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Quebec City Family-friendly activities

Our most recommended Quebec City Family-friendly activities

Saint-Gabriel-de-Valcartier: Hotel de Glace Entry Ticket

1. Saint-Gabriel-de-Valcartier: Hotel de Glace Entry Ticket

Do something different during your time in Quebec City and visit the beautiful Hôtel de Glace, the only ice hotel in North America. Avail of a theme that changes each winter to the delight of locals and tourists alike. During your self-guided visit, be greeted by fascinating art upon your arrival at the Grand Hall, and then be awestruck by the themed rooms and suites decorated with majestic sculptures. Stop by the beautiful chapel to appreciate its magical ambiance.  With its majestic snow arches, crystal-clear ice sculptures, and beautiful rooms, the ice hotel is a one-of-a-kind experience providing a luxurious Nordic-style getaway within a winter wonderland.

Quebec City: Old Quebec Toboggan Ride with Hot Chocolate

2. Quebec City: Old Quebec Toboggan Ride with Hot Chocolate

Ride down the toboggan slide at Dufferin Terrace in the old town area of Quebec City. Reach speeds of up to 70 km/hour on 3 toboggan rides with up to 4 people as you enjoy the sights and sounds of this historic part of the city. Enjoy the surroundings of Dufferin Terrace, which remains a popular site for visitors to enjoy live entertainment and a unique viewpoint of the magnificent St. Lawrence River. Overlooked by the iconic Chateau Frontenac, soak in the atmosphere boardwalk which comes alive during the festive period. Hop on your toboggan and set off down the circuit at high speed on this annual holiday tradition in Quebec City. Feel the wind in your face as you grip tight to reach the end of the track. Enjoy up to 3 rides down this thrilling slide. Afterward, warm up with a cup of hot chocolate as you take in the festive atmosphere at Dufferin Terrace. Ticket are valid to be used at any point or date in the season.

Quebec City: Snow Tubing at Village Vacances Valcartier

3. Quebec City: Snow Tubing at Village Vacances Valcartier

Grab an inner tube and get an adrenaline rush on many snow runs at the largest winter playground in North America. Located 20 minutes from Québec City, Village Vacances Valcartier is open day or night for your pleasure. Brave the highest accelerated run in North America and slide down Everest, or head over to the legendary Himalaya summit, where 4 ultra steep and ultra-fast runs will test your nerves of steel as you reach speeds of almost 80 kilometers per hour. Take a moment to admire the views on the way down if you can! Make your way to the 7 snow slides of varying degrees of difficulty in the Central Area and slip and slide with all the family. Experience the heart-stopping slides of the Avalanche area, including the Tornado and Snow Rafting slides. Race your mates and enjoy the runs as often as you like at leisure.

Quebec City: Montmorency Falls with Cable Car Ride

4. Quebec City: Montmorency Falls with Cable Car Ride

Discover the breathtaking beauty of the Montmorency Falls with this ticket to Parc de la Chute-Montmorency and a round trip cable car ride to the top of the falls. Take advantage of free parking at the cable car station in Beauport.  Begin your visit at the cable car station and take the opportunity to discover the new trails at the foot of the falls. After your walk, take the cable car ride up to the top. You will see dazzling views of the falls, park cove, and Île d’Orléans. Once at the top, learn more about the history of the park at the interpretation center located in the Manoir Montmorency. You will also find a souvenir shop there. Continue to the suspension bridge hanging directly over the falls and listen to the water roaring beneath your feet. There are also a number of trails where you can enjoy the fresh air, peace and quiet, and beauty of the park.  The large-format maps on the park will guide you in discovering the panoramic circuit. You can stop to observe the different viewpoints available, or have a picnic. For the more adventurous, opt to go down the panoramic staircase. Clinging to the side of the cliff, this impressive staircase has no less than 487 steps. You will have ample opportunity to take well-deserved breaks during your descent. At the bottom of the stairs, feel the full power of the falls as you get splashed by the water. In winter, the fine splashes projected by the waterfall eventually freeze and form beautiful shapes. These splashes also form the famous Sugarloaf which is a very impressive natural ice cream cone at the foot of the falls. Finally, walk along the new contemplative walkway.

Quebec City: Sightseeing Cruise with Guide

5. Quebec City: Sightseeing Cruise with Guide

Set sail on a captivating cruise on the Saint Lawrence River and discover the city of Quebec and its surroundings. See the iconic old forts, Montmorency Falls, Laurentian Mountains, and many more highlights during the journey. Your costumed guide, Louis Jolliet, will reveal the unsuspected history of Quebec City, the river, and the surroundings. Take time to relax on the outside terraces while admiring the exceptional view of the Château Frontenac, Île d'Orléans, and the Côte-de-Beaupré. Learn interesting stories and facts about the city while cruising in the serene waters.

Quebec City: Musée de la civilisation Entry Ticket

6. Quebec City: Musée de la civilisation Entry Ticket

Immerse yourself in Canadian culture at Quebec's Musée de la civilisation with a pre-booked ticket. Explore an anthropological showcase of social and political history through art, objects, artifacts, stories, and videos. Upgrade your ticket to access additional temporary exhibits. Right in the heart of Quebec, overlooking the river, step into a museum focused on sharing local heritage. Choose a regular ticket or upgrade to a feature ticket to include rotating exhibits, ranging from the human body and senses to aboriginal cultures, Quebec history, and artificial intelligence. With a regular ticket, access the "O sh*t! and "Vast Body" exhibits, on top of the permanent ones. With a feature ticket, see the brand-new Pharaos exhibit. Install the museum app on your phone to enhance your experience. Bring your headphones and enjoy an interactive guide through the fascinating exhibits. Feel free to visit the Museum Boutique and purchase food at Espace Saveurs for a tasty break.

Ile d'Orleans Bike Rental

7. Ile d'Orleans Bike Rental

Start your cycling and sightseeing adventure by acquiring your rental bike at the rental shop at the Motel Ile d'Orleans, close to the island's bridge. Upon arrival, receive a safety introduction, and before you leave feel free to give your bike a test in the nearby parking lot. Before heading out onto the street, receive a map with a personalized course to discover Île d'Orléans. Alternatively, you may form your own path as you go; this is a self-guided tour and the opportunity for discovery is endless. Plan for around 3 hours to cycle around, including several stops along your way. Enjoy local farm product tasting (at your own expense) and admire one of the region’s most beautiful landscapes. During your entire ride, you'll enjoy spectacular views over the Saint Lawrence River with multiple possibilities to take great photos.

Quebec: Old Town Exploration Game

8. Quebec: Old Town Exploration Game

Explore Quebec's Old Town on a self-guided tour while solving puzzles, clues, and more. Start at the Fontaine de Tourny. Open the app on your smartphone and solve challenges to get precise directions to the next location. Enjoy watching the story unfold as you discover the neighborhood. Play in a large group or compete against each other and see who can get to the last stop, Place Royale, first. Alternatively, you can pause the game and resume any time from the location where you paused it so you can explore the city at your own pace.

Quebec: Charlevoix Maritime Museum Official Ticket

9. Quebec: Charlevoix Maritime Museum Official Ticket

For 40 years, the Maritime Museum of Charlevoix has been telling the story of wooden schooners and the cabotage on the St. Lawrence. Live a 360° experience, from the forest to the river, between culture and nature. Discover the old shipyard from 1946 and its four boats in dry dock. The museum also contains the multimedia experience 'Between Pitoune and Dynamite: The St-André Schooner' as real as the life of sailors in 1956. You will have access to a fun, technological and contemporary experience that will amuse young and old. Enjoy the 8.2-hectare park with a touch of poetry, a hebertism trail, a plant labyrinth, an arboretum, sculptures and picnic areas. Furthermore, a 4-kilometer course on its mountain trail in the Marine Forest will offer you a unique window on the St-Laurent river and the Isle-aux-Coudres. You can do the tour of the site in an hour and a half or spend a full day embracing all the museum and surroundings have to offer.

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Beautiful views, a great guide (in historical costume), your choice of indoor or outdoor seating, and access to food, a bar, and gift shops onboard. Well worth the price. Try to bring a hat that won't blow away if you want to sit outside; it was windy enough to blow chairs down the open upper deck on our return trip. Invigorating to be up there, though, and if you get cold, you can always go back to the heated inside to warm up!

Nice ride out to the falls. Get to see a little bit of the countryside on the way. The falls are higher than Niagara Falls but more square in shape . Zip line across the falls ruins many a picture. The cable car allows anyone in any condition to see them from the top. A full activity for all ages.

A must-have experience if you are in the area. The best way to park on the lower end of the falls and take the cable car up to the falls and walk across. The upper part has lots of food options and entertainment places. Worth every dollar spent.

Very pretty, even though it lasts a few seconds and the lines are huge. They should put a rail for the sleds to get on

It’s better to get the ticket on place, cheaper and the line is very fast.