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Our most recommended Ontario Family-friendly Activities

Kingston: Thousand Islands Riverboat Cruise

1. Kingston: Thousand Islands Riverboat Cruise

The world-famous 1,000 Islands begin in Kingston, and span the St. Lawrence River for miles. Your route onboard the triple-deck Island Queen winds its way through the small cottage islands of the Admiralty group, which feature Napoleon’s Hat, the Wanderer’s Channel, the Bateau Channel, the opulent Mandalay Mansion and the historic sights of Kingston.  This cruise is one of the most in-depth cruises of the 1,000 Islands, and is the perfect way to explore the scenery that has made the region famous throughout the world. Onboard, enjoy live entertainment and listen to commentary about the history and folklore as you pass by spectacular scenery and island homes. You will also have access to a full-service canteen and bar.

Niagara Falls, Canada: Small Group Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

2. Niagara Falls, Canada: Small Group Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

Enjoy a guided tour of the Canadian side of Niagara Falls. Experience the mighty waterfalls with stunning views of both the American Falls and the Horseshoe Falls. See the power of Niagara up close, onboard the Hornblower Niagara Cruises boat ride Voyage to the Falls. Hear about the origins of the falls and see the American and Canadian power plants that run on the Niagara River's waters. Stop to admire the beautiful Floral Clock, made up of more than 16,000 carpet bedding plants. Learn about the Niagara Glen and the Whirlpool Golf Course, and enjoy fully narrated stops at the Whirlpool Rapids Observation Deck and the Brink of the Falls. Then, ascend the Skylon Tower for panoramic aerial views and descend behind the falls as feel the Horseshoe Falls cascading above you at the Journey Behind the Falls. Cruise past the American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls aboard a Hornblower Niagara cruise boat. From December to April, when the boat tour is non-operational, visit the Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory and Niagara's Fury attraction instead. Step inside a 4D motion theater and discover the ancient story of Niagara Falls in a multi-sensory simulation of the last Ice Age

Toronto: Harbor and Islands Sightseeing Cruise

3. 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.

Niagara Falls, Canada: Clifton Hill 6 Attraction Fun Pass

4. Niagara Falls, Canada: Clifton Hill 6 Attraction Fun Pass

Take a break from sightseeing the magnificent cascades of Niagara Falls and enjoy a host of activities at Clifton Hill's street of fun visitor attractions. Located just steps from the falls, the entertainment centre features thrilling rides, games, and attractions, all included in your fun pass. Visit and save on the top 6 family attractions including the Niagara SkyWheel with its breathtaking views of Niagara Falls by day or night. Face the multi-sensory Zombie Attack adventure featuring 6D graphics, or play a round of golf with wizards or dinosaurs.  Meet the stars of movie classics and current hits at Movieland Wax Museum; take a rocking ride through space on Cosmic Coaster and blast away ghosts on Ghostblasters Dark Ride. Enjoy some games at the Great Canadian Midway with your free tokens.

Ottawa: Hop-On Hop-Off Guided City Tour Day Ticket

5. Ottawa: Hop-On Hop-Off Guided City Tour Day Ticket

All aboard for this popular hop-on hop-off city bus tour of Ottawa that’s filled with fun, facts, and history! Stay on the bus for the complete 1.5-hour round-trip tour or hop off and back on throughout the validity of your ticket. Explore Ottawa's main sights like the Canadian Parliament buildings, Byward Market, and more en route. See the sights of Ottawa from a classic open-top, double-decker bus. Sit on the lower deck and enjoy the inside comfort or ride on the top deck and enjoy the fantastic views as your knowledgeable, bilingual guide points out landmarks and shares the city's history with you. Hop off at sites you want to explore and hop back on to resume your city tour. Do this at your own pace, and visit as many of Ottawa’s top sites as you like. See museums, parks, galleries, the Byward Market, the Canadian Parliament buildings, and lots more. Explore, dine, and shop throughout the capital city!

Toronto: Niagara-on-the-Lake & Falls Day Trip with Boat Tour

6. Toronto: Niagara-on-the-Lake & Falls Day Trip with Boat Tour

Embark on a full-day guided trip to Niagara Falls from Toronto. Admire the majestic falls from various angles and enjoy time to explore at your own pace. Upgrade your experience with a boat tour of the Falls. 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 on your own. 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 (you must choose the Guided Day Trip including Voyage to the Falls Boat Cruise option for the cruise to be included). 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.

Royal Ontario Museum: General Admission Ticket

7. 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 

Niagara Falls, Canada: Zipline to The Falls

8. Niagara Falls, Canada: Zipline to The Falls

Discover stunning of views of Niagara Falls and get your adrenaline rushing with this zipline ticket. Zipline 67 meters above the Niagara River Gorge and 670 meters past the American Falls. Take a comfortable van back your starting point. Join Niagara's most exciting and unique Falls viewing experience. Benefit from express admission by completing your waiver online in advance of arrival. Head directly to the launch kiosk where staff will accompany you via elevator up to the zipline launch pad. Be kitted out with a helmet and a comfort safety harness. You'll receive all the safety instructions you'll need so that you can simply sit back, relax, and enjoy the views. Sense the incredible force of nature as you soar 67 meters above the famous Niagara River Gorge and glide smoothly 670 meters past the American Falls towards the awesome power, thundering roar and amazing mist of the mighty Canadian Horseshoe Falls, and arrive at the Falls Observation Landing Deck. Enjoy the very best viewing and photo opportunity of the world-famous Niagara Falls in all its glory. Finally, return to the top in comfort aboard air-conditioned passenger vans.

Niagara Falls, Canada: Skylon Tower Observation Deck Ticket

9. Niagara Falls, Canada: Skylon Tower Observation Deck Ticket

Book your flexible date ticket in advance to visit Skylon Tower around your travel plans and the weather. Your ticket is valid for entry within seven days of the booked date. Year-round, under the sun or stars, enjoy the best panoramic views of the Falls and surrounding city from 236 meters above the Niagara Gorge. Your visit begins with the 'Ride to the Top' in a glass-enclosed, exterior elevator. A smooth 52-second trip will have you to the top of the tower, ready to discover the sights from the indoor and outdoor observation deck. Admire aerial views of Horseshoe Falls, American Falls, Great Gorge, and the Niagara River. During the day, take in views of the Niagara wine region and the skyscrapers of Toronto and Buffalo, when the conditions are right. Visit at night to see the Falls illuminated in a cascade of colors and admire the seasonal Falls Fireworks display overhead.  The Revolving Dining Room and the Summit Suite Buffet offer sumptuous meal options (at your own expense). At the base of Skylon Tower is a family fun center with interactive games and rides for all ages. Browse the shopping concourse with a wide selection of specialty shops featuring distinctive Canadian souvenirs, giftware, clothing, jewelry, and native crafts.

Niagara Falls, Canada: Scenic Helicopter Flight

10. Niagara Falls, Canada: Scenic Helicopter Flight

Embark on the ride of a lifetime aboard a 12-minute helicopter flight. Combine adventure with spectacular views as you soar above Niagara Falls. Take off from the heliport located 5 minutes from downtown Niagara Falls, Canada. Climb aboard an Airbus H130 with seats for up to 7 passengers. The spacious cabin features large windows for the best panoramic views. Take to the skies as you fly over to the Niagara River. Listen to the on-board narration that's available in 12 languages. Glide above the River from the Whirlpool to the Rainbow Bridge. See Queen Victoria Park, Skylon Tower, the American Falls, and Bridal Veil Falls from above. Follow the curve of Canadian Horseshoe Falls and see rainbows in all directions. On the return to the heliport, you might spy the outline of Toronto to the north and the shores of Lake Erie to the south. Touch down after an exhilarating 12-minutes and continue your adventure in Niagara Falls.

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What people are saying about Ontario

We all enjoyed the trip. The Captain was very friendly, the commentator guide was very knowledgeable and super friendly as well. Lucky we had good weather to enjoy the beautiful scenery and the excellent view of the harbour. We were satisfied and happy.

Judy, our guide, took us places that we hadn't known about giving us an excellent experience in Niagara Falls and its surrounding area.

Alex is an excellent guide. Funny. Knowledgeable. Full of stories. Made the trip interesting. Helpful too. 10 out of 10 rating.

Very good value for your money! We loved our trip to Niagara!!

We were picked up on time The guide did a wonderful job