Family fun in Alberta in 48 hours or less

Family fun in Alberta in 48 hours or less

Two Days to Get to Know Red Deer

Bower Ponds, Red Deer. Travel Alberta / Colin Way

Located halfway between Calgary and Edmonton, making it the centre of Central Alberta, Red Deer is a vibrant city filled with historical charm, outdoor adventures, and family-friendly activities. This 48-hour itinerary will guide you through some of the best features and attractions in and around Red Deer and give you the perfect introduction to the city.

Take notes while you are there, for there is more to do than a single 48 hours can cover, which you can add to another itinerary for your next visit to the area.


Day 1:


8:00 AM – Breakfast at Phil’s Restaurant

  • Start your day with a hearty breakfast at Phil’s Restaurant, known for its family-friendly atmosphere and delicious pancakes.
  • Address: 4312 50 Ave, Red Deer, AB T4N 3Z7

9:30 AM – Visit the Kerry Wood Nature Centre

  • Head to the Kerry Wood Nature Centre to explore the rich natural history of Central Alberta. Enjoy interactive exhibits and scenic walking trails.
  • Address: 6300 45 Ave, Red Deer, AB T4N 3M4
  • Tip: Bring binoculars for birdwatching along the trails.

11:00 AM – Wander through the Historic Downtown Red Deer

  • Take a stroll through Downtown Red Deer, where you can explore unique shops, cafes, and art galleries.
  • Directions: From the Kerry Wood Nature Centre, drive south on 45 Ave, then turn left on 43 St to reach downtown.


12:30 PM – Lunch at Cilantro and Chive

  • Enjoy a delicious lunch at Cilantro and Chive, a local favorite known for its creative menu and fresh ingredients.
  • Address: 1927 50 Ave, Red Deer, AB T4R 1Z4
Kerry Wood Nature Centre Travel Alberta / Colleen Gara


2:00 PM – Explore the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame

  • Discover Alberta’s rich sports history at the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame, featuring interactive exhibits and memorabilia.
  • Address: #102 – 4200 Highway 2, Red Deer, Alberta, T4N 1E3

3:30 PM – Heritage Ranch

  • Visit Heritage Ranch for a relaxing afternoon. Enjoy a scenic carriage ride, visit the petting zoo, or go for a peaceful walk along the trails.
  • Address: 25 Riverview Park, Red Deer, AB, T4N 1E3
  • Interesting Fact: Heritage Ranch offers horse-drawn sleigh rides in the winter, making it a year-round destination.


5:30 PM – Dinner at The Ranch House

  • Have dinner at The Ranch House, a well-established Red Deer family favourite, with high ceilings and fireplaces, offering steaks, burgers, seafood & other familiar fare.
  • Address: 7159 50 Ave, Red Deer, AB T4N 4E4

7:30 PM – Sunset at Bower Ponds

  • End your day at Bower Ponds, a beautiful park with paddle boating, playgrounds, and picturesque views. It’s a perfect spot to catch the sunset.  Activities are year-round.  Pet-friendly, too!
  • Address: 4715 Fountain Drive, Red Deer, AB T4N 6W4
Heritage Ranch.

Day 2:


8:00 AM – Breakfast at Babycakes Cupcakery Café

  • Start your second day with a delightful breakfast at Babycakes Cupcakery Café, known for its cozy atmosphere and delicious baked goods.
  • Address: 140, 7 Chambers Avenue, Red Deer, AB T4P 0G7

9:30 AM – Discovery Canyon

  • Visit Discovery Canyon, a family-friendly water park with natural river-fed pools and sandy beaches.
  • Address: 3800 River Bend Dr, Red Deer, AB T4P 0Y4
  • Tip: Pack swimwear and towels for the kids.  This is a seasonal-only attraction. 

11:00 AM – Sunnybrook Farm Museum

  • Step back in time at the Sunnybrook Farm Museum, where you can explore historic buildings, antique farming equipment, and engage in hands-on activities.
  • Address: 2879 Botterill Crescent, Red Deer, AB, T4R 0T9


12:30 PM – Lunch at The Hideout

  • Enjoy lunch at The Hideout, which offers a comfortable setting and a varied menu, perfect for families.
  • Address: 411 Lantern St, Red Deer, AB T4E 0A5


2:00 PM – Ellis Bird Farm

  • Drive to Ellis Bird Farm, located just outside Red Deer, for an afternoon of nature exploration. The farm is dedicated to the conservation of mountain bluebirds and tree swallows.
  • Address: 39502 Range Rd 260, Lacombe County, AB T4L 2N7
  • Interesting Fact: Ellis Bird Farm features walking trails, a visitor center, and a beautiful garden.
Lacombe Corn Maze

4:30 PM – Visit Lacombe Corn Maze

  • If you’re visiting in the summer or fall, don’t miss the Lacombe Corn Maze, offering fun activities like a corn maze, petting zoo, and giant jumping pillows.
  • Address: Site 6 Box 9 Rr 1, Lacombe, AB T4L 2N1
  • Directions: Take Exit 422B on QE2, 4.8km (3miles) west of Lacombe. Go 1.6km (1 mile) west of the Hwy 2 overpass on Hwy 12, then 0.8km (1/2 mile) south on Range Road 27-3. Watch for the signs!   
  • Tip: Check their website for seasonal hours and special events.


6:00 PM – Dinner at East Side Mario’s

  • Return to Red Deer for dinner at East Side Mario’s, a family-friendly Italian restaurant known for its fun atmosphere and generous portions.
  • Address: 2004 50 Ave, Red Deer, AB T4R 3A2

7:30 PM – Red Deer Memorial Centre

  • End your evening with a show at the Red Deer Memorial Centre, which hosts a variety of performances throughout the year.
  • Address: 4214 58 St, Red Deer, AB T4N 2L6

Tips for Travellers:

  • Weather: Check the weather forecast before your trip and pack accordingly. Red Deer can have variable weather, especially in the spring and fall.
  • Local Events: Keep an eye on local event calendars, as Red Deer often hosts festivals, farmers’ markets, and cultural events that can add a unique touch to your visit.
  • Transportation: While most attractions in this itinerary are within a short drive, having a car will make it easier to explore the surrounding areas.

Enjoy your 48 hours in Red Deer, experiencing the perfect blend of history, nature, and family fun!