Toronto Fun Guide – Best Things to do in Toronto
As should be the case for any great metropolis Toronto offers everyone, both visitors and residents, a wealth of attractions to visit and enjoy and a little something for everyone. However, just like no trip to the Big Apple would be complete without making stops at the Empire State Building and The Statue of Liberty and no trip to London should pass without visiting Big Ben and riding the London Eye there are certain ‘must sees’ that anyone spending time in Toronto should make an effort to take in. Here it is …
Ultimate Toronto Fun Guide: Top 10 Best Things to do in Toronto
The Eaton Centre
Along with attraction #2 (more about that in a moment) The Eaton Centre is Toronto’s number 1 tourist destination. Essentially a large and airy mall boasting more than 250 different stores it also offers a large number of dining options and when visiting don’t forget to look up, as that is how you’ll see the amazing flock of geese sculpture that runs the length of the ceiling.
220 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M5B 2H1
Mon-Fri 10:00am – 9:30pm
Sat 9:30am – 9:30pm
Sun 10:00am – 7:00pm
The CN Tower
Another thing that most big cities have is that one really tall building that everyone (well most people anyway) long to head to the top of, and in Toronto that building is the CN Tower.
Although it lost its title as the tallest freestanding building in the world quite some time ago the CN Tower still offers the most amazing views of the city as well as a top floor restaurant that offers a very unique dining experience.
301 Front Street West
Toronto, Ontario M5V 2T6
In the heart of the Toronto Entertainment District
(416) 86-TOWER (868-6937)
Open daily, 9am-10:30pm
Extended hours on weekends and seasonally; call or see website for current hours.
Closed Christmas Day
This fanciful ‘castle in the city’ was built by Sir Henry Mill Pellatt, a noted Toronto businessman. At a cost of a then whopping $3,500,000 it took three years to construct and three years to complete. When Pellatt finally got to move in 1912 his new home was officially the largest residence in North America. However by 1922 a series of bad business decisions bankrupt Pellatt and he was forced to sell.
These days the home is open to the public and as most of its original furnishings and fixtures remain it offers a fascinating glimpse at the lives of the rich and privileged in early 20th century Toronto.
1 Austin Terrace
Toronto, Ontario M5R 1X8
Corner of Spadina Road and Davenport Road
Open daily, 9:30am-5pm
Last entry, 4:35pm
Closed early, 1pm Christmas Eve; closed Christmas Day.
The Royal Ontario Museum
Offering over 40 different galleries filled with art, natural science and archaeological exhibits that span centuries the ROM as it is fondly known is one of Toronto’s finest museums.
You don’t even have to go inside to be stunned by the ROM though as it’s fascinatingly designed exterior, with its glass walls and odd, jagged edges is a wondrous sight to behold all by itself.
100 Queen’s Park
Toronto, Ontario M5S 2C6
At Bloor Street West and Avenue Road. Main entrance off Bloor Street West in the Michael Lee-Chin Crystal
Closed Christmas Day
Centre Island, also known as Toronto Island, offers a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of the big city and after just a 15 minute ferry ride you’ll feel like you just stepped into a completely different world.
Populated with small amusement parks, wide open green spaces, beautiful beaches and lovely little restaurants a trip to Centre Island is as popular with Toronto’s residents looking for a break as it is with tourists.
The Distillery District
Originally the site of one of the first successful Toronto businesses, Gooderham & Worts Distillery, a trip to the The Distillery District takes you back in time. There are no modern stores, no fast food restaurants and no cars.
Instead you’ll find historical old buildings, quaint little stores, cosy pubs and lots of friendly faces. You may recognise some of the surroundings though as the district has been used as a location for hundreds of films, including the more recent XMen movies and the Oscar winning Chicago.
Although it is actually a popular residential neigbourhood Yorkville, thanks to its abundance of Victorian era architecture and abundance of quaint little stores and rather upscale galleries and restaurants it is also a big tourist attraction.
Every year Yorkville is also the site of the Toronto International Film Festival, and that is when you can add star spotting to a list of things to do in the area as well!
The Hockey Hall of Fame
Hockey rules the Canadian sporting landscape so that the Hockey Hall of Fame is located in the heart of Toronto should come as no surprise, and even those who are not big hockey fans can have a great time here.
Interactive exhibits let guests ‘call’ some of the most iconic moments in the sport’s history from a replica radio booth, wander through galleries filled with important memorabilia and even visit a replica locker room.
Art Gallery of Ontario
Better known as the AGO, this modern art mecca is a must visit for any contemporary art fan. Housed in a beautiful space designed by architect Frank Gehry you’ll find the largest collection of Henry Moore sculptures to be found anyway, iconic works by Van Gogh, Picasso, Monet and a number of more modern masters like Andy Warhol as well as the largest collection of Canadian art in the country.
317 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M5T 1G4
Only San Francisco boasts a larger Chinatown district in North America than Toronto does and a trip here is a treat for all of the senses. There is a wealth of stores of all different kinds, an amazing array of food, served by all kinds of establishments from tiny food trucks to state of the art five star eateries. Even the architecture is amazing to behold and a trip to Toronto’s Chinatown is never, ever boring.
How to get a VIP access to all must see attractions?
Citypass offers an all in one admission ticket to 5 must-see tourist attractions in Toronto (CN Tower, Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto Zoo, Casa Loma and Ontario Science centre). You’ll save 45% compared to combined regular box office prices. Visit citypass.com/toronto to find out more.