Your guide to planning a fun local getaway this summer
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Take your family on a trip that feels like a real getaway – no flights, just fulfilling family fun.
While overseas travel remains prohibited, as British Columbians we still have the desire to stretch our legs and discover the unknown in our own backyards. And if you are looking for a total change of scenery, a short drive away is a world of unexpected entertainment to discover with family and friends. Richmond.
Whether you are looking for a food frenzy or reconnecting with nature, the city offers a diverse mix of experiences for you and your family to fill your days on a summer weekend. With strong security measures in place, many Richmond hotels and attractions have earned the Safe Travels stamp from the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC).
So if you’re looking to experience something new, we’ve got you covered with a range of living activities that will get you from morning, noon to night.
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Plan some activities using the Discovery Passport – a mobile app that lets you explore Richmond, discover local businesses, access special offers and earn prizes along the way.
Since the area is teeming with nature and outdoor fun, consider heading to Terra Nova Rural Park. The 63-acre park is full of everything from playgrounds to historic buildings, winding paths and flower gardens.
Kids will be anything but bored with the ziplines, swing swings, slide and the park’s huge treehouse. The park is framed by the West Dyke Trail by the river and has plenty of walking and biking trails perfect for all ages.
After a morning of fun, refuel in one of the many bubble tea stains. Since the city’s bubble tea scene has exploded in recent years, you probably won’t have to look far to sip something refreshing.
When it comes time for lunch, come see us Hugo churros and tacos for authentic, homemade Mexican dishes (and cocktails!).
Better yet, grab your take out order and have lunch with a view of Larry Berg Flight Path Park, where you can picnic in the park while spotting the planes above you. The park is nestled just beyond the south runway fence at Vancouver International Airport, with a giant domed globe centerpiece and runway-shaped trails, complete with flight lights and brands.
If wildlife viewing is more your speed than watching airplanes, set on a rustic shore, Iona Beach Regional Park is one of British Columbia’s most famous birding sites.
Built in 1894, the Gulf of Georgia Cannery is a historic and picturesque place for an educational walk after lunch. Take it up a notch with a free, family-friendly program Treasure hunt which allows you to explore the heritage site by finding answers to clues left by the cannery cat.
After your mission is complete, treat yourself to some of the best Taiwanese cold desserts in the Lower Mainland at Ice bar or chimney cakes (a local favorite) from the Praguery food truck located at McArthur Glen Designer Outlet.
Nightlife in Richmond is anything but boring, and if you’re looking for a thrill, you won’t have to look far. Hit the track at Indoor races to be confirmed and channel your inner race car driver with karting action – just remember to reserve your place.
To have fun in the dark, West Coast Mini Putt Take the sport to another level with its 18-hole indoor mini-putt course, nine mood light holes and nine glow in the dark holes, immersed in dazzling art.
You can also continue to have fun at Lucky 9 Bowling, which features a full arcade, cosmic bowling alley, as well as food and drink from the Monkey 9 Brew Pub.
When dinner time comes, Richmond’s famous diverse restaurant scene has tons of choices. Expand your child’s culinary horizons (a little or a lot) at some of Richmond’s favorite restaurants, like Pajo’s Fish & Chips or Sockeye City Grill’s fresh seafood.
You would also be remiss to leave Richmond without indulging in some of its authentic Asian dishes, like the fusion of traditional Chinese culture and Western cuisine from Fondue Palace. If you’re in the mood for a nightcap, head to the family-run restaurant Britannia Brewery for a pint of local beer before grabbing the hay after a busy day of excitement.
This weekend, take your family on what feels like a distant journey, all in your own backyard.
To rediscover Richmond and start planning your next visit, visit visitrichmondbc.com/family.