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We are planning on taking a vacation to Montreal this summer. Im not sure exactly when and we are pretty flexible. I'd love help planning things to do when we are there. It will be me, dh, and our 3 year old so preferably child friendly. In the past I havent found most travel guides to be helpful when travelling anywhere. Any advice on what to do? Also I am looking at renting a vacation apartment as opposed to a hotel and am not sure what areas would be good to stay in and which areas to avoid. Thanks so much!
 

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We were in Montreal with our (then) 2 yo dd in April 2005 and spent quite a lot of time at parks. Parc la Fontaine in particular (our B&B was just across the street).<br>
We went to the Biosphere and Biodome, as well as the Insectarium. Dd loved all of them. I don't know when the 'Butterflies fly free' exhibition is on, but that was also something we enjoyed (the Botanical Gardens, not far from the Insectarium).<br><br>
Vieux Montréal was also nice...there was at least one playground that I can remember dd enjoyed playing on.<br><br>
We also didn't find the travel guides much help with travelling with our small child.
 

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Hi,<br>
I think one good attraction would be the biodome (great for a rainy day) <a href="http://www2.ville.montreal.qc.ca/biodome/bdm.htm" target="_blank">http://www2.ville.montreal.qc.ca/biodome/bdm.htm</a><br><br>
Very near from the biodome are the insectarium and the botanical garden <a href="http://www2.ville.montreal.qc.ca/jardin/jardin.htm" target="_blank">http://www2.ville.montreal.qc.ca/jardin/jardin.htm</a><br><br>
Another thing to do is to go to the mont royal park. There are activities to do, and every sunday, there are the "tam-tam"<br><a href="http://www.lemontroyal.qc.ca/en_index3.html" target="_blank">http://www.lemontroyal.qc.ca/en_index3.html</a><br><br>
There are also many other parks in Montreal where they have activities (farms, beaches,...) <a href="http://ville.montreal.qc.ca/portal/page?_pageid=175,4230570&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL" target="_blank">http://ville.montreal.qc.ca/portal/p..._schema=PORTAL</a><br><br>
There are also many museums, and I think they are pretty open to kids, especially if you go during the week. The museum of fine arts has activities for children during the weekends also. <a href="http://www.mbam.qc.ca/en/activites/enfants.html" target="_blank">http://www.mbam.qc.ca/en/activites/enfants.html</a><br><br>
I'll try to think of other ideas, but if you have any questions, feel free to pm me.<br><br>
As to where to stay, I'd say be near a metro and you'll be fine, except if you go too far east (further than the viau station) <a href="http://www.stcum.qc.ca/metro/mapmetro.htm" target="_blank">http://www.stcum.qc.ca/metro/mapmetro.htm</a><br><br>
HTH<br><br>
Édith
 

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If you have access to a car, there are alot of really awesome things to do just outside of the city. The Ecomuseum for one is a great place for the kids to see "native" animals up close. There are great walking trails at Cap St Jaques as well as a small working farm with animals to pet, seeds to plant gardens to picnic beside.<br><br>
Without a car...On the last stop on one Metro line (Green?) is Angrinon Station which is at Angrinon Park. It also has a petting farm, lots of trails to walk along and there are often Summer concerts in the park.<br><br>
I agree with the other suggestions too:Botanic gardens, biodome, insectarium all great places with kids. The mountain has a playground too and of course there is some fun drumming there on Sundays <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
Good Luck and have a great trip!
 

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Thanks for all the suggestions.. What about great places to eat? (that are affordable)
 
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