Top Ten Places to Visit in Toronto

Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto


One-quarter of the entire population of Canada lives within a hundred miles of Toronto, Ontario.

Toronto is not only Canada's largest city but it's the fifth largest city in North America behind Mexico City, New York, Los Angeles and Chicago.

A city as large as Toronto is bound to be diverse and those familiar with its various communities claim the Canadian town is home to more than 100 cultures. The city's motto is even "Diversity Our Strength."

This makes Toronto a true international city, providing visitors and citizens with a wide array of options for recreation and entertainment.

We hope you enjoy the top 10 places to visit in Toronto. (Read our article on the top places to bring your kids in Toronto here.)

#1 CN Tower
01 Front Street West
Phone: 416-360-8500

CN Tower stands at over 1800 feet. It's a fixture of Toronto's skyline as well as a national symbol of pride for Canadians.

Once the tallest free-standing structure in the world, it's now regulated to being just the tallest free-standing structure in the Americas. Even so, the tower provides visitors with an amazing view. Two million people ride the elevator to the top of the tower to see that view ever year.

The CN originally stood for Canadian National, the name of the railway company that built the tower. Now that the tower is owned by the government, the CN stands for Canada's National, as in Canada's National Tower.

#2 Toronto Islands
The Toronto Islands are located across the harbor from the city accessible via a ferry ride.
Phone: 416-392-8193

Over 600 acres of parkland comprise the Toronto Islands. Visitors will find a plethora of activities including picnic areas, walking and bicycle trails, beaches, boat rentals, and volleyball and tennis courts.

If you don't like cars you're in luck. There are no automobiles allowed on the islands (minus some maintenance vehicles) making the isles the largest urban car-free community in North America.

Among the islands you'll also find the Centreville Amusement Park. The park is home to over 30 rides and attractions.

#3 Toronto Zoo
361A Old Finch Avenue
Phone: 416-392-5929

At 710 acres, the Toronto Zoo is the third largest zoo in the world.

Situated in the Rouge Valley, over a million visitors come to the Toronto Zoo every year to see its 5,000 animals. These animals comprise more than 500 species.

Canada's biggest zoo is open every day of the year except Christmas. You should call or check their website for hours of operation as times vary from season to season.

#4 St. Lawrence Market
Located west of Jarvis Street, between King Street East and the Esplanade.

The St. Lawrence Market's offers shoppers a variety of unique shops, coffee houses, and atmosphere. It's one of the best places in Toronto to relax and people watch.

Tracing its origins all the way back to 1803, the Saturday Farmers' Market is a great place for finding the freshest vegetables, meats, breads, and other delicious items.

On Sundays, from dawn until 5 pm, dozens of antique dealers surround the plaza in the North Market.

The best part about St. Lawrence Market is the admission is free.

#5 Royal Ontario Museum
100 Queen’s Park
Phone:416-586-8000

With over six million pieces and 40 galleries, the Royal Ontario Museum, or ROM, is Canada's largest museum of world culture and natural history. Furthermore, the ROM is the fifth largest museum in North America.

The gigantic museum is known for its collections of dinosaurs, near Eastern and African art, East Asian art, and Canadian history.

As with most museums, the ROM hosts traveling and limited engagement exhibitions.

You can visit the ROM every day of the year except Christmas.

#6 Rogers Centre & Air Canada Centre
Rogers Centre - One Blue Jays Way
Air Canada Centre - at 40 Bay Street

Torontonians love their sports, especially their Blue Jays and Maple Leafs.

The Blue Jays play at the Rogers Centre. This venue was formerly known as Skydome.

Also calling the Rogers Centre home are the Argonauts of the Canadian Football League and the NFL's Buffalo Bills. Since 2008, the Bills have played one home game a year in Canada.

The National Hockey League's Maple Leafs and the National Basketball Association's Raptors play at the Air Canada Centre in downtown Toronto.

The 11th busiest arena in the world, the Air Canada Center is also known as "The Hangar."

#7 Hockey Hall of Fame
30 Yonge Street
Phone: 416-360-7765

You really can't visit Toronto without checking out the Hockey Hall of Fame. After all, Toronto is Canada's biggest city and hockey is it biggest sport.

The hockey hall of fame comprises over 57,000 square feet of displays, games, hockey memorabilia and even the Stanley Cup itself.

Over 355 hockey greats have been enshrined in the hall of fame. During your visit you'll find displays dedicated to Bobby Orr, Mario Lemieux, Wayne Gretzky, and many more.

The hall is opened every day of the year except Induction Day (usually early November), Christmas and New Year's Day.

#8 Canada's Wonderland
9740 Jane Street
Phone: 905-832-8131

Just minutes north of Toronto, Canada's Wonderland is 330-acre theme park with over 200 attractions.

The park is open from May to October. For hours of operations visit the park's website or contact them by phone.

Canada's first major theme park features 48 thrill rides and a water park. Make sure you check out one of the park's fiercest ride, The Behemoth.

Wonderland's 15 thrilling roller coasters are the most for a theme park not residing in the United States.

#9 Ontario Place
955 Lake Shore Boulevard West
Phone: 866-ONE-4-FUN

Opened in May of 1971, Ontario Place is a multi-use entertainment and amusement park geared towards family fun.

Situated on three man-made islands on the Lake Ontario waterfront, Ontario Place offers visitors restaurants, various rides for children (and a few for adults), Soak City (a water park), Cinesphere (an IMAX theatre) and The Molson Amphitheatre.

Another feature of the complex is The Forum, an outdoor concert venue, and Adventure Island, home of the Wilderness Adventure Ride.

The park is closed from October to April but the Cinesphere is opened all year around.

#10 Casa Loma
1 Austin Terrace
Phone: 416-923-1171

Casa Loma offers visitors a chance to experience an elegant European style castle.

Canada's premiere castle sits on a 5-acre estate replete with a luscious world-class garden.

Built by Sir Henry Pellat from 1911-1914, Casa Loma features decorated suites, secret passages, an 800-foot tunnel, towers, and stables.

The castle is opened everyday but Christmas. The garden is open from May through October. Last admission is at 4pm.

A 22-minute, self guided audio tour is available to guide visitors through the castle's 98 rooms.

Conclusion
While not in Toronto, Niagara Falls is just 75 miles south-southeast of the city. If you're planning to visit Toronto you may want to carve out a day to visit the falls. While not the highest waterfall, it is one of the widest and truly one of the world's more unique natural landmarks.


 

 
 
 

 

 


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