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Tell any kid that they’ll be staying at a hotel with a swimming pool and their bags will be packed before you even finish speaking! Add a St. John’s staycation to your summer 2020 plans, and get ready for lots of splashing and shrieks of laughter.

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Fairfield by Marriott

Located just minutes from the Avalon Mall and Kelsey Drive shopping area, the Fairfield also offers Netflix and YouTube guestroom entertainment. The pool area has seating in case you run out of energy before the kids do, and the water slide is top notch.

Rates starting at $109
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Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton

Fresh and modern, the Hampton keeps it family friendly. Large windows encircle the pool deck making the space bright and playful.

Rates starting at $89
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Holiday Inn

Located centrally, Holiday Inn is a trusted brand for great reason. A water slide adds extra fun to the pool experience, and East Side Marios is right on-site to quash that post-swim hunger.

Rates starting at $94.05
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Holiday Inn Express St. John’s Airport

Like its sister hotel, Holiday Inn Express offers excellent value to every pool-seeking family.

Rates starting at $85
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Super 8

80 ft water slide? Yes please! The Super 8 is simply a super choice for all families. It’s just minutes from Pippy Park, downtown, and everything the city has to offer.

Rates starting at $88.40
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Delta St. John’s

Located in the heart of downtown, the Delta offers easy access to shopping and dining, and of course, the newly opened Water Street Pedestrian Mall.

Rates starting at $113

Please note: All accommodation providers listed here and on our site are licensed operators who are committed to the health and safety of their guests. COVID-19 protocols have been implemented for you and your family’s safety and enjoyment of your stay.

Curious about other accommodations options? You’ll find a full list by clicking here.

Kid-Approved City Activities

A child touching a starfish in a tank at the Petty Harbour Mini Aquarium

What else is there to do with kids in and around the City? Lots! 

Petty Harbour Mini Aquarium

Just a 15 minute drive from downtown, you’ll get up close and personal with all sorts of sea creatures thanks to their touch tanks! After your visit pop into Tinkers Ice Cream shop for an ice cream taco. Learn more here.  

The Fluvarium

Peek inside a river without getting wet! The Fluvarium’s large viewing windows leave kids wide-eyed every time. Learn more here.

Freak Lunchbox

Satisfy even the most intense sweet tooth with candy galore. Located at 308 Water Street, this candy store has personality plus and loads of nostalgia in addition to its wide variety of sweet treats. 

Railway Coastal Museum

Got a kid (or adult!) who loves trains? Located right downtown, this fully restored railway station houses over 100 exhibits and displays. Learn more here.

Boat Tours

Check out Quidi Vidi Charters to push off within city limits. Or, head up the southern shore to Witless Bay where for summer 2020 O’Brien’s Boat Tours and Gatherall’s have partnered up! Book on either of their websites for a phenomenal excursion.

Splash Pads

If the weather is favourable during your stay, be sure to visit one of the City’s fun splash pads! Bannerman and Bowering Park both have playgrounds that get big thumbs up from kids and parents alike.

Don’t Forget to Eat!

The city has endless casual family friendly options when it comes to keeping bellies full! Here’s a great place to start.

Published: July 14, 2020