Santa's Village 2017
We had such a fun day at Santa's Village in Bracebridge, Ontario!
I had never been but have heard how great it is for toddlers and wanted to take my son this summer. My son is 2 and I heard it is perfect for his age.
The drive to the park is beautiful! Weaving through cottage roads and then you arrive in this beautiful wooded cottagey spot. Lots of parking available and it was a Saturday of the summer! The campground looks so cute with all these adorable wooden cabins I would love to try it one day.
The entrance to the park is very cute and very Christmasy as expected. If you buy tickets ahead of time you do not have to wait in the ticket line (helpful hint). At the entrance are a bunch of cute areas to take photos with your family and a cute playground with a super fast slide my son was obsessed! My husband somehow squeezed down it with him and it was hilarious to watch.
The park is not to large which is perfect for walking around with a toddler. This place is not only geared towards toddlers however there is plenty of fun for older kids as well. They have an awesome looking sportsland, roller coasters (new one put in this year), beach and splash pad which we didnt get to see on this trip but I know when my son is a little older he will love! The sportsland especially will be so fun with ziplining and go karts my son wanted to go on one so bad!
The first thing we went on were the swam boats. My son has never been on a ride before so we just wanted to start out small and see how he felt. Since we do cottage a lot I knew he would like this. It is literally a paddle boat in the shape of a swam that you get to paddle around a little pond. He loved it and my husband, son and myself fit in one swan.
We decided to kick things up a notch after this as across from the swan pond are 3 rides aimed at toddlers. The first was a carousel and my son loved it! It was so adorable to watch and my husband who was to tall for the ride was a champ and hunched over behind him. It was really cute to see him go on his first ride and I am so glad he wasn't scared and didn't cry. He was ready for more!
The second ride was an airplane. It went pretty fast in circles and you could pull on the steering wheel to move the plane up or down. This was definitely my sons favourite ride of the day! He wanted to go again and again. It was again hilarious watching my husband squish his huge legs into the plane beside my son. A lady next to me commented that my husband looked more excited to ride the plane then my son haha she was probably right!
If you are wondering why I didn't go on these rides I get very motion sick especially on anything spinning. It would not be a pretty sight!
After this we went and played a little duck game where you had to pick up the little ducks floating around and once you find one with a blue sticker you get to take home this squeaky duck toy my son is obsessed with! It was cute it costs $4 to play but you are guaranteed a toy and at least 5 minutes of fun for your toddler trying to pick up the floating ducks.
The ride right beside this is a big boat shaped like santas sleigh which takes a large group on a cruise around the river. I hear it is very fun to go on however we just decided not to line up for this ride as it would've taken a while and we go on boat rides all the time. We moved on the the tree ornament ferris wheel which was so fun with really pretty views.
Just around the corner is Santa's Square which is where you can meet Santa in his house, see his reindeer, eat yummy beaver tails, and also ride the candy can express which is a little train which takes you on a tour around the park. We visited with the reindeer who came right up to us (you can purchase feed) and my son loves to feed animals we go to the zoo often.
We then went on the train which was so fun and beautiful to see the whole park and the cute little scenes they have set up for kids to view.
Fun Fact about the location of the Santa's Village it is located halfway between the North Pole and the equator. You can even see Santa riding around in a golf cart talking to children and taking photo's.
Overall we spent about 4 hours at the park and had a blast! We didn't take in everything there is to offer but will definitely be returning! It exceeded my expectations and should definitely be a stop on every families summer bucket list!