Top attractions in Toronto
The top 10 sightseeing places 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.
1. Toronto Eaton Centre
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.
2. Art Gallery of Ontario
Admission to this impressive attraction is free for under twenty-five (25) year olds, or on Wednesday late-nights (until 8:30PM). The Hands-On Centre for kids is a great way to get them into art young.
3. Ontario Science Centre
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.
4. Casa Loma
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.
5. Vaughan Mills
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!
6. CN Tower
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.
7. Canada's Wonderland
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.
8. Toronto Zoo
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.
9. Rogers Centre
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.
10. Royal Ontario Museum
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.
Planning Your Visit
When to visit Toronto?
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.
Where to stay?
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.
Good to know
- Canadian Dollar ($)
- Time Zone
- UTC (-05:00)
- Country Code
- Best time to visit
- 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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What people are saying about Toronto
The Bata Shoe Museum is a great experience for Mom and Daughter's Day. You can combine the pass with the Textile and the Gardiner Museum if you wish, for a better deal. The visit was smooth and pleasant, the organizers gave enough time in between visits , so it is easy to keep social distance. Considering Canada as an official bilingual country, I was expecting the info and descriptions to be also in French not only in English. You can admire different piece of shoes' art in multiple colors, materials and learn a lot about history and countries' traditions. Due to the pandemic all the activities inside the Museum have been suspended, but visit was still enjoyable!
We took a morning tour of the Island myself and my 13 year old niece who was visiting Toronto. Claire was our guide and she was amazing, super knowledgable and very attentive to all our questions. We had pleasant bike ride around the Island and stopped at points of interest. Overall it was an amazing experience which I recommend to anyone residents or visitors!
We were having a family birthday celebration for family members and friends ranging in age from 9 to 95 and all thoroughly enjoyed the sightseeing and the commentary. The guys on the boat were super friendly and accommodating and when I needed to make some changes to our reservation prior to the trip, your rep was very helpful.
Interesting tour. Very friendly guide. I would like to have had more historical facts thou. Like an introduction about the city history and foundation, population etc. And more details about the city landmarks. Overall it was a good experience.
The co-captain provided a very entertaining guide of the harbour and islands with extensive knowledge of the history. We got to see parts of the island we had never seen before and from a different perspective.