New for Summer 2014
Discover what’s new at Toronto’s hottest attractions. With so much to do, time with loved ones is sure to be your most memorable time.
Browse our family-friendly packages to find the accommodations that are perfect for you. Discover events and attractions (and some early booking bonuses). New packages and offers are available all the time so you never know what you’re going to find until you look!
Video Playlist: Toronto Attractions
From exciting theme parks and incredible zoos to spectacular gardens and attractions, Toronto has so much to offer no matter what time of year you decide to visit. Check out our Toronto Attractions video playlist.
Toronto Attractions: New for Summer 2014
Toronto Blue Jays
Let’s play ball! Jose Bautista, R.A. Dickey and Canadian, Brett Laurie, bring MLB action to the Rogers Centre all summer long. Kids, check out the Jr. Jays zones located on the concourse for some interactive fun on all Saturday home games. View the home game schedule.
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Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada
Now Open! An underwater adventure awaits. Explore nine beautifully curated galleries featuring a cross section of saltwater and freshwater environments from around the world, including North America’s longest underwater viewing tunnel. Experience three touch pools – horseshoe crabs, sharks, and rays (friendly educators will help you make contact plus fill you in on some fun facts). Play in the Discovery Centre; get a closer look at pufferfish and boxfish in the pop-up underwater viewing bubbles.
Explore the world’s #1 elevator ride, three observation levels including the famous Glass Floor (with a view 1,122′ straight down), motion theatre ride, and Legends of Flight 3D movie. Test your nerve on The Edgewalk – the world’s highest full circle hands-free walk on a 5ft wide ledge encircling the top of the Tower’s main pod. New for 2014, experience the rush of Edgewalk from the ground with the new IRIS Augmented Reality App. You can even take a picture of your ‘view’ and share it with your friends! Insider tip: purchase your tickets online to save money and avoid line-ups.
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Lions and Tigers and Pandas, oh my! It’s been a busy year at the Toronto Zoo. Humphrey, the new baby polar bear cub who has become a worldwide sensation, is now accepting visitors at the Tundra Trek (see his photo album). Er Shun and Da Mao, the popluar giant pandas, are enjoying their second year in Canada (check out some video highlights as they get to know their new home). And, the gorilla troop welcomed a baby girl in January (and you can help choose her name). It’s the cutest year ever at the Zoo! It’s true, and we have an infographic to prove it.
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Thrills and fun for the whole family! Canada’s Wonderland boasts 69 rides, including 16 coasters. The newest addition, Leviathan (unleashed in 2012) dominates as one of the tallest and fastest coasters in the world. Families, check out Planet Snoopy and KidZville with kid-sized rides and and adventures including Dinosaurs Alive! Then cool down at Splash Works, a 20-acre waterpark. New for 2014, The iconic Wonder Mountain is blasted open to reveal a thrilling new interactive 4-D dark ride – Wonder Mountain’s Guardian.
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Ontario Science Centre
New this summer, check out the Ontario Science Centre’s new permanent AstraZeneca Human Edge exhibition hall. It’s a 10,000 square foot exhibition, including more than 55 exhibits exploring the boundaries of the human ‘machine’. Climb, run, row and discover the stories of adventure seekers and extreme sport enthusiasts who have broken through barriers of impossiblity. Next up (opening June 11), experience The Science of Rock ‘N’ Roll. Ever wonder how certain musicians can bring hundreds of thousands of screaming fans to their feet? What happens to our brains when the beat drops? Learn the science behind it all here.
Distillery Historic District
History is big in the Distillery District, and steeped in good spirits. The well-preserved Victorian architecture plays host to arts events, galleries, and cafes all summer long. Indulge in the Sake Brewery Tours & Tastings on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. And, don’t miss the all-new Distillery Sunday Market. Check out this article for tips on the district’s hot spots from one of our local travel insiders.
Explore the hidden passages, tunnels and towers found in this majestic castle. Step out and enjoy over four acres of specialty garden areas on an escarpment overlooking downtown Toronto (open May – October). Truly, one of the most spectacular views of the city. Perennial borders, spring wildflowers and artistic displays of annuals allow visitors to enjoy the gardens all season long. Now Open: stop by The Liberty Caffe for a cup of coffee or a bite to eat while touring this historic property.
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Royal Ontario Museum
The ROM is celebrating its 100th birthday with a year of special events. Now on, The Forbidden City: Inside the Court of China’s Emperors. This stunning new exhibition features over 200 national treasures from Beijing’s Palace Museum – some travelling outside China for the first time. Compelling characters, engaging stories, and family adventure are revealed on a journey leading to the emperors’ private spaces. On Friday nights, the ROM stays up late! These adult-only evenings redefine a visit to the museum with eclectic entertainment and inventive programming. Dance, drink, explore and expect the unexpected. Hint: date night?
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Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament
Travel back to the 11th century and step inside a medieval castle as the royal tournament begins. Cheer for your brave Knight on horseback as he competes in medieval games of skill, exciting sword fights and an authentic jousting tournament to be named his majesty’s champion! Feast on a four course dinner fit for a king. It’s an unforgettable experience for the whole family!
Ready for an adventure? Treetop Trekking is now open at Heart Lake Conservation Area in Brampton. The park features 6 courses, 7 zip lines and over 65 aerial games. Twin 1,000ft zip lines crossing right over Heart Lake, are a definite highlight! If you’re limited on time, check out the stand alone zipline experience. New this year – Night Treks are a completely unique experience, exploring the forest under the stars (3 hour tour).
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Art Gallery of Ontario
Every Sunday is Family Sunday at the AGO, with interactive activities for all ages inspired by the gallery’s current exhibitions. Until July 20 explore the latest exhibition, Francis Bacon and Henry Moore: Terror and Beauty. It’s a major showcase of sculpture and paintings, featuring more than 60 works by the two highly influential 20th century British artists. On a local note, don’t miss Scott McFarland: Snow, Shacks, Streets, Shrubs (until August 10). With more than 40 works by the internationally acclaimed photographer, it’s his largest solo exhibition to date. McFarland’s work features a variety of familiar Ontario landscapes.
Legoland Discovery Centre
Check it out – over 3 million LEGO bricks under one roof! Make your very own LEGO brick on the Factory Tour. Zap the bad guys and save the princess on the Kingdom Quest Laser Ride. Get in on the action in the new LEGO Legends of Chima 4D movie. Visit Miniland; fantastic mini replicas of Toronto’s landmarks (watch as night falls and the CN Tower lights up!). And, of course, don’t miss the huge LEGO shop! Insider tip: pre-purchase your tickets online in order to guarrantee entry. Ahhhh, this summer, “Everything is Awesome”.
Playdium is the utlimate interactive entertainment centre for families, with 200+ video games, rides and simulators. Don’t miss the MaxFlight Roller Coaster Simulator and Laser Maze. Plus, this summer, spend some time at the 11-acre outdoor park with G0-Kart tracks, mini golf, bungee trampoline and batting cages. And, join in on the ultimate water fight with Water Wars!
Hockey Hall of Fame
Game on! Experience the game that defines Canada. Take the shooting challenge, put your goalkeeping skills to the test, strike a pose with the Stanley Cup and catch a showing of Stanley’s Game Seven (3D), Hockey’s first 3D film. Don’t miss the 2014 Olympic Hockey artifacts now on display, a tribute to the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games – including, the game-winning goal pucks from both the men’s and women’s gold medal games! Go Canada! #wearewinter
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Centreville Amusement Park & Toronto Islands
In this case, getting there really is part of the fun. Hop on the ferry and enjoy a fun filled day at Toronto’s Centre Island’s Centreville Amusement Park, with more than 30 rides and attractions. While you’re there, check out Franklin’s Children’s Garden, an interactive garden inspired by Franklin the Turtle. And, Far Enough Farm – a small hobby farm with a variety of barnyard animals (pony rides available nearby at Centreville Park). Insider tip: the islands offer one of the best Toronto skyline photo opportunities.
Canadian National Exhibition (CNE)
August 15 – September 1. It’s an end-of-summer tradition, affectionately known as “The Ex”. Midway rides, a huge international marketplace, horse shows, dog shows, carnival games – it’s fun for the whole family! The Ex culminates with Canadian International Airshow on labour day weekend, including iconic crowd-favourites, the Snowbirds. Fun fact: 291,544 melt-in-your-mouth mini donuts were sold on the midway last year. Yummy!
Save up to 46% and skip the lines at Toronto’s 5 best attractions. Toronto CityPASS includes admission to: CN Tower, Royal Ontario Museum, Casa Loma, Toronto Zoo, Ontario Science Centre. Valid 9 consecutive days beginning with the first day of use.
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