Top attractions in Toronto
Wondering what to see in Toronto? Where to start! This diverse city is fast-becoming the place to be for culture, history and food in North America, thanks to friendly people, a glittering skyline and a laid-back atmosphere. Let our guide give you a flavor.
This downtown shopping mecca offers more than 175 stores and is open until 8:00PM, letting you fit your retail therapy around a day of tourism. Check out the basement food court.
Admission to this impressive attraction is free for under-5s, or on Wednesday late-nights (until 8:30PM). The Hands-On Centre for kids is a great way to get them into art young.
This brilliant 'museum' is so cool, you'll forget you're learning about science. Open seven days a week, visit on a weekday to spend more time with the exhibits.
North America isn't known for castles, but this former home, built in 1911, is a good effort. Perhaps best enjoyed as a venue for music and culture, check web listings.
Ready for more shopping? This is one of the biggest malls in Canada, and a fashion haven. The Lego shop is a hit with kids, where pester power will help you spend!
The pride of Toronto's skyline - try to see it at night, from the Hanlan's Point Ferry. The 360 Restaurant at the top is, although pricey, worth it for the incredible views.
Have a screaming good time here, riding the roller coasters, enjoying the waterpark and experiencing the Dinosaurs Alive exhibit. Book in advance for cheaper tickets.
The highlight of this zoo and conservation site is the pair of beautiful giant pandas who arrived in 2013. The mischievous meerkats and penguins also never fail to raise a smile.
Home of the Toronto Blue Jays baseball team, this is also the place to see the biggest-name musical acts coming through Toronto, including One Direction and Taylor Swift in 2015.
Visit this natural history museum for state of the art exhibits that bring historical events to life. The beautiful modern building is a sightseeing hotspot in itself.
For the best weather, visit Toronto during summer, as the winter can be relentless. However, many people choose to plan their trip around a particular festival, as Toronto is in no short supply. Toronto International Film Festival is a huge draw, and takes place annually in August. Toronto Gay Pride spans an entire week at the end of each year - the city takes its LGBT rights seriously. Local sporting calendars and seasons are also worth consideration.
Toronto has a great selection of hotels for visitors, business travelers, families and couples. Hostels are also plentiful, and a great choice for backpackers and people on a budget.
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- The summer months are the best. The temperatures are warm, outdoor markets abound, and there's an endless supply of events. But that also means there are lots of crowds, and prices on accommodations and flights are much higher. If you can, try to visit at the beginning or end of the season.
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If you're pressed for time and want to do it all, this is the tour for you. We were looking for a tour that would easily take us to see Niagara falls and back again without worrying about travel and transfers, and that would provide us with a guide. This was so much more than that. Our tour guide Judy and driver Mike were incredible, making us feel welcome, and having such a wealth of knowledge of the whole of Canada and anecdotes that they were sharing throughout. The tour included a reasonable start time, and covered an excellent lunch buffet overlooking the Falls, plenty of time at the Falls themselves to walk around and enjoy the views, the boat ride on the Hornblower, some more time to relax and explore around the main part, a stop off at the picturesque town of Niagara on the Lake, and finally a stop for ice wine tasting. Fun, informative, and top value for money. I wouldn't have changed anything at all about the day - I would 100% recommend this tour, it was perfect.
Our guide, Nathan, was so friendly and knowledgeable. He told us a lot about the history of Niagara Falls and Ontario during the drive. The tour was very organised and ran smoothly. We knew where and when we had to be at all times. Nathan also gave us great tips on things to do, see and eat. We had the perfect amount of free time at the falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake. The wine tasting was great too and I like that the tasting was at the end of the day. The bus was comfortable and clean. The group was a good size, too. I would recommend this tour to anyone visiting Toronto!
Tim was our tour guide on a beer & history tour of Toronto on a scorching hot summer afternoon in July. He was intelligent, engaging, fun, knowledgeable, witty, good humoured and cute! We walked and talked and drank some very good beer in a variety of local bars, pubs & breweries, each with a distinct style & ambience. Lots of interesting facts about Toronto past & present and just the right balance between walking & resting with a cold beer in hand. Tim’s energy & enthusiasm & sparkling personality, made this a winning walking tour which I highly recommend.
Despite the rainy day, it was a great experience. The tour guide gave us lots of colour commentary about the sights and peppered her presentations with just enough historical facts to keep things interesting. Somewhat of a long day but worthwhile. Would have preferred a longer time in Niagara On The Lake and could have easily skipped the ice wine tasting.
The whole experience was very good, I came with my granddaughter 6 and our Little Sister 9. They both had a fantastic time. We had not been before but after speaking to our older friends we definitely will be returning. So we can enjoy the the experience without having to worry about our girls.