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Family Fun

Here is a list of Free Family Things to do while in Penticton:

  • Walk the PENTICTON FARMER’S MARKET. Every Saturday on Main Street, from April 23 to October 29 –  8:30am – 1:00pm.· Throw down a picnic blanket and listen to some live music or take in a show at one of the summers’ many FREE CONCERTS OR FESTIVALS.
  • Have some play time at the DISCOVER PARK beside Skaha Lake, west end. The natural playground encourages children to move and use their imagination.
  • Check out the DOMINION RADIO ASTROPHYSICAL OBSERVATORY, the largest radio observatory that studies radio signals in space. The grounds and visitor centre are open year-round for self-guided tours.
  • Take a mini hike along the KVR TRAIL. The route accessible from Vancouver Place is really easy going for the first couple of kilometres. The kids will also enjoy looking out for wildlife and watching the boats bobbing on the water.
  • Walk, hike or bike any of the any of the SINGLE TRACK TRAIL NETWORKS that abound in this area. There are maps to guide you in the suites here at Crooked Tree but to name a few . . . CAMPBELL MOUNTAIN, THREE BLIND MICE and SKAHA BLUFFS
  • Head up to MUNSON MOUNTAIN - For some great views and photo taking, Munson Mountain is where you spot the 'PENTICTON' sign on the side of the mountain. You can see it while driving along Highway 97 north of the city.
  • HAVE A BEACH DAY. Choose from Okanagan, Skaha, Manitou in Naramata, Three-mile (just off Naramata Road) and Sun-Oka in Trout Creek
  • FLOAT THE CHANNEL - free if you have your own floaters and transportation. If not, Coyote Cruises (215 Riverside Drive) will set you up.  Slap on the sunscreen, pack up the cool box and spend a few hours leisurely drifting the cool waters of the Penticton Channel.
  • PENTICTON-IKEDA JAPANESE GARDEN (beside the Penticton Art Gallery, 199 Marina Way) - dozens of people walk through every day to enjoy the views, the peace and quiet, the lovely plants and the fish. A volunteer society, the dedicated folks promote Japanese cultural activities and events, and coordinate the exchange of visits between Penticton and its sister city, the town of Ikeda located in the Nakagawa District of Tokachi in Hokkaido, Japan
  • Go on a self-guided ARTISTS’ STUDIO TOUR. There are 3 available and they each produce brochures with artist information and maps; the LAKE-TO-LAKE TOUR (meet artists who live near Okanagan, Skaha and Vaseux Lakes along the wine route from Penticton to Oliver), ART ON THE NARAMATA BENCH (along the scenic Naramata Bench; 8 studios in all) and the SUMMERLAND & TROUT CREEK STUDIO TOUR (across the lake from Crooked Tree)


Fun Family Activities that will cost a few bucks:

  • HOODOO ADVENTURES is very family focused. Bicycle and kayak tours can accommodate younger guests but if Mom and Dad want to get away for the day, there are adventure based kids' summer camps. Certified staff introduces children to fun, exciting and educational life skills including kayaking, indoor and outdoor climbing, biking, hiking, wilderness survival and more.  Indoor climbing walls are at their 131 Ellis Street location but there’s much more . . . check out their:

         o   Bike Tours, Shuttles & Coaching

         o   Kayak Tours & Courses

         o   Climb & Rappel Outdoors

         o   Skills Courses & Outdoor Training

         o   Hiking & Survival Training

         o   Adventure Club

  • WITBIT WATERPARK at Okanagan Beach (1010 Lakeshore Drive)

  • Float the channel with tubes and a bus ride back to the beginning from COYOTE CRUISES (215 Riverside Drive)

  • Rent some wheels - bikes, pedal cars, trikes, kayaks, paddleboards and scooters - 2 person, 4 person or 6 person pedal car rentals are available at FUNCITY RENTALS (1070 Lakeshore Drive West)

  • LOCO LANDING ADVENTURE PARK (75 Riverside Drive) offers all sorts of fun things including Mini-Golf, Go–Karts, High-level Ropes Course, Bumper Boats, Climbing Wall, Jump n’ Slide, Cannonball, Aeroball, Monkey Motion and Big Baller

  • At PIER ONE WATERSPORTS (185 Lakeshore Drive West) you can:

         o   Rent a ski-boat, sea-doo, party barge, paddle-board or kayak

         o   Enjoy a single, double, triple or quadruple parasailing adventure with their licensed and experienced captain and crew

         o   Try to beat the waves on their six person banana boat rides

         o   Take a water ski or wakeboard lesson with licensed instructors

  • THE KETTLE VALLEY STEAM RAILWAY - (reservations strongly advised) head over to Summerland and take a ride on a 100 year old steam locomotive. The “choo choo” operates on the only preserved section of the historic Kettle Valley Railway line which was built between 1910 and 1915.  During the 90 minute ride, highlights include the sights and sounds of old steam locomotive, scenic views of Summerland’s rural beauty, live music and historical commentary.  There are regular excursions, varied special events, Great Train Robbery events and BBQ’s throughout the May to October season.

  • Go for ice cream at TICKLEBERRY’S (in Okanagan Falls at 1279 Main St) or at the iconic giant PEACH at Okanagan Beach (185 Lakeshore Drive)

  • If Kart Racing is your thing, visit the PENTICTON SPEEDWAY/TOP GEAR RACING CENTRE for high speed family fun (2070 Carmi Avenue). There is a quarter mile paved, oval race track featuring 6 classes of racing plus a driving school and “arrive & drive” Race Karts.  They offer everyone from beginners to expert racers the chance to experience the thrill of Kart Racing.  A full concession is on site.