Exploring Fun Family Attractions in Waterloo Region

Exploring Fun Family Attractions in Waterloo Region
06 Dec 2022

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Waterloo Region is a beautiful place to visit, with plenty of things to see and do. This area is home to tons of great attractions, both indoor and outdoor. You can explore the region’s history and culture, or get active and enjoy the great outdoors. And there’s no shortage of delicious food options either! Whether you are a nature lover or history buff, there is something for everyone in this region.

Here are some of the top attractions in Waterloo Region:

Castle Kilbride

Castle Kilbride is a beautiful example of Victorian architecture, located just west of Waterloo in Wilmot Township. The castle was built in 1877 by James Livingston, “The Flax and Linseed Oil King of Canada”, who contracted artist Henry Scharstein to paint the interior. In 1985, Castle Kilbride has the distinction of being the first structure given a heritage designation in the Township of Wilmot, and was named a National Historic Site in 1994/1995. The beautiful home is surrounded by lush gardens, making it a popular spot for weddings and other special events.


Castle Kilbride is located at 60 Snyder’s Road West in Baden.


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In Kitchener, Bingemans is the place to go for family fun. With the award-winning Big Splash waterpark, FunworX indoor playland, Kingpin Bowlounge bowling alley, Hole In Fun mini golf course, Axe Throwing, EscapeworX escape room, there’s something for everyone at Bingemans. You can even camp on site at Bingemans Camping Resort. And don’t forget about their famous Oktoberfest celebration – it’s the biggest in North America!

Whether you’re looking for a day of fun or a weekend getaway, Bingemans is the perfect spot.


Bingemans is located at 425 Bingemans Centre Drive in Kitchener.

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St. Jacobs & Aberfoyle Model Railway

The St. Jacobs & Aberfoyle Model Railway features a beautiful O scale model railway depicting Southern Ontario in the late 1950s. The railway is located in the historic Market Building in downtown St. Jacobs and is open to the public year-round.

This hand-built railway features many different kinds of trains, including freight trains and passenger trains, and represents both Canadian Pacific and Canadian National railways.

The St. Jacobs & Aberfoyle Model Railway is a must-see for any train enthusiast!


The St. Jacobs & Aberfoyle Model Railway is located at 1440 King Street North Building 3 in St. Jacobs.


THEMUSEUM is a vibrant, multi-disciplinary cultural hub that features exhibitions and programming in art, culture, science, and technology. This unique museum is located in the heart of downtown Kitchener, within walking distance of many restaurants and shops, and offers a wide variety of exhibitions and programs that are sure to interest visitors of all ages. THEMUSEUM also offers a variety of educational programs, camps, and workshops for children and adults.

Whether you’re looking to learn something new or just have some fun, be sure to check out THEMUSEUM in Kitchener!


THEMUSEUM is located at 10 King Street West in Kitchener.

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St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market

St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market is a weekly market held every Wednesday in the town of St. Jacobs, Ontario. The market features fresh produce, meats and cheeses, and baked goods. And if you’re looking for a souvenir or two, there are plenty of local vendors selling their wares and handmade crafts. Visitors can also find prepared foods, flowers, and more. There is something for everyone at the St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market!

The market is open year-round: Thursdays 8:00am to 3:00pm, Saturdays 7:00am to 3:30pm.


St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market is located at 878 Weber Street North in Woolwich. ree and accessible parking available.

West Montrose Covered Bridge – “Kissing Bridge”

Built in 1881, the West Montrose Covered Bridge is just over 200 feet in length and spans the Grand River in Waterloo Region. The original design included a hybrid Queen Post – Howe timber configuration, built entirely of wood. Between 1900 and 2013, several restoration projects were completed that included roof repairs, adding concrete and steel parts, and floor beam replacement.

Ontario’s last remaining covered bridge has been featured in many movies, with its red-painted wood paneling and shingled gable roof. Fans of the 2017 remake of “IT“ may recognize this as the location where Richie Tozier carved “R+E” on the fence, just outside of the bridge.


The West Montrose Covered Bridge is located at 1 Covered Bridge Drive in West Montrose.

Explore Waterloo Region

Waterloo Region is a great place to visit, with plenty of things to do for tourists of all ages. From the scenic beauty of the Grand River valley and the rolling hills of Woolwich Township to charming small towns like Elmira and St. Jacobs, there’s something for everyone in this picturesque corner of Ontario. If you enjoy spending time outdoors, you’ll find plenty of parks, trails, and nature reserves to explore.

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And if you need a place to stay, check out the DoubleTree by Hilton Kitchener. It’s close to the highway and centrally located, so you are not far from anywhere in Waterloo Region.

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