Travelling with Grown-up Kids: New Brunswick

My daughter Meaghan came home to Moncton this summer and she brought along her boyfriend Ian. We took the opportunity to spend time  Travelling with Grown-up Kids to some local attractions.

We are thankful for the complimentary passes from Resurgo Place, Magnetic Hill Zoo, the Albert County Museum and Kings Landing and gift certificate from Magnetic Hill Wharf Village Restaurant. I appreciate the sponsorship from these organizations in our “Travelling with Grown-up Kids” feature. All opinions are my own.

Magnetic Hill Zoo

This had always been a favourite place to visit when the kids were small, and there have many changes since the last time since Meaghan was there.

Ian and Megs went through the reptile building. I did not!

a curled up snake in the reptile exhibit at Magnetic Hill Zoo

We strolled through the Zoo, taking our time to visit each of the enclosures. Meaghan has two guinea pigs at home, so she was delighted with the barn that held dozens of the little creatures.


The Zoo continues to improve the habitats for the animals and offers great off-season events like Boo at the Zoo and Wild Lights. Be sure to check out their website for more information.

After our morning at the Zoo, we enjoyed lunch at The Wharf Village Restaurant.

Resurgo Place

I had been as far as the parking lot when Meaghan was working as a summer student during her university days, but this was my first visit inside.

Meaghan was excited to show us all the exhibits, and she even met up with her former boss.

Meaghan and James, Resurgo Place

Of special interest was the exhibit that elevated the homey art of hooked rugs to a beautiful art form. We spent some time giving it a try on the loom that was set up, and I was inspired to add this to my list of “to-do” projects.

hooked rug art, Resurgo Place
learning rug hooking, Resurgo Place

You can find out more about Resurgo Place and the exhibits on their website. They are open Tuesday to Saturday 10-5 and Sunday 12-5, and the last Thursday of the month until 8:00 pm.

Kings Landing

It had been 11 years since our last visit, and of course, Ian had never been there.

Meaghan and Meaghan at Kings Landing 2008

It was a beautiful day to wander through New Brunswick in the 1900s. We took a wagon ride to the sawmill to start the day.

Sawmill, Kings Landing

Each of the houses represents a time period, and every day is different as the costumed interpreters go about their daily chores.

The Victorian Garden was a beautiful spot to rest for a while.

Victorian Garden, Kings Landing


Kings Landing is open 10:00-5:00 until October 14. You can plan your visit with information on the website.


Albert County Museum

In 1845 Albert County was established and Hopewell Cape was chosen as the Shiretown(capital). Many of the buildings on the site are in their original locations. It truly is a living museum as the Community Hall and Court House can be rented for events.

the County Gaol, Albert County Museum
Court House, Albert County Museum

The markings on the wall made by prisoners in the County Gaol (jail) and learned about Tom Collins, the last man hanged in New Brunswick.

inside the County Gaol, Albert County Museum

We really need to go back and spend more time there when they open for the season again next year to see the exhibits packed into each of the buildings, as well as the one dedicated to hometown Prime Minister, RB Bennett. You can find the website here.


Taking the opportunity to travel with grown-up kids, to revisit, and see for the first time, some of the wonderful attractions that are right here in our back yard was so fun.

What are some of the places that you recommend we visit, and what are your memories of travelling with kids?






Author: Michelle

I have filled many roles over my life: daughter, sister, friend, wife, mother, Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do, and Grand Master Bikini Competitor. All of these life experiences have provided me with a wealth of stories to share. Words are my refuge and my strength.

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