Do not let Prince Edward Islands small size and rural charm fool you. While the Island is relatively quiet, and enjoys a somewhat slower pace of life, it also harbours an array of attractions and activities both exciting and educational.
A number of fun parks offer a full day of family fun on vast acreages. The Kensington Towers and Water Gardens features the Illuminations, Camelot for children, Rambles, and the Tipsy-Turvey Gallery as well as an acre of waterfalls, fountains, streams, and pools, an aerial tree walk, and a replica of the Eiffel Tower. A few kilometres outside Kensington, Woodleigh Replicas and Gardens has been a popular attraction since the 1950s. Thirty scale replicas of beautiful British castles and buildings are spread over 45 acres, interspersed with extensive English gardens and beautiful landscaping.
Along the Islands north shore, ten minutes from Kensington, Cavendish offers the highest concentration of tourist attractions on the Island. Rainbow Valley Family Fun Park is Atlantic Canadas largest privately owned amusement park and proclaims the regions only Dark Ride and Mono Rail. The parks 40 acres incorporate boats, rides, water slides, live animals, and games. Sandspit offers a roller coaster, Can-Am racers, a Ferris wheel, carousel, bumper-boats and cars, miniature golf, childrens rides, and much more. On the Islands south shore, New Havens Encounter Creek boasts Prince Edward Islands only wave pool, as well as walking trails through the woods, virtual reality facilities and eastern Canadas only National Hockey League simulator. In western Prince Edward Island, the Mill River Fun Park offers up the Sea of Balls, bumper boats, a pirate ship, giant kiddies pool with water slides, a giant Twister slide, and the Aqua Rage, for instance.
Being the birthplace of author Lucy Maud Montgomery and the setting for most of her books, the most famous of which is Anne of Green Gables, Prince Edward Island has a number of museums devoted to the provinces most famous Islander. The L. M. Montgomery Birthplace is located in New London and, in nearby Park Corner, the Anne of Green Gables Museum was the home of John and Annie Campbell, Montgomerys aunt and uncle. The Lucy Maud Montgomery Heritage Museum, also in Park Corner, is believed to be Ingleside, the home of Mauds grandfather, Senator Donald Montgomery. The site of Lucy Maud Montgomerys Cavendish Home features the Montgomery homestead fields, gardens, lands and old trees where the writer was raised by her grandparents.
First-time visitors to the Island might be overwhelmed with the wide selection of activities and attractions vying for their attention. And, for those who wish to experience a lot of the Island in a small amount of time, pre-planned tours might be the answer. Pre-planned or custom tours are offered by private companies that provide guided bus tours or step-on service for motor coaches. Popular day-long or half-day trips incorporate L. M. Montgomery sites, beaches, and every other portion of the Island. Others specialize in craft boutiques, golf packages, outdoor excursions, or natural history. Visitors interested in educational visits can enrol in programs teaching English as a second language, many of which also provide homestay opportunities.