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Fun Summer Activities In Toronto

Updated on April 9, 2013
Toronto Skyline
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Whether you are planning a trip, or live in Toronto, there are many fun summer activities in Toronto that you can do.

Ontario Place

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Free Activities in Toronto

Ontario Place is celebrating its 40th Anniversary, so this year, admission to the grounds is free. This includes some of the events and live entertainment. This park is on 93 acres which includes an IMAX 3D cinema, over 30 rides, Soak City, a water park, marina, restaurants, lounge pool and it is located right in downtown Toronto. Whether you are a child or an adult this is an absolutely fantastic place to spend the day, or see a concert in the evening.

There are three main stages at the park which feature shows such as Pipeworks, an acrobatics show, Earth Rangers, Treehouse and Extreme Wake Series.

For rides you can either pay as you go or you can purchase an all day pass. If you plan on going more than once to Ontario Place there is a Canadian Family Play All Summer Pass, which offers you the best value.

At The Molson Canadian Amphitheatre there is always great entertainment during the summer. You will need tickets to see some of the shows that can be purchased online through ticketmaster.

show route and directions
A markerOntario Place, Toronto, Ontario -
Ontario Place, 955 Lake Shore Blvd W, Toronto, ON, Canada
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B markerToronto Metro Zoo -
Toronto Metro Zoo, 361 Old Finch Ave, Scarborough, ON M1B 5K7, Canada
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C markerOntario Science Centre -
Ontario Science Centre, North York, ON M3C 1T3, Canada
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A Visit To The Metro Toronto Zoo with Rick Mercer

Metro Toronto Zoo

Come and visit the Penguins for summer fun in Toronto at the African Endangered Penguin Exhibit.

The Toronto Metro Zoo has over 5000 animals from all over the world. Children will love the petting zoo and can have a pony ride or see the New Guinea Singing Dog from the region of Australasia.

The Canadian Domain includes animal such as the moose, Trumpeter swan, Wood bison, Wapiti, American elk, the raccoon, grizzly bear, cougar, Northern bald eagle and the Canada lynx.

August 26-28th is Orangutan Awareness weekend and since it is International Year of the Forest what better way than to celebrate this 2011 event.

On September 12th all seniors 65 and older not only get free admission into the zoo but they can ride the Zoomobile all day.

I have to warn you though this zoo is huge (710 acres), so bring some comfortable walking shoes. To see it all in its entirety plan to stay at least six hours.

Ontario Science Centre
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Indoor Activities

Ontario Science Centre

For those rainy days or on a day that you just want to escape the heat the Ontario Science Center has a variety of indoor activities for every age. The Science Centre is open 7 days a week from 10 am - 6 pm.

What There Is To See

Until September 5th you can visit the Reptiles: The Beautiful and the Deadly Exhibition and find out how many sounds a crocodile can make, which snake has the longest fangs as well as the difference between venom and poison. See lizards, alligators and turtles in their naturalistic habitats.

If you are a CSI fan, until September 5th, there is CSI Live that is an interactive perfomance. Members of the audience are invited to participate on stage to be part of the investigation.Recommended for eight years of age and older.

See the Tornado Intercept Vehicle that only weights 6.4 tons that can travel up to a speed of 160 km/hr or 99 mi./hr. Remember to bring your cameras to get a shot of this storm chaser.

At the IMAX Dome you can see either Hubble, Tornado alley, IMAX Under The Sea that are all playing at various times from July 17th – August 27th. For times, shows and all the spectacular things to do and see at the Ontario Science Centreclick here.

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      Susan Zutautas 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada


      Thanks so much for the wonderful comments.

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      Kathy 6 years ago from California

      Some great summer ideas Susan, it is nice to have someone list it all out so nicely and put it together so you get the real picture! Very well done, rated up and useful!

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      Susan Zutautas 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Gordon, Wow what a great hat to have lasted that long. Thanks so much for your comments.

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      Gordon Hamilton 6 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

      Susan, I actually know a few people who have visited Toronto and in fact, my lucky fishing hat (wearing it in profile photo) was a Toronto souvenir gift from a friend who visited the city what must be the best part of twenty years ago! :) You've certainly featured a great deal of wonderful information in this Hub and it sounds as though quite a party is in store this summer. I hope that you and all who visit have a great time.

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      Susan Zutautas 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      K9, If you do make the trip let me know and I would love to meet up with you. Perhaps we could go to the zoo together. I just love it there. I remember one year they had Panda Bears there and they were fantastic to see. Thanks so much for the comments and for stopping by to read this.

      Denise, Wonderful place to come for a honeymoon. We went to Niagara Falls. Thanks so much. I am so glad you liked the hub and Toronto :)

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      Susan Zutautas 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Ruby, Rick Mercer is quite the character. I enjoy watching just about anything he does. He was perfect for this video.

      Caridisa, Come on over to Canada. I am sure you would like it here.

      Susieq, Toronto has changed quite a bit since the 70's as it has expanded so much. Thanks for your comments and glad you liked my hub.

      prasetio, I hope that you do make the trip someday as I am sure you would like Canada. You have a great weekend too.

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      Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Rated up! I loved it...but, I have a special place in my heart for Toronto (it is still 'for lovers' right?) It was my honeymoon destination. :) Thanks for sharing.

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      India Arnold 6 years ago from Northern, California

      Really appreciated that you left-in the videos for us to watch, good stuff! The Toronto skyline is so beautiful at night, as your opening image confirms. The second my feet hit the ground in Toronto, I would head for the Metro Zoo; I have a real Zoo problem, can't stay away from the darn things no matter where I land. This is a particularly handy guide for enjoying the things Toronto has to offer. Thanks so much for sharing with us Susan! Looks like I will be adding Toronto to next years travel itinerary!

      Way up and Awesome my friend~



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      prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Toronto is a beautiful city. I learn much from you about fun summer activity we can do in Toronto. I'll do this if I have a chance to visit Canada and Toronto as well. Thanks for writing and share with us. Well done, Susan. You got my vote. Have a nice weekend.


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      Susieq42 6 years ago

      I used to live in Upstate NY and I've been to Toronto for a concert. It was in the late 70's though so may not even be the same place now. Nice hub. I'd like to go to the zoo!

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      Carolee Samuda 6 years ago from Jamaica

      Toronto seems like a lot of fun.

      I have always wanted to visit Canada. I fantasized about living there permanently too. Who to tell, maybe I'll migrate.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Toronto sounds like a great place to visit. I'm so glad i took the time to watch the zoo video, Hilarious!! Thank you.

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      Susan Zutautas 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Rose, Yes Toronto is a pretty magnificent city. Thanks so much for your comments.

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      Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan

      Looks like there are lots of fun things to do there! Toronto must be a beautiful city!

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      Susan Zutautas 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Alicia, Thanks for stopping by to read and for your comments. Might be nice to have a hub meet in Toronto :)

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      Linda Crampton 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you for an interesting hub about Toronto and all the useful information. I haven't been to Toronto for many years. It's time for another visit!

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      Susan Zutautas 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      FloraBreen, Rick Mercer is great isn't he. Ontario Place is a lot of fun.

      Husky, The heat is upon us too up here. Yesterday it was 116F with the humidity but has cooled off a bit today. Hope that this heatwave is on its way out soon. Thanks for your comments.

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      Husky1970 6 years ago

      Interesting and useful information. We are experiencing a very serious heat wave in Massachusetts right now, even on Martha's Vineyard. The words Toronto and Canada just sound refreshing. Great information. Thank you.

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      FloraBreenRobison 6 years ago

      I've never been to Toronto, unfortunately. Great list of bands coming to town. I remember Def Leppard. They became popular when I was a teenager. I just adore Rick Mercer. I'd love to check out Ontario Place.

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      Susan Zutautas 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      RH, I would like to go see Blue Rodeo but not sure what exactly I am doing in August yet. Thanks for your great comments.

      Don, From your comment I take it that you are not a Toronto fan. Thanks for reading though.

      Pamela, Thanks so much always appreciate your comments.

      Simone, These are just a few of the things to do. San Francisco is awesome, I love it there. Thank you for coming by to read and for your comments.

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      Simone Haruko Smith 6 years ago from San Francisco

      Woooow! I so want to go to Toronto!! What an awesome city, and there's so much to do!! Blergh.. WHAT AM I DOING IN SAN FRANCISCO???? I'll have to plan a trip.

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      Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

      Toronto sounds like a great place to live as their is something to do that would suit anyone's taste. I enjoyed all the facts that you put in this hub as well as your sense of humor. Rated up an awesome.

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      Don Bobbitt 6 years ago from Ruskin Florida

      My Man, You are not wrapped right! LMAO! Voted Up and funny. Keep on Truckin' so you catch a breeze!

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      Kelly Umphenour 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      You are so lucky! That looks like a really cool park and set up! I wish I could go to every one of those concerts. Are you planning on going to any? Excellent hub - you even did a fancy table! Nice facts, photos and map! Loved it!