Welcome to Centerville Amusement Park. You get to Centerville by our Ferry system at the foot of Queens Quay & Yonge Sts. It's located on "Center Island." To cross on the ferry there is a fee: Adults are $5.00, seniors are $3.00, children 12 & under are $2.00 and children under 2 are free. You may wish to call ahead and check the fees. 416-392-8193 or you can find it in the 'blue' section of the white pages listed under "Ferry Boats - Toronto schedule & Fares". The ferries are easy to board and there are washrooms on board but they are not wheelchair accessible however where you wait for the ferry there are accessible washrooms as well as on the islands. The ferries were built many years ago. There is an upper deck that is accessible by stairs only and is open and the lower deck that is closed in but all windows so the view is great for the 10 minute ferry ride. Be sure to take your camera. Ferry departures are posted both at the main dock at Front & Yonge Sts. and over on the island. As a child this was my favourite place to go and my mother took me several times a year. As an adult, my favourite place to go is "Wards Island"
The kids love these. They are done so the kids think they are actually driving the cars.
You can get a day pass for this amusement park instead of buying individual ride tickets. If you plan to ride a lot I suggest you purchase a day pass. It's a lot less expensive this way. A child's pass is $15.50 and an adult pass is $22.00. Remember, adults are required to ride with children on some of the rides. I believe an adult is anyone considered 12 and over but I suggest you read the information provided at the kiosk where you purchase the tickets.
Another ride where the kids think they are driving and they also have a loud bell to ring on this one. The 'bee' ride is a fun ride for them as well.
Another wonderful section of this amusement park is the farm. Lots and lots of animals and this feeding of the farm ducks goes on around 5 pm. It's amazing to watch and the kids love it. Of course you can always take some stale bread and feed the seagulls too.
The kids love this as well. They can stick their heads in these holes for you to take a picture of them. Be sure to take a camera with you. There are many other rides at this park including a great little train that tours around the park and goes through tunnels etc., a water plume ride that is a tamer version of the ones you find at large amusement parks but loved just as much, pony rides, etc. Expect to spend the day here if you go. Pick a nice day, take a lunch and you are guaranteed a great day for not too bad a price especially if you get the all day pass.
*NOTE* WHEELTRANS INFORMATION
This is tricky. You can get wheeltrans to drop you off at the ferry docks. Simply book the ride as you normally do. You will be dropped off to the left of the main gate though. The drop off point for Wheeltrans is right inside the ferry dock at the place where the Wards Island ferry departs from. When you leave the wheeltrans bus you simply go around into where the Center Island ferry loads to the right of the Wards Island ferry. Since you are already past the paying gates entry is free. At least we were not required to go around and pay.
Now.. here is the tricky part. When you are coming home and are waiting for your wheeltrans pick up you wait in the same place you were dropped off BUT it seems some wheeltrans drivers don't know where this is! Yes indeed, we were left stranded there Aug. 16th, 2002 because the wheeltrans driver waited for us somewhere else and called us in as a no-show! Be warned, if your ride isn't there on time phone wheeltrans and find out where it is! Or better yet, while still on the island waiting for the ferry back to the main docks stick a quarter in a pay phone and call ahead to confirm where you are going to be picked up. Personally, I don't care if this annoys them, we were stuck there and they wanted us to wait yet another hour for a ride home after we already waited an hour. All because the driver didn't know the drop off/pick up point. If it is a cool or rainy day you don't want to be waiting forever because there is little or no shelter where you wait.