Fun Things to Do in Barrie

Fun Things to Do in Barrie

Whether you live in Barrie or are visiting, you and your family have many fun opportunities to explore the city. From hiking areas and museums to entertainment and festivals, there is something for everyone in the family to enjoy.

Here are some local activities and attractions you can engage with while in Barrie, Ontario.

1. Enjoy the Arts

Learn about, explore and appreciate the arts with the various attractions and festivals happening throughout the summer in Barrie. Some places you could visit:

MacLaren Art Centre

Explore contemporary Canadian art and more by visiting the MacLaren Art Centre in Barrie. The regional public art gallery presents various educational activities, exhibitions and special events throughout the year. You can also see the Spirit Catcher, a 20-tonne steel sculpture that sits along the Barrie waterfront.

Local Festivals

Barrie hosts plenty of festivals throughout the season so locals and visitors can experience new foods, drinks, activities and more. 

The annual Kempenfest arts and crafts festival is one of the most popular events. It has children's activities, live entertainment, vendors and more. If you love food and drinks, the Barrielicious, Ribfest and Craft Beer Show events are perfect places to try new things.

2. Experience Nature

Canada provides breathtaking views throughout the country. When you stay near Barrie, you can step into nature by visiting various beaches, hiking trails, parks and animal sanctuaries. Visit outdoor attractions like:


Barrie is home to several beaches, like Centennial Beach, Johnson's Beach and Minet's Point Beach. You and your family can have fun in the sun while building sandcastles, sunbathing and swimming in the water. Some beaches also have a playground and picnic areas.

Waterfront Hiking Trails

You and your family can stay active by hiking. Whether you hike near Barrie's waterfront, downtown or in the surrounding areas, you can become one with nature. Some popular trails include:

  • North Shore Trail: A unique recreational path that runs the entire length of the north shore of Kempenfelt Bay in Barrie.
  • Waterfront Heritage Trail: An interactive walking trail that depicts Barrie's history as you stroll along the waterfront. 

The many parks in the area are also excellent ways to spend time outside. Kids can have fun while playing at Barrie Centennial Park.

3. Explore Downtown Barrie

If you prefer more cosmopolitan activities like shopping or trying new restaurants, take time to explore Downtown Barrie. The area has many breweries, eateries and more. You could even visit Barrie's Farmers Market, located at City Hall.

4. Learn History

You can learn a lot about history by dropping by some of the area's museums. The Simcoe County Museum is a popular attraction that presents various exhibitions and galleries depicting Simcoe County's history, from prehistoric to modern times.

If you want your kids to have a fun and educational experience, consider checking out the Curio Exploration Hub. The children's museum provides diverse exhibits, toys and resources to help kids learn about science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics (STEAM).

Stay at Barrie KOA Holiday

You and your family will have a full itinerary with all the fun things to do in Barrie and the surrounding areas. Between your trips, rest at Barrie KOA Holiday. The campground has everything you need for a comfortable stay. Begin planning your trip to Barrie by reserving a campsite today!

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