Historic places, exotic creatures, and plenty of outdoor activities make up just some of the many things to do in Hamilton. On top of this, no Hamilton guide is complete without mentioning the many parks, waterways, and natural waterfalls that are located in and around the city.

Several great family-friendly Hamilton things to do include spending a day at Adventure Village, checking out the wild animals at the African Lion Safari, and taking in some history at the Battlefield House Museum and Park. Adventure Village on Van Wagners Beach Road has activities for all ages. Older children and adults can enjoy the miniature golf course, batting cages, and bumper cars, while younger ones can mine for gemstones and play video games in the arcade.

The African Lion Safari at 1386 Cooper Road is an adventurous addition to any guide to Hamilton. This wild animal sanctuary has big cats like lions and cheetahs, plus rhinoceroses and giraffes. There are live animals shows, game reserve tours, and even a water park. Battlefield House Museum and Park at 77 King Street West is a homestead built in 1796 and has 32 acres of parkland. It was once the home of the Gages and their 10 children, and now holds reenactments of the Battle of Stoney Creek, hosts the Annual Apple Festival, and provides a lecture series.

Hamilton deals can be found at both Ancaster Heritage Village and Barton Village shopping districts. Shops, restaurants, and galleries line Wilson Street and make up Ancaster Heritage Village. One can shop for accessories at Vassi’s Fashion boutique or a bike at Ancaster Cycle, then grab a seasonally fresh bite to eat at Ancaster Mill. The theatre hosts local productions of musicals like Aida, My Fair Lady, and Beauty and the Beast. Barton Village on Barton Street in downtown Hamilton boasts art galleries, boutiques, and restaurants with cuisines from many parts of the world.

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