Need a short break from reality? In Ontario, the Storybook Gardens amusement park will take you on a magical journey through your favourite childhood fairytales.
Opened in 1958, Storybook Gardens was built in the middle of Springbank Park in London, Ont. Although the park is geared mostly towards families with little ones, it's still a fun place for teenagers and adults to visit as there are several attractions you'll encounter that will remind you of your childhood.
The fantasy begins right at the entrance of the park, where you'll enter through the gates of a giant castle. Inside, you'll walk along a series of trails within a 20-acre space filled with enchanted characters and locations from popular storybooks and nursery rhymes.
You'll come across familiar faces such as Humpty Dumpty, Moby Dick, Jack Frost, the Princess and the Frog, Captain Hook and much more. Sometimes, even legends like Darth Vader, Elsa and Ash Ketchum from Pokemon make an appearance.
The park is open year-round, with different events lined up for each season. In the spring and summer, the park's large themed structures as well as its splash pad, giant sandbox, and amusement rides like a carousel and magic carpet ride are open for business. There is also daily entertainment, from puppet shows and storytelling to live stage presentations.
In the winter, the park opens up its 250-metre skating trail, which adds an extra bit of magic to the experience. The entire Storybook Gardens is adorned with Christmas decorations and colourful lights so you can really get into the holiday spirit. There's even a certified Beavertails stand on site, so you can enjoy a tasty treat and hot chocolate as you roam about the snow-covered park.
Those who would like to visit during the summer season (May 19 to Sept. 3) can purchase tickets for just $7.75 each. Access to al the amusement rides is extra, with individual tickets at $2.50 per ride and a pack of 20 tickets for $35.
You can also get an annual fun pass for just $38 a person, which gives a full year's admission to the park including the Halloween and winter seasons.
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For more information, visit www.storybook.london.ca.