21 Things to Do in Toronto


Toronto is a wonderful city offering many exciting attractions. Here are just a few popular places, great for the whole family.

1. Canada’s Wonderland

This is an amusement park with a variety of roller coasters, rides, and a water park. There are constantly new rides being built.

2. Halloween Haunt (Wonderland) or Screemers (Exhibition Place)

Halloween Haunt and Screemers are similar, with different scary mazes, along with frightening monsters jumping out of every corner.

3. CN Tower

If you like to exercise, then you might want to climb the thousands of stairs to the viewing area, or you could always take the elevator to the top. There’s a glass floor, sky pod, restaurant, and even the Edge Walk. Would you walk along the edge of a building 116 stories high?

4. Sports Game or Concert

5. CNE and Air Show

Every year the Canadian National Exhibition takes place, with a midway where you can try to win prizes. The Air Show allows you to watch the Snowbirds, jets, and aerobatics. There’s a huge food court, so you can stay energized throughout day.

6. Ice Skating at Nathan Phillips Square

This is fun to do, especially in a group. Around New Year’s Eve, there are always ice sculpture contests taking place at Nathan Phillips Square, which is also the location of the Toronto City Hall.

7. The Eaton Centre

At this multi-level mall you’ll find your favorite stores and delicious food at the many restaurants.

8. Different Cultural Districts

Two great neighborhoods are Little Italy and Greektown. Every year there’s a Greek Festival on Danforth Avenue, which attracts many people and gives them a chance to experience Greek culture.

9. Ontario Place

This park is right on the edge of Lake Ontario, and has gone through recent renovations. There are also restaurants, gift shops, a marina, and the Molson Amphitheatre. The Molson Amphitheatre has lots of concerts at decent prices. Even from the lawn, which is the back of the outdoor theatre, you can see very well.

10. Much Music Studio

If you want to see some celebrities, then this would be the place to go. They have celebrity appearances, along with the MMVAs (Much Music Video Awards), so you might even be able to get some autographs.

11. Boat Tours at Queen’s Quay

There are many different boat tours available in Toronto, but a popular one is the Kajama. It’s a tall sailing ship from the early 1900s and takes you along the harbor for an hour and a half. You get to see the pretty landscape of Toronto from Lake Ontario, as you order food or drinks to keep you energized. The crew gives you a chance to hoist the sails yourself!

12. Second City – Improv Classes or Shows

Second City offers Improv classes, and at the end of the last class you get to perform on the main stage for your friends and family. The professional shows are also a way to get a good laugh.

13. Murder Mystery – Dinner and Show

This is a great opportunity for an amusing dinner. Before the show, the characters walk around and allow you to ask questions about the play to try to gather some information about the murder. Then, after you see the show, they give you a chance to guess who the killer is, and the winner gets a small prize.

14. See a Parade

15. Toronto Zoo

Different pavilions offer homes for different animals, where you can see fauna from around the world. There are events taking place all the time, such as camel rides, visits from giant pandas, and autograph signings.

16. Ferry to the Toronto Islands

There are bike rentals, a beach, and amusement park.

17. Swim at The Beaches and Walk along the Boardwalk

The Beaches is an area of Toronto with a boardwalk, beaches with volleyball nets, and many stores. It is nice to spend a day in this area to get away from the busy downtown streets.

18. See a Live Play

Toronto has some pretty amazing plays; it’s like a smaller version of Broadway.

19. Yonge and Dundas Square

Stand in Toronto’s very own mini Times Square. The video billboards, AMC theaters, stores, and events make it exciting, especially at night with all of the flashing lights. Yonge Street is also a very interesting place to go shopping, along with Queen Street, which is trendy with smaller stores.

20. Ontario Science Centre and the ROM 

The Science Centre is always building new exhibits with the most interesting displays. The Royal Ontario Museum is also a great place to find old artifacts and information on things from around the world, such as a huge dinosaur exhibit.

21. Word on the Street

This is the best place to buy books in Toronto if you’re around in September. Dozens of different publishers set up tents to display their books, some of which are autographed by the author on the spot. You may enjoy getting ice cream and hunting for bargains, while listening to the live entertainment. This is also where Kate Bridges has made a few appearances signing books.

**many more events, activities, and information at http://www.toronto.com/


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