Situated across the harbor from the city of Toronto on Centre Island and surrounded by 600 acres of parkland, Centreville Amusement Park offers more than 30 rides and attractions and 14 food outlets for the ultimate family outing. The fun here is geared towards younger kids (up to 12), so teens might not find as much to do, but there’s also plenty to see and do around Centreville that the whole family can enjoy. Before you go, check out this complete guide to make the most of your experience.
How to Get There
Getting to Centreville is a fun outing in its own right because it involves a short but very scenic ferry ride from downtown Toronto to the Toronto Islands. Ferry boats go to three different Islands: Centre Island, Hanlan's Island and Ward's Island. You'll want to catch one to Centre Island, but since the islands are all connected, you can walk from one to another.
Your best option to get to the ferry terminal is to take the TTC or a GO Train to Union Station. From Union Station you can take 509 Harbourfront or 510 Spadina streetcar south, or Bay Bus #6 southbound from Front Street and Bay Street to the Bay Street and Queens Quay stop. Once there, the entrance to the ferry docks is on the south side of the street, west of Westin Harbour Castle hotel. The ferry ride will take about 10 minutes, and once you disembark, follow signs to Centreville.
If you drive to the ferry terminal, park in one of the several public lots nearby. Daily rates are about $20.
What to Do at Centreville Amusement Park
Once you get to Centreville you’ll have your pick of more than 30 rides and attractions geared toward those 12 and under. The park’s website divides these attractions into three categories (smooth, moderate and extreme) to help parents plan which rides will be best for their children. But nothing here is frightening, and even those rides and activities listed as “extreme” are fairly tame. You'll find bumper cars, miniature golf, an antique carousel dating back to 1907, a twirling teacup ride, windmill-style Ferris wheel, a log flume ride (where you might get wet), swan boats, scrambler ride, several small roller coasters, and a scenic cable car ride offering picturesque views of the island and the city skyline, to name a few highlights on offer at the park.
Centreville is also home to a playground, a wading pool open in July and August, the Centreville train that takes visitors on an eight-minute loop around the park, and bumper boats.
What to Eat
With 14 food outlets to choose from, you won’t go hungry on a visit to Centreville whether you need a quick bite to eat between rides, you’re craving something sweet, or you prefer a more casual sit-down meal. You’ll find Pizza Pizza and Subway locations in the park and at the Centre Island ferry dock. For snacks and sweet treats, you can head to Scoops Ice Cream Wagon, Mr. Fipp's Popcorn Wagon, Candy Floss Factory, Funnel Cake Shop, Sister Sara's Cake Shop, and O'Bumbles Ice Cream Parlour. For anyone who prefers a more traditional restaurant experience, there’s Uncle Al’s Smokehouse, Toronto Island BBQ & Beer Co., and Carousel Café.
Many people who visit the Toronto Islands also opt to bring a picnic. Find one of the numerous shaded areas to enjoy your DIY lunch or snacks.
What to Do Nearby
Centreville Amusement Park isn’t the only thing to do on Centre Island. In fact, there’s plenty to do either before or after spending time on the rides or playing games. Far Enough Farm is a free, small petting zoo adjacent to the amusement park, and it's home to over 40 different species of farmyard animals and exotic birds. Franklin Children's Gardens is a themed garden on Centre Island based on characters from "Franklin the Turtle" stories. Here you’ll find seven sections for gardening, storytelling, and exploring wildlife, as well as seven kid-friendly sculptures from the Franklin series.
Centre Island Beach is another option for something to do close to Centreville. The calm water is ideal for kids, and there's lots of room to play on the sand or sunbathe. If you’re feeling active, you can rent kayaks, canoes, and stand-up paddle boards to use in and around Centre Island from Harbourfront Canoe and Kayak Centre.
Admission and Hours
Centreville Amusement Park is free to enter, but to go on rides, you’ll need to purchase pay-as-you go tickets or an all-day ride pass. All of the games are pay-to-play (prices vary by game). The cost of an individual all-day ride pass for guests under 4 feet tall is $28.98 in 2019, and for those over 4 feet tall, it's $38.05. A family of four can purchase a family pass for $122.12 in 2019, and individual ride tickets can be purchased for $24.34 for a sheet of 25 or $57.53 for a sheet of 65. Just keep in mind that some rides may require multiple tickets. A small discount applies if you buy passes (not individual tickets) online, and the online pickup line at the park is generally shorter.
Centreville Amusement Park is open seasonally during the summer—weekends in May and September and daily from June to Labor Day. Hours vary so check the website before you go, but the park generally opens at 10:30 a.m.