Day Tripping In NB With Kids
For the past 4 summers we have been doing many day trips from our home in Moncton, NB. With two children that are almost 10 years apart in age, we have tried to find adventures that are interesting for both boys. While some trips have been the entire family, many have been just myself and the kids, while hubby is working. Keeping this in mind, many of the day trips are doable with one adult and a couple children.
My oldest is into history and anything military, so museums and historic sites are certainly his favourite. With the youngest, having been a baby up to only 4 now, we have tried to keep the museums smaller and the historic sites safe for him to run around.
This summer we will explore new areas and revisit some of our favourites. Follow along as we do. I will be adding links to this list as we visit each area of the province, as well as adding day tripping ideas for PEI and NS.
South Eastern NB Region:
- Cape Jourimain Nature Center, Bayfield, NB
Looking for a beautiful view, eco friendly site, walking trails and educational experience for the family? Cape Jourimain is such a gem. We only discovered it in the past few years and have visited 3 times. Read more about it here.
- Fort Beausejour, Aulac, NB
Fort Beausejour is one of our regular summer day trips. We buy a season pass for our family each year. It is the perfect place to pack up a picnic lunch, take the kites and enjoy the breeze (especially on the hot humid days).
- Waterfowl Park & Trail, Sackville, NB
The Sackville Waterfowl park and trail is a nice stop and beautiful walk for those who want a quiet walk through nature. There are trails, boardwalks and lots of waterfowl. It is a nice ans easy walk to learn about the waterfowl habitat as well.
- Fundy Trail Parkway, Salmon River, NB
The Fundy Trail Parkway and Beach and Caves at St. Martin's can make a fun day trip from most areas of New Brunswick and even north western Nova Scotia. We are planning a visit here again this summer and look forward to exploring the shores at low tide.
- Fundy Trail Parkway, Salmon River, NB
- Beach & Caves, St. Martins, NB
If you are looking for a place to relax and enjoy the sounds of the ocean, the beach in St. Martin's is the perfect spot. Grab an icecream or a meal at the restaurant right on the beach. At low tide, check out the caves along the cliff next to the beack.
- Fundy Park (trails and activities)
Fundy National Park is a wonderful spot to go for a swim at the lake, in the ocean or the salt water pool. Exploring the beaches is our favourite part. There are waterfalls & hiking trails for all skill levels. Stop and enjoy the large playground or the golf course near the Alma entrance to the park. There are camping spots available as well as a motel and cottages to rent (we stayed in the cottages one year and it was a great family getaway).
- Hopewell Rocks, Hopewell Cape, NB (See our day trip here)
The Hopewell Rocks are a well known tourist location and exceptionally fun place to visit. Click the link above to read all about it and see some of our pics.
Saint John Region:
If you have the opportunity to visit Saint John, remember there is a large indoor pedway system connecting several buildings in the uptown area. From the Hilton hotel through Market Square, City Hall, to Harbour Station or on through Brunswick Square and the City Market, it is all accessible inside the pedway system.
If you can be in Saint John long enough to see the tides come in and go out, you will see the "reversing" of the falls. Reversing Falls can be seen from a couple viewpoints, but Falls view Park (off Douglas Ave) is the best viewpoint to experience the sights and sounds.
The Saint John City Market is a must see, even if you simply walk through from the pedway system. Be sure to walk out the top of the market and stroll across the street to visit King's Square. The Capitol Theatre, Fire Hall and Loyalist Graveyard are all on the perimeter of the square and worth having a look at.
St. Andrews Region:
We have done a few day trips to St. Andrews over the years. Last year was the most "action" packed. We went to Huntsman Marine Science Center, the Block House, Park for a picnic lunch and then Kingsbrae Gardens. It was a lovely day trip from Moncton, filling the day with activities. St. Andrew's is a 2.5 hour drive from Moncton, 1 Hour from Saint John, and 1.5 to 2 hours from Fredericton depending on the route you take.
If you plan to go whale watching, you will use up most of your day with that activity. It is best to check ahead with the various companies for schedules and rates. Some are more child friendly than others. We did decide on one visit that we would take out older son whale watching, without planning ahead. There is the possibility to get a walk in seat but alway try to plan ahead if you have your heart set on going.
St. Andrews is a beautiful little town with parks and playgrounds, gift shops and historical charm.
- Block House, St. Andrews, NB (National Historic Site)
- Centennial Park, St. Andrews, NB
Across the street from the Block House. We enjoyed the picnic area and a chance to stroll and stretch our legs when we arrived in St. Andrews on our day trip. Lots of space to run and play and a little pathway around the park.
- Whale Watching
Watch for more adventures in New Brunswick and other Atlantic Canadian Provinces coming soon. We will share our personal adventures and links to more places that are family friendly, affordable and fun!