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10 Places in Toronto to Visit with Your Family for the Summer

Updated on March 8, 2017
The CN Tower, Toronto
The CN Tower, Toronto
The Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto
The Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto
Panoramic view of the Art Gallery of Ontario
Panoramic view of the Art Gallery of Ontario
The Ontario Science Centre, Toronto
The Ontario Science Centre, Toronto
Ontario Place, Toronto
Ontario Place, Toronto
Paramount Canada's Wonderland, near Toronto
Paramount Canada's Wonderland, near Toronto
The Scarborough Bluff
The Scarborough Bluff
Toronto Zoo
Toronto Zoo
The Beach, formerly Beaches, Toronto
The Beach, formerly Beaches, Toronto

Places of Interest in Toronto

As the Summer approaches, it is time to plan for that great vacation. Well here is my suggestion, come see Toronto, Canada. Toronto is a mutlicultural metropolitan city in Canada. It is home to over 2.7 million people. Toronto is considered the cultural, entertainment and financial capital of Canada. The Pearson International Airport is within close proximity to downtown Toronto.

The city offers a variety of activities, whether you are visiting alone or with the family. Your choice of fine dining, hotel accommodation for any budget, site seeing tours of the city, golf courses, night life,and casino. You can also catch a game of baseball with The Toronto Blue Jays, and football with The Toronto Argonauts at the Rogers Centre; basketball with The Toronto Raptors, and hockey with The Toronto Maple Leaf at the Air Canada Centre, or soccer with the Toronto Football Club at the BMO Field. You will not have a dull moment exploring all the city has to offer.

Toronto has a world class public transist system of streetcars, buses, subway trains and taxi, so no need to stress about getting around the city. I suggest getting the Toronto City Pass which provides access to five places of interest in Toronto (4 of which I recommend below). You may also purchase a Day Pass for travel on the TTC throughout the city. The Day Pass allows 2 adults and up to 4 children to travel for multiple trips within a day and cost less than 2 adults round trip. http://www.ttc.ca/

While in Toronto, I suggest that you and your family visit:

1. The CN Tower

Located in the heart of Downtown Toronto between the Rogers Centre and the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on Front Street, just north of Bremner Blvd. Near the top of the tower, a 24 sq. metre glass floor allows visitors to watch the streets under their feet.

The CN Tower is the world's tallest tower as well as Canada's most recognizable icon. At a height of 553.33m (1,815 ft., 5 inches), the tower is the centre of tourism in Toronto. http://www.cntower.ca/

2. Royal Ontario Museum (ROM)

Located at 100 Queen’s Park with easy access by The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC ) subway. The Royal Ontario Museum is located in the downtown Toronto. The ROM is among the world’s leading museums of natural history, and of world cultures. http://www.rom.on.ca/

3. The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO)

Located at 317 Dundas Street, Dundas & McCaul Street with easy access by public transit. AGO – an international landmark and Canada’s newest cultural destination. Displaying more than 4,000 artworks in 110 galleries. http://www.ago.net/

4. The Ontario Science Centre

Located at 770 Don Mills Road at Don Mills & Eglinton Avenue. The Ontario Science Centre can be accessed by public transit. Their mission "To delight, inform and challenge visitors through engaging and thought-provoking experiences in science and technology." It is fun and educational for all members of the family. http://www.ontariosciencecentre.ca/

5. The Toronto Zoo

Located in the beautiful Rouge Valley on 710 acres of land with over 5,000 animals. The Main Entrance is located on Meadowvale Road, Scarborough. Access by public transit available. They are known for their interactive education and conservation. You may visit the Toronto Zoo at http://www.torontozoo.com/

6. Paramount Canada's Wonderland

This is an amusement park and is located at 9740 Jane Street, Maple, about 30 minutes from downtown Toronto. Access by public transit is also available. For the kid in you, Canada's Wonderland offers the most amazing roller coasters and other funfilled rides and games. http://www.canadaswonderland.com/

7. Ontario Place

Ontario Place is an internationally acclaimed cultural, leisure and entertainment parkland located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The complex extends throughout three man-made islands along the Lake Ontario waterfront. In 2011 the amusement park was closed and is slated for further development. However the marina, the Molson Amphitheatre, Echo Beach, the Atlantis entertainment venue and parking remain open. You can enjoy several world class artists in concerts as well as night life at the venu. http://www.ontarioplace.com/

8. CentreVille Amusement Park

Centreville Amusement Park is nestled in over 600 acres of parkland just across the harbour from the city. With over 30 rides and attractions and more than 14 food outlets, there's something for everyone at Centreville.

The Toronto Ferry Docks is located at the foot of Bay Street and Queens Quay, just West of the Westin Harbour Castle Hotel, will take you to and from the Centre Island. http://www.centreisland.ca/

9. Black Creek Pioneer Village

Located at 5 Shoreham Drive at Jane Street & Steels Avenue. Black Creek is a working village, typical of those established in south central Ontario between the 1790s and the 1860s. http://www.blackcreek.ca/

10. The Beaches/ Scarborough Bluffs

A relaxing oasis close to the city with a small town atmosphere. The Beaches is situated just east of downtown Toronto. It's a favorite place to roller blade, bike or just take a relaxing stroll along the boardwalk that winds along Lake Ontario. You can also browse the many boutiques and eateries that line Queen St East.

The Scarborough Bluffs stretch for about 14km along the Lake Ontario shore, from the Eastern Beaches of Toronto in the west, to West Hill in the east. At their highest at Cliffside, the bluffs rise 65m (211ft) above the water. At the Bellamy Ravine, they rise about 60m, and at Guildwood, the height drops to 50m.

The bluffs have been formed primarily by erosion of the packed clay soil. In some places, such as the western end of Bluffers Park, the erosion has shaped the clay into interesting shapes. http://www.toronto.ca/waterfront/tour/scarborough_bluffs.htm

See also How to See Canada Up Close - Road Trip

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    • billybuc profile image

      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I've never visited Toronto but looking at those pictures certainly makes me want to visit it. Thanks for the mini tour

    • DynamicS profile imageAUTHOR

      Sandria Green-Stewart 

      9 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      chneay, thanks for the suggestion. I see that I've missed the opportunity to see them. I'll look them up online.

      Cheers!

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      chneary 

      9 years ago

      Great opportunity to see The Priest (3 Irish parish priests) from N. Ireland, 1st tour in U.S. Beautiful voices, singing everything from religious, to secular, to pops -- something for everyone. 4 May, Roy Thomson Hall, Toronto, ON

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      Cynthia Neary 

      9 years ago

      Don't miss out on seeing "The Priests," 3 Irish parish priests from Northern Ireland, their singing is definitely unforgettable - Religious, secular, pops, a little something for everyone. 4 May, Roy Thomson Hall, Toronto.

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      Sandria Green-Stewart 

      10 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Victoria, thanks for your visit and for leaving a comment. You should visit TO; it is a beautiful city as you know. There are several new attractions including Edge Walk at the CN Tower for the extrem thrill seekers.

      Take care and hope you visit soon.

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      Sandria Green-Stewart 

      10 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Hi Jane, thanks for your visit. Toronto definitely see its share of action where celebrities are concerned. If you visit TO during early September - during the Film festival, you will not be disappointed. You will definitely see some celebrities. The other thing is if you walk through Yorkville downtown TO, you are very likely to see a celebrity or two, even if they are local ones.

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      Sandria Green-Stewart 

      10 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      mattbull220, thanks for the visit and indeed Toronto is an awesome city to visit. There are so much to do once you plan ahead. Even if you just wing it when you arrive in the city, you will have a blast.

      The night life is just fantastic - lots of clubs, theatres and sporting activites to choose from.

      And the people are friendly and helpful. I hope that you do visit because you are definitely going to have the best time ever.

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      JaneB 

      10 years ago

      Ever since my daughter has been living there, I have made time to look around the city and realize that it is not only very big but lots to see and do. I need to go when more celebrities are out and around. Would be nice to see Brad Pitt and others.

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      mattbull220 

      10 years ago from wisconsin

      very helpful going on vacation there in a couple months so looking forward to checking a couple of thoughs places out! thank you!

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      Sandria Green-Stewart 

      10 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Hi billrobinson, thanks for your visit and for leaving a comment. TO is definitely a very cool place to visit. I love it here. So hope that yu'll visit soon.

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      Sandria Green-Stewart 

      11 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      gsus_17, thanks for stopping by and for your comment. Absolutely Toronto is a world class city with all the ammenities of a metropolitan city. I love it too.

      Good for you volunteering at such a beautiful and informative place as the Ontatio Science centre. My 6 year old son loves visiting that place - we've spent hours just exploring the amazing exhibits. You must be extremely busy this week, being March break. Have fun!

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      gsus_17 

      11 years ago from Quebec

      Toronto is a very nice city..!! there's tons of stuff to do everyday. I really like the Toronto Zoo and the Ontario Science Center.. btw I'm currently volunteering at the OSC hehe =)

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      Sandria Green-Stewart 

      12 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      einron, sounds delicious. I like all kinds of food and Toronto is good for the variety in foods. So many festivals, The Taste of the Danforth, Little Italy festival, Caribana, Latino festival, etc etc...

      Luminato is on starting this weekend - should be fun...

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      einron 

      12 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA

      DynamicS,

      I have not tried the street cuisines yet. However, I do go out every Saturday night and maybe Sunday as well for Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Greek, Indian or Vietnamese cuisine. I do love eating out.

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      Sandria Green-Stewart 

      12 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      einron, thanks for your kind comment. Toronto is indeed an awesome place to visit. Have you tried any of the street cusines yet? I'll be visiting the Harbour front centre to get my fix.

      Lgali, thanks for your kind comment.

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      einron 

      12 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA

      DynamicS,

      You have made Toronto a good place to visit. Thanks from a Torontonian.

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      Lgali 

      12 years ago

      very nice hub

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      Sandria Green-Stewart 

      12 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Dink96, thanks for your comment. I am happy that you had a great experience in Toronto. Hope to see you again and that this time you will not be as busy, so you cn seemore of the city.

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      Dink96 

      12 years ago from Phoenix, AZ

      My husband, brother & I went to a convention in 2005 in Toronto and we were so busy at the convention, we hardly got to see the city! However, we did happen to be there at the same time as a jazz festival (around early July) and my husband was so excited that there were some heavyweight artists playing all around town! Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Toronto and the city was very welcoming. Lots to do and great places to see, shop and dine.

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