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Fun for all ages

One of the largest zoos in the world, the fascinating world of science and technology and a taste of two of Toronto's unique neighbourhoods will keep the whole family busy. Suggested Time 1 - 2 Days

Day 1

Morning
Make sure you get an early start as there's a lot to see today. Get breakfast to go and head towards northeast Toronto where adventures await.

Toronto Zoo

Count on spending most of your day here, you won't want to miss any of the fun! 

Situated on 710 acres in the beautiful Rouge Valley, this is one of the largest zoos in the world and is home to over 450 species. Don your safari gear and explore the 30-acre "African Savanna", or meet Shalia, the baby of the family, in the "Gorilla Rainforest".  

Stop for lunch at one of the zoo's several cafes and snack bars or picnic areas.

Afternoon
Continue your world travels in the afternoon. Come face to face with creepy crawlies from the forests of Central America, stare down Indonesia's fearsome Komodo dragon or share feeding time with the largest land carnivore in the world, the polar bear. 

The Zoo is open year round (except Dec. 25) and features seasonal special events and programs as well as daily opportunities to meet the animal keepers and watch animal feedings. 

Location:
Hwy. 401 and Meadowvale Road(exit 389)

Getting There:
By car: Take Hwy. 401 E. or W. exit at Meadowvale Rd. and follow the signs to the entrance. Accessible by subway and bus.
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Hours:
Jan 1 - Mar 11  9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Mar 12 - May 21  9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
May 22 - Sep 6    9:00 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Sep 7 - Oct 11   9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Oct. 12 - Dec 31  9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Evening
Time to head back to civilization for a well-earned dinner and a review of the day's adventures.

The Beaches

This east Toronto neighbourhood has lots of options for dining, from pubs to bistros to restaurants, many of them right on the main street. Eclectic stores, a summer jazz festival and a lakeside boardwalk that's great for a stroll, summer or winter, make this a lively neighbourhood. If you're feeling more active, the adjacent park offers seasonal in-line and ice skating.

Location
Queen St. East, from
Greenwood Ave. to VictoriaPark

Getting There:
By car: The Beaches is located south west of the Scarborough area at the lakeshore. Accessible by subway and bus.
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Hours:
N/A

 

Day 2

Morning
Discoveries of a different kind are in store today so get ready to expand your mind.

Ontario Science Centre

Enter the fascinating world of science and technology as you step through the doors of this ground-breaking interactive museum.

Explore the final frontier in the Space hall, see how you'll look in the future with the Amazing Aging Machine and test your brain with the games and puzzles in the Science Arcade.

Bring a packed lunch or try one of the Science Centre's 3 restaurants.

Afternoon
Learn about the coral reef habitats of the South Pacific or experience earthquakes, tornadoes, and volcanoes around the world at the IMAX Dome theatre. With a screen 4,500 times bigger than an average TV screen, wrap-around sound and 44 speakers, you'll be right in the middle of all the action.

Check the Science Centre schedule for movie times.

Location:
770 Don Mills Road (at the corner of Don Mills Road and Eglinton Avenue East)

Getting There:
Accessible by subway and bus.
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Hours:
10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. every day. Closed December 25.

Evening
You can either head West towards Midtown and try one of the many restaurants in the Yonge/Eglinton area or make your way South to Greektown, one of Toronto's most vibrant multicultural neighbourhoods.

Greektown

Known also as "The Danforth" after the main street running through this neighbourhood, Greektown has a large collection of restaurants - many with patios - that feature authentic Greek cuisine.

The annual Taste of the Danforth Festival in August is a lively street festival with food and entertainment and is one of the most popular events in the city.

Location:
Danforth Ave., between Broadview Ave. and Jones Ave.

Getting There:
Nearest subways stops are Broadview, Chester or Pape

Hours:
N/A

 
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