Montreal Attractions for Families with Kids

There are many wonderful places to visit in Montreal, but not all are ideal for families. In this post, we look at some of the best Montreal attractions for families with kids.

ExpoRail Museum in Montreal

Families with kids will love the ExpoRail Museum in Montreal

1. Mont Royal

Parc du Mont Royal is a park that rises about 233 meters above the city. You can take a stroll through the park to see monuments of King George IV and Jacques Cartier among others. At the summit of the park, you will have a view of the panorama of the St. Lawrence River and Ile de Montreal. On days when the sky is clear, you’ll have the opportunity to see the Adirondack Mountains.

2. Parc Jean Drapeau

Parc Jean Drapeau is home to several family-oriented attractions. Here you will find the remnants of the 1967 world fair, the biosphere of the Expo 67 is now being used as a museum for ecological studies.

Other attractions at Parc Jean Drapeau are the Stewart Museum, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Bassin Olympique, and La Ronde Amusement Park.

3. Stroll the Old Quarter

Take a stroll to the Old Quarter along the Saint Lawrence River. While here you can have a family lunch at the Le Jardin Nelson and enjoy the sumptuous banana chocolate dessert. You can then go shopping for souvenirs at the numerous boutiques selling varied wares.

While still in the old quarter, you can visit the labyrinth where you will find a whimsical maze that takes you through a plastic mesh, slides, and bridges through tubes as you try finding your way to the exit.

4. Pointe-a-Calliere Museum

The Pointe-a-Calliere museum is a great stop, especially if you want your children to learn about the history of the city. The museum focuses on the early years of the city’s history focusing on the growth from the Iroquoian village it was to become a French colony and finally becoming the world-class city it is today.

5. Montreal Botanical Gardens

At the Montreal Botanical Gardens, you can begin your tour in the greenhouses and see the pitcher plants and Venus fly traps feeding on bugs and insects. At the desert section of the gardens, you will see different desert plants like the spiral begonias, barrel cacti, and saguaros among others.

While at the gardens ensure that you visit the insectariums to find scorpions and tarantulas. Here you will also get to see bees collecting pollen and taking it to their hives. Before you leave, you can visit the gift shop and enjoy a light meal of mealworms.

6. Exporail Museum

One North America’s top railway museums, Exporail boasts a huge collection of locomotives and rail cars from days gone by. There is a ton of stuff to amuse kids including a model railroad, outdoor garden railroad and trolley line. At the same time adults will be equally immersed in this superb museum. Allow at least half a day for your visit.

For detailed information on thse and more Montreal attractions for families visit our Montreal Trip Planner.

In this video Mark from Wolters World offers his usual frank advice about what is good and what is not so good in Montreal


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