CN Tower & EdgeWalk
Toronto’s most prominent attraction is the CN Tower, the tallest free-standing structure in the western hemisphere and it now includes EdgeWalk, a thrilling hands-free walk around the outside ledge of the tower.
Standing at 1,815 feet tall and designated as one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World, this engineering marvel is not only a top-notch dining and entertainment venue, it’s a Canadian icon and an enduring symbol of Toronto.
Address: 290 Bremner Boulevard
Hours: Open daily from 8:30 AM to 11:00 PM
Tickets: Tickets can be purchased in-person at the CN Tower box office, or online at the CN Tower website.
Highlights: The LookOut Level at 1,136 feet offers unparalleled views of the city with its floor-to-ceiling panoramic Window Walls, while the Glass Floor gives you a heart-stopping view straight down!
Where to Eat Nearby: The CN Tower’s own 360 restaurant offers the finest Canadian cuisine paired with an outstanding revolving view of Toronto – an ideal place for a special night out!
Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada
Located at the base of the CN Tower in the heart of the entertainment district, Ripley's Aquarium of Canada welcomes nearly 16,000 beautiful and exotic inhabitants to Toronto. Boasting 135,000 square feet of interactive, underwater exhibits, the country’s largest indoor aquarium is home to stunning jellyfish, ancient giant lobsters, sharks, sting rays and every type of colourful fish you can imagine. Marvel at aquatic creatures from fresh and salt waters from all over the world, watch them swim overhead in the acrylic viewing tunnel, then get up close and personal at the Touch Tank gallery.
Address: 288 Bremner Boulevard
Hours: Open 7 days a week, from 9:00 AM to 11:00 PM, with occasional early closures.
Tickets: Tickets can be purchased in person or online at the Ripley’s Aquarium website.
Highlights: Don’t miss the breathtaking Planet Jellies exhibit, and witness the hypnotic dance of Pacific sea nettle jelly fish, illuminated in an array of breathtaking colours – it’s a truly magical experience!
Where to Eat Nearby: Grab a quick bite at Ripley’s® Café, or indulge in a full meal of globally-inspired cuisine at nearby SOCO Kitchen + Bar.
Royal Ontario Museum (ROM)
The Royal Ontario Museum is Canada’s largest museum of world cultures and natural history. Extensive galleries of archaeology, art and natural science featuring six million objects await during your visit to the country’s premier museum. With plenty of hands-on and interactive exhibits–from dinosaurs to ancient Egypt to gems and minerals–history comes to life at this world-class museum, right in the heart of Toronto. While you’re in the neighbourhood, check out the Gardiner Museum for ceramics and the quirky Bata Shoe Museum, both just minutes away.
Address: 100 Queen’s Park
Hours: Open daily from 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM
Tickets: Tickets can be purchased in-person and online at the ROM website.
Highlights: Don’t miss the ROM’s Egyptian collection, comprised of approximately 25,000 artifacts, with almost 2,000 of these on display in the gallery, including stunning artwork, intriguing artifacts, and even a real mummy.
Where to Eat Nearby: Just a stone’s throw away from the ROM on Bloor Street West is The Oxley Public House, a classy pub serving up traditional British dishes and boasting two patios – it’s the perfect place to wind down after a day of museum exploration.
Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO)
The Art Gallery of Ontario is among the most distinguished art museums in North America. From the vast body of Group of Seven and signature Canadian works, to the African art gallery, to cutting-edge contemporary works and masterpieces of European art, the AGO offers an incredible experience with each visit. In 2008, an innovative architectural expansion by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry resulted in one of the most critically-acclaimed architectural achievements in the world.
Address: 317 Dundas Street West
Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays 10:30 AM to 5:00 PM; Wednesdays and Fridays 10:30 AM to 9:00 PM; Saturdays and Sundays 10:30 AM to 5:30 PM
Tickets: Tickets and memberships can be purchased in-person and online at the AGO website.
Highlights: Don’t miss the AGO’s collection of Canadian artwork that captures the spirit of our vast, great nation through stunning Group of Seven landscapes – like the majestic Lake and Mountains by the great Lawren Harris.
Where to Eat Nearby: The best place to grab a sophisticated bite by the AGO is none other than the AGO Bistro. Designed by Frank Gehry himself, the Bistro’s creative and seasonal menu of fresh, local ingredients keeps art-lovers full long after they’ve taken in their last work of art.
Toronto Islands & Centreville
Visitors who want to be closer to the ground can take the short, scenic ferry ride over to the Toronto Islands, which provides a wonderful view (and photo opportunity!) of the city skyline. With multiple islands to explore, there are beaches, picnic areas, sports facilities, canoe and kayak rentals and much more. After you’ve discovered the islands by foot or bike, bring the kids to Centreville Theme Park for a fun-filled day of rides and attractions and yummy food and drink.
Address: 21 Avenue Of The Islands (Centreville Theme Park)
Tickets: Ferry tickets to the Toronto Islands can be purchased in-person or online.
There is no general admission fee to Centreville, but to enjoy rides and attractions you can purchase an All Day Ride Pass or ride tickets in-person or online at the Centreville website.
Highlights: Visiting the Islands offers up photo-ops at every turn, so don’t forget to soak up that iconic panoramic Toronto skyline from several focal points, including Ward’s Island, Hanlan’s Point and Centre Island.
Where to Eat Nearby: grab a relaxing bite with a spectacular view at Island Café, directly across the Ward’s Island ferry dock.
St. Lawrence Market
Great picnic fare and edible souvenirs can be discovered at The St. Lawrence Market, ranked by National Geographic as the world’s best food market. Set in Old Town Toronto, take your taste-buds on a stroll through its famous produce and food stalls, restaurants, art exhibits and cooking classes.
Address: 93 Front Street East
Hours: North/Farmer’s Market: Saturdays 5:00 AM to 3:00 PM; South Market: Tuesdays to Thursdays 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM, Fridays 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM, Saturdays 5:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Highlights: Good eats galore, at every turn! Graze your way through our list of the Market’s Must-Eats.
Where to Eat Nearby: The St. Lawrence Market itself is teeming with scrumptious food options – like the famous peameal bacon sandwich at Carousel Bakery, recently named Toronto’s signature dish.
Hockey Hall of Fame
Featuring the most elaborate collection of hockey memorabilia and gear from across the globe, as well as interactive games, multimedia stations and exhibits on the game’s greatest players, there’s something for everyone at the Hockey Hall of Fame. Be sure to visit one of the most coveted prizes in professional sports, the Stanley Cup. Get a selfie with Stanley!
Address: 30 Yonge Street
Hours: Summer hours are Monday to Saturday 9:30 AM to 6:00 PM, Sunday 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Tickets: You can buy your tickets in-person or online at the Hockey Hall of Fame website.
Highlights: Peruse the largest collection of hockey memorabilia in the world, and go one-on-one against life-size, animated hockey greats, like Sidney Crosby, and – of course – get up close and personal with the Stanley Cup.
Where to Eat Nearby: Steps away from the HHoF is The Bottom Line, a sports bar owned and operated by former NHLer Wayne Cowley, where you can chow down on generous portions of familiar pub fare while enjoying wall to wall entertainment.
Toronto Eaton Centre
Located in the heart of downtown Toronto, The Eaton Centre is one of the city’s most popular attractions. With over 250 retailers in fashion, furniture and electronics, the selection here is unbeatable. Upscale boutiques mingle with casual clothiers and there’s something to satisfy every style and taste at Toronto’s premier shopping destination. When you need a break from shopping, recharge and treat your taste-buds at one of The Eaton Centre’s 7 dine-in restaurants or grab a quick bite in the Urban Eatery.
Address: 220 Yonge Street
Hours: Monday 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM, Tuesday to Friday 10:00 AM to 9:30 PM, Saturday 9:30 AM to 9:30 PM, Sunday 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Highlights: For a true luxury shopping experience, head to Nordstrom and peruse their impeccable selection of clothing and apparel, before relaxing at Bar Verde, Nordstrom’s own in-house full-service restaurant and bar located on the 3rd floor.
Where to Eat Nearby: After a long day of retail therapy, sit down and indulge in an upscale casual eatery experience at JOEY Eaton Centre, where eclectic Canadian food and wine will surely help you unwind.
The Distillery Historic District
Recognized as a National Historic Site, the Distillery Historic District is one of Toronto’s most picturesque sites with its cobblestone laneways and Victorian era buildings. It was Toronto’s first distillery–which produced almost half of Ontario’s total spirit production in 1871–and is now home to high-end boutiques, art galleries and restaurants. Located in the Old Toronto area, you can take a tour (by Segway!) or just stroll the laneways and courtyards and get a feel for Toronto’s history and heritage.
Address: 9 Trinity Street
Hours: Monday to Wednesday 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM, Thursday to Saturday 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM, Sunday 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Highlights: If you’re visiting during the holidays, the Toronto Christmas Market is a must-visit, as the charming Distillery District transforms into a true winter wonderland!
Where to Eat Nearby: Savour authentic Mexican cuisine among the eclectic, stylish décor at El Catrin, while soaking up the sun on their spacious patio.
Built as a private home by Canadian financier Sir Henry Pellatt in 1914, this majestic castle-in-the-city features elegant rooms, secret passageways, sweeping staircases, stables and lush gardens. Spanish for “Hill House”, Casa Loma attracts guests from all over the world to view the grounds and buildings or to take in special events like escape games and concerts in the garden.
Address: 1 Austin Terrace
Hours: Open daily from 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Tickets: You can buy tickets online at the Casa Loma website.
Highlights: When visiting Casa Loma, don’t just explore the castle grounds – with authentic Edwardian era décor and elaborate furnishings and antiques, the nearly 98 rooms of Casa Loma are a must-see.
Where to Eat Nearby: For a meal as regal as the castle in which it’s housed, make your way to BlueBlood Steakhouse, set inside Casa Loma itself. Serving decadent steak and seafood dishes in an opulent, sophisticated setting, it’s the perfect way to end a day spent at Toronto’s castle.
Ontario Science Centre
The Ontario Science Centre is home to more than 500 interactive experiences, spread across eight exhibit halls. It also boasts Ontario’s only IMAX® Dome theatre, a state-of-the-art planetarium, an authentic rainforest environment and a discovery area just for kids eight and under. Explore special exhibitions on a range of topics, take in larger-than-life films, travel to the farthest reaches of space and experience live science demonstrations. The Science Centre offers a variety of activities — whether you dabble in science or prefer to delve deep.
Address: 770 Don Mills Road
Hours: Sunday to Friday 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Saturday 10:00 AM to 8 PM
Tickets: Tickets and memberships can be purchased in-person or at the Ontario Science Centre website.
Highlights: When visiting, be sure to check out Toronto’s only public planetarium, and take a fantastic voyage through the cosmos with a variety of presentations and shows.
Where to Eat Nearby: With five different restaurant options, the Science Centre has meal options for everyone – like chargrilled burgers at Valley Restaurant. Or, if you’re feeling a little adventurous, nearby Pasha Restaurant offers traditional Turkish cuisine served in an elegant atmosphere, from Kebab to Baklava.
The Toronto Zoo showcases over 5,000 animals including gorillas, giraffes and kangaroos. Featuring award-winning exhibits representing more than 460 species, the Toronto Zoo is sure to delight. From the African Savannah to the Gorilla Rainforest and much more, come see furry and feathered friends from every corner of the globe.
Address: 2000 Meadowvale Road
Hours: From May 4 to September 2, the Zoo is open daily from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM. See the Toronto Zoo website for more hours.
Tickets: You can buy tickets in-person and online at the Zoo website.
Highlights: If you’ve never met a polar bear in real life, The Toronto Zoo will give you your chance! Come visit the 10-acre Tundra Trek and its 5-acre polar bear habitat, complete with underwater viewing area.
Where to Eat Nearby: There are plenty of food options on-site featuring favourites like burgers and beavertail, plus nearby restaurants to choose from.
For thrills and chills Canada’s Wonderland is an amusement park just outside of Toronto featuring 70 rides and the 20-acre Splash Works water park. Home to legendary rides like Behemoth, Vortex, and Leviathan (Canada’s longest wooden coaster,) there’s no shortage of high-flying adventures to be had at Canada’s premier amusement park. Just hold on tight!
Address: 1 Canada’s Wonderland Drive
Hours: Open daily 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM in August 2019; check the wonderland website for more hours.
Tickets: You can buy tickets and season passes in-person or online.
Highlights: New in 2019, Yukon Striker arrives at Wonderland – the world’s fastest, longest and tallest dive coaster!
Where to Eat Nearby: Wonderland itself is full of delicious food options – from fair favourites like burgers, hot dogs and funnel cake, to Mexican food, gourmet Mac and Cheese, beavertail and more, this is one amusement park where you certainly won’t go hungry!