Prince Edward Island is home to breathtaking natural vistas, mouthwatering homegrown cuisine, and a bounty of fun family adventures. Whether you’re splashing at the beach, slurping on an ice cream cone, or racing down a roller coaster, these 13 things to do with your kids will guarantee the best family vacation ever.
1. Slurp Down a Scoop of Canada’s Best Ice Cream
With whimsical T-shirts and merchandise to laugh at, a free self-guided tour of the production areas available, and Canada’s best ice cream at your fingertips, the COWS Creamery in Charlottetown is the perfect place for family fun.
2. Take the SEAnic Route
The ferry was once the only way to access PEI and some say it still is! With fresh food, live music, COWS Ice Cream, and the most spectacular ocean views of the Northumberland Strait as your backdrop, the journey to PEI becomes half the fun.
3. Spend a Day on the Slides
Shining Waters in Cavendish is home to thrilling roller coasters, winding forest trails, fun children’s rides and fast-paced water slides. With small and large rides, this family fun fair is a perfect adventure for children of all ages.
4. Get Wet and Wild
If you’re a family of adrenaline junkies… get your fix out on the Summerside Harbour. Off the Wallz Splash Park features a large inflatable obstacle course – and it’s all on the water. Ignite that competitive rivalry with your family and see who can conquer the course first!
5. Test Your Willpower
Tucked in the town of Kensington, the Haunted Mansion is a fun and interactive experience, and with options to bypass certain areas it will satisfy everyone’s thrill level! Test your willpower and see just how adventurous your spirit really is.
6. Fall in Love With Island Theatre
Whether you’re falling in love with headstrong and stubborn Anne of Green Gables or dancing along with the high-energy Young Company at their free noon-time spectacle, the Confederation Centre of the Arts is the best place to enjoy world-class theatre.
7. Hit the Rides
Sandspit Amusement Park is the perfect destination in Cavendish for family thrill-seekers. Test out local favourite the Cyclone roller coaster or overlook the park in the 70 ft Ferris Wheel. If you’re seeking speed, race down the half-kilometre go-kart track!
8. Explore All Things Anne
If you’re a family of Anne Lovers, there are plenty of activities to enjoy. Traipse up through the Haunted Woods to explore the famous homestead at Green Gables or stroll along the glimmering Lake of Shining Waters located near the Anne of Green Gables Museum in Park Corner. Make sure to visit Avonlea Village to experience the novel coming alive with toe tapping live local music, mouthwatering homegrown cuisine, and a multitude of heritage buildings for you to explore.
9. Spend a Night With Nature
Immerse yourself in Prince Edward Island’s beautiful nature by taking the kids camping! There are plenty of campgrounds located throughout the Island so you can pick the perfect one to suit your family. Visit local favourite Marco Polo Land for fun interactive activities like a petting farm and evening hay rides. If you’re looking to hit the beach, check out Twin Shores Camping Area located on the gorgeous Thunder Cove Beach.
10. Have Your Own Adventure
With potato themed mini golf, laser tag, and a haunted motel to explore, the brand new Cavendish Beach Adventure Zone is a must-do for fast-paced fun! If non-stop action isn’t your thing, visit the Ripley’s Believe it or Not in Mariner’s Cove to explore exotic primitive items, mind-boggling visual illusions, and a fascinating array of the most unusual and weird stuff in all of Cavendish Beach.
11. Pose with your loved ones
Getting a photo taken at Grandpa’s Antique Photo Studio is a fun way to make your vacation memories last forever. They have thousands of vintage costumes, hats and props, ensuring that everyone will want their own copy!
12. Witness the Magic Unfold
The Toy Factory began as a grandfather’s workshop in 1972. Today the wooden toys are still made by hand, one-at-a-time. Stop in and play-test hundreds of toys in store or visit the toy-making workshop to witness the magic being made firsthand.
13. Hit the Beach
Of course, you can’t visit PEI without a beach day! Prince Edward Island is the ideal beach destination with more than 800km of beaches along its 1,100km of shoreline. It’s the perfect place to relax, splash, and kick back!