With summer months passing by, it’s time to take the kids out for a tour of some great sites in Oxford County. Enjoy this list of 6 fun destinations for you to check out this summer.
- Lake Lisgar Waterpark
Since it opened in 1995, Lake Lisgar Waterpark in Tillsonburg has been a premier destination for families to soak in the warm summer sun and have a blast at the same time. The park offers giant inflatables, sprays, individual tubes and even a giant twister water slide. If you’re ready to take a break from the water, hit the grass to work on your tan or the picnic tables to enjoy the shade and an ice cream treat from the snack bar. Just outside the pool area, a new pirate-themed playground awaits you.
Lake Lisgar Waterpark is a great place to spend an entire day but there are other options too. Try a waterpark birthday party. Better yet, send your kids to camp with the Tillsonburg Community Centre and they’ll get to enjoy the park every single day! There’s no better way to spend your summer days than making a splash at the Lake Lisgar Waterpark.
- Farm Fun
Oxford County is home to several Farm attractions offering education and entertainment. There are so many places to visit in the different seasons we have decided to write a blog to dedicate the right amount of time to the topic (watch for it in August 2015).
In the early spring families make their annual trek to Jakeman’s and McCully’s Hill Farm for pancake breakfasts and to learn about maple syrup. Late summer and fall families will be found traveling to Leaping Deer Adventure Farm & Market, McCully’s Hill Farm, Norwich Optimist Corn Maze and Snyder’s Family Farm/The Fear Farm. At these sites families can wander through corn mazes, meet farm animals, celebrate Halloween and enjoy great educational and entertaining activities. Great fun can be found on the farm in Oxford County.
- Ingersoll Cheese and Agricultural Museum
Did you know that Ingersoll was once home to a 7300-pound wheel of cheese or that the town was founded by Laura Secord’s father? Ingersoll was also a stop on the Underground Railroad! Learn this and many more interesting tales of Ingersoll, its cheese and its agricultural history at the Ingersoll Cheese and Agricultural Museum.
With seven different buildings on site, families can wander through at their leisure or book a guided tour for a more in depth look at the history. Stop by in the summer months and explore the barn, blacksmith shop, Oxford County Museum School and replica turn of the century cheese museum. While here be sure to snap your cheesemaker photo and let the kids play in the cheesey playground. We promise your visit will be very gouda!
- Pittock & Wildwood Conservation Areas
We’re lucky to have two beautiful conservation areas in Oxford County. With a combined 5,500 acres of outdoor parkland, the possibilities are endless. Spend your day hiking the scenic trails, go birding or start up a family game of disc golf. If that’s not enough, the conservation area staff always has loads of great events happening from star gazing to special reptile guests.
Both Pittock and Wildwood conservation areas offers overnight and seasonal camping with loads of programming to keep the kids busy while you enjoy some much needed relaxation. Head on over to the splash pad and pool at Pittock for a whale of a time or try your hand at fishing with OFAH’s Tackle Share program (available at both parks). Don’t have a tent – don’t worry. Pittock offers a camping package where they provide (and set-up) a tent and picnic shelter. They also provide ice, firewood and a canoe rental. A relaxing way to enjoy the outdoors.
Borrow a GPS at Wildwood and go on an epic scavenger with an afternoon of geocaching. If it’s relaxation you’re looking for, rent a canoe or kayak (either location) and paddle slowly through the water. The time is sure to fly.
- Woodstock Art Gallery
Woodstock Art Gallery (or WAG as it is commonly called), is Oxford County’s largest municipal public gallery. It has 2 floors of exhibits and an additional floor for classes and programming. W.A.G. has a regular schedule of events for families, children and adults. Get creative with the whole family this summer. Before you leave, don’t forget to check out the gift shop where you are bound to find a unique treasure to remember your trip by. See what is happening at the WAG.
6. Libraries Are Hubs for Fun
Magic shows, reading clubs, crafts and movie nights are just a few of the fun activities that can be found at libraries in Oxford County. For information about upcoming events at the Woodstock Library visit their website and read their news updates. Oxford County Library has 14 locations throughout the County where special events are regularly held. To view their full calendar of events visit their website. Many family and children’s programs are free or have a nominal fee. Make plans to visit a library in Oxford.
Get out in Oxford County this summer and try these awesome stops along the way. See what the county has to offer! Visit www.tourismoxford.ca for a list of destinations and special events.
By:Gabrielle Bossy, Tourism Oxford