Toronto is a city known for its diverse cultures and its abundance of attractions. As the capital of Ontario and the largest city in Canada you are sure to experience something new every time you visit this dynamic city. Here is a list of the top 10 best things to do while visiting Toronto.
1. CN Tower
This 1,815 foot tower is a standout among Toronto’s skyline. Visitors are able to choose between four levels of observation: The Glass Floor Room, Lookout Level, 360 Restaurant, and the Skypod. If you are looking for unparalleled views of the city, the CN Tower is a must!! Located on Front Street the Tower is open daily from 8am till 11pm. The price of admission will cost you anywhere between $12-$195 depending on the experience you chose.
2. Toronto Islands
If you are looking to take a breath from noise of the city the Toronto Islands are the spot for you. The three connecting islands are just a ferry ride away. You can hit the beach, check out Centreville Islands amusement park or just soak in the spectacular views of the city. Ferry rides cost $6 for adults and $3 for children and run from 6:30am to 11:15pm.
3. Lawrence Market
Located in Old Town, this market features over 120 vendors that sell a mix of food and retail items. Locals and visitors rave about the reasonable prices and delicious food items available. On Saturdays the North Building transforms into a farmer’s market offering a variety of fresh baked bread and unique antique items. The market is free to enter and is open from Tuesday through Saturday.
4. Distillery District
Once home to the largest distillery in the world, the Distillery District is now home to art galleries, theaters, cafes, patios, and of course a brewery. The Victorian architecture is the perfect backdrop to the cities upcoming arts hub. Business are open seven days a week with typical hours being from 10am to 8pm.
5. Hockey Hall of Fame
This 65,000 square feet space located a block east of Union Station is home to incredible hockey paraphernalia. When visiting Canada, it is crucial you experience the countries national winter sport, hockey. The building is designed after a cathedral and is home to the first ever Stanley Cup. The Hockey Hall of Fame is open everyday from 10am to 6pm and costs around $15 for adults and $10 for children.
6. Kensington Market
A colorful neighborhood once home to a heavy Jewish population in the twentieth century, is now home to a large Chinese population. This diverse area is sure to spark your inner hipster. The streets are lined with funky record stores, cafes, and vintage shops. The neighborhood closes its streets on the last Sunday of every month for a truly authentic market experience.
7. Toronto Zoo
The largest zoo in Canada opened it’s doors on August 15, 1974 and since has become a popular destination for many travelers. The zoo sprawls a massive 700 acres and houses more than 5,000 animals. If you are a thrill seeker the zoo has a ropes course, zoomobile ride, and a 2-acre water play area. The zoo is open daily from 9:30am to 4:30pm and will cost you $18 to8. enter.
8. Casa Loma
This gothic mansion is located in midtown and was built by Sir Henry Pellatt in 1911. This huge 98 room castle features towers, stables, a 800 foot tunnel, and a 5 acre garden. The stunning interiors are sure to wow any visitor. Casa Loma is open every day from 9:30am to 5:00pm for a $25 admission fee.
9. Royal Ontario Museum
Located in the Yorkville neighborhood the Royal Ontario Museum is the largest natural history museum in Canada. The museum houses over 6 million artifacts ranging from dinosaur bones to a 13,500-footwear exhibit. Make sure you dedicate a couple hours to visit this cultural gem. The museum is open from 10am to 5:30pm daily and costs $15 for entry.
10. Ripley’s Aquarium
Built in 2011 for $130 million this impressive aquarium is home to 16,000 underwater animals and holds over 1.5 million gallons of water. The most recognized gallery is the Dangerous Lagoon, which has the longest underwater tunnel and moving conveyer belt. The aquarium also offers interactive exhibits and provides dive shows every two hours. The aquarium is open seven days a week from 9am-11pm.