Monday, May 25, 2015

Visit Scenic Caves This Spring or Summer! Caves, Suspension Bridge, Treetop Walking, Ziplining & More!

Outside View of  "Natural Refrigerator" at Scenic Caves
We recently discovered Scenic Caves Nature Adventures in Collingwood, Ontario. It's super close to Blue Mountain, and a heartbeat away from Wasaga Beach. Although they offer activities appropriate for ages 10 years and up (definitely bring your teens!), such as treetop walking, zip lining, and cave and crevice exploring, there are lots of other activities that a young family can do together.
Scenic Caves Adventures Is Located In Collingwood, Ontario
The family activities include a visit to the 420' Suspension Bridge, a train ride, a tractor ride, gemstone mining, trail hiking, mini golfing, picnicking, feeding salmon in a pond, and playing on the fun Scenic Caves playground.  Stay all day, or stop by to cool off at Wasaga Beach on the way home!

If you are thinking of visiting, you must wear closed shoes like sneakers or hiking boots (no crocs or open-toed sandals allowed).  A sun hat in the spring and summer is a must, as well as a light jacket to keep you warm (and clean), while exploring the caves.  Although the caves are lighted, do bring a flashlight if you want to explore unlit corners.  

If you are pregnant, infirm, babywearing, or with very young children (4 years or under), I would recommend that you avoid the cave segment of the visit.  Portly visitors should skip "Fatman's Misery", or risk getting stuck like Pooh Bear in Rabbit's burrow!
Our Young Family Exploring the Caves & Crevices
As an adult who loves to explore, I was most excited to start our family adventure with a self-guided tour of the caves.  I thought that the caves were fantastic, including an "ice cave" that would have acted as a prehistoric person's freezer, and a 36 cm crevice that had to be circumnavigated sideways!
Ice Chunk Found In The Ice Cave!

An Interior View of the Ice Cave (During the Spring)
If you are portly, fearful of the dark, claustrophobic, have a large backpack or are visiting with very young children, I would recommend that you bypass cave #10 called "Fatman's Misery".  One feature of this cave is a crevice measuring only 36 cm (14") wide.  My 6-year old cried because he was scared to squeeze through, which in turn scared my 4-year old.  This was no problem, though, and we simply left the cave the same way as we had entered.  If you love an adventure, though, turn yourself sideways and squeak right through!  My older kids and husband thought it was a hoot!  
The Narrowest Crevice, "Fatman's Misery", Was Only 36 cm Wide!
I only wished that were more caves to visit once we were done.  Our group consisted of our five kids, ages 4- to 9-years old and two adults.  I would recommend the cave component of the visit for kids ages 6 and up, due to some trail hazards and one crevice that was frightening for my own children (Fatman's Misery).

Once the cave component is complete, there is a great aerial view of Georgian Bay, as well as a nice nature walk back through the Niagara Escarpment.

Tractor Ride to Suspension Bridge
Every 20 minutes to the left of the gift shop, a fun tractor ride takes Scenic Caves visitors on an excursion to the Suspension Bridge (and back).  You can also walk there on foot, but if you have kids don't miss the fun!
The 420' Suspension Bridge
If you can overcome any fear of heights, I would highly recommend that you visit Scenic Caves' 420 foot wide Suspension Bridge!  It affords a great 10,000 sq. km. panoramic view of Georgian Bay on a clear day.  If you experience vertigo, don't look down at your feet and instead look straight across to the other side of the bridge.  If you do fear heights, don't go on a windy day as the bridge has the potential to really s-ww-aaa-y.  The bridge is little kid safe, though, as it is very well fenced in.
Gemstone Mining
If you're on the fence about the gemstone mining package, you should order it for at least one kid.  My children really had a blast with it, and were able to take home the semi-precious stones that they "found".  Even my husband (and I) were captivated by uncovering stone treasures buried beneath the earth.
Scenic Caves Train Ride
Our kids really enjoyed the Scenic Caves train ride, which is free with admission to all visitors (adults with kids included).  If you have a Thomas the train fan, don't miss it!
Modern Scenic Caves Playground
The kids really enjoyed the modern playground at Scenic Caves, and played there a few times during the day.  I loved that there was a picnic table nearby, so we could sit and leisurely enjoy our lunch.

Pioneer Wagon Monkey Bars
The kids also occupied themselves climbing the pioneer wagon monkey bars, and the turtle near the train ride (not shown).
Mini Golfing Is Just Right of the Salmon Pond and Gift Shop
Adding mini golf to our visit, was a great way to extend our day and change gears when the kids were getting a little tired of physical exertion.  Who could get a hole in one?  Could anyone beat dad?  My youngest to oldest kids all loved having their own golf club and ball.  Fun!

I would recommend Scenic Caves Nature Adventures to families with kids ages 4-years old and up.  6-years old would be a good age to start visiting the caves, and 10-years old is the starting age for treetop walking and zip lining.  If you do bring kids younger than 4-years old, as mentioned there are age-appropriate activities for them too.  Do bring your teens, or if you're 20-55 years old, visit with a group of friends!  

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Do you have any adventurous activities planned for the rest of the spring or summer?  Have you ever explored caves before?

45 comments:

  1. OMGosh this looks far more beautiful than I'd even imagined. The scenic bridge caught my eye...and my breath

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  2. Great pictures and details. It's always helpful to read about what activities are available for various age groups, especially when travelling with children. The scenic bridge looks beautiful.

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  3. Oh my goodness!!! The location is breathtaking!! Love that there's so much to do! Perfect outing for my family of 4! I can just imagine how excited my girls would be to visit the caves!

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  4. We have many of the same shots! I love it there. I went as a child too and wanted to share with my kids. We loved doing the caves a couple years ago. We never did the bridge though. That looks amazing!

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  5. We visited last summer, the kids LOVED it. There is a lot to do. A very enjoyable family adventure. I would highly recommend it.

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  6. Love exploring Nature and particularly caves with the kids, so will definitely make our way to this next time we are in the area. The pictures look amazing.

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  7. Wonderful - and thanks for the warning about Fat Man's Cave as my little ones would be 'all done' for the day if they got spooked! :-)

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  8. Thanks for the post I may never get to visit but I feel like I did with the amazing photos you took

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  9. Will stop by the caves if we go up that way this summer.

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  10. Wow, I love the idea of exploring the caves, not too sure about the suspension bridge though - that's not my kind of thing :-)

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  11. This totally looks like a ton of fun and something I'm going to check into for us to do this summer!! Thank you for the awesome idea!

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  12. My daughter is going to Ontario for a training course for 6 weeks for her job,I have been telling her about this place I just know she would love it.

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  13. I've heard about this place and the fantastic caves....Collingwood isn't that far either, I should plan a trip!

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  14. Wow, this place looks amazing! I wish we were closer, but being in Victoria, its a bit too far away for a weekend visit. One day I'd love to get back to visit my mother in law and take my grandkids there! Thanks for the introduction!

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  15. Love the pics! We were there a few years ago as well, and loved it too.

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  16. wow looks like so much fun , wish we had something like this in our small town would be so much fun for the kids and grownups :) thanks for sharing ! Treen Goodwin rafflecopter name :)

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  17. Thanks for the great post.We have caves like this we visit called The Bonnechere Caves just west of Ottawa.They are awesome to walk through too.

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  18. This is such a fun place to visit! Loved the pics!

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  19. zip lining creeps me out,my daughter loves it and has went a few times

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  20. I remember going as a kid and checking out the caves, it was so cool! I want to check out zipling and the bridge walking

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  21. This is one place we haven't taken our girls to yet in Ontario! Added to our list!

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  22. Wow, such a beautiful place! Looks like a ton of fun! I'd love to take my nieces there!

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  23. This would be such fun. The caves are beautiful and educational.

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  24. Amazing place to visit. The Ice Cave was good, not too sure about the treetop walking nor the Fatman's Misery (how embarrassing if I got stuck!) and definitely no zip lining for me! I remember washing for gold with my kids so very many years ago, they loved it. A fun filled day for you all :-)

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  25. We will just have to visit there soon. Seems like a lot of fun things to do and not be too freaked out. No zip lining for us however.

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  26. That would be a nice place to visit. looks like a lot of things to do!

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  27. We visit every summer, not far from Toronto. Beautiful place!

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  28. Caves that will provide many adventures to enjoy with the family.

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  29. OK, I know that this attraction is supposed to be geared for the kids, but after this review I wanna go...lol. It looks like so much fun.

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  30. What a neat place to go. I can see learning a lot and the ice cave is really interesting.

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  31. Haven't been there in a long time - great get away.

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  32. I love caves so much mystery about them.

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  33. Sounds like a great adventure for any age!!

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  34. A great place to play, also to discover things in the cave.

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  35. My son is always going ziplining! It's not my thing but I find the caves are fascinating! :)

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  36. My son is always going ziplining! It's not my thing but I find the caves are fascinating! :)

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  37. Oh wow sounds like a great place to go and visit, and something for everyone, I am scared of heights but I would love to go on the bridge, the caves sound awesome but since I am a big girl, I would be scared of getting stuck or being confined in such close quarters!!

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  38. Looks like lots to go here for sure. Lots of heights too.

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  39. We actually have caves very near our hometown too.They are fascinating to walk through.

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  40. We actually have caves very near our hometown too.They are fascinating to walk through.

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  41. I live so close but have still not gone yet. Thank you for showing me how wonderful it can be for all ages.

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  42. I've heard of Scenic Caves before. I would love to bring my family here.

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  43. This looks like a great day trip. Thank you fir sharing your experience and the idea #sunmerinspo Cheryl's entry :)

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  44. OK, so this is funny. Someone in my oldest son's class was talking about this place and now he wants to go there this summer. Too funny!

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