Choose from 30 Fun Things to Do in Toronto
A futuristic amusement park, Ontario Place offers something for everybody inside its five steel-and-glass pods, suspended on columns 105 feet (32 meters) above Lake Ontario. Kids and adults can go from pod to pod and see a multimedia theater, a children's theater, a high-tech exhibit, multimedia displays, and the Cinesphere - an IMAX theater. Parents watch a movie while kids go berserk at soft-play areas like the H2O Generation Station, with its twisting slides, towers, and walkways, and the Atom Blaster, a huge foam-ball free-for-all.
Additional attractions include the human-sized MegaMaze and MicroKids, which is a play area for little ones. At First Flight, you can a ride up in the air in a replica hot-air balloon. If you need a break from the attractions and rides, spend a little downtime browsing the gift shops. In the evening, the Molson Amphitheatre host a variety of concerts.
Ontario Place sits on Lake Boulevard West, in downtown Toronto. You can easily get here via subway, bus, and streetcar. Ontario Place has plenty of parking, as well. A Play All Day pass gets you to most of the rides and attractions, including walk-up seating at the Cinesphere.
- Toronto’s waterfront path is shared by cyclists and pedestrians, so stay alert.
- Boat tours and cruises typically run from May through September, and lifeguards are on duty at Toronto city beaches from June to September.
- Popular swimming spots include Cherry Beach, Hanlan’s Point, and Ward Island.
- Queen’s Quay Terminal is a must for history buffs and shoppers.
- A variety of food options are available, from takeaway pizza to sit-down dim sum.
- The terminal is wheelchair accessible.
- The ROM is a must-visit for culture vultures and architecture enthusiasts.
- Free Wi-Fi is available.
- Eat at the on-site café or bring a packed lunch which can be eaten at the Brown Bag lunch room.
- Turn your phone to silent or vibrate mode to avoid disturbing other museumgoers.
- The ROM is entirely wheelchair accessible.
- A trip to Gibraltar Point is probably best for lighthouse enthusiasts; others may prefer seeing the lighthouse from a sightseeing cruise.
- The lighthouse is about a 1.1-mile (2 kilometer) walk from the ferry dock.
- There are no vehicles allowed on Centre Island, but bike rentals are available.
- Check the event schedule to find out what is happening during your visit.
- Bundle up as it can be colder by the water, particularly in winter.
- Harbourfront Centre is accessible to wheelchair users.
- LEGOLAND is a must for families with small children.
- Don’t forget sneakers—some activities encourage closed-toed shoes with a grippy sole.
- A Lego-themed café offers plenty of options for picky eaters.
- The center is wheelchair accessible.
- Download the LEGOLAND Discovery Centre app to find an events calendar, scavenger hunt, and inside tips.
- Adults must be accompanied by children in order to enter. Adult-only nights are held once a month.
- The Hockey Hall of Fame is a must for hockey fans.
- If you’re coming during winter, stay warm by accessing the Hockey Hall of Fame via Toronto’s underground PATH network.
- All-day admission means you can leave and re-enter as much as you want over the course of the day.
- The Hockey Hall of Fame is wheelchair and stroller-accessible.
- Kensington Market is a must for foodies, bargain-hunters, and people-watchers.
- Bring cash. While many vendors accept credit cards, not all do, and there is often an extra charge for purchases under a certain amount.
- Try your hand at haggling. Not all vendors’ prices are fixed.
- New City Hall is a must for history and architecture buffs.
- The two entrances for the underground parking lot are on Bay Street and Queen streets.
- New City Hall is wheelchair accessible.
- Bathrooms are located in the East Hall basement.
- St. Lawrence Market is a must-visit for foodies.
- Bring cash as some vendors don’t accept debit or credit cards.
- The market is wheelchair accessible.
- There is an admission fee, with discounts for seniors and children; kids 5 and under enter free.
- Plan to spend about two hours visiting the fort.
- Most of the walking throughout the fort is on an even terrain, but some of the structures involve stairs.
- All walkways are accessible by wheelchairs, but the Stone Magazine and Brick Magazine are not wheelchair accessible.
The Rogers Centre is the home of the Toronto Blue Jays Baseball Club, World Series Champions in 1992 and 1993, and the Toronto Argonauts Football Team, who last won the Grey Cup in 2004. It is known as having the world’s first fully retractable roof. The roof opens and closes in 20 minutes and is a fun feature while being at a game or event.
The Rogers Centre is the ideal venue for a big stadium concert; some of the biggest names in the business have entertained the masses from The Rolling Stones to Bon Jovi.
To learn more about the Rogers Centre, you can experience a one hour fully guided behind-the-scenes tour. Highlights include a visit to different levels, a press box and a luxury suite among other stops.
- The streets are cobblestone so wear sturdy, comfortable shoes.
- Pack weather-appropriate clothing, as most of your time will be spent outdoors. Should it rain, there are lots of shops, bars, restaurants, and cafés where you can find shelter.
- Take a camera. The district’s red-brick facades and quaint gables make excellent photo backdrops.
- The Entertainment District is a must-do for young adult visitors to the city.
- If you want to see a show last-minute, ask about rush tickets at the box office on the day-of.
- A hop-on hop-off tour is a great way to cover a lot of ground and see popular Toronto sights without worrying about transportation or parking.
- Save money and time by purchasing your tickets in advance.
- This museum is a must-see for those interested in footwear, history, or quirky collections.
- A guided audio tour is available via smartphone—bring a pair of headphones to enjoy the full experience.
- The museum is wheelchair accessible.
- Ripley’s aquarium is ideal for families with children.
- Save time by booking skip-the-line tickets in advance. Note that admission is reduced after 7pm.
- There are a café and souvenir shop on-site.
- The aquarium is accessible to wheelchairs and strollers.
- Wear a jacket or outer layer as it can be cold on the Outdoor SkyTerrace, located on the same level as the world-famous Glass Floor.
- Access to the observation level is free to those who dine in the tower’s revolving restaurant.
- The Glass Floor, LookOut Level, and the first level of the SkyPod are all accessible to wheelchair users.
- Tickets for special exhibitions typically cost extra, but they include regular museum entrance.
- There are two on-site restaurants, caféAGO and AGO Bistro, plus a coffee shop.
- Visitors can purchase souvenirs at the on-site gift shop, shopAGO.
- The museum is wheelchair accessible. A limited supply of wheelchairs and walkers are available to rent and can be reserved in advance.
- Wear comfortable shoes, as exploring this mansion requires quite a lot of walking.
- Most exhibit rooms in the basement or on the first, second, and third floors are wheelchair accessible via a single staff-operated heritage elevator. However, the Scottish and Norman towers are not accessible to wheelchair users.
- If traveling with kids, be aware that you can’t take strollers beyond the first floor.