Cool off by the water in Hamilton this summer with these three kid-approved swim, splash and slide destinations.

1. Binbrook Conservation Area

Help the fam burn off that pent-up energy at this fun packed conservation area.

This beautiful man-made lake offers plenty of swimming, splashing and sandy beach fun as well as wildlife spotting and walking trails.

But the highlight for kids here is definitely Fun Splash Sports Park. This huge inflatable water park is great for climbing, jumping and sliding.

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Let them play again at Treetop Trekking Hamilton where they can cross bridges built into a treetop canopy or zipline across a lake. There's lots of closer-to-the-ground adventures here for little explorers too.

2. Confederation Beach Park

A favourite with locals, this long stretch of Lake Ontario beachfront gives families room to stretch out. The paved Hamilton Beach Trail is perfect for strolling, bike rides or rollerblading.

After they've worked up an appetite, feed their hunger at Hutch's on the Beach. Families travel far for this iconic 1950s diner, serving up burgers, fish n' chips and huge ice cream cones!

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Adventure Village is ready to help families banish boredom with fun stuff kids like love mini-golf, batting cages, 'Krazy Kars' and outdoor laser tag.

3. More Beach Fun

Hamilton is blessed with several beaches thanks to surrounding Lake Ontario, fresh reservoirs and the Niagara Escarpment that cuts through the city.

Fifty Point Conservation Area, borders Niagara and has swimming access and a pretty marina. Christie Lake has a nice beach surrounded by forested trails and is conveniently located 15-minute drive from downtown. While Valens Conservation Area offers great beachfront swimming along with campsites.

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If your beach destination is Valens, one of Hamilton's most popular attractions, African Lion Safari, is minutes away. See thousands of exotic animals roaming free at this drive-through reserve.