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Fill your Day with Ontario’s Rides & Thrills
Treat the little ones and take them to Centerville Amusement Park on the Toronto Islands for a fun-filled day of thrilling rides, cute photo ops, casual grub, and afternoon picnics.
Whether they’re into riding teacups, swing boats, drop towers, or the miniature fire engines, they are sure to keep busy. There is also the “Sky Ride” that’ similar to a chairlift, it takes you from near the point of entrance to near St. Andrew’s Church and back.
Hop on the miniature trains of Lil Red Express and Lil Blue Express. With only five passenger cars, you’ll circle the farm and park grounds, and travel through a tunnel for an exciting journey the kids will love. Your littlest ones who are just getting into the spirit of it will have plenty to remember too.
You’ll also find standard theme park attractions like the Ferris wheel, a log flume, bumper boats and of course the things everyone enjoys, like a swimming pool, pony rides, and miniature golf.
History buffs will love the fact that there’s a distinct historical feel to the park. Its buildings are reminiscent of villages from the early 1900’s. There is also an 1870’s cast iron planter, which commemorates Queen Victoria’s birthday.
When tummies begin to growl walk over to the food spots and enjoy a slice of pizza by the pier or on the ferry dock. Adults can have a cold one or a refreshing cocktail at the Toronto Island Marina Bar with a laid-back atmosphere and scenic views.
If you’re in the mood for something in addition to the rides and games, then go to the eastern outskirts of Centreville and check out the Far Enough Farm. This fascinating farm allows you to get up close and personal with its residents like rabbits, goats, pigs, chickens, cows, ponies, emus, and peafowl.
Right outside of Toronto you’ll run into Lakeside Park Carousel in St. Catharines. It’s a perfect spot to bring the kids or even bring out your own inner child. The impressive part of this carousel is that it’s one of 350 antique hand-carved carousels in North America that is alive and kicking.
Just five cents a ride anyone? This vintage carousel has 68 animals like horses, lions, camels, goats, and giraffes to go with four chariots. Charles I.D. Looff is responsible for the hand-carving talent and also is the same man who built the first Coney Island carousel in New York.
Take a picture of the lion on the carousel. Why? Because he’s the only one in North America that has its head turned and ready for his photo opportunity. And if you happen to touch the horses’s tail and if it feels real, it’s because it is indeed real.
Experience your own wonderland as you’re serenaded by a timeless tradition—an antique Frati band organ that uses a system of paper music rolls. These are the kinds of family experiences that you’ll hold onto for a lifetime.
Centreville Amusement Park
Located on Centre Island, Centreville Amusement Park is set on more than 600 acres of land – and just a seven-minute ferry ride from downtown Toronto.
This summer-time park on Lake Ontario boasts a variety of rides for little ones and adults. Whether visiting Far Enough Farm or getting a thrill on the Toronto Island Monster Coaster, there's plenty to do for the whole family.
Kids love to ride the Centreville Train, Pony Express, and the Kiddie Boat. Families love the Touring Cars and the Centreville Ferris Wheel. Be prepared to get soaked on the Log Flume Ride, and glide across the lake on one of the life-like Swans.
To get to Centreville, take the Centre Island ferry from 9 Queens Quay in West Toronto.
Lakeside Park Carousel
Experience the carefree spirit of children, while connecting with the past in the southern Ontario city of St. Catharines. This wonderful city is home to the historical Lakeside Park Carousel, hand-carved in Brooklyn, NY between 1898 and 1905.
Pay the 1920s price of five cents and enjoy a wonderful ride on one of the sixty-eight animals, as it gently spins around. Choose one of the camels, horses, lions, giraffes, goats or four chariots for a fun carousel ride. If on one of the horses, be sure to look at its real horsehair tail.
This magnificent carousel is one of 350 hand carved carousels in operation in North America and one of nine still in operation in Canada. Consider having your next birthday party or celebration at the carousel, for a fun and unique venue. While in town, check into the wide range of nearby attractions and sites to round out your stay.