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With the huge rise of Halloween events at all family-friendly attractions from zoos to theme parks to tourist trains, October has become an excellent month for family getaways, and a lively extended season for family-friendly tourist attractions.
Montreal is a great place for families to visit, with plenty of fun things to do including some extra events during October. The Botanical Gardens, located right near the popular Biodome attraction has two seasonal events throughout the month: The Magic of Lanterns, and The Great Pumpkin Ball and other Halloween activities.Continue to 2 of 7 below.
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Figures in The PondThe Magic of Lanterns displays reflect the Chinese tradition of lantern festivals, and the main display area is this pond in the Chinese Garden area, which is surrounded by walkways, bridges, and viewing areas. The 2010 display was inspired by a famous Chinese painting.Continue to 3 of 7 below.
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More Figures in The PondTip for families: arrive before dusk, before the gardens get crowded. Expect Friday and Saturday nights to be especially busy, with possibly a long line-up for entrance-- so arrive early. You can visit the Insectarium and enjoy the pumpkin displays and the Halloween play area while waiting for dusk.Continue to 4 of 7 below.
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Visitors can easily, and inexpensively, reach the Montreal Botanical Gardens by taking the fast and efficient Montreal Metro. (Read more about visiting the Montreal Botanical Gardens.)Continue to 5 of 7 below.
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Boat With LightsVisitors can try green tea and Chinese pastries, explore a traditional pagoda, visit the gift shop located in the Chinese Gardens area, explore the adjacent Japanese Garden.Continue to 6 of 7 below.
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More Halloween Fun
Also throughout October, visitors can enjoy Halloween activities such as: "The Great Pumpkin Ball", which includes displays of hundreds of decorated pumpkins, pumpkin-decorating contests, play zones for kids under ten, Halloween origami and more. Read about current activities at the Montreal Botanical Gardens site (a bilingual site, with both English and French pages.)Continue to 7 of 7 below.
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Insectarium, Visitor Tips
Also included with price of admission and worth a quick visit is the Insectarium.
October may arguably be the best time to visit the Botanical Gardens: beautiful fall foliage and autumn weather; the Magic of Lantern displays, which include not only the major exhibitions in the Chinese Gardens, but other displays scattered through the grounds, and Halloween activities.