Check out a variety of food trucks, drive-in concerts, beautiful parks, waterfalls, museums, and conservation areas as well as unique interactive animal experiences this summer in Hamilton.
For fun family activities to do every weekend, see Things to do this weekend in Hamilton.
**All indoor attractions will open by end of July when Ontario moves to Stage 3 of the reopening plan.**
Events and Festivals
Dinos & Friends Drive Thru
Journey back to prehistoric times and see a herd of animatronic dinos. During the drive-thru experience, guests are guided by engaging and informative digital audio which is transmitted through your car radio. Details
June 19 – July 4, 2021
The outdoor rink at Hamilton waterfront is open. Skate rentals will resume from June 30th. Details
Open Streets on Baraton
Safely dine, shop, listen to live music, and play on Barton Street during Open Streets on Barton. Details
Saturday, July 3, 2021 | 11:30 AM – 8:00 PM
August 7 & September 4, 2021
The Supie program offers free drop-in and reservation-based recreation programs during the summer for children at neighbourhood park locations across the city. Programs may include a combination of staff-led and self-directed activities you can do with members of your household. Details
July 5 to August 27, 2021
Join the Manorun Organic Farm for a delectable multi-course dinner prepared by Chef Ken using seasonal Manorun herbs, grains, vegetables and pasture-raised meats. Details
July 9 & 30, August 20, 2021 | 6:00 PM until the stars come out
See hundreds of thousands of sunflowers spread across gently rolling hills, nestled at the back of a picturesque family farm. Details
Friday – Sunday, July 30 – August 15 & Monday, August 2, 2021 | 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Hamilton Fringe Festival
From July 14-25, 2021 the Hamilton Fringe Festival will share the biggest offering of unabashed and unjuried theatre produced in Hamilton. Offered online or live-at-a-distance, there will be something for everyone in the family in every genre. Details
July 14 – 25, 2021
Downtown Hamilton Ghost Walks
Hear some of Downtown Hamilton’s best ghost stories. The walk stops at landmarks like the Royal Connaught, Right House, Hamilton Place, St. Paul’s Church, and the Gothic Pigott Building. Details
select days in July & August (more dates will be added)
See Theodore Too
The Theodore TOO Tugboat, a reproduction of the original TV character Theodore Tugboat from the beloved CBC series “Theodore Tugboat”, is going to be a Hamilton native. See him at Hamilton Port. Details
July 16 (tentative)
Enjoy award-winning, authentic southern BBQ and classic festival treats.
July & August
- July 23 – 25, 2021 @ Ancaster Fairgrounds
- August 6 – 8, 2021 @ Brantford & District Civic Centre, Brantford
- August 20 – 22, 2021 @ McMaster Innovation Park, Hamilton
Brott Summer Music Festival
This summer, enjoy three unique drive-in concerts at Ancaster Fairgrounds. The live performances will be projected onto the big screen while you watch from the safety and comfort of your vehicle. Details
July 15, 22 & 30, 2021
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Tee Off For Mental Health
Tee Off for Mental Health is a golf fundraiser in support of the Canadian Mental Health Association Hamilton. Join the event to raise awareness and funds for CMHA all while having a great day on the links! Details
Saturday, July 24, 2021
Get a behind-the-scenes peek at the operations of many of the farms in Hamilton and the surrounding area.
Hamilton’s Dark History Tour
Hear dark and violent stories from Hamilton’s history during the Dark History Tour. Details
select days in July (more dates will be added)
Music on the Waterfront
Grab a blanket and listen to live music at the Hamilton Waterfront on Thursdays in the summer. Details
Thursdays, July 29 – September 2, 2021 | 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Hamilton Greek Fest
Enjoy the taste of Greece at the Hamilton Greek Fest. This year, Hamilton Greek Fest will be a 2-day Food Take out event. Details
August 14 – 15, 2021
Visit this market for fresh produce and meats, baked goods, specialty foods, and artisans. Details
Tuesdays, Fridays & Saturdays at 35 York Blvd
Movies at Starlite Drive-In
What a better way to spend an enjoyable time with family than to watch a movie under the stars? Check out the Drive-in Theatres in Ontario.
Material Girls Drive-in Concert
This drive-in concert features tributes to Madonna, Cher, Lady Gaga and Adele as well as special guest tributes to Shania Twain, Annie Lennox and Blondie! Details
Sunday, September 5, 2021 | 3:00 PM
CMA Ontario Festival & Awards Weekend
Get your tickets to the drive-in concerts including the New Faces Showcase & Concert, the Legacy Revival, and the 9th Annual Country Music Association of Ontario Awards at Ancaster Fairgrounds in Hamilton. Details
September 3 – 5, 2021
Activities in (and near) the City
Visit the Beach
With the summer heat high, it’s a good time to plan a trip to the beach. Check out the options near you:
- Christie Lake Conservation Area
- Fifty Point Conservation Area
- Valens Lake Conservation Area
- Binbrook Conservation Area
- Confederation Beach Park
This park is a great place to spend the day with the whole family. Enjoy go-karts, mini-golf, great restaurants, water facilities, beach sports and so much more! The park is open 7 days a week, from sunrise to sunset. Details
Go Camping at Valens Lake Conservation Area
Walk the boardwalk, climb the observation tower, fish, frolic at the beach and stay the night at Valens Conservation Area. The park has 225 campsites and cabins to rent.
Explore Bruce Trail
Explore and hike various trails viewing caves, swamps, old forests and cobble beaches. You could also camp in some of their designated campground areas. Check for updates and trail closures before starting. Details
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Spencer Gorge/Webster’s Falls Conservation Area
Spend the afternoon hiking through nature trails to enjoy the Webster falls and the Spencer gorge, the views are absolutely breathtaking. Do note that you need to reserve your visit to Webster Falls in advance. Details
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Enjoy a train ride through the orchards! The train is running from Thursday to Sunday, 10 am to 4 pm. PYO sweet cherries will be available for picking from July 2nd. You can also enjoy fresh local strawberries, a flight of wine or cider, shop local produce, pick up wines and baked goods, and more. Details
Have a Splash Time
Head to FunSplash waterpark! Splash, climb, jump, swing, bounce, and slide at this playground located just 20 minutes south in Binbrook Conservation Area.
Cycle the HamBur Loop
The HamBur Loop is a pretty long 50-kilometre trail that makes for a great day trip adventure or several small multi-day ones as it includes various smaller routes, such as the Hamilton Waterfront Trail, Escarpment Rail Trail, Red Hill Valley Trail, and the Breezeway Trail. The trail takes you past the shores of Lake Ontario all the way up to the Hamilton Mountain and back and features paved and unpaved trails, as well as forested areas. There are several scenic lookouts along the way. Trail Map
This attraction (580 Van Wagners Beach Road Hamilton) offers golfing, bumper cars, batting cages, rock climbing, arcades and so much more! For operating hours see here.
Visit Hamilton Civic Museums
Plan your visits to Hamiltons nine city-owned museums when they reopen. There are 6 national historic sites, a children’s museum, and a heritage centre. Admission to all Civic Museums are free with the Hamilton Public Library card.
Filled with underground caves and streams, meadows and forests, the Eramosa Karst is one of the watershed’s unique natural gems. Explore this one-of-a-kind destination of Ontario! Details
Enjoy a hike through the escarpment trail that extends to a magnificent view of Albion Falls. Details
Twin Valley Zoo – Brantford
Take your kids to this 25 acre, family-run, wildlife park to see over 80 species of animals including Lions, Tigers, Wolves, Birds, Bears, Deer, Alpaca, Primates, and so much more! Details
Walk the Red Hill Valley Trail
The Red Hill Valley Trail is a 10 km trail that runs along the Red Hill Creek with picturesque views of the escarpment. The trail connects the Waterfront trail in Confederation Park to the Bruce Trail.
Start from the parking lot at Pritchart and old Mud Street (Red Hill Trail south Parking lot) or the parking lot at Albion Falls on Mountain Brow Boulevard. Details
Cathedral of Christ the King
Visit this stunning basilica with ornate stain glass windows commemorating significant people and events of the Catholic faith. Details
African Lion Safari
Drive through game reserves, watch elephants swim, journey on scenic cruises and railways, visit the pet corner and view over 100 different species at this safari. Details
Cool off at the outdoor pool and splash pad and then enjoy some lunch at the Lakeland Bistro. This centre also features a 30-foot viewing tower. All visits must be reserved in advance and social distancing guidelines must be adhered to. Details
Reptile Centre & Nature Centre
Little Rays is open for private tours! These 90-minute tours consist of a guided walk through the nature centre with hands-on opportunities with a variety of mammals and reptile. You may also book a 30-minute Private Sloth Encounter to feed and take photos with sloth. Details
Treetop Trekking has activities for all ages from zip line, aerial game trek, tree walk, and more. Details
HMCS Haida National Historic Site
Visit this national historic site and Canada’s most famous warship. You have the chance to experience what it was like to be a crew member and celebrate the contributions of the Canadian Navy. Current operating hours are Friday-Sunday 1 – 5 pm. Details
Hutch’s on the Beach
Get your pick-up from this beach restaurant open all year round, famous for their hamburgers, fish & chips, milkshakes, and fries. Details
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Dundas Valley Conservation Area
Hike through beautiful trails viewing forests, meadows, streams and wildlife. There is also a place for group picnics and make sure to check out the hermitage ruins. Details
Westfield Heritage Village
Explore 8-km of walking trails in the Village. The trails can be easily accessed and are great for families. Read a book, relax, watch birds or paint – there are so many things to do here. There are many shaded picnic areas, so pack a picnic basket or buy from a local bakery or restaurant. Westfield is open 7 days a week from sunrise to sunset for hikes and walks. Details and Map
Hamiltonian Tour Boat
Enjoy a leisurely narrated 50-minute tour of Hamilton Harbour and listen to the stories and history of one of North America’s most noteworthy harbours. The tour also provides unique views of the natural, recreational and industrial faces of Hamilton. Details
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See Chedoke Falls
These falls are a bit difficult to get to but definitely worth it. It can be accessed from the Chedoke Civic Golf Course, just follow the Chedoke Radial Trail (Trail Map) and then follow the ravine, you will also pass Denlow falls.
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Alcatraz Escape Room
Visit these uniquely themed rooms to solve puzzles, riddles, mysteries and escape the room in a limited time. Details
Fifty Point Conservation Area
Stroll along this spectacular park and marina, spotting a variety of birds. It’s also a great place for a swim, picnic, and even a family camp. Details
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Pick-Your-Own Strawberries/ Cherries
Delicious strawberries or cherries are ready for picking. Head over to your nearby U-pick Farms and enjoy ‘Pick-Your-Own’ berries!
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Visit a Petting Zoo
Book private visits to Triple C Petting Farm and see how much your kids enjoy the trip. Cuddle baby goats while watching them have fun playing with one another. There are also horses, donkeys, cows, alpacas, dogs, and cats.
Here, you can also enjoy traditional yoga with the playful antics of goats! They will climb on you and lay down to relax on you, they have also been known to fall asleep cuddled in your lap while you’re doing Lotus pose. Details
All outdoor courts and recreational areas like Baseball diamonds, Batting cages, Soccer, football and sports fields, tennis, platform tennis, table tennis and pickleball courts, basketball courts, BMX parks, skate parks, cycling tracks and bike trails, horse riding facilities, shooting ranges, including those operated by rod and gun clubs, playgrounds, portions of parks or recreational areas containing outdoor fitness equipment, arche1y ranges, lawn game courts, including lawn bowling, bocce and croquet courts are open.
This is an easy to moderate trail that explores the Niagara Escarpment and connects nearby historic downtowns. The trail later joins the Chedoke Trail and back to Ancaster. This 22.4 km ride will take you past stunning waterfalls, woodlands, and reward you with picturesque views. Details
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Hamilton Waterfront Trolley
Travel along the Hamilton Waterfront Trail on the Hamilton Waterfront Trolley and visit both natural and constructed attractions, view historic bridges and the shoreline. Details
Enjoy a Tee Time
Golf courses in the City of Hamilton are open. You can now book a tee time at Chedoke Golf Club and King’s Forest Golf Club. Do note that you must pre-book your slot either online or by phone as walk-ups will not be permitted. Details
Close Encounters with Alpacas
Enjoy a private tour at an Alpaca farm and learn more about these gentle creatures. Walk through Alpaca paddocks and hand feed them. You will also learn about their fabulous fibre and feel the luxury first hand. Details
Visit Royal Botanical Gardens
The outdoor garden areas of the beautiful Royal Botanical Gardens are open. Explore the David Braley and Nancy Gordon Rock Garden, Hendrie Park, the Arboretum, Laking Garden, and the RBG trails. Light grab and go fare will be available at the Rock Garden as well as at the Turner Pavilion Teahouse in Hendrie Park. Details
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Explore Christie Lake
Enjoy a day out with family at Christie Lake! Pack a picnic with goodies and treats from your favourite restaurant and enjoy the beautiful surroundings at Christie Lake. Christie Lake has 10 km of multi-use trails (PDF Trail Map) including a new single-track mountain bike trail system. Christie Lake also has a 18-hole championship disc golf course that is free to use with entry.
- Get an HCA Membership Pass – enjoy year-round access to HCA conservation areas for 12 months from the date of purchase
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Cameron Speedway and Amusements
Visit this awesome place for just about every fun activity including go-karts, paintball, laser tag, rock climbing, and a target range. Details
Shop around in this beautiful village at antique stores, tea rooms and enjoy everything from fine dining restaurants to cafes. Details
Lunch at Ancaster Mill
Don’t say goodbye to summer without enjoying a meal on the patio of this amazing restaurant! Details
For a treasure hunt-like experience try geocaching! Chances are there are some geocaches near you. Create a free account to get started. Details
See Beautiful Views of the Escarpment
Plan a hike to the Buffalo Crag Lookout Point. It boasts of some of the best views of the escarpment. Trail Map (PDF)
Bike the Mountsberg Conservation Area
Mountsberg Conservation Area has some easy and relaxing ride to enjoy – the 1.5 km Sugar Bush Trail, the 5.6 km Lakeshore Lookout Trail, and the 6.5 km Pioneer Creek trail. PDF Trail Map
Visit an Alpaca Farm
Come, relax and enjoy the experience of walking with an alpaca at the Alpacas from Eighth and Mud Farm. Learn about these gentle creatures, feed them, see alpaca fibres and shop them and other goodies at the gift shop. Want more time with them? Why not book a picnic!! Alpaca Trekking is available on select Fridays to Sundays in August. Details
Go Apple Picking
There are many farms in the region that offers apple picking. Apple picking season usually starts mid-late August/early-mid September. Do call the farms to confirm their hours before starting. Check out these farms for some great options:
- Orchard Home Farm
- Brantview Apples & Cider
- Wheelbarrow Orchards
- Chudleigh’s Farm
- Myers Apple Farm
- The Apple Orchard
- Carluke Apple Orchard
- Brantwood Farms
- Puddicombe Estate Farms and Winery
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See Sunflower Fields Corn Mazes
A visit to a sunflower farm is surely a cause for a smile, photo ops, and plenty of sunshine. Walk on a path through a sea of yellow flowers and purchase a specialty product from a store on-site to commemorate your summer experience. In Ontario, these flowers bloom for about two weeks only from early to late August/early September.
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Spend the afternoon letting your dog run free in any of the leash-free areas! Details
Check out every single Hamilton Conservation Areas
Hamilton Conservation Areas are open 7 days a week from sunrise to sunset. Whether you want to go waterfall hunting, hike, or bike, disc golf, kayak, or canoe, these areas provide great opportunities to be outside. Details
- Tickets to Dundas Peak, Tew and Webster Falls
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Pools and Splash pads
Cool off at one of the many outdoor pools, wading pools, and splash pads in Hamilton. You must reserve your swim time at Outdoor Pools before visiting. Inch Park Outdoor Pool is scheduled to reopen on July 5. Dundas Driving Park Wading Pool is now open, the remaining Wading Pools will reopen on July 5. Spray pads are now open until early September. Find a spray pad in your neighbourhood using this interactive map.
Spend an evening working together as a family solving puzzles, finding clues, and attempting to escape from a locked room with a limited amount of time. Check operating hours and book your slot in advance at these locations:
- Alcatraz Escape Rooms
- Escape Canada
- Next Level Escape Rooms
- Escape Manor
- Hanes Escape Rooms
- KeyMasters Escape Rooms
- Rubix Studios
- Fazed Escape Rooms
- The Crux Escape Room Inc.
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Summer is the season of food trucks. Check out some of the options in Hamilton:
- The Little Red Wagon
- Crazy Cravings
- Holy Food Trucks Tuesdays
- Wheel Food Wednesdays
- Jonny Blonde
- The Dirty South
- Fork You
- The Flyin G’nosh
Spend time in your Neighbourhood Park
Hamilton has many parks that allow its resident to enjoy time in a green space. Use City of Hamilton’s ParkFinder to find a park with amenities.
Visit your Favourite Patio
Dine safely outdoors at the patios this summer! Details
Enjoy the incredible experience of wakeboarding! Details
Walk the Hilton Hills
Hiking Hilton Falls is a great way to explore this beautiful region. Take bird seeds with you to feed friendly Chickadees. Hilton Falls also has three bike-only trails (PDF Trail Map) that are a mix of novice level, and technically challenging rock-gardens.
Discover Nature Attractions in Hamilton
City parks and green spaces, Provincial parks and conservation reserves, City of Hamilton Trails as well as Hamilton Conservation Authority conservation areas are open for people to enjoy some time with nature.
See a Lavender Farm
Enjoy a calming, meditative walk amongst lavender flowers.
A Night of Stargazing
Watch the stars and wonder at the celestial splendor. Stargazing is not fun as well as relaxing. Lie back in your own backyard or in a dark sky area near you and take in the awe-inspiring star-filled night sky.
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Visit Clovermead Adventure Farm
Let the kids enjoy a day out at the Clovermead Adventure Farm! Whether it’s cooling off at the Splish Splashpad, getting lost in the cedar maze, or visiting the goats and chickens at the animal barn, Clovermead has activities for the whole family. Details
Visit Bronte Creek
Get out and enjoy the fresh air at Bronte Creek. The park is open for day use. Enjoy hiking and cycling. Details
Enjoy canoeing & kayaking in ponds, lakes & rivers as Ontario Marinas, boat clubs and public boat launches are open for recreational use. Fifty Point Marina & Boat Launch is open. Rent a canoe and enjoy a trip down the river: You can also rent canoes, kayaks, paddleboats, and stand-up paddleboards at Kelso.
Kusterman’s Adventure Farm
Enjoy acres of family fun and farm-fresh food at the Kusterman’s Adventure Farm. With activities like play tractors, sandhills, and zip lines, you can be sure your kids will have a great time here. Details
See a Waterfall
Hamilton is well-known for its waterfalls. Plan a trip to take in the beautiful waterfalls that adorn this land. Reservations are required to visit Dundas Peak/Tew Falls and Webster Fall.
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Visit Ontario Parks
All 115 provincial parks are free to visit from Mondays to Thursdays, until September 2nd, 2021. Ontario Parks will offer free day-use visits and issue free permits on those days. Visitors will still need a permit to visit parks from Fridays to Sundays. Details
Ontario provincial parks are open to visitors. Be it to enjoy a walk or just relax in the outdoors, fish or enjoy boating, provincial parks are great places to spend your time.
You can now visit Ontario parks for free by borrowing day-use permits from participating Ontario libraries.
Experience nature and camp outside! Overnight camping is open at Valens Lake and Fifty Point Conservation Areas as well as Ontario Parks.
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