Centreville is a small amusement park located a short ferry ride from the hustle and bustle of downtown Toronto.
My husband and I were born and raised in Toronto and have fond memories of Centreville. It’s a day trip many local families make each summer.
Located on Centre Island, the Toronto Ferry Docks is the only way to get to Centreville.
Family Fun at Centreville
Last weekend was our kids’ first visit to Centreville.
My husband and I were curious how they would like Centreville as their only visits to an amusement park have been Walt Disney World. Yes, a very noticeable difference in size and scale.
As soon as we boarded the ferry we could tell how excited they were.
Our 2 year old probably could have called it a day after riding the ferry. He kept shouting “More!” and was tearing up as we left the boat and walked towards Centreville from the dock. Our daughter kept asking “How much longer until we see the rides?”
As soon as they came into sight – five minutes of walking and pushing strollers – it was game over.
We went on every ride they were allowed on. Swans, boats, carousel, cars, trains, fire engines x 3!
After a short lunch break, we headed over to Far Enough Farm to visit the animals.
We saw some cute piglets, sheep, hairy chickens, and donkeys.
Surprise! A peacock sitting in a tree squawking at us as we walked past.
Then it was back on the rides and a few games. Thank goodness for the “prize every time” games!
Why Visit Centreville Amusement Park
With over 30 rides and attractions, it is very manageable to see and do everything within a few hours – which is all you have when you have young children and a nap schedule to work around.
Many of the rides are geared towards younger children and are great for those just learning how to ride by themselves. We were amazed how much our 2 year old wanted to do on his own without us or his sister.
Centre Island itself is very big. Besides Centreville, there are many things families can do on the island.
There are bike trails, several beaches and tons of picnic space. During summer months, bikes and boats are available for rent and the beaches are supervised in July and August.
Many families on the ferry ride over with us brought full sized coolers, portable grills and beach toys with them.
Our kids loved their first visit to Centreville and Centre Island.
The day was just as nostalgic for my husband and I as it was enjoyable for them. Seeing the swans, antique cars, touring cars and fire engine rides brought back fond childhood memories and we’re hoping to make another visit later this summer.
A Few Tips For Your Family
1. Get There Early
Centreville is open 7 days a week until September 2nd (after that it will be open weekends for the remainder of the month) and weekends are the busiest days.
We were near the front of the line around 10:30am on a Saturday morning. By the time we left Centre Island around 3PM the line up to board the ferry extended all the way back to the street – about a block long!
2. Spend as Little or as Much as You Want
There is no admission to Centreville itself so you can spend as little or as much as you want. Ride tickets are available for purchase in sheets (sheets of 10 or 65) and all day ride passes (individual or family of 4) are available for families who can’t get enough of them like us.
3. Pack Snacks and Drinks
While there are many family friendly dining options at Centreville including Pizza Pizza, Shopsy’s and Funnel Cake, bringing your own food into the park is allowed. If you are visiting with little ones consider packing a few drinks and snacks in your bag or backpack.
Centreville is great for families looking for a fun and relaxing day trip without having to drive for hours.
If you want to know what the kids thought, this pretty much sums it up – “This was one of the best days of my life. Why didn’t you bring me here when I was 2 like my brother?” (our 5 year old daughter Miss L).
*This post was generously sponsored by Centreville, but the opinions and images are my own. For more information, visit www.centreisland.ca