Discover Old Montreal with Your Family: A Weekend Guide
Top places your kids will love while exploring Old Montreal
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Explore why Old Montreal is the ideal neighborhood for             kids in Montreal

 If you're on the hunt for a jam-packed weekend away with the kiddos in Montreal, look no further than Old Montreal! This super cute neighborhood is packed with history, culture, and lots of exciting activities for you and your family to experience. From exploring the Old Port, to checking out some totally kid-friendly museums, and stuffing your face with delicious local eats, Old Montreal has it all. So, let's get into it! Here are my top tips for planning the ultimate family weekend in this gorgeous part of the city.

How to get to Old Montreal?

Flying- 

Old Montreal is located approximately 25 min by taxi/uber from the Montreal-Trudeau International Airport. Taxis and Ubers will be readily available at the airport. If you are flying into Montreal and staying in Old Montreal, there is no need for a rental car. Old Montreal is very walkable, (even for little ones)

Driving-

Driving with little ones is a great option as it allows you to pack more and explore more. As a parent, I understand the amount of gear required while traveling with little ones. Old Montreal is conveniently located less than an hour from the US border, making it a great choice for those living in the North East.

However, it's important to be aware of height restrictions on local parking garages. Make sure to check the height restrictions before booking in advance. If you have an oversized vehicle. Outdoor parking lots might be your best option. There are multiple locations throughout the area.

Activities the whole family will love in  Old Montreal.

There is so much packed into such a small neighborhood. You will have more than enough to keep your family busy for the weekend. These are some of my favorite family activities you can pay for. Beyond these suggestions, my absolute favorite thing to do with my family in Old Montreal is to walk around the cobblestone streets and wander into shops to check out all the handmade Canadian items.

Montreal Science Centre
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The Science Center is mainly suited for children under 14 but is highly interactive and entertaining for the whole family. Pro Tip- There are often family discounts online so make sure you google for discounts before purchasing your tickets. Also, check out the events section of their website for the latest special events. They often have "Toddler Tuesdays" or "Peaceful Morning" programs.
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La Grande Roue de Montréal
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Ticket options-Family Package $95 (CA) 2 adults and 2 children or 1 adult and 3 children. Private Gondola for up to 8 people $187 (CA) or experience the ultimate luxury in a VIP Gondola for 4, featuring a glass floor and Italian leather seats. Pro Tip- Check alternate online sites for discounts, there are regularly deals to find!
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Aura Experience at Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal
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The Aura Experience is a must-do for your family. Kids are in awe of the multimedia display of lights, music, and unforgettable historic architecture. Doors open 30 min before the show for you to explore and experience the Basilica. Once they give the signal you will take a seat in a pew and sit in wonderment for 23 minutes (short enough for little ones) They have family ticket packages available, $81 (CA) family of 4 and $72 for a family of 3. Children under 5 are free. Lights do get dark and could be scary to little ones who are sensitive to darkness. Pro Tip- No tickets are sold on-site, everything must be purchased in advance.
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Voiles en Voiles
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All-in-one pirate ship adventure for the whole family! Ropes course, zip line, climbing walls, inflatable games, merry-go-round, 3D Pirate movie, and Archery Tag are all included for $219 for a family of 4. Pro Tip- Bring your own padlock for the free use of lockers. No lock? No problem! Lockers are available to rent for a small fee too. Open April-October
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Écorécréo - Old Port of Montreal
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The 6 person Quadricycle is so much fun! The area to bike around is limited but 30 min is more than enough time to make a memorable family experience. Pro Tip- The front of the bike is pretty sunny so kids will definitely need hats and sunscreen.
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Best Family Suite in Old Montreal

I did extensive research before choosing this hotel for my family's stay and I would highly recommend this place to my fellow family travelers.

Having a separate space for my kids is of top priority for me and for my sleep sanity. The Deluxe Double Queen Suite is perfect for a family of 4 who need the separation. You enter into the room and straight into a large kitchenette with everything you might need. Just past the kitchen is the living room with doubles as the extra bedroom. When we arrived the Queen Murphy bed was already all set up for us. The primary bedroom has a queen bed with ensuite bathroom that is accesible tthrough the living area

Le Saint-Sulpice Hotel Montreal
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The Deluxe Double Queen Suite is perfect for families! It has a primary bedroom with en suite and, a living room with a Queen Murphy bed they will prepare before your arrival. Small kitchen with everything you need. Perfect family location in the heart of Old Montreal
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Restaurants with something on the menu for everyone in the Family

Vieux-Port Steakhouse -Brunch
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Weekend Jazz Brunch!! Live music + delicious food = very happy families! This brunch can't be beat! Saturday and Sunday from 11:30-2. Food options on the menu to please everyone! Make reservations in advance.
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Queues de Castor - BeaverTails (Rue Saint-Paul Est)
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Who can resist a classic Canadian Beaver Tail? You won't be able to resist a stop at Queues de Castor after smelling the aroma as you walk down Rue Saint-Paul. So many Beaver Tail options along with some pretty delicious poutine. Perfect snack on the go.
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Montréal poutine
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Lots of great poutines in Old Montreal but this has a family-friendly menu with something for everyone and seats are usually easily available. Upstairs, indoor and back garden seating options. Pro Tip- Sit upstairs overlooking Rue Saint-Paul Est and keep the kids entertained by playing a game of I-SPY
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Pizzeria Bros (Old Montreal)
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Whole wheat, keto, cauliflower crust, and vegan cheese options are available. Quick and fresh thin crust pizzas with a huge variety of toppings. Great option when your little ones need the comfort of a yummy slice.
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Bar et Restaurant La Catrina - Vieux-Port
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This is a great post-Montreal Science Center lunch. They have outdoor garden seating overlooking the piers and host a funky fun vibe. The tacos and guacamole are delicious!
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Shopping that will excite the kids!

Le Petit Duck Shoppe
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Largest selection of Rubber Ducks in Canada! The most unique collection of rubber ducks we have ever seen! They have more than just rubber ducks but they are the main draw of the store!
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Boutique Petite Maison Bleue Hatley - réouverture Juin 2023
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Chain children's clothing store with a high quality of kid's fashion.
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Noël Éternel
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Our family tradition is to buy an ornament from each new place we travel to. I love a good Christmas store and this one doesn't disappoint. Stop in to buy a beautiful family memory.
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FANABOX™
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Formula One fan in your group? This store has everything they could possibly dream of! They also carry a selection of other Canadian sports items.
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Bonsecours Market
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Named one of the top 10 Most Beautiful Heritage Buildings in Canada! This is the perfect place to explore as a family. Artisan shops to wander through and some cafe options when you need a treat. Pro Tip- This is a great place when your little ones need a restroom break
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Pedal Boats - Old Port of Montreal
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Pedal boat for up to 4 people. 30 min is plenty of time to tire you out!
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Hi! I'm Jess, a mom on a mission to help you and your kiddos explore the best spots on the East Coast. As a family we've been to some seriously amazing places, and I want to share all my insider tips with you! Head to my website www.travellikejess.com or follow me on Insta @travel.like.jess to start planning your next adventure and learn all the ways I make my travel budget go farther. Let's make some unforgettable memories together!
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Discover Old Montreal with Your Family: A Weekend Guide
Top places your kids will love while exploring Old Montreal
17 Places • ago
Free

Explore why Old Montreal is the ideal neighborhood for             kids in Montreal

 If you're on the hunt for a jam-packed weekend away with the kiddos in Montreal, look no further than Old Montreal! This super cute neighborhood is packed with history, culture, and lots of exciting activities for you and your family to experience. From exploring the Old Port, to checking out some totally kid-friendly museums, and stuffing your face with delicious local eats, Old Montreal has it all. So, let's get into it! Here are my top tips for planning the ultimate family weekend in this gorgeous part of the city.

How to get to Old Montreal?

Flying- 

Old Montreal is located approximately 25 min by taxi/uber from the Montreal-Trudeau International Airport. Taxis and Ubers will be readily available at the airport. If you are flying into Montreal and staying in Old Montreal, there is no need for a rental car. Old Montreal is very walkable, (even for little ones)

Driving-

Driving with little ones is a great option as it allows you to pack more and explore more. As a parent, I understand the amount of gear required while traveling with little ones. Old Montreal is conveniently located less than an hour from the US border, making it a great choice for those living in the North East.

However, it's important to be aware of height restrictions on local parking garages. Make sure to check the height restrictions before booking in advance. If you have an oversized vehicle. Outdoor parking lots might be your best option. There are multiple locations throughout the area.

Activities the whole family will love in  Old Montreal.

There is so much packed into such a small neighborhood. You will have more than enough to keep your family busy for the weekend. These are some of my favorite family activities you can pay for. Beyond these suggestions, my absolute favorite thing to do with my family in Old Montreal is to walk around the cobblestone streets and wander into shops to check out all the handmade Canadian items.

Montreal Science Centre
@jessicahuffman
The Science Center is mainly suited for children under 14 but is highly interactive and entertaining for the whole family. Pro Tip- There are often family discounts online so make sure you google for discounts before purchasing your tickets. Also, check out the events section of their website for the latest special events. They often have "Toddler Tuesdays" or "Peaceful Morning" programs.
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Details

La Grande Roue de Montréal
@jessicahuffman
Ticket options-Family Package $95 (CA) 2 adults and 2 children or 1 adult and 3 children. Private Gondola for up to 8 people $187 (CA) or experience the ultimate luxury in a VIP Gondola for 4, featuring a glass floor and Italian leather seats. Pro Tip- Check alternate online sites for discounts, there are regularly deals to find!
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Details
Aura Experience at Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal
@jessicahuffman
The Aura Experience is a must-do for your family. Kids are in awe of the multimedia display of lights, music, and unforgettable historic architecture. Doors open 30 min before the show for you to explore and experience the Basilica. Once they give the signal you will take a seat in a pew and sit in wonderment for 23 minutes (short enough for little ones) They have family ticket packages available, $81 (CA) family of 4 and $72 for a family of 3. Children under 5 are free. Lights do get dark and could be scary to little ones who are sensitive to darkness. Pro Tip- No tickets are sold on-site, everything must be purchased in advance.
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Voiles en Voiles
@jessicahuffman
All-in-one pirate ship adventure for the whole family! Ropes course, zip line, climbing walls, inflatable games, merry-go-round, 3D Pirate movie, and Archery Tag are all included for $219 for a family of 4. Pro Tip- Bring your own padlock for the free use of lockers. No lock? No problem! Lockers are available to rent for a small fee too. Open April-October
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Écorécréo - Old Port of Montreal
@jessicahuffman
The 6 person Quadricycle is so much fun! The area to bike around is limited but 30 min is more than enough time to make a memorable family experience. Pro Tip- The front of the bike is pretty sunny so kids will definitely need hats and sunscreen.
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Best Family Suite in Old Montreal

I did extensive research before choosing this hotel for my family's stay and I would highly recommend this place to my fellow family travelers.

Having a separate space for my kids is of top priority for me and for my sleep sanity. The Deluxe Double Queen Suite is perfect for a family of 4 who need the separation. You enter into the room and straight into a large kitchenette with everything you might need. Just past the kitchen is the living room with doubles as the extra bedroom. When we arrived the Queen Murphy bed was already all set up for us. The primary bedroom has a queen bed with ensuite bathroom that is accesible tthrough the living area

Le Saint-Sulpice Hotel Montreal
@jessicahuffman
The Deluxe Double Queen Suite is perfect for families! It has a primary bedroom with en suite and, a living room with a Queen Murphy bed they will prepare before your arrival. Small kitchen with everything you need. Perfect family location in the heart of Old Montreal
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Restaurants with something on the menu for everyone in the Family

Vieux-Port Steakhouse -Brunch
@jessicahuffman
Weekend Jazz Brunch!! Live music + delicious food = very happy families! This brunch can't be beat! Saturday and Sunday from 11:30-2. Food options on the menu to please everyone! Make reservations in advance.
Add to
Details
Queues de Castor - BeaverTails (Rue Saint-Paul Est)
@jessicahuffman
Who can resist a classic Canadian Beaver Tail? You won't be able to resist a stop at Queues de Castor after smelling the aroma as you walk down Rue Saint-Paul. So many Beaver Tail options along with some pretty delicious poutine. Perfect snack on the go.
Add to
Details
Montréal poutine
@jessicahuffman
Lots of great poutines in Old Montreal but this has a family-friendly menu with something for everyone and seats are usually easily available. Upstairs, indoor and back garden seating options. Pro Tip- Sit upstairs overlooking Rue Saint-Paul Est and keep the kids entertained by playing a game of I-SPY
Add to
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Pizzeria Bros (Old Montreal)
@jessicahuffman
Whole wheat, keto, cauliflower crust, and vegan cheese options are available. Quick and fresh thin crust pizzas with a huge variety of toppings. Great option when your little ones need the comfort of a yummy slice.
Add to
Details

Bar et Restaurant La Catrina - Vieux-Port
@jessicahuffman
This is a great post-Montreal Science Center lunch. They have outdoor garden seating overlooking the piers and host a funky fun vibe. The tacos and guacamole are delicious!
Add to
Details

Shopping that will excite the kids!

Le Petit Duck Shoppe
@jessicahuffman
Largest selection of Rubber Ducks in Canada! The most unique collection of rubber ducks we have ever seen! They have more than just rubber ducks but they are the main draw of the store!
Add to
Details
Boutique Petite Maison Bleue Hatley - réouverture Juin 2023
@jessicahuffman
Chain children's clothing store with a high quality of kid's fashion.
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Noël Éternel
@jessicahuffman
Our family tradition is to buy an ornament from each new place we travel to. I love a good Christmas store and this one doesn't disappoint. Stop in to buy a beautiful family memory.
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FANABOX™
@jessicahuffman
Formula One fan in your group? This store has everything they could possibly dream of! They also carry a selection of other Canadian sports items.
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Details
Bonsecours Market
@jessicahuffman
Named one of the top 10 Most Beautiful Heritage Buildings in Canada! This is the perfect place to explore as a family. Artisan shops to wander through and some cafe options when you need a treat. Pro Tip- This is a great place when your little ones need a restroom break
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Pedal Boats - Old Port of Montreal
@jessicahuffman
Pedal boat for up to 4 people. 30 min is plenty of time to tire you out!
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Hi! I'm Jess, a mom on a mission to help you and your kiddos explore the best spots on the East Coast. As a family we've been to some seriously amazing places, and I want to share all my insider tips with you! Head to my website www.travellikejess.com or follow me on Insta @travel.like.jess to start planning your next adventure and learn all the ways I make my travel budget go farther. Let's make some unforgettable memories together!
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