaddyKreativ

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Craig Silva

Craig is a husband, a father, team leader, senior youth group coordinator, designer, brander, community builder, volunteer, blogger, and social media manager. Craig likes to go camping, travel, go on road trips, watch movies, read with his girls, build stuff, operate the grill, and play bass guitar. In June 2017, PR firm Cision identified Craig as one of Canada’s top 10 most popular male bloggers in the parents and family space. Known as Big Daddy Kreativ, his blog specializes in travel, lifestyle, food, automotive, events, parenting, movies, tech, recipes, health, pets, reviews, and giveaways.

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