Why Families Love Montreal
Updated March 11, 2023
It is not hard for families to find things to do in Montreal. With a booming downtown and many unique neighborhoods, families could spend weeks here exploring. The city is full of attractions, activities, and experiences that will entertain young children and teenagers alike.
Where to Stay in Montreal
Located in downtown Montreal Le Centre Sheraton is ideally located for families who plan to tour the city. If possible, book a club-level guest room with upgraded amenities such as free wi-fi, free water and access to the lounge on the 37th floor. There you will enjoy a full complimentary breakfast and evening hors-d’oeuvres. A double room, like the one we stayed in, can easily accommodate a family of four.
If your budget allows, check out these Luxury Hotels in downtown Montreal. They are pretty impressive.
Getting Around Montreal
Navigating such a large city is easier than you might think. With only four lines, Montreal’s Metro is really easy to use. Not only that, it is beautiful. In most stations, there are murals, sculptures, and stained glass windows, making it feel as though you are traveling through an art gallery. If you prefer to stay above ground, rent a bike from BIXI-Montreal, the city’s bike-sharing system. Choose a 24-hour or 72-hour pass that gives you unlimited access to the bikes.
Things to Do in Montreal
One of our favorite areas to visit is the Old Port. We always visit at Montreal Science Center. They have great IMAX movies, and temporary and permanent exhibits.
The Voiles en Voiles challenge course is so much fun. It is anchored by a 3-story Pirate Ship and a Royal Boat. Kids ages 3-3333 can cross nets, bridges, ropes, hanging beams and more.
Segway tours are an easy way to cover a lot of ground along the waterfront (you must be 14 with an adult). After a quick training session, a knowledgeable guide goes with you and points out historic spots along the way. If a Segway isn’t an option for your family, Ecrorecreo also rents quadricycles, electric bikes, and paddle boats.
For those with no fear of heights, soar across Old Town on the new Montreal Zipline. It offers breathtaking views of the city and the St. Laurent river. Kids as young as seven can try it! They are open seven days a week through October 31st and located next to the Clock Tower Dock in the Old Port.
I highly suggest visiting some of the other neighborhoods in Montreal, like Mont-Royal, The Plateau, and The Golden Mile. We love Boulevard St. Laurent which is renowned for boutiques shops and fantastic restaurants. During our weekend stay, we had a delicious dinner at Buonanotte and then popped into Juliette and Chocolate for dessert. The boulevard is also home to the Mural Fest. Take a look at some of these beautiful works of art as you stroll around.
Money Saving Tips
A great way to explore Montreal and save money is to purchase Montreal Attraction Pass. The pass gives you access to 28 top attractions, including the Biodome, Olympic Park, Botanical Gardens, the Planetarium, the Montreal Science center and more!
We are headed to Montreal for the first time this summer. My kids will like Fabrik. Hope it’s still there.