It will take kids 10 minutes to walk across Centennial Park’s long and wide beach. From the many structures in its big playground by the water, you get a great view of Lake Simcoe and the impressive tall fountain. Add to this ice cream from the park’s snack bar and a stop at Barrie’s Splash Pad in Heritage Park (closed when I visited in the Fall but only a 10-minute walk towards downtown along the water), and you get a great little summer outing! Even better, there’s a flat bike path running along each side of the horseshoe-shaped bay. Perfect for the whole family!
Once you've enjoyed it all, you might feel like visiting Barie's more secluded Johnson Beach (a mere 5-minute drive from Centennial Beach).