What to do and see in Toronto, Ontario: The Best Places and Tips

One of the most multi-cultural and multi-faceted cities in the world, Toronto is a welcoming cosmopolitan community. Its urban sprawl of city blocks, skyscrapers, modish cafes, chic shops, and up-till-dawn clubs is balanced by an expansive network of parklands, beaches, lakes and recreational facilities. It always has its thumb to the pulse, with something new going on or being built, and an overall energetic vibe. Ethnically diverse, the city has a vivacious cross-section of options when it comes to dining, entertainment, festivals, and events. Whether you're attracted by vintage cinemas and antiquing, hiking trails and river rafting, or luxury shopping and spa weekends, Toronto has you covered. Best of all, it preserves its history while also being thoroughly modern, with streets going from contemporary cool to Victorian in under a minute. The city is a fun amalgamation every step of the way!

1. Toronto Island Park

9 Queens Quay West | Bay Street, Jack Layton Ferry Terminal, Toronto, Ontario M5J 2H3, Canada Nature & Parks, Islands
Excellent
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4.5 based on 8060 reviews

Toronto Island Park

Park consisting of four main islands and containing trails, beaches and children's amusement rides.

Reviewed By Q751NNtonyf - Velez-Malaga, SpainVelez-Malaga, Spain

I could live here

The parky bit is dull and uninteresting. The Rivera pub was great with real people staffing it and local steam whistle craft ales at reasonable prices. (For Toronto). The remaining residential area on Ward Island is idyllic. I loved it. Boat rides were pl

2. Ripley's Aquarium Of Canada

288 Bremner Boulevard, Toronto, Ontario M5V 3L9, Canada Zoos & Aquariums, Nature & Parks
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4.5 based on 18887 reviews

Ripley's Aquarium Of Canada

Explore the Waters of the World at Ripley's Aquarium of Canada. Located in the heart of downtown Toronto at the base of the CN Tower, the aquarium is Toronto's newest must-see attraction for tourists and locals of all ages.

Reviewed By Robert M - Ottawa, CanadaOttawa, Canada

Always amazing

Third time that we visit this place and we are always amazed by the beauty and learning opportunities offered here.

3. Royal Ontario Museum

100 Queen's Park | At Bloor St., Toronto, Ontario M5S 2C6, Canada Museums, Specialty Museums
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4.5 based on 7838 reviews

Royal Ontario Museum

Opened in 1914, the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) showcases art, culture, and nature from around the globe and across the ages. One of North America's most renowned cultural institutions, Canada's largest museum is home to a world-class collection of more than six million objects and specimens, featured in 40 gallery and exhibition spaces. As the country’s preeminent field research institute and an international leader in new and original findings in biodiversity, palaeontology, earth sciences, the visual arts, material culture and archaeology, the ROM plays a vital role in advancing our global understanding of the artistic, cultural and natural world. The Renaissance ROM expansion project (2007) merged the iconic architectural heritage of the original building with the Studio Daniel Libeskind-designed Michael Lee-Chin Crystal. A distinctive new symbol of Toronto for the 21st century, the Crystal marked the beginning of a new era for the ROM as the country's premier cultural and social destination.

Reviewed By Tiagoamp - Florianopolis, SCFlorianopolis, SC

Nice museum collection

The museum is well located, and staff is really nice and polite.The museum collection is amazing, and I liked most the upper levels where there are medieval war pieces, armour and swords.They emulated rooms from past centuries too, which was really intere

4. Hockey Hall of Fame

Brookfield Place - Concourse Level | 30 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario M5E 1X8, Canada Museums, Specialty Museums
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4.5 based on 3813 reviews

Hockey Hall of Fame

Honor the achievements of some of the greatest stars in hockey at this shrine to Canada's national sport.

Reviewed By Ren026 - Windsor, CanadaWindsor, Canada

Interesting

I'm not really a hockey fan, so when my husband wanted to visit the hockey hall of fame I was not very excited. That being said, it was a nice display of many, many, historical and modern artifacts regarding hockey. I loved the domed stain glass room wher

5. CN Tower

290 Bremner Blvd, Toronto, Ontario M5V 3M9, Canada Sights & Landmarks, Architectural Buildings, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Observation Decks & Towers More
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4.5 based on 23251 reviews

CN Tower

At a height of 553.33 m (1,815 ft., 5 in), the CN Tower is Canada’s National Tower, an engineering Wonder, award-winning dining & entertainment destination, and Toronto’s “must-see” for over 4 decades. Rocket to the top in a thrilling 58 second ride aboard glass fronted elevators. Spectacular views overlooking up to 160km (100 miles) from 3 observation levels including, the LookOut Level with floor-to-ceiling panoramic Window Walls, the world famous Glass Floor including Outdoor SkyTerrace and SkyPod, the highest of them all. Experience the thrilling EdgeWalk, the World’s Highest Outdoor Walk on a Building. Enjoy award-winning Canadian cuisine and breathtaking revolving views at 360 Restaurant, the perfect place for entertaining or celebrating. Plus, visual displays and exhibits on the history of the CN Tower, KidZone play area and unique Canadian artisan and souvenir shopping in the Gift Shop. Don’t miss the architectural illumination of the Tower each night from dusk to dawn.

Reviewed By calebwtn - Melbourne, AustraliaMelbourne, Australia

Great views of Toronto

Visited the CN tower whilst I was in Toronto.. how could you not!! Totally worth it, you get unbelievable 360 of the whole city. Defiantly recommend Thanks so much for the visit.

317 Dundas St W, Toronto, Ontario M5T 1G4, Canada Museums, Art Museums
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4.5 based on 4068 reviews

The AGO, Art Gallery of Ontario

With a collection of more than 90,000 works of art, the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) is among the largest and most distinguished art museums in North America. An international landmark, the AGO is also one of Canada’s most innovative cultural destinations. Highlights of the Gallery’s world-class collection include iconic Canadian and Inuit works, along with European and contemporary art – all on view in a spectacular building transformed by renowned Toronto-born architect Frank Gehry. After spending time with the AGO’s vast collection, be sure to enjoy a meal or glass of wine at the Gallery’s award-winning restaurant FRANK. Visit shopAGO for a unique collection of artful gifts, one-of-a-kind jewelry, and beautiful art books.

Reviewed By Barry-of-Toronto - Toronto, CanadaToronto, Canada

Great spot for an afternoon

Dropped by here on the last afternoon for the recent French Impressionism special exhibit.On-line purchase and reservation went smoothly. I arrived early and enjoyed walking through the Canadian Art exhibit.The curators for the Impressionism exhibit reall

7. St. Lawrence Market

92-95 Front St. E., Toronto, Ontario M5E 1C4, Canada Shopping, Flea & Street Markets
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4.5 based on 13094 reviews

St. Lawrence Market

Once housing city hall, this Victorian building is surrounded by other historically significant architectural gems.

Reviewed By CNDTRVLR - ONTARIOONTARIO

Historic market in downtown Toronto.

Great atmosphere in historic downtown.  Great service and hospitality. Great selection of fresh produce, meats, seafood, cheeses and baked goods. Nice variety of places to grab a meal. They have souvenir shops.  Place gets really busy on the weekends so g

8. Distillery Historic District

55 Mill St, Toronto, Ontario M5A 3C4, Canada Other, Sights & Landmarks, Neighborhoods, Historic Walking Areas More
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4.5 based on 7637 reviews

Distillery Historic District

The Distillery District is an internationally acclaimed village of brick-lined streets and dozens of vibrantly restored Victorian Industrial buildings. It’s one of Ontario’s hottest tourist attractions and home to live theatres, galleries, fashion, design and jewelry boutiques, unique cafes and award-winning restaurants. It’s all completely closed to traffic and just a few minutes walk from downtown Toronto.

Reviewed By dnatravelfinds - Vancouver, CanadaVancouver, Canada

Perfect day out to take pictures

Love this area... the cobblestones, bars, shops... it truly was a nice stroll, perfect for picture takings for sure... easy enough to find close to streetcars... loved that this part of Toronto is preserved.

9. High Park

1873 Bloor St W, Toronto, Ontario M6R 2Z3, Canada Nature & Parks
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4.5 based on 2164 reviews

High Park

Popular urban oasis offers a variety of outdoor recreation including ice-skating, baseball games, nature hikes and exploring the park's greenhouse.

Reviewed By Art H - Dartmouth, CanadaDartmouth, Canada

Go at Cherry Blossom Time

We visited during Toronto's annual cherry blossom festival and enjoyed our visit to the park. It is a lovely park with many walking trails and at other times you can drive through the park. It is very busy during the cherry blossom festival, and the crowd

10. Steam Whistle Brewery

255 Bremner Blvd | The Roundhouse, Toronto, Ontario M5V 3M9, Canada Food & Drink, Breweries
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4.5 based on 3246 reviews

Steam Whistle Brewery

Located within walking distance of the CN Tower and Rogers Center, Steam Whistle Brewing occupies Bays 1-14 within the old John Street Roundhouse building, a designated National Historic Site that was previously home to the Canadian Pacific Railway steam locomotive repair facility. Thousands of visitors visit this brewery every year to attend one of the on-site events or take a tour of how the company brews its own Pilsner.

Reviewed By ElvisPhish - London, United KingdomLondon, United Kingdom

Banned

Looked great from the outside but my wife said I was not allowed to go in, so felt I missed out.Can’t see why there would be an issue with drinking beer and visiting steam trains ?Thanks for taking the time to write a review! Unfortunately you are not abl

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