We decided to go to Fredericton, NB for our last road trip of the summer, because, it’s so close to home, but somewhere we’ve never really explored. I knew, when I started planning the trip, that I wanted to go to the Boyce Farmers Market on Saturday morning, but I never dreamed that we would have our days filled to the brim full of fun things to do.
I am so grateful for all the help Stacey, from Tourism Fredericton, gave me in planning our weekend. She gave me a huge list of activities our family might enjoy doing, while we were in Fredericton, and helped me plan our two days, after I chose the activities I knew we would like best. I knew I was choosing a lot but with Stacey’s help we fit it all in perfectly!
When we got close to Fredericton, we took an early exit off the highway from Moncton, onto Route 105 to see the St John River up close. It was a perfect choice because we were able to see the river during twilight and it was gorgeous! We also stopped at Moxon’s Country Pumpkin for some ice cream and to see the animals in the petting zoo.
We checked into our hotel, the Delta Fredericton, early enough for a swim in the pool and relaxing night watching a family movie together in the hotel room.
The next morning our first stop was the Boyce Farmers Market. We decided to have breakfast there, because we knew there would be yummy treats galore. We were not disappointed. We had a lot of fun trying different pastries, crepes, coffee, smoothies and looking at all the amazing arts and crafts for sale. We were really excited to see some delicious homemade peanut butter for sale from Absolutely Nuts! (We love all natural peanut butter)
Then we went to jail!
Science East has more than 100 hands on science exhibits. It is housed in the former York County Jail and it was really interesting going through all the different rooms in the jail house and trying all the awesome science exhibits out. Both our girls loved the shadow room and the hurricane force wind machine. Science East was one of our favourite attractions.
We stopped at Cora’s for lunch and we were served by one of the nicest waitresses I’ve ever experienced.
Then we went to Barrack’s Square to enlist our daughters in the army.
They were having too much fun in Fredericton, so we decided they needed to learn what it’s like to live “A Day in a Soldier’s Life.” This is a fantastic historical experience where children don red wool army coats and learn how to be a soldier. The commander in charge was funny and they really enjoyed this experience. Check out their funny soldier faces!
We took the afternoon off and had another swim in the pool. Then we drove a little further to explore the Kingswood Entertainment Center and have supper at Sam Snead’s Oak Grill and Tavern. We found Same Snead’s to be a beautiful restaurant but the atmosphere was better suited to couple’s than families. We will try it again sometime as a nice dinner out for mommy and daddy!
We had a lot to do still after supper so we dressed up warm and headed downtown to watch some of “Back to the Future”, the movie playing at the free TeenFilm Festival in Barracks Square. We didn’t stay for long, though, because we wanted to go to the Haunted Hike, put on by the Calithumpians Theatre Company.
The Haunted Hike was entertaining and spooky!
The actors were wonderful. The stories were very well told. My daughter’s are 9 and 11 and they loved this tour! We all did. Yes it was a long walk for children, late at night, but it was a lot of fun and they slept very well afterwards! The actors took plenty of breaks so everyone could gather around to listen and catch their breath if needed. We would love to do this tour again next summer.
On Sunday morning we went over to the Diplomat for breakfast. They don’t have a kids menu so we split some of the adult plates and added sides. The portions were large enough that for the 4 of us 3 adult plates and 1 side fed us all.
We travelled back in time to the 19th century!
Kings Landing is a living museum set in the 1800’s in New Brunswick. It’s a whole village! You feel like you are walking right into the village during that time period and you are being welcomed into everyone’s houses. My daughter’s learned to spin wool, hook a rug, play games from the 1800’s, tried on dresses and even went to school.
Make sure you go to the King’s Head Inn for an apple cider, lemonade, or sarsaparilla. Even better, stay for supper. They serve the most delicious turkey dinner, brown bread and gingerbread you’ll ever have. I’ve never been disappointed! Some of the best weekends to go to Kings Landing are during the special Thanksgiving and Christmas events.
Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Tourism Fredericton but all opinions in it are my own.