So, you’re visiting Toronto? You’re in for a treat! In a city with such vibrancy, there’s always something to see and do. In this article, we’ll take you on a guided tour of the city, so you can begin planning your own exciting adventure!
For Solo Travellers
Solo travellers will never be lonely in Toronto! Begin downtown, by visiting the major attractions, such as the CN Tower, Royal Ontario Museum, Art Gallery of Ontario, and St Lawrence Market.
Toronto is also a fantastic base for further travel across eastern Canada. Join an organised trip or make your own arrangements to visit Ottawa, Montreal, Niagara Falls, Elora Gorge, or Algonquin Provincial Park. Organized tours also give you an opportunity to meet new friends!
Back in the city, you’ll be able to enjoy fabulous nightlife. Visit Cocktail Bar, Mahjong Bar, and DW Alexander for the best drinks and most welcoming atmosphere in Toronto. Then, head to the Entertainment District to see a show, cheer on the Blue Jays, or dance the night away!
Getting around Toronto is super straightforward. We’d recommend taking public transport – subway, streetcars, and buses – as it’s inexpensive and helps you to quickly get your bearings. Toronto is safe for solo travellers and the perfect destination for people who love the spirit of adventure and the cosmopolitan feel of a big city.
Planning a romantic trip to Toronto? As well as visiting all the major attractions, there are some special experiences that are perfect for couples.
Start with a trip to the Humber Bay Arch Bridge, and don’t forget a lock with both of your initials, or a special message! Attach the token of your love to the railings, and don’t forget to take a picture, so you can find it on your next visit!
For star-crossed lovers, where better to explore the galaxy than the David Dunlap Observatory? Or, if you’re more in tune with the beauty of our own planet, wander around the Toronto Botanical Garden, sail along Lake Ontario, or spend the day at Niagara Falls.
If a proposal is in the cards, or you’re simply in the mood for an intimate meal with spectacular views, head to 360 Restaurant at the CN Tower, or the 54th floor Canoe Restaurant on Wellington Street.
And if you’re wondering where to stay, choose The Ivy at Verity, Fairmont Royal York, or The Omni King Edward Hotel. They’re perfect for a romantic getaway!
For Families with Kids
There’s plenty for youngsters – and big kids – to enjoy in Toronto. Start with a trip to Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada, followed by Toronto Zoo. These are wonderful experiences for kids; educational and lots of fun!
While we’re on the subject, a visit to the Ontario Science Centre is also recommended. Kids can learn hands-on, with interactive exhibits and exciting experiments to try.
Take a short trip by ferry to the beautiful Toronto Islands, where there’s plenty of open space and exciting trails for the family to enjoy on foot or by bicycle. On Centre Island you’ll also find Centreville Amusement Park, a delightful attraction for youngsters, with rollercoasters, a ferris wheel, and boat rides.
If your kids are a little older and want to enjoy some retail therapy, the Eaton Centre will allow them to shop until they drop, while Mom and Dad enjoy a well-earned coffee break!
When dinner time rolls around, try 3030 Dundas West for great food and awesome games, Ricarda’s for the giant bouncy castle, and Piccolo Piano for a nutritionally-balanced meal and kid-friendly activities.
For Culture Vultures
If you’re looking for cultural enrichment on your trip to Toronto, you’ll be spoilt for choice! Start with the key attractions, like the Royal Ontario Museum, Art Gallery of Toronto, and Royal Alexandra Theatre.
Are galleries your thing? Check out the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, the Museum of Inuit Art, the University of Toronto Art Centre, and exhibits at the Ontario College of Art and Design University.
For museum buffs, no trip to Toronto is complete without taking in the Design Exchange, Gardiner Museum, Institute for Contemporary Culture, and the Parliament Interpretive Centre.
If you’d like to take in a show during your visit, check out what’s on at the Canon Theatre, the Princess of Wales Theatre, the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatres, and the Four Seasons Centre.
You’ll also make impromptu discoveries while wandering around the city. We’d certainly recommend a guided or bus tour to help you uncover the hidden gems!
Which fun things to do in Toronto did you find on your last visit? Sound off in the comments below!