Between the Ontario Staycation Tax Credit, our incredible deals on accommodations with local hotel partners, and other summer offers, it’s never been more affordable to turn your family day trip into an overnight stay trip. This summer, instead of cramming your family’s adventure into one long, exhausting day, slow down and stretch out the fun by incorporating an affordable overnight stay into your schedule. Here are four fun ways to do it!


Day Trip To Stay Trip An Amazing African Lion Safari Adventure

You’ve heard the early bird gets the worm, but at African Lion Safari, the early bird gets the wild! African Lion Safari’s Wake Up The Wild experience offers guests unrivalled access to the park before it opens to the public on a privately guided tour led by a Game Warden. Witness a pride of lions at their most active time of the day as they devour their morning meal. Explore the park in an open-air truck and come within a metre of rhino, zebra, and ostriches. Hand-feed Canada’s largest giraffe herd!

African Lion Safari, Hamilton

This adventure starts at 8:45 am, and your ticket includes access to the park for the remainder of the day when the experience concludes. Booking a nearby hotel the night before will allow you a little bit more of a sleep-in, make your morning far less rushed, and leave the kids with more fuel in the tank to play all day. Great nearby options with summer Staytripping deals that include a $50 or $100 VISA gift card with your booking include:


Day Trip To Stay Trip A Sensational Sports Adventure

Big game excitement doesn’t have to come with big-ticket prices. Head to Hamilton to cheer on the Hamilton Tiger-Cats CFL team or Hamilton Honey Badgers basketball team. Rather than having to rush to the car to drive home after the game, hit a downtown patio for a fun family dinner and then settle in for some shuteye at a nearby hotel. In the morning, surprise the kids with breakfast on the beach in Burlington, roller-skating, or a zipline through the treetops before you head home.

Treetop Trekking at Binbrook Conservation Area, Hamilton

Browse our Summer Staycation Hotel Offers to find a great deal.


Day Trip To Stay Trip A Wonderful Day On The Water

Nothing kills a fun family vibe faster after an amazing day out on the water than having to load everyone in the car and head right home. This summer, pair a family-friendly Grand River paddling adventure, like Turbo Tubing For Beginners or Paddle The Beast, with a Staytripping deal at a nearby hotel, like:

Grand River Turbo Tubing

Day Trip To Stay Trip Family Festival Fun

Festival season is back in a big way for summer 2022, but all that fresh air, food and fun can make for a long drive back at the end of the day. Instead of heading home that night, book a hotel room or vacation rental (they’re also eligible for the Ontario Staycation Tax Credit) that you can quickly escape to at the end of the evening. Fun family-friendly summer festivals taking place in Hamilton Halton Brant this summer include:

Burlington Veg Fest

Looking for even more family adventures you can supersize this summer? Visit our Pick Pack Go page to build your awesome family getaway.


Know Before You Go

We’re thrilled that Ontario is reopening and can’t wait to welcome you to Hamilton Halton Brant. As a few of our region’s tourism partners may take some additional time to return to their pre-pandemic operating capacities and protocols, feel free to reach out to the places you plan on visiting in advance to confirm that they’re ready to serve you in the way you’re expecting.

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Turbo Tubing For Beginners: Five Oaks Trip

Grand River Rafting Company

119 Jennings Road, Brantford, Ontario

$33 per person plus HST Includes turbo tube, paddle, pfd jacket, upstream shuttle ride, map...

Now thru October 31

Fresh Market Farms U-Pick

521 Concession Road 6 East, Hamilton, Millgrove, ON L0R 1V0, Canada

August 20

Large Pack Basket Workshop at Chiefswood Park

Chiefswood Park Cabins

1037 Highway 54 Ohsweken, ON N0A 1M0

Cabins are also available for rent for those interested. Time: 9am-4pm Cost: $325 (Half must...

Now thru December 31

Hamilton Civic Museums Virtual Tours

28 James St N, Hamilton, ON L8R 1A1

Now thru August 16

Intro to Urban Gardening

Royal Botanical Gardens

680 Plains Rd W, Burlington, ON, Canada

6 to 9 p.m.

October 28

Steam Museum After Dark – Adult Flashlight Tour 2022

Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology – National Historic Site

900 Woodward Avenue, Hamilton, ON, L8H 7N2

Time: 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM Ages: 14+ years Cost: $15.00 per person. Pre-registration required....

Now thru June 1

Brant County Beer Tour

The Beer Tour Company

All patrons must be 19yrs of age or older. By booking you are accepting our...

Now thru December 31

Trail Mix

Tourism Brantford

Hardy Road, Brantford, ON, Canada

Now thru September 15

Virtual Guided Hike: Summer Edition

Royal Botanical Gardens

680 Plains Road West, Burlington, ON, L7T 4H4

Fee: $10 + Service Fee. (Members 10% off*) Please pre-register by September 15**

Now thru December 31

Serial Production

McMaster Museum of Art

McMaster University, 1280 Main Street West, Hamilton, ON, L8S 4L6

September 17

Bake, Find, Feast! A Family Friendly Historic Cooking Workshop

Dundurn Castle – National Historic Site

610 York Boulevard, Hamilton, ON, L8R 3H1

Time: 10:00 AM – 12:30 AM Ages: All Cost: $55 for 1 adult and 1...

Now thru September 30

On The Water Experience

Six Nations Tourism

2498 Chiefswood Road, Ohsweken, ON N0A 1M0

Cost: $110.00 per person

Now thru September 5

Fun Farmyard at Springridge Farm

Springridge Farm

7256 Bell School Line, Milton, ON, L9T 2Y1

$12 +HST weekends and holidays $9 +HST weekdays Admission to Fun Farm Yard is per...

Now thru December 31

Where Cultures Meet

Six Nations Tourism

2498 Chiefswood Road, Ohsweken, ON N0A 1M0

$70.00/person for a group of less than 20; $60.00/person for a group of 20 people...

December 27 - January 8

Winter Break Drop-In Activity Centre: Victorian Toy Makers

Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology – National Historic Site

900 Woodward Avenue, Hamilton, ON, L8H 7N2

Time: 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM Ages: 3+ years Cost: FREE event. Regular museum admission...

Now thru August 19

Summer Day Camp with Museums Burlington

Ireland House Museum

2168 Guelph Line, Burlington, ON, L7P 5A8

Please email museumeducation@burlington.ca for more information or if you have any questions.

Now thru October 18

Walk Through the Seasons

Chiefswood Park Cabins

1037 Highway 54 Ohsweken, ON N0A 1M0

No need to pre-register for this FREE event, sign in when you arrive. Wear proper...

Now thru August 23

Kelso Mountain Bike Series 2022

Kelso Conservation Area / Glen Eden

5234 Kelso Road, Milton, ON, L9T 2X7

Now thru September 24

Special Exhibition | Beyond Human Limits

Joseph Brant Museum

1240 North Shore Boulevard East, Burlington, ON, L7S 1C5

Joseph Brant Museum Tuesday - Saturday - 10:00AM to 4:00PM Special exhibition is included with...

Now thru August 26

Aspire Climbing Summer Camp

104 Bronte St N, Milton, ON L9T 2N5, Canada

Now thru August 17

Growing Your Own Food: Workshops

Royal Botanical Gardens

680 Plains Rd W, Burlington, ON, Canada

Fee: $20 per session or $50 for all three sessions + Service Fee (Members 10%...

Now thru December 31

Guided Walking Tours in Milton

16 James Street, Milton, ON, Canada

September 10 - 11

Corn Wash Basket Workshop at Chiefswood Park

Chiefswood Park Cabins

1037 Highway 54 Ohsweken, ON N0A 1M0

Cabins are also available for rent for those interested. Time: 9am-4pm Cost: $200 (Half must...

August 18

McMaster Museum of Art: Central Campus Sculpture Tour

McMaster Museum of Art

McMaster University, 1280 Main Street West, Hamilton, ON, L8S 4L6

Now thru September 4

Historic Garden Tours at Dundurn National Historic Site

Dundurn Castle – National Historic Site

610 York Boulevard, Hamilton, ON, L8R 3H1

FREE outdoor event Saturdays and Sundays, 2:00 to 3:00pm. Regular admission rates apply to the...

September 24

Contemporary Art Bus Tour

Art Gallery of Hamilton

123 King Street West, Hamilton, ON, L8P 4S8

Now thru August 17

Paddling in Paradise

Royal Botanical Gardens

680 Plains Road West, Burlington, ON, L7T 4H4

Now thru October 2

Paddle the Beast!

Grand River Rafting Company

119 Jennings Rd, Brantford (Brant Conservation Area)

Now thru December 31

A Day of Play Experience

Six Nations Tourism

2498 Chiefswood Road, Ohsweken, ON N0A 1M0

Price: $70.00/person for a group of less than 20; $60.00/person for a group of 20...

December 9 - 30

Christmas Evening Tours

Dundurn Castle – National Historic Site

610 York Boulevard, Hamilton, ON, L8R 3H1

Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Ages: All Cost: $35 per person. Pre-registration required.

Now thru August 19

AGH Summer Camp

Art Gallery of Hamilton

123 King Street West, Hamilton, ON, L8P 4S8

Now thru December 31

Hamilton Civic Museums Virtual Exhibitions

Hamilton Civic Museums

Throughout the City of Hamilton, Hamilton, ON, L8R 2K1

August 24

Sunset Photography

Royal Botanical Gardens

680 Plains Road West, Burlington, ON, L7T 4H4

6pm - 9pm.

Now thru August 26

Yoga and Chair Yoga with Hamilton Recreation

Whitehern Historic House & Garden – National Historic Site

41 Jackson Street West, Hamilton, ON, L8P 1L3

11:00 AM to 11:45 AM

Now thru August 26

Summer Camps at the Art Gallery of Burlington

Art Gallery of Burlington

1333 Lakeshore Road , Burlington, ON, L7S 1A9

Now thru August 28

Garden Tour

Royal Botanical Gardens

680 Plains Road West, Burlington, ON, L7T 4H4

10 to 20 Minutes. 11am, 1pm, 2:30pm.

Now thru August 28

Sketchbook Sundays

Art Gallery of Hamilton

123 King Street West, Hamilton, ON, L8P 4S8

Now thru September 18

Seeing the Invisible at RBG

Royal Botanical Gardens

680 Plains Road West, Burlington, ON, L7T 4H4

Adult: $19.50 Senior: $16.50 Youth/Student: $16.50 Child age 4 to 12: $11.50 Child under 4:...

Now thru September 25

Wake Up the Wild

African Lion Safari

1386 Cooper Road, Hamilton, ON, N1R 5S2

Available on select dates from June – September, 2022. Tour subject to availability. Advanced reservations...

August 20

Heirloom Tomatoes Cooking Workshop

Dundurn Castle – National Historic Site

610 York Boulevard, Hamilton, ON, L8R 3H1

Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Ages: 14 years and older Cost: $55 per person....

Now thru September 25

Fit in the Core

450 Nelson Ave, Burlington, ON L7S 1N3

Now thru January 31

Downtown Milton Flashback Tour

Downtown Milton BIA

251 Main Street East, Milton, ON, L9T 1P1

Now thru December 2

We Are Made of Stardust

McMaster Museum of Art

McMaster University, 1280 Main Street West, Hamilton, ON, L8S 4L6

Now thru August 19

Children’s Gardening: Sow and Grow (Ages 5 to 7)

Royal Botanical Gardens

680 Plains Rd W, Burlington, ON, Canada

Now thru December 31

Art For Victory

Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum

9280 Airport Road, Mount Hope, ON, L0R 1W0

Wednesday to Sunday - 9 am to 5 pm. Exhibit is FREE with admission. Regular...

Now thru June 1

Hamilton Beer Tour

The Beer Tour Company

All patrons must be 19yrs of age or older. By booking you are accepting our...

Now thru December 31

Fire Over Water Exhibit at Crawford Lake

Crawford Lake Conservation Area

3115 Conservation Road, Milton, ON, L9T 2X3

9am - 7pm.

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