Looking for some kid friendly Penticton attractions that won't break the bank? When you're on vacation finding fun things to do with kids, keeping them occupied with kid friendly entertainment can sometimes be a challenge without spending a bucket of money.
Well, there's lots of things to do in and around the city that are totally kid friendly, and depending on their age, you're sure to find enough attractions to keep them happy.
For the little ones, there are splash parks at Okangan beach and Skaha beach, both with nice playgrounds, and shady places for playing when you prefer to be out of the sun. For the older kids, outdoor adventures are endless in and around the city of Penticton, with mountain biking and hiking trails, like the Kettle Valley Trail for great sightseeing, and plenty of back country for exploring.
During the summer there is an array of low cost family centered festivals, fairs and events. Check out some of these fun things to do on the cheap (or free!)...
Biking - Take a bike ride on the Kettle Valley Trail on the east side of Okanagan Lake. The trail is flat, an easy ride, and the views are beautiful. Don't forget your camera!
The entire trail is too long for little kids but the younger ones would have fun riding around in a bike rental with parents. They are the popular pedal car bike rentals that you can get at Okanagan beach and cycle along the lakefront and around the downtown area.
Take the kids skateboarding - The huge skate park in Penticton is right along Riverside Park, near the River Channel launch. During the summer there's lots going on and admission is free.
Loco Landing Mini Golf - Mini golf, who doesn't like to mini golf? Right next to the skate board park, Loco Landing also has go karts, rock wall climbing, bumper boats and a bungee bounce, and is one of the most convenient Penticton attractions for families.
Penticton Speedway Oval track auto racing at the Penticton Speedway is a highly popular and friendly family attraction. Day and night races on Saturdays and Sundays offer fun entertainment, especially the "Hit To Pass". Read more about the Speedway here.
Visit The Summer Penticton Farmer's Market - Every town has a farmer's market in the summer and in Penticton it's on Saturday mornings from 8 until 1 p.m. Spend a leisure morning browsing the local artisan booths for fresh fruits, vegetables, crafts and art. (This is free unless you buy something!)
Head up to Munson Mountain - For some great views and photo taking, Munson Mountain is where you spot the 'PENTICTON' sign on the side of the mountain. You can see it at your driving along Highway 97 on the north end of the city.
The SS Sicamous - On Okanagan Beach stop in for a tour of the largest passenger boat built by the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR). In the early 1900's these stern wheelers transported people and cargo across Okanagan Lake. When roadways and railways were built, the boats were docked permanently. The SS Sicamous is one of the few historical Penticton attractions around. Admission is cheap and kids love the interesting bits of history to look at on the ship.
There's never a lack of fun things to do in and around Penticton. Here are some more great summer attractions, plus low cost family friendly festivals...
You can also visit our top kid's My Okanagan page for more ideas about fun summer activities for kids around the Okanagan Valley. Happy vacationing!!
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