The Best Things to Do in Toronto

Toronto is an exciting city. The multicultural population means the region is packed with unique cultural attractions for tourists to enjoy. Home to many famous destinations, Toronto draws visitors from all over the world. The city can offer a wide range of family-friendly excursions, and the nightlife gives adults the chance to have a fun night out.


01See Toronto from the CN Tower

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Visiting the CN tower is a great opportunity for tourists to enjoy the view from up high. An elevator transports people from the ground to the roof, where particularly gutsy guests can take the Edgewalk: a walk around the outside of the building while tethered to the roof. Visitors can also gaze down from the Glass Floor.

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02Attend an Exhibit at the Royal Ontario Museum

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The Royal Ontario Museum is the most popular museum in Canada, and it is among the top ten cultural institutions in North America. It is home to 13 million artworks, cultural artifacts, and natural history specimens. The national landmark draws tourists and locals alike to this international leader in scientific discovery.

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03See animals from around the world at the Toronto Zoo

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The Toronto Zoo is an educational experience open all year long. The institution strives to be Canada’s leader in preserving wildlife. More than 5,000 animals representing over 450 species can be admired throughout the park, and traipse along the six-mile walking trail. For children, there is a kid’s zoo with a two-acre area for play, interactive activities with animals, and Splash Island.

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04Learn About Aquatic Species at Ripley's Aquarium of Canada

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Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada is loaded with live exhibits and fun and educational sights. Children under the age of two get in free, and adults have plenty of opportunities to be engaged in the interactive activities. Underwater exhibits display fish species from around the world. Sharks, turtles, stingrays, and jellyfish draw land-locked crowds. The aquarium even hosts a jazz night every second Friday.

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05Learn about life at the Ontario Science Centre

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The Ontario Science Centre is a family-friendly attraction with many features that keep guests entertained the whole day long. Visitors can take part in hands-on activities and marvel at the science behind discoveries of local, national, and global relevance.


6. Bring the family to the Canadian National Exhibition

Visiting the Canadian National Exhibition (C.N.E) is a seasonal fun-filled event sure to leave visitors with a wealth of cherished memories. The largest community event in Canada, the C.N.E. is among the top five agricultural fairs in North America and sees more than 1.5 million visitors every year during its 18-day run. Guests enjoy shopping, concerts, the Farm, a variety of delicious foods, rides, games, and Kid’s World for children under ten.

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06See a show at the Royal Alexandra Theater

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Tourists and locals love to take in award-winning performances at the Royal Alexandra Theater, the oldest still-operating theater in North America. It hosts dazzling theatrical shows that cater to a range of ages, and world-famous performers have taken the stage in the past, including Maggie Smith, Lucille Ball, and Joan Collins.


07Take a ferry to the Toronto Islands

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Guests visiting the Toronto Islands partake in activities on water and land including lounging on the sandy beach. The main island is a short ferry ride from downtown Toronto, and there are many things to see and do amongst the 15 islands. Tourists can walk from one island to the next, relax in one of the fine restaurants, and feel the cool breeze off Lake Ontario while kayaking or canoeing.

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08Taste New Cuisine at the St. Lawrence Market

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St. Lawrence Market's South Market is home to more than 120 vendors and countless wares from artisans and food from farmers in the North Market. The venue is more than 200 years old and offers guests the finest foods from all over the world. It was once voted the best food market by National Geographic.

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09The Best Times to Visit Toronto

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Toronto has four distinct seasons: summer, autumn, winter, and spring. The most comfortable months to stop in are spring and autumn; these two seasons also tend to see fewer tourists as most people prefer to visit Toronto in the summer when the kids are out of school. Most of the city's attractions are available to guests, whatever time of year they choose to visit.