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Things to do in Distillery District

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From New York City: Niagara Falls & 1000 Islands 3-Day Tour

1. From New York City: Niagara Falls & 1000 Islands 3-Day Tour

Experience the fury of Niagara Falls with a ride on the Maid of the Mist and cruise through the Thousand Islands on this three-day tour from New York City. Day 1: New York - Finger Lakes - Niagra Falls An early morning departure takes you north from the Big Apple as you pass the beautiful Delaware Gap to Watkins Glen State Park in the heart of the Finger Lakes region. Walk through Watkins Glen Canyon to visit the beautiful waterfalls and then continue to Niagara Falls, passing Seneca Lake, where you will arrive in the late afternoon. Tour the U.S. side of the falls including the American Falls, Goat Island, and Luna Island. At night, tour Niagara Falls where you can marvel at the colorful lighting of the waters while on board the Maid of the Mist. Overnight: Ramada by Wyndham. Day 2: Niagra Falls - Toronto - 1000 Islands Start the day with the Horseshoe Falls’ view followed by a visit to the picturesque village of Niagara on the Lake. We continue to Toronto, the financial capital of Canada. Visit the HTO Park, Brookfield Place, city hall, and The Distillery Historic District.  Towards the evening, take off from Toronto along the world-famous Lake Ontario for an evening arrival to the 1000 Islands area (in April, based on weather conditions, you may return to Niagara Falls to stay overnight). Overnight: Gananoque at Comfort Inn (April: Ramada by Wyndham). Day 3: 1000 Islands - New York  Start the day with a cruise through the amazing 1000 Islands along the St. Laurence River. See the houses of the rich and famous built atop private islands. After lunch, head to New York State. On the way, enjoy a shopping excursion at one of the large outlet malls where you can shop for bargains in name-brand stores before your return to New York City in the evening.

Toronto: Local Craft Beer, History and Culture Tour

2. Toronto: Local Craft Beer, History and Culture Tour

Learn about the city of Toronto through its long history of beer on this unique tour. Since the early 1800's when Toronto was known as York, to the modern metropolis it is today, the citizens of this city have used beer for refreshment and merrymaking. Walk through the streets of old Toronto and learn about Canadian beer. The focus will be on beer made in Toronto and regional craft brews. Hear anecdotes about the role beer played though the decades in helping Torontonians cope with cholera, fire, war, depression, rebellion, muddy streets, and general Victorian stuffiness. Visit a few unique and historic pubs which cover the early history of Toronto and give a new perspective on the city. Afterwards, stop by Saint Lawrence Market and finish up in the Distillery District; an old industrial park and whiskey factory converted into a hub of art, culture, and cafes. At 2 pub stop, beer will be included, but you are welcome to purchase more.

Toronto: Distillery District Historic Walking Tour

3. Toronto: Distillery District Historic Walking Tour

Tour one of Toronto's newest and oldest landmark locations - popular with tourists and locals alike. The Distillery District's Victorian buildings and cobblestone streets are steeped in history, and are today lined with hip indie restaurants, bars, boutiques, galleries, outdoor sculptures and theaters.  On the tour, you will explore the largest and best preserved collection of Victorian industrial architecture in North America. The story of a young, inebriated city collides with the rise of the Gooderham and Worts Distillery, their families and so much more. Spend an hour with one of the expert, enthralling guides who will tell you stories of business intrigue, a drunk city and the company that became the world's largest distillery. 

Toronto: Scenic 3-Hour Guided Bicycle Tour

4. Toronto: Scenic 3-Hour Guided Bicycle Tour

Discover Toronto like a local by bike and relax under the expert care of your passionate guide who loves cycling through their city. The green spaces, bike paths, and local artwork is a great way to start your visit to Toronto. Choose between 2 unique 3-hour bike tour options that will help you see more and make the most of your visit to Toronto.  Check-in at the bike shop and be kitted out with a bicycle and helmet. Set off with your guide who will help you skip the traffic to make the most of Toronto's bike paths and beautiful parks. Benefit from the local insights of your guides and enjoy stops for photo opportunities. Get to know where things are and how the city is laid out so that you can explore further on your own. The tour concludes with your return to the starting point. Harbour Views, the Island and the Historic Distillery District Tour This afternoon tour offers a break from the bigger city and gives you a taste of Toronto’s small-town charm. Ride along the waterfront, enjoy beach visits, and a ferry ride. Re-enter the city via the historic Distillery District, where you will step back in time. Includes ferry transport to and from Toronto Island.  Midtown, Brickworks and Distillery Tour This morning tour offers a fantastic cross-section of life in Toronto, satisfying both your urban cravings and love of nature. Zip along city streets then detour through forested parks. From the smells of street vendors’ carts to the cool breezes and chirping birds in the forest, you'll discover that Toronto is a city within a park. 

Toronto: Haunted Night Walking Tours

5. Toronto: Haunted Night Walking Tours

Ghosts, graveyards, hangings, and haunts. Hear some of the most spine-tingling ghost stories from the earliest days of Toronto. You will never look at the city in the same way again.  Choose between 4 unique tour options. After hearing about the ghostly encounters that took place in the area, your cloaked guide can walk you back to the start location, or leave you to enjoy a sleepless night in the city.  The Original Haunted Walk of Toronto (75-Minutes) Depart from the courtyard in front of the Hockey Hall of Fame to walk from the heart of the financial district into the old town. Listen to chilling tales and see a darker side to Toronto's history including haunted theaters, unsolved mysteries, and the terrifying encounters at Mackenzie House. The entrance fee to Mackenzie House is not included.  Campus Secrets and Spectres (75-Minutes) Discover the grand architecture and tree-lined paths of the University of Toronto downtown campus filled with a dark history and ghostly tales. Your tour guide will lead you through the haunted campus and the Ontario Legislative Assembly.  Spirits of the Distillery (75-Minutes) With tales of gruesome accidents, the world of whiskey-making, and War of 1812, you’ll quickly see why this is the area known as one of Toronto’s most haunted spots. Black Creek Pioneer Village (90-Minutes) Explore the supernatural side of Toronto’s historic pioneer village in the dark. Featuring some of the oldest buildings in the city, Black Creek Pioneer Village is the perfect, creepy backdrop for a night of spine-tingling ghost stories.

Toronto: City Highlights Night Van Tour with Boat Cruise

6. Toronto: City Highlights Night Van Tour with Boat Cruise

Explore Toronto on an evening van tour including a scenic harbor cruise. See the city's twinkling lights, skyline, and top attractions illuminated at night from both the road and the water. Sit back and relax on two modes of transportation, seeing the city from different perspectives. Enjoy having your own local guide to share unique and fascinating stories about the surrounding area, including exclusive local insights, historic highlights, and personalized recommendations. Begin your tour of Toronto with a hotel pickup in the comfort and style of a Mercedes Metris van. Head straight to the harbor for your boat cruise. Take in the very best views of the bustling city's skyline illuminated at night on your relaxing harbor cruise. Once back on land, hop back in the van and listen to your guide narrating and providing highlights about the surrounding area along your drive. See multiple points of interest come to life at night, including the bustling Yonge/Dundas Square - Canada’s Time Square and the iconic "Toronto" sign colorfully lit up. Next, explore the historic Distillery District. Here, enjoy some free time to walk along the cobblestone streets, marvel at some unique artisanal stores, and maybe grab a quick bite to eat if you're hungry. Then, make your way to your final stop of the tour: Cherry Beach. Walk along the sandy beach to take in a marvelous illuminated views of the lit up city skyline at night before heading back to your hotel.

Toronto: Distillery District City Exploration Game

7. Toronto: Distillery District City Exploration Game

Get ready for an adventure with this city exploration game for your smartphone. Explore Toronto’s Distillery District while challenging yourself to exciting puzzles, riddles, and tasks. Find your way around with ease using the simple-to-follow directions on your phone.  Download the city game app while connected to the internet and unlock your Toronto’s Distillery District game. Start at the Cherry Street Gate and play your way to the Corkin Gallery, the Spirit of York Distillery, and all the Saulter Street Brewery. Play at your own pace and with the ability to pause and resume whenever you want, feel free to sample a brew or two along the route. As you solve challenges, the story unfolds and exact directions on your phone will guide you to the next location. Complete the game on your own, in a large group, or in several smaller groups that compete against each other and meet at the final stop of the game. 

Toronto: 30-Minute Distillery District Segway Tour

8. Toronto: 30-Minute Distillery District Segway Tour

Set off on a 30-minute guided Segway tour of Toronto's historic Distillery District. Before the tour, you will spend a few minutes learning how to ride the Segway, starting off with a brief overview of how the machine works, followed by a one-on-one training session with a trained instructor.  Once training is complete, you will discover the fascinating history behind the former Gooderham and Worts Distillery as you roll along on two wheels. The Distillery District is a 13 acre district comprised of more than forty heritage buildings and ten streets, and is the largest collection of Victorian-era industrial architecture in North America. Located east of downtown, it contains numerous cafés, restaurants and shops housed within heritage buildings - along with numerous galleries and outdoor sculptures. Perfect and recommended for beginners, you won't believe how fun and easy the machine is to ride. If you want a great introduction to the Distillery District and the Segway, this is the tour for you.

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What people are saying about Distillery District

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 1,383 reviews

Milo was a great tour guide story teller, I enjoyed touring Distillery area with him and history behind it. The tour ended with a chocolate tasting in one of the nearby shops. He was very knowledgable and fun. I recommend his tours to everyone. At the end of the tour, he even helped me with directions to my next stop in Toronto.

Our guide was knowledgable, friendly, and enthusiastic. We were properly dressed for the tour as recommended when we signed up on the site. The experience was exactly as advertised

The stories were really interesting and spooky, would definitely recommend

Distillery District is very interesting for its colourful history.

great scary stories and leaned a lot about the history