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Montreal is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Canada. The primary language you’ll hear is French, though English is widely accepted. Montreal has a long list of tourist attractions. Luckily, many of these attractions are sure to entertain those of us with tweens. Below are some of the best places to visit in Montreal for parents with kids this age.
Zip Along the Old Port
If your family is into adventurous excursions, you should consider taking a ride on the zipline in the Old Port of Montreal. This zipline is a first in Canada. You climb up an 85 foot-tall tower and then get geared up for an exhilarating zipline experience. This activity sends you on a 1,200-foot zipline that allows you to soak in the spectacular views of Montreal.
The cool thing about this zipline is that two people can do it side by side. It only takes 30 minutes to complete, and it should appeal to thrill-seekers of all ages. It’s a safe, family-friendly activity, and you’ll receive a complimentary photo of your adventure as a souvenir.
Meet the Animals at the Biodome
I think we can agree that regardless of one’s age – animals are always a big hit. The Montreal Biodome incorporates an indoor replica of our natural world. You can walk through various biospheres and check out the different species that live within each dome.
Some of the habitats you can expect to encounter are a tropical rainforest, an Arctic polar area, the Laurentian forest, as well as the St Lawrence marine ecosystem. You can view over 300 animal species at the Biodome, along with 750 plant species. Some fascinating animals to look out for include lynxes, beavers, and penguins, as well as various types of birds.
The Biodome is a decent size, and full of new views, so it shouldn’t bore your tweens too quickly! If you need a vehicle to get around, you should think about hiring one. Globe Car & Truck Rental mentions how easy it is to rent a car in 2 minutes in the city.
Interested in other animal attractions? We love the Toronto Zoo! ~J
Experience the Thrill at La Ronde Amusement Park
We know that kids adore amusement parks. So, make sure you visit this exciting landmark on your Montreal trip. The La Ronde amusement park forms part of Six Flags and sits on a small island named Île Sainte-Hélène, near downtown Montreal.
La Ronde features roller coasters for daredevils of all ages. There’s the intense Slingshot ride, which throws you a whopping 245 feet into the sky. There’s also the Vampire that’s a roller coaster that goes backward.
For the more timid tweens, there’s plenty of low-key rides as well. The ever-popular bumper cars and Ferris wheel are available as well, which makes for an all-round family experience.
Attend a Festival
Montreal is known as a city of festivals. If you can only choose one, then take your family on an outing to the Cirque du Soleil for an unforgettable show. The Cirque du Soleil was born in Montreal and continues to set the bar for the art scene.
Family members of all ages will be awed by the incredible acrobatics, choreography, and showstopping stunts of this sensational show. If you happen to visit Montreal in July, expect all the stops. July is when the city hosts its annual Montreal Cirque Festival, an international event that focuses on circus performances. You can view up to seven other touring circus acts from well-known companies like Cirque Cavalia, Cirque Corteo, and Cirque Eloize.
While it may be tough traveling the world with unpredictable tweens, it’s not impossible. Make sure you do your homework before visiting new cities and set up a precise itinerary to accommodate all your family members. Try your best to visit the best places in Montreal when you get the chance!
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I have not yet taken the girls on a tourist trip to Montreal. We fly out of the airport there for our vacations, but I think they are old enough now to appreciate the history of the Old Port, and walk for ages (which it what I love doing when visiting cities.)
Related: How to survive travelling with kids and tweens
What is your favourite tourist spot in Montreal – with or without tweens? We’re starting a bucket list of places to visit, and what to do there, so leave your suggestions in the comments!
Those all sound like fun attractions my boys would really enjoy. I had two that ziplined with their father over Niagara Falls. I was content to watch and take photos not really enjoying heights.
I’ve never ziplined – over Niagara Falls sounds amazing! I am also the picture taker as well, so that would be a tough choice. Thanks for the comment Joanne!