“Let’s go and shoot some fall photos” a friend asked a week ago. With my camera freshly returned from being repaired I was itching to run it through it’s paces; spending some time outdoors in the fall weather sounded like a fantastic plan. Although Southern Ontario has plenty of spots to catch the trees turn colour, we decided to explore a part of the province that we don’t normally get to see. We headed to “Grey County“, an area that covers Mt. Forrest to Georgian Bay, and take the “Beaver Valley” driving route that we found on the Grey County tourism site.
It’s been a long time since I’ve been to Storybook Gardens. I remember my parents taking me when I was just a wee lad, and now that I’m all grown up I thought I’d see whether my own kids would enjoy something from my childhood. Nestled within the picturesque Springbank park, this London, Ontario attraction has plenty of affordable rides to keep the little ones active. Adult admission is $7.50; children 2-17 years $7.50 and a family pass is $28. Ride tickets are $2.00 and if you really want to tire out your youngsters, grab an unlimited attraction wristband for $12.
Out of all the rides my kids enjoyed, the push pedal cars was a particular favorite. My son didn’t want to leave the track and kept going around and around.
A large banana slide, merry-go-round and an elephant ride, but one of my son’s favourite attractions was an area with just large foam blocks to stack.
If Pirate Cove isn’t the best area of Story Book Gardens, it’s up there. This area has 3 pirate ship themed areas where kids can climb, slide and explore; it also has a huge cable/rope course my daughter kept going from one end to another. No doubt that other kids were having a great time while parents relaxed in the shade knowing that the ride home will be a quite one.
Not only are there plenty of rides to keep the kids happy, there are plenty of green spaces where you can hold a picnic or just get some quiet time in amongst some of the Canadian Geese that also frequent the park.
Just outside of the Storybook Gardens you can enjoy a miniature train and a merry-go-round and not have to worry about paying the full administration price.
Not much more to say; this is a fantastic amusement area of young kids at a much more affordable price than Canada’s Wonderland. From the Kitchener/Waterloo area Storybook Gardens is only an hour drive away – much more convenient than going into Toronto and with a lot less traffic.