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Review of Storybook Gardens

Storybook Gardens
Ranked #12 of 89 things to do in London
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Storybook Gardens is a storybook themed outdoor park owned and operated by the City of London Parks and Recreation Department. Opened in 1958, Storybook Gardens provides a fun day of play and learning for families with young children. Park features in the summer season include several outdoor play structures, six amusement rides, a large splash pad, a sand and water play area, and music and dance at the outdoor stage. Open year round, the park also offers winter skating on the beautiful 250 metre outdoor skating trail. Storybook Gardens has been voted "Best Tourist Attraction" in the London Free Press "Best of London" readers poll for four years running, and has twice been awarded the "Best Value, Family Attraction" award by readers of WestJet's Up! magazine.
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Wheelchair access
Reviewed May 12, 2013

Looking at the website I expected little. But the park has more than the site suggests. Its not a big park but it is fairly decent sized and very cute place. Obviously, kids are the target. As a couple we still liked it. This is an old school attraction. Much of it appears to have been there since the 50's? I like this. Its also well kept. The entrance fee was small. There are a few rides that cost extra. We rode the little train which was neat. The little kids seem to get into it and its fun watching them.

My only complain was staff. The gift shop was having a little staff pow-wow and they were ignoring customers waiting to pay for things. Train ride closes down when the operator goes on break and the lineup of kids was getting pretty antsy.

You can visit the whole thing in an hour. If you have kids there are several themed play areas that could very well occupy them a few hours.

1  Thank lashing
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"splash pad"
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"ferris wheel"
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"train ride"
in 14 reviews
"climbing equipment"
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"sand box"
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"splash park"
in 9 reviews
"pirate ship"
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"story book"
in 15 reviews
"face painting"
in 5 reviews
"fairy tale"
in 5 reviews
"older kids"
in 13 reviews
"picnic lunch"
in 10 reviews
"amusement rides"
in 6 reviews
"great place for kids"
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"change rooms"
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"kids love"
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"picnic tables"
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Reviewed May 8, 2013

This place was basically a park with some animals, a few rides which you pay extra for, there is not much to do. Quiet atmosphere but definitely not worth the money ($25 per family)

3  Thank JStebs
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Reviewed May 5, 2013

nice place . its a little older and could use a sprucing up, but its a fun place for the fam to get together and kids to play

Thank schulich
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Reviewed April 17, 2013

They are trying to update/improve after some years of neglect. It is working, and it shows. Perhaps more to come this spring? We'll be back to try again.

Thank bellezas
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Reviewed April 8, 2013

We traveled from Toronto to London this past weekend, with the main point being a trip to Storybook Gardens for our three year old. Unfortunately the beautiful play houses scattered across the park were mostly locked, signs were posted on much of the climbing equipment stating that it was closed for the season, and there was really not much to look at except for the geese. The rides were all closed. Bathrooms were locked unless we made the long trek back to the entrance area - a very long trek on toddler legs.

We could envision the park being a beautiful place to go for a walk after it's main opening over the May long weekend, and if we're back in the summer we would visit again.

Thank travel_bunny29
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