True North Family blogger Stephanie and her family of four visited Hamilton to experience the city’s many family-friendly attractions. Follow along as they get up close to lions, planes, and the ‘most delicious fries’ and find out if their getaway was in fact kid-approved.
Our family spent three days in Hamilton, Ontario for a fun filled and made some incredible memories! “The City of Waterfalls” as some call it, is located less than an hour outside of Toronto, making it an easy day trip or weekend getaway! As one of the oldest cities in Canada, there is a lot of history to discover, and with that history comes some pretty unique gems. We’re excited to share our experience with you, and we hope it inspires you to visit this beautiful city as well!
Disclosure: We were generously hosted by Tourism Hamilton so that we could share this wonderful experience with you! As always, our opinions are entirely our own and the experiences we participated in align with our family lifestyle.
- Learning through play at the Hamilton Children’s Museum
- Making friends, enjoying delicious eats, and tasty drinks at Merit Brewery
- Getting up close and personal with exotic animals at African Lion Safari
- Touring the Canadian Warplane Museum and seeing an Arvo Lancaster take-off
- Room service & pool time at the Sheraton Hotel
Where to Stay
The Sheraton Hamilton Hotel is centrally located in the heart of downtown and within walking distance to trendy James Street North. Attached to the hotel via the lobby is Jackson Square, an indoor mall making it convenient to pick up groceries or other supplies during your stay. We were welcomed by friendly faces, a lovely basket of goodies, and a beautiful view on the 15th floor. The beds were incredibly comfortable and the pool was certainly a highlight for our family!
Getting Wild at African Lion Safari
On our second day in Hamilton, we woke to a beautiful blue sky, sunshine, and an incredible view of downtown and Lake Ontario from our hotel window. Since our family traveled from British Columbia to Ontario this past winter, we’ve been looking forward to visiting the African Lion Safari ever since, so we didn’t delay! We arrived as the gates opened on the first official day of the season! African Lion Safari is a drive-through wildlife park dedicated to the conservation of declining wildlife species. It is home to over 1,000 exotic birds and animals that roam freely throughout seven distinct game reserves. Because we didn’t quite know what to expect or where to start, we decided to take the one-hour, guided Safari Bus Tour through the reserves.