So you love Waterloo and Victoria Park, but you’re looking for something a little different. When the holidays approach, you may even have a few weeks off. If you’re travelling to Hawaii or some other tropical destination, we salute you! However, throughout the year, it usually makes more sense to take quick day trips. Luckily, there are plenty of great destinations in the area!
Day Trips from Waterloo Region
○For rural, small town vibes, a fantastic market, and plenty of mennonite culture, head to St. Jacobs! Avoid long car rides with this gorgeous destination, just 15-20 minutes outside KW. The Factory Outlet, Flea Market, and Farmers Market provide plenty of shopping. Take a tour in a horse drawn buggy, do some shopping, and take in a play at one of the local theatres.
○Obviously, the destination here is the Niagara Falls. However, there are plenty of things to do beyond that! An IMAX theatre and a casino offer indoor activities, while a zipline has recently been added at the falls for thrill seekers. For those seeking a more relaxed visit, take a tour on the maid of the mist to get up close to these beautiful falls! Niagara is also home to plenty of wine country, perfect for the wine tasting tour of your dreams. Finally, animal lovers won’t want to miss the Niagara Bird Kingdom, which is now the largest free flying indoor aviary in the world.
○This is so painfully obvious it almost wasn’t worth putting on the list. But, with the multitude of amazing things to see and do in Toronto, we couldn’t leave it out! This city has day trips galore. Visit the hipster streets of the Kensington market, take in a comedy performance at Second City, or come watch the Blue Jays play in their home town. Plus: Toronto Island! For a great resource to help you decide what to eat and where to go while in the big city, check out BlogTO.
○Stratford is another beautiful town not far from Waterloo. The main reason to visit Stratford is for the plays! The calibre of plays put on here is unmatched, and the city is famous for them. For a full list of upcoming performances, check here. Plus, if you’re heading to Stratford in the summer, chances are you’ll catch the four week long summer music festival! This is running from July 17th to August 27th this year (2017).
If you’re able to take a 3 day weekend or even a week, consider New York, Montreal, Chicago, or Ottawa! These big cities speak for themselves. Visit parliament buildings and museums in Ottawa, or grab a bagel and a broadway show in New York. Check out the vibrant nightlife in Montreal, or escape to the quieter, beautiful rural towns in the surrounding area. Plan your whole trip in Chicago with this brilliant website. No matter where you choose, you’re sure to have a fantastic getaway!