Toronto is Canada’s largest city, offering a wealth of activities for the entire family. Whether you’re visiting in the humid summer or snowy winter, Toronto’s attractions provide tons of family fun. From cultural events to natural areas, learning to playing, here’s a list of things to get you started in planning your trip to Toronto.
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Start your visit by choosing a family-friendly hotel from IHG. A hotel located close to the places you’ll visit gives you more time for sightseeing. Kids may not care about the view, but a hotel in a quieter area may help them sleep better. Amenities like a pool can help kids wear off extra energy or keep busy during down times. You may also want to consider whether the hotel offers free breakfast or has a restaurant nearby, as it’s no fun dragging hungry kids out to find food.
LEGOLAND Discovery Centre
If your children are LEGO fans like mine, a visit to LEGOLAND is a must! This indoor playground includes two fun rides, ten LEGO build and play zones, a 4D cinema and more. For smaller visitors, there’s a Duplo Village. Older kids will have fun building and testing a LEGO race car. Buy your tickets online to save money or get flex tickets if you’re not sure which day you’ll visit. Admission for a family of four runs about $100.
Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada
Make your trip to Toronto educational and fun with a visit to Ripley’s Aquarium! Get underwater in the Dangerous Lagoon, explore Canadian Waters, or be wowed by the Rainbow Reef. My first stop would be Ray Bay to visit these graceful creatures—or snorkel with them! The girls would love seeing Planet Jellies, one of the largest jellyfish galleries in the world. Ripley’s Aquarium offers several ticket options and costs about $100 for a family.
Explore the seven zoogeographic regions at the Toronto Zoo and have fun on one of the four rides. Children will enjoy the Discovery Zone, featuring an interactive wildlife experience, an exciting water play area and a theatre. Prices for a family of four range from $75–100 depending on the time of year.
Add some culture to your trip with a visit to the Harbourfront Centre. This is an innovative not-for-profit cultural organization that creates events and activities to educate and entertain. Check the website before visiting to see what is currently happening. Past events include the International Festival of Authors and the Swedish Christmas Market. Enjoy skating on the scenic Natrel Rink or wandering through the Toronto Music Garden. Most events here are free.
Another free option for Toronto tourists is High Park. It’s recognized as one of the city’s most significant natural sites and offers a variety of attractions, playgrounds and features that can be enjoyed year-round. Swim during the summer months and skate during the winter months. There are also sports fields, tennis courts, and walking trails. For programs, events or exhibits, drop by Colborne Lodge or the High Park Nature Centre.
Have you visited Toronto? What are your favourite events or attractions there?