Remember a couple weeks ago I shared how excited I was to go to New Brunswick, Canada? Well, I’m back and had an amazing time! The whole time I was there, I couldn’t wait to tell you about all the outstanding family friendly activities in New Brunswick!
Before I went, I didn’t know how much I was missing out on. The food, the views, the friendly people. Most of all, though, I didn’t realize how many family friendly activities there really were in New Brunswick. My friends who went before told me to expect beaches and lobster. Yes, New Brunswick has PLENTY of that, but I guess my neighbors just didn’t get to experience all the other amazing places that I went.
Family Vacation to New Brunswick: It’s More than Just Beaches and Lobster
Tourism New Brunswick planned a fabulous itinerary for me and my kids. Unfortunately, my husband couldn’t make the trip due to work commitments. Boy, was he envious of all our pictures and the stories of our fun! We visited the Bay of Fundy in New Brunswick and stopped in multiple cities during our tour.
I traveled with some amazing bloggers and their families: Tammi from MyOrganized Chaos, Nancy from Whispered Inspirations and Kristen from My 3 Little Kittens. I’ve never traveled in a group before, but let me tell you, it was the best experience ever. My kids had such a blast playing with their kids, and the adults had a great time connecting. As a work-at-home-mom, I find myself missing these adult get-togethers.
I have so many things to share and so many pictures to show but I have to start somewhere. I can’t possibly share everything in one post or it will be a novel! I thought I would start with this: If you were to visit the Bay of Fundy in New Brunswick with the kids, what should you do? So let’s get started. I am breaking down the activities by city so it will be easier for you to bookmark and organize your upcoming trip to New Brunswick. Because I am sure you will be organizing one VERY Soon.
13 Family Friendly Activities in New Brunswick
First stop: Moncton! We stayed at the Delta Beauséjour hotel. The service was very friendly and they have one of the best breakfasts I have ever tried in a hotel. The downtown is lovely and has loads of gorgeous restaurants with terraces to enjoy the fresh air. Fun family friendly activities include:
We didn’t get a chance to visit because we opted for a few of the other activities and couldn’t fit it in, but others in our group said it’s a must-see. Definitely on our list for the next visit! It’s a combination of the history of Moncton’s heritage and a very cool transportation museum.
This mid-size zoo is just right for the little ones. It had all their favourite animals: bears, llamas, tigers, horses. Kids will love feeding the llamas! I couldn’t get my daughter to leave the zoo. You can also ride the horses if you want!
What can I tell you about this? It is just beyond any words or explanation. We took the shuttle from the main gate to the rocks. We had a guide that was a judge on Amazing Race Canada. So he was beyond amazing and most of all: he kept the kids entertained and interested during the tour of the rocks.
The tour lasted around 1 hour where we learned about the rocks, low tide, high tide and where the kids got to visit some mini caves and throw some rocks in the water. Just make sure to have some extra change of clothes for the kids and an extra old pair of shoes because it gets muddy.
Shediac is renowned for its beach but we did not get the chance to visit it. We did, however, get to go on a Lobster Tales Excursion with Shediac Bay Cruises. The owner of the boat was a fisherman for 3o years, so he knew everything about lobster. The tour lasts 2 hours and we took it at 7 pm. I was kind of worried how I would entertain my 7 year old daughter and all the other 8 kids on the boat but the owner kept the kids entertained.
They got to fish lobster (or help with it), touch a lobster, eat it. Some kids even got to kiss the lobster! It was just amazing tasting such fresh lobster. The owner showed us how to eat a lobster correctly and I got the hang of it. It was beyond delicious and I highly recommend this tour. Besides helping with fishing, the kids got coloring pages and crayons which kept them busy.
This national park can accommodate campers, hikers and nature lovers. You can take a stroll, relax on the beach and eat some fresh sea food from the village across the way.
The kids collected LOTS of sea shells! It’s a great place to take a break from all the more regimented family friendly activities in New Brunswick and just relax together.
At Saint John, we stayed at the Saint John Hilton. It had a great view on the city market and of course amazing service per Hilton standards.
While you’re in Saint John, take a peek at the Reversing Rapids! They’re quite impressive! There’s a lot of science that goes into what causes them involving tides and underwater ledges. Learn more at their website or grab a Reversing Rapids rack card from your hotel.
Take a stroll along the Market square boardwalk and enjoy the music playing in the background. The market is open year round from Monday through Saturday. Grab some fresh local and international delicacies and sample something new with the kids.
This is another great family activity filled with treasures from New Brunswick’s rich history. You can organize a birthday party over there and learn about whales, birds and all kind of interesting things. The guide was amazing with the kids. The tour lasted long enough for the kids to be interested. It ended with crafts and refreshments. We even got the opportunity to see whale skeletons.
There are tons of things to do in Stonehammer Geopark, but one of the most amazing and must-see family friendly activities in New Brunswick is checking out the St. Martins sea caves. It is one of the wonders of the world (Merveilles du monde in French). Just make sure you take along an old pair of shoes, because it gets muddy!
You can see the caves at high tide and low tide. If I hadn’t seen it with my own eyes, I would not have believed it. At 2 pm, we could not walk to the caves because there was water blocking the entrance:
Then at 6 pm, the tide goes out and we could walk into the caves.
Just a few minutes away from the Sea Caves, you’ll find Fundy Trail Parkway. You can hike, walk or just drive over. Make sure to visit the waterfalls. They are very impressive. Here, the kids all entertained each other and challenged each other to a scavenger hunt of sorts. It’s another great relaxing stop on your whirlwind family vacation in New Brunswick.
At Saint Andrews we stayed at the Algonquin Resort. It is an amazing hotel with an indoor pool, slides, an outdoor pool. We had windows in our room that we could open. It was so nice to have the fresh breeze inside the room!
This was another one of our favourite activities during our family vacation in New Brunswick! The aquarium is very hands-on. I got the chance to touch a sea cucumber! The kids really got the full experience, touching stingrays, sea stars and so much more. Read my full review of Fundy Discovery Aquarium.
We saw how they feed sea lions and got to see one of the largest lobster caught. He was 27 pounds! Imagine cooking that! If you’re traveling with a group or from the area, you can even book a private party with the seals or have a slumber party in the aquarium!
Kingsbrae Garden is a beautiful garden filled with lovely flowers and trees. It was created by John and Lucinda Flemer to preserve the beauty of their family estate, which was an important part of the area’s history. The garden isn’t just a beautiful place to relax, it added important jobs to the community. It’s also a gathering place to admire and appreciate stunning art.
The kids had a great time playing a scavenger hunt game and feeding flowers with lady bugs. The grownups enjoyed checking out all the neat sculptures and spectacular views. Must-do events include the Live Ladybug Release and the Floral Carpet Ride. Kids will also enjoy the petting zoo!
This may have been one of my absolute favorite family friendly activities in New Brunswick of all because I got to enjoy a great time sailing! I even dozed a bit. What can I say, it was a very busy week! The view was absolutely spectacular and the crew from the Jolly Breeze Tall Ship was super friendly.
It is one of my favourite activities as I got to enjoy a great time on a sailing boat. I even dozed off a bit. The view was amazing, the crew from the We saw some whales and sea lions. The kids had the opportunity to touch a lobster again, do some face painting and even steer the boat. While the kids were enjoying all these activities, I was just enjoying the breeze and the relaxing time.
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Which of these great family friendly activities in New Brunswick would you love to try? Tell me in the comments!
This post is brought to you by SJ Consulting on behalf of Tourism New Brunswick. All opinions are mine.