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Shediac’s Rotary Park (Big Lobster) Playground by the Sea

Folks, we’ve got another amazing playground that is worth drive! Shediac is a lovely spot to visit, especially when it’s to hang out at the Rotary Park playground by the Big Lobster.

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I first visited a few years ago when the kids were toddlers and a pre-schooler; they loved it then, and they loved it again as school-aged kids. Me, I’ll always love a spot where I can sit and smell the salt in the air and listen to the waves lap the shore. If I can do that next to playground equipment, well that’s just about a perfect day in my books!

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The structure isn’t large, but it has lots to offer. There are two double slides, some low entry points for little ones, and some great monkey bars and a wobbly bridge that our kids loved! One of my favourite aspects are the nearby swings, allowing you to look out over the water.

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The dock was a big draw for our family, and the shoreline offered endless fun exploring and searching for treasures!

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The Big Lobster is a major tourist attraction and with the village’s tourism information centre located here, it can get quite busy at times. If you’re not a fan of kids in crowds, this might be a destination best kept for the off-season (that is, not July or August) or early in the morning before things really kick into gear for the day (which, if you have little ones, might sounds quite a pleasant way to spend a morning, as you’re likely waking up before 7am anyway!).

A great bonus of this being a tourist-focused spot: washrooms! Also, the colourful buildings that house touristy-focused shops also provide an awesome backdrop for fun photos; I’m totally already planning a trip again for this purpose!

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Of course, there’s no reason to stop at just a playground visit. You might want to check out Pascal Poirier Park in the Village (it has a splash pad!), take a drive out to Parlee Beach, or visit the Pointe-du-Chene wharf.

We loved grabbing a candy treat and adopting baby lobsters during our day trip to the wharf. The Écocentre Homarus Eco-Centre is a fantastic little spot to learn about the life cycle of a lobster and to see rare blue and albino lobsters in their tank. You can even touch a lobster if you wish!

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There are lots of great family events and festivals that happen in Shediac throughout the year, as well as fun spots like Le Moque-Tortue Games Bistro and the Neptune Drive In. There are also more great playgrounds; we’ll be going back to explore more and would love to know your favourites!

You can find Shediac’s Rotary Park by setting your GPS for 229 Main Street in Shediac; there is lots of parking, of course.

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