With exciting attractions, world-class live performances, major league sports and a festival for nearly everything, Toronto has something for everyone. But what are the top things to do in this vibrant city? From world-class museums and parks to iconic architecture and dazzling skyscrapers, here are some of the best things to do in Toronto.
1. Take a ferry to the Toronto Islands
One of the top things to do in the city, hop on a ferry for a break from the city’s skyscraper-speckled mainland. The three main islands, Centre Island, Ward’s and Algonquin, each offer something unique. Centre Island is known as the “playground of the city”, offering expansive picnic areas, beaches and sporting rentals. Algonquin Island offers a quieter experience, and is a popular spot for nature lovers with its hiking and biking trails. Ward’s Island is home to the historic Casa Loma, an ornate Gothic Revival-style castle.
2. Visit the Ontario Science Centre
This hands-on, educational museum has been a Toronto staple for decades. The Living Earth exhibit makes you feel like you’re walking through a rainforest, while the OMNIMAX Theatre shows new films regularly.
3. Check out the Distillery District
The historic area of the former Gooderham and Worts Whiskey distillery is home to 40 boutique shops, from clothing to crafts and candles. It also plays host to special events, talks and a summer food market. The red-bricked Victorian buildings are also photogenic and worth a snap – especially the gorgeous French Gothic, Gooderham (Flatiron) Building.
4. See a performance at Second City Toronto
If you’re looking for the perfect place to laugh in the city, head to this famed improv and sketch comedy theatre. There are numerous performance dates and times, so you can choose a show that fits your schedule. You can purchase tickets in advance, or just show up and try your luck at getting in.
5. Spend the day at the Toronto Zoo
This zoo is one of the top Things to do in Toronto. Besides the many animals, there are a number of shows and activities. The highlight of the zoo is the Birds of Prey, which includes a flight demonstration of falcons and hawks.
6. Shop at Bloor and Bathurst
The shopping area of the Annex is a favorite amongst students from the University of Toronto. Here you’ll find coffee shops, discount stores and bars. The area is a must-visit for anyone in search of a great poutine, a delicious local meal or a place to catch some live music. It’s also where you can visit Canada’s largest museum, the Royal Ontario Museum and catch a movie at Hot Doc’s. South of Bloor, you’ll find Philosopher’s Walk a lovely green space to walk off your coffee high or a poutine hangover.
7. Go on the CN Tower Edgewalk
The most popular attraction in the city is the CN Tower, which once reigned as the tallest building in North America. It’s a must-visit to get stunning views of the city, and even if you don’t want to do the Edgewalk, there’s plenty to do.