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Royal Ontario Museum: General Admission Ticket

1. Royal Ontario Museum: General Admission Ticket

No trip to Toronto is complete without a visit to the Royal Ontario Museum—Canada’s largest museum. Explore stunning galleries of dinosaurs, Indigenous art and culture, ancient Egypt, minerals and gems, and more. Explore each of these 16 Must-See Treasures with the aid of bilingual multi-media kiosks. Discover an exceptional array of themed galleries throughout the Museum, spanning both world cultures and natural history. Must-See Treasures at the Museum include:  • The Nisga’a and Haida totem poles • The Death of General Wolfe painting • The Chinese Temple Art mural The Paradise of Maitreya  • The Tomb Mound of General Zu Dashou (“Ming Tomb”)  • The rare Southern White Rhinoceros • The Barosaurus (“Gordo”), Canada’s largest dinosaur on display  • The duck-billed hadrosaur Parasaurolophus walkeri • The exceptionally well-preserved fossils from the Burgess Shale  • The 900-carat Light of the Desert Cerussite gem • The Tagish Lake Meteorite • The Bust of Cleopatra VII • The Statue of Sekhmet — one of the oldest known Egyptian deities  • The Egyptian Book of the Dead • Earl of Pembroke’s Armour • Kunti Sculpture (“Blue Lady”)  • The Striding Lion Terracotta Relief 

Toronto: Harbor and Islands Sightseeing Cruise

2. Toronto: Harbor and Islands Sightseeing Cruise

This cruise of the Toronto Harbour and islands gives you the chance to enjoy scenic views of the Toronto skyline, learn the history of the area, and explore the Toronto Islands. Your captain will start the tour by taking you to view the Western Harbour before crossing into the lagoons to visit the Toronto Islands. Sites featured on this part of the tour include the historic Hanlan’s Point, the Island Yacht Club, and the woodlands of the Island Bird and Wildlife Sanctuary. The captain and crew will provide an entertaining and informative narration to detail everything you see. During the second half of the tour, return to the Toronto Harbour where the crew will tell you about many of the notable buildings that make up the skyline while you cruise along to find the perfect place to photograph Toronto from the water.

Toronto: Niagara Day Trip w/ Boat Tour & Niagara-on-the-Lake

3. Toronto: Niagara Day Trip w/ Boat Tour & Niagara-on-the-Lake

Leave Toronto earlier and get back sooner on a fun and leisurely day trip to Niagara Falls. Relax in the comfort of an air-conditioned bus under the expert care of your engaging local guide. Your adventure begins when you meet your guide at the convenient downtown meeting point. Set off on the 90-minute scenic drive into the Niagara Region. Your driver will share their local knowledge along the way. Stopover and visit the historic town of Niagara on the Lake and take in the sights of the Niagara River and million-dollar homes along the scenic Niagara Parkway. Pause for guided photo stops at the Floral Clock, Hydro Power Station, Whirlpool Rapids, and the Niagara Gorge before arriving at Niagara Falls. Upgrade to include the seasonal Voyage to the Falls boat tour and sail into the heart of the world-famous falls. Your guide will escort you to the cruise departure point so you can benefit from expedited access to the boat boarding area. When the cruise is not operating, you'll instead ride to the top of Skylon Tower's observation deck for unbeatable panoramic views of the Falls.  Pending on the tour option selected, enjoy up to 3-hours of free time in Niagara Falls to explore the local attractions. Your tour concludes with a quiet and cool return to Toronto, in time for you to relax before your evening plans.

Toronto: Royal Ontario Museum Special Exhibits Ticket

4. Toronto: Royal Ontario Museum Special Exhibits Ticket

Visit the Royal Ontario Museum, where jaw-dropping dinosaurs, glittering gemstones, and mysterious mummies are just a few of the treasures on display. Your ticket includes general admission and access to one or more of the special exhibits. Enjoy the freedom to explore the museum at your own pace and visit the exhibits and galleries that interest you most. There’s plenty to see and do at the museum, with exhibits to interest the whole family. The special exhibits currently featured at the Royal Ontario Museum include "Great Whales: Up Close and Personal" and the "Breaking the Frame" exhibition. Great Whales: Up Close and Personal In 2017, the ROM shared the incredible journey of Blue, ROM’s beloved blue whale in "Out of the Depths: The Blue Whale Story". The highly successful ROM-original exhibition told the story of nine blue whales that died tragically in the Gulf of St. Lawrence in 2014, and the unprecedented opportunity for research and conservation it presented. Fast forward four years and the museum returns to the depths. Showcasing the ROM’s commitment to Canada’s iconic North Atlantic whales, this exhibition takes the story further and features Blue alongside two new skeletons: the critically endangered North Atlantic right whale and the deep-diving sperm whale. With multi-sensory interactive and immersive experiences, Great Whales compares these three unique giants, from their size and diet to their intelligence and evolution, while highlighting the extensive ongoing research and conservation efforts being undertaken to save these mammals from extinction. The ROM invites you to dive back in and discover these incredible great whales of Canada's east coast, their complex relationships with humans, and what we can do to save them. Breaking the Frame Experience the unexpected in the North American debut of Breaking the Frame, featuring one of the earliest photographs taken by a female artist, unusual subject matter from the biggest names in photography, and portraits from photo studios in West Africa and India. Explore more than 90 original and vintage prints from the Solander collection that inspire new and unconventional approaches to photo history. Breaking the Frame showcases many accomplished artists of the 19th and 20th centuries – from Malick Sidibé and Florence Henri to Lang Jingshan, Ansel Adams, Diane Arbus, Henry Fox Talbot, Robert Frank, and Dorothea Lange – who have helped shape photography, offering a global perspective on the medium that pushes our understanding beyond the conventional.

Toronto: Night Tour with CN Tower or Harbor Cruise

5. Toronto: Night Tour with CN Tower or Harbor Cruise

Begin your tour with pickup from your hotel in downtown Toronto. If you choose the Harbor Cruise option, kick off the tour with a beautiful Toronto harbor boat ride. If not, head out on a narrated driving tour on the way to your first stop in the Distillery District. Take a walking tour of the district’s cobblestone streets and 19th-century, industrial-style buildings with your guide. After the walking tour, you’ll have some free time to explore and shop in this vibrant space. Your guide will bring you to Cherry Beach, a lakeside beach park located at the foot of Cherry Street. As one of the city's remarkable resources, it's known as the cleanest beach in Toronto and a great place to swim in the summer. At the end of your tour, your guide will bring you back to your hotel in downtown Toronto. You will then get a chance to see the downtown city lights up close. With your guide, go to the city hall to see the iconic Toronto sign illuminated at Nathan Phillips Square. The final stop on your tour will be CN Tower, where you can view the city and surrounding area from the 342-meter (over 1,100-foot) high observation deck. The tower famously held the world record for tallest freestanding structure until 2007, so rest assured the view is incredible. If you’re brave enough, you can even walk on the glass floor. At the end of the tour, your guide will take you back to your hotel in downtown Toronto.

Toronto: Pearson Airport (YYZ) Plaza Premium Lounge Access

6. Toronto: Pearson Airport (YYZ) Plaza Premium Lounge Access

Relax and refresh before your departure or in-between flights in the comfort of a Plaza Premium Lounge at Toronto Pearson International Airport. Lounges are located in the international departure at terminal 1 and terminal 2. Recline in the sleek, contemporary departure lounge, and make use of first-class services and facilities, including delicious food and high-speed Wi-Fi. Choose from a 3 or 6-hour package to suit your schedule.

Toronto: Haunted Night Walking Tours

7. 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.

Art Gallery of Ontario: Skip-the-Ticket-Line Admission

8. Art Gallery of Ontario: Skip-the-Ticket-Line Admission

Fully accessible and conveniently located in downtown Toronto, the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) is one of the most important art museums in North America. The AGO Collection features more than 100,000 great works of art, from cutting-edge contemporary works to classic European masterpieces. Always on display are iconic paintings by the well-known Group of Seven, as well as other Canadian artists. Explore amazing art by established and emerging Indigenous, Inuit and Métis artists. See sculptures, photographs, prints and drawings, and so much more, on display in the beautiful Gallery building. Explore the building itself, which is a work of art, with design details created by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry.

Toronto: 2 City Walking Tours Pass

9. Toronto: 2 City Walking Tours Pass

As the largest city in the world’s second-largest country, Toronto is an exciting place to be. The city is known for its multiculturalism and diversity which, in turn, has transformed it into one of the most liberal, artsy, and forward-thinking destinations in North America. And of course, wherever you find multiculturalism, you also find an epic gastronomy scene. On our Toronto guided tours, expect to be given the inside scoop on everything from its thrilling theatre scene to its art, shopping, gastronomy scene, and more. Let us introduce you to the city of Toronto with our Downtown and Waterfront guided tour, where you will discover some of its most character-defining spots. Think museums, sports stadiums, markets, breweries, parks, and heritage buildings. Starting at Meridian Hall, a Mid-century masterpiece of a performing arts centre, your guide will take you past St. Lawrence’s Market to shop for locally made produce and crafts and then amble along the waterfront. Then you will get a dose of culture at the renowned Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit and Powerplant Contemporary Art Museum. On the second half of the tour, your local guide will take you to the city’s most famous buildings, including Union Station, Brookfield Place, Scotiabank Arena, and the iconic CN Tower. After revelling in the city views from 553 metres in the sky at the top of the tower, we will head back down to Earth to finish the journey at the Hockey Hall of Fame. After you’ve become well acquainted with Toronto on our Downtown and Waterfron tour, see what else the city has to offer on our Highlights tour. While it is packed with history, the tour focuses more on the delicious commercial and cultural sides of the city. From the Bell Lightbox, home of the Toronto International Film Festival, to the Alexandra Theatre, Roy Thompson Hall, and Wintergarden Theatre, you will deep dive into Toronto’s obsession with cinema and theatre. Along the way, you will pass Canada’s Walk of Fame and spot the stars of celebrities that hail from this talented city. Before completing the tour in Yonge Dundas Square, the city’s commercial centre, a stop at Toronto Eaton Centre is in order, an excellent mall for a spot of shopping. These guided tours are just 2 of 6 itineraries that you can discover in Toronto. With our free self-guided tours included in your Vox City app. In the Art Gallery self-guided tour you will discover the most artistic side of the city, visiting the Arg Gallery of Ontario and strolling through Toronto’s Chinatown. Meanwhile, the Parliament and Museum self-guided tour will show you the best museums in town as well as the impressive University of Toronto and the emblematic Parliament of Ontario buildings! So, once you’ve completed our guided tours with your guide and feel like an honourary Toronto citizen, use the free Vox City app (included in your ticket) to discover more delightful self-guided routes in and around the city.

Toronto Islands: Sunset Canoe Tour

10. Toronto Islands: Sunset Canoe Tour

Try the very Canadian activity of paddling a canoe at dusk and explore the Toronto Islands. Whether a beginner or an expert, everyone will enjoy this 1.5-hour experience, covering the most beautiful parts of the islands and allowing you to admire the magnificent city skyline from a new perspective.  Paddle around the islands in an authentic, Voyageur canoe replica that was used by the first European settlers. This style of canoe offers stability and comfort, providing an easy and safe introduction to canoeing. An experienced and certified guide will be in a canoe with you at all times and will help with safety and instructions. Learn how to paddle properly while canoeing in a team. One of the most beautiful parks in the city, with its numerous waterways and lagoons, Toronto Islands offers a great opportunity for those with an adventurous spirit. The tour will take you around the Bird Sanctuary of the Toronto Islands and the Donout Island. Pass under a bridge that was built in 1905 and paddle through the tranquil lagoons and waterways.

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What people are saying about Toronto

This was a fantastic tour my guide Neishim (apologies if spelt wrong)was a fabulous guide very knowledgeable and showed me the best sights of the city I especially loved the Bewery district the old buildings were amazing and my guide gave me some great tips for getting a coffee here in the morning. I’m so glad I booked this night tour as traveling on my own I felt this to be the safest way to see the city light up at night and it was amazing so thank you

Fun, informative, and entertaining! Great way to see and learn about fun historical spots, especially for us ‘out of towners’. Great way to spend our last evening! Jack was an amazing guide as well, so fun and knowledgeable!

I love the ROM. It has been a favourite haunt of mine since I was a little girl. now I enjoy taking my grandchildren there to share in the old experiences as well as in the new.

It was an excellent day ! Very informative relaxing and enjoyable! Niagara truly is a wonder of the world!

It was a very nice tour. Informative and friendly staff!