Quick Getaways for the May Long Weekend near Ottawa

Getaway Ideas for the May Long Weekend Near Ottawa - SavvyMom

As spring has finally sprung, maybe it’s time to sneak in a quick getaway for the May long weekend near Ottawa. These little trips promise fun, play, and relaxation for the whole family. Whether you’re craving urban adventures or nature escapes, here are some top destinations to consider not too far from Ottawa!

Quick May Long Weekend Getaways Near Ottawa

Montreal: A Playground of Culture and Science

Hop on Via Rail and head to downtown Montreal for a blend of cultural exploration and family fun. Stay at the Embassy Suites for spacious suites with kitchens and enjoy complimentary evening drinks and snacks, plus a hearty breakfast. Attractions like the Biosphere, Planetarium, and Botanical Gardens are just a subway ride away. Don’t miss the Montreal Science Centre (ps- if you have a family membership to the Ottawa Science Centre you can use it here to get in for free!) and the Big Wheel at the Port for breathtaking city views. A stroll through vibrant Chinatown and a visit to Patisserie Harmonie will sweeten your quick May long weekend getaway.

©Amanda DeGrace

Toronto: Endless Urban Exploration

Toronto in May offers an endless array of activities perfect for quick May long weekend getaways. The Chelsea Hotel (ps- as of the date of publication they have a 15% Spring in Bloom sale!) is perfect for kids, featuring a water slide, pools, and a playroom. Explore Ripley’s Aquarium, the ROM, Ontario Science Centre, and the iconic CN Tower. Walk along The Harbourfront and check out the Hockey Hall of Fame if you’re sports enthusiasts. Dining options like the Old Spaghetti Factory and Pizza Libretto offer family-friendly atmospheres and delicious meals. Or hit up Fresh Kitchen for some of the best nachos!

Niagara Falls: A Spectacular Natural Wonder

Drive a bit past Toronto to discover the majestic Niagara Falls. Consider staying on the US side for potentially better rates, and make sure to grab a Clifton Hill pass for access to numerous attractions. Kids (and adults!) will enjoy the Speedway and don’t forget to check out their calendar of events before you go as there is always something happening! Plan ahead with dining reservations to avoid the crowds, especially during weekends.

Quebec City: A Taste of Europe Close to Home

Quebec City feels like a European getaway without the long travel. Stay in Old Quebec at the Chateau Laurier or the Home2Suites by Hilton for proximity to historical sites and modern comforts. The Aquarium is a must-visit, and comfortable walking shoes are essential to explore the scenic streets. Take a walk through the Plains of Abraham and visit Montmorency Falls. Love waterslides and aquatic fun? Check out Villages Vacances Valcartier, just outside of Quebec City for a weekend of fun, laughter, and playing.

©Amanda DeGrace

Syracuse: Shopping and Fun in the U.S.

Just a three-hour drive from Ottawa, Syracuse offers the Embassy Suites at Destiny Mall with spacious family suites and included breakfast. The Destiny Mall is a playground of shopping and entertainment options. Secure a fun pass for the best experience and don’t miss out on Dinosaur BBQ for a filling and delicious family friendly meal and Glazed & Confused for tasty donut treats (some of our faves!). Check out the Rosamond Zoo and if you are a sports fan there is always something happening in Syracuse! From basketball to hockey to baseball check find your favourite Syracuse sports team in action!

©Amanda DeGrace

Montebello: Nature’s Peaceful Retreat

In Montebello, nature meets comfort. Visit Parc Omega to interact closely with Canadian wildlife. Stay in a cabin within the park for a unique experience (wake up with the wolves right at your window!) or enjoy the luxurious Chateau Montebello with its vast range of activities and exquisite dining options. With a 75-foot indoor heated pool, basketball, tennis, kids activities, and many outdoor walking and biking trails you can choose to stay active or relax by the large indoor fireplace with your favourite family boardgames. The onsite dining options are spectacular and don’t miss out on the brunch option as this is one of the best we have ever experienced.

These destinations offer a variety of experiences to meet your family’s taste and desire for adventure, play, and/or relaxation. Pack your bags and prepare for May long weekend getaway near Ottawa that your family will remember for years to come!


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