Parksville is home to world-renowned beaches, warm ocean waters, cute little shops, and…mini-golf! There are two mini-golf attractions in Parksville: Paradise Fun Park and Riptide Lagoon. We can attest that both places are well worth a visit.
Paradise Fun Park
According to their website Paradise Fun Park is ‘world class’.
World class or not, Paradise Fun Park really lives up to its name.
The day we visited there were seven of us in total (three adults and four young kids). There are two courses to choose from, the ‘Turf ‘N Surf‘ and ‘Treasure Island‘. We chose the first one only because it looked a little less busy. We happily putted our golf balls through a lighthouse, windmill and waterwheel (to name a few).
Although we had a great time mini-golfing, the hot sun made us thankful to finally be finished the 18th hole, and we were overly eager to head over to the bumper boats.
While the rather small pool filled with large bumper boats may look a little boring, it is anything but. I haven’t giggled that hard in a long time! It is definitely worth the few extra dollars for a ticket.
In order to drive the boats you have to be 44″ tall, so the two youngest in our group had to ride with an adult. To give you a better reference point, my six-year-old drove the boat on her own and did quite well, managing to figure out how to steer and shoot water at the same time.
Word to the wise…you will get wet…really, really wet! But that is what makes it so fun!
Paradise Fun Park also has a game pavilion, sweet shack, ice-cream shop, motel, and an RV park attached to the property.
Although the RV park is on the smaller side (only 30 sites and quite compact), there are a few sought after larger sites that have spectacular ocean front views (site#6 is our favorite). The fact this RV park is situated on the ever-popular Community Beach is a huge plus!
Riptide Lagoon has a cute story line based around a fishing village.
A long time ago there was a little fishing village in a snug little harbour in a very remote location. The only way in and out of the harbour was by boat. A while back Wandering Willie tried to make the access easier to the little harbour with his little float plane. Landing was easy but the takeoff proved much harder as evidenced by his plane still stuck on the stump near the harbour. There is only one vehicle in town which is used to ferry supplies from the dock into the upper reaches of the town. The quaint little town thrives, with shipbuilding, fishing, a tugboat company, and the supply business all doing well.
As you meander around the Lagoon’s two courses you will interact with quaint little houses, a lighthouse, caves, a ship that is under construction, and Wandering Willie`s plane. The scene around you provides plenty of unique places to stop for a photo-op.
For even more fun, Riptide Lagoon also has laser tag bumper cars, an arcade, and an ice-cream and snack shop.
The bumper cars were a big hit with my crew. In fact, one time through wasn’t enough for them. They were so desperate for another turn that they offered up their own allowance in order to go again!
Riptide Lagoon is conveniently located on Resort Drive adjacent to Rathtrevor Provincial Park. It is also in walking distance to and from many of Parksville`s beach resorts.
If you are looking for some family friendly fun, make sure to check out both of these mini-golf attractions in Parksville!
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