One of my favourite memories is visiting the Scenic Caves in Collingwood with my mom, brother and sister when I was about 14. I loved everything about it, so much to do and explore it truly was a memorable time. I enjoyed it so much that I knew I had to take my boys to experience it also and thanks to Amanda (Multi-Testing Mommy) I was able to do that.
So for those of you who don’t know, The Scenic Caves are located in Collingwood about 1.5 hours away from Toronto. It is a “self-guided” tour through 13 various caves along a trail. Basically, you are free to explore them at your own pace. On average it takes about 2 hours to do it, start to finish.
I went with my hubby, 8 year old and 20 month old. It was a little hard at times because it is not stroller friendly, but they do offer baby carriers for you to use during your visit. Of course, my toddler was having no part of the baby carrier and wanted to walk, run and climb everything. I did have to pay a lot of attention as I needed to make sure he was safe.
My oldest son LOVED going in and out of the various caves and learning about them. He looked at me when we were walking and said “Mommy this is like History we are learning, but without a teacher”. I smiled because that is what it is all about. He was actively engaged and wanting more as we were out exploring and having fun as a family.
After we did the caves we were lucky to be able to play some mini-golf, take a train ride, mine for gems, walk the suspension bridge, and of course check out the adventure playground. My toddler could not contain himself with excitement as we rode the train around the park, learning about the different wood pieces along the way. But his all time favourite part was riding the tractor down to the suspension bridge, we must have rode it at least six times, Frank the driver was super nice and even let Steven get a picture on the tractor.
The suspension bridge was SCARY! I am so not a fan of heights and the fact that it is 420 feet and it MOVES when on it, I was clinging for dear life at certain times. But the boys loved running and swaying it as their mother who looked like she as going to cry. I am happy to say I walked all the way across and then back, but I don’t know if I would ever do it again.
We are already planning our next trip as my 8 year old would love to ride the zip lines. He still is not old enough, so we weren’t able to try them this time around. I am hoping Daddy will go with him when he is able, as I don’t know if my heart would be able to take it.
The Scenic Caves in Collingwood are a great family outing. There is so much to do, with lots of things geared to all different ages and levels, it is sure to please all. But, remember if you are going the one mandatory thing is you MUST wear sneakers that have closed toes. If you show up and don’t have this they will refuse you access to the caves. Safety is most important and with rocky and slippery surfaces it is better to be safe than sorry.