This summer our family visited Halifax-Dartmouth for a week. Having our bikes with us allowed us to easily get to know the cities, their parks, neighborhoods and special features in a family-friendly way.
If you’re getting ready to explore a new city by bike with kids, here are a few tips and tricks for creating wonderful memories for the whole family.
Ride to the parks
New parks are great picnic spots. We rode to the beach, visited ornate gardens, scrambled up trees and investigated new play structures. No matter how much riding we did together, the kids still needed time to run around and play.
Stop for random fun stuff
Riding back to our campsite one evening, we passed a group of people dressed in full zombie gear who were gathering for a zombie walk. Cruise ships, ducks crossing the road, busker festivals and comic book shops are all well worth checking out and are often the kids’ favorite memories.
Dress for the weather
We’ve ridden through some very heavy rainstorms with the kids. As long as the wet ride isn’t too long and there are dry clothes to change into, the kids don’t mind the weather and often even relish the unexpected adventure.
Enjoy treats together
A basket of strawberries from a farmers market, ice cream from a little shop you happened to ride by, croissants or sushi from the grocery store – it doesn’t matter what the treats are, but if you’re all riding, you’re all going to be hungry, and tasting a new city is fun for the whole family.
We love our GPS
Maps of a new city are great when you have them. We like to bike around with our GPS when we’re getting to know a new place. The GPS is not usually on, but when we’ve gotten turned around, it’s nice to know we can find that sweet little café when it’s lunch time or the campground when it’s starting to get dark.