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Three terrific days for the entire family in Toronto.

19 Jun 2006  A soon to be Toronto resident.
4.0 of 5 stars based on 12 votes

My top picks for summer vacation attractions in Toronto.

  • Explore locations featured in this Trip List: Toronto, Vaughan
  • Category: Best of
  • Traveler type: Culture, Sightseeing, Never been before, Repeat visitors
  • Appeals to: Couples/romantics, Honeymooners, Singles, Families with small children, Families with teenagers, Large groups, Seniors, Students, Budget travellers , Active/adventure, Tourists
  • Seasons: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
  • 1. Royal Ontario Museum
    Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Ontario

    This is an amazing museum with millions of permanent objects and many special exhibits. The museum is located at 100 Queen's Park open daily 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Friday 10:00 until 9:30 p.m. Admission prices are listed on their website. As well as the many, many attractions at the museum there are often special exhibits which are worth seeing. There is also a great store on site to purchase gifts and articles related to this museum. For more information call 416- 586- 8000.

  • 2. Art Gallery of Ontario
    The AGO, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario

    The Art Gallery of Ontario, (or the AGO as it is often referred to) has just gone through an amazing and major renovation. There is so much to see at the AGO, much of it is spectacular. And if you are in Toronto this fall, you will have the opportunity to see some of their special exhibits, the most exciting one will be the King Tut exhibit. It will be in the city for several months, promising to be bigger and better, than when the exhibit was here 30 years ago. You may wish to call for information before you plan your outing there. General Information 416-979-6648 The AGO is located at 317 Dundas Street West. Hours of operation are Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday: 10:00 am - 5:30 pm Wednesday: 10:00 am -8:30 pm Closed Mondays The Art Gallery of Ontario also has a great gift boutique and an on site restaurant. Admission prices are posted on their website and there is also a family rate.

  • 3. Casa Loma
    Casa Loma, Toronto, Ontario

    Keeping on the same theme, but with a little different flavor is the most beautiful castle called Casa Loma. It is worth a tour of this gorgeous castle located at 1 Austin Terrace. Casa Loma was built almost 100 years ago and pretty much everything remains today, as it was back then. Hours of operation are 9:30 to 5:00 daily and cost of admission is listed on the website. For more information on the castle, or special events happening here call 416-923-1171

  • 4. Black Creek Pioneer Village
    Black Creek Pioneer Village, Toronto, Ontario

    Located about 40 minutes from downtown Toronto at 1000 Murray Ross Parkway and accessable by public transportation is Blackcreek Pioneer Village. Step back in time about 140 years ago and experience life as it was back then. This is an outing recommended for the entire family and a great and fun, as well educational experience. There are 40 heritage homes and shops on site. Many of the buildings have artisans on hand demonstrating the craft that actually occured there. It is very interesting and well worth the trip. The village is open from May 1st until December 31st (although it is closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day). Admission adults $15.00 and children $11.00. There is a discount available if you purchase your tickets online. For more detailed information call 416-736-1733 Just one tip regarding this attraction...I would visit on a day when the temperature is not exceedingly high as it may be a bit uncomfortable. If you must visit when the temperature is high, bring sunscreen and hats for everyone.

  • 5. Paramount Canada's Wonderland
    Canada's Wonderland, Vaughan, Ontario

    For a little change of pace Canada's Wonderland is an exciting theme park with over 200 attractions, literally something for every member of the family. It is located at 9580 Jane Street Vaughan. Admission prices can be found on their website and there are several options here so check the website carefully for that. There is parking on site if you choose to drive plus public transportation is available leaving from different areas of Toronto. It is about a 20 minute drive...possibly longer depending on traffic conditions. Wonderland is north off Highway 400. Again, check the website for detailed instructions on how to get there. There are many attractions here as well as special exhibitions, a water park and much, much more. It will be the highlite of any child's summer vacation to spend a day at Wonderland. Would recommend to bring hats, sunglasses and lots of sunscreen for all family members. For more information call 905-832-8131

  • 6. CN Tower
    CN Tower, Toronto, Ontario

    What visit to Toronto would be complete without a stop at the fabulous CN Tower. General summer hours are 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Whether you have lunch, dinner in their revolving restaurant or take the trip up to the observation deck it will be a memorable moment from your vacation. The CN Tower is the tallest structure in the world and it is the jewel of Toronto's skyline. Located at 301 Front Street West it has plenty of parking in the area and is also accessable from all modes of public transportation. If you decide you wish to dine there reservations are recommended. Here is the phone number for that 416 362-5411. There are different levels of tickets for touring the CN Tower depending on how much you wish to experience. For general inquiries for the CN Tower call 416- 868-6937

  • 7. Toronto Zoo
    Toronto Zoo, Toronto, Ontario

    The Toronto Zoo is one of the largest in North America. The hours are 9:00 to 7:30 p.m. daily, and it is open all year long. Most children love this zoo and it also is a highlight of any child's trip to Toronto. General admission prices are available on their website. If travelling by car take Hwy 401 to Meadowvale Road Exit # 389. Plus it is accessable by public transportation. There are fast food restaurants available on site as well as a number of gift shops located through out the grounds. For more details on the Zoo and special events occuring there call Guest Services at 416-392-5929 There are over 5000 animals at the Zoo which would explain why well over a million people visit every year. As far as this type of attraction goes it does not get much better than this.

  • 8. Ontario Science Centre
    Ontario Science Centre, Toronto, Ontario

    The Ontario Science centre is situated at 770 Don Mills Road. Open seven days a week all year long from 10:00 to 5:00 p.m. There are over 600 exhibits and special events and so much more . Admission prices can be found on their website, This would be a wonderful attraction to take the entire family to on a rainy day. The Science Centre is a great place for all age groups whether interested in space, the human body, science or the living earth as well as many other topics there is so much to see and do here. Call 416-696-1000 for more information and details.

  • 9. Kensington Market or the St. Lawrence Market
    http://www.toronto.worldweb.com/Shopping/Markets/

    Kensington Market is a fabulous way to spend a few hours in Toronto. There is a collection of interesting little boutiques as well as specialty shops that offer fruits, vegetables, cheese etc. If it is a rainy day then I would go to the St. Lawrence Market which is an indoor market with much of the same type of offerings as Kensington Market. There is an amazing bakery with breads from all over the world, pastries, meats, fish, fresh roasted coffee etc. In conclusion all the above suggestions in this go list can be divided over a three day period in Toronto. I would make a definate plan and go to three attractions each day, one in the morning, one in the afternoon and one in the evening. If Wonderland is chosen as a destination I would probably plan to spend most of the day there and perhaps take in one of the other attractions that evening. If you are fortunate enough to have an extra day in Toronto there is the possibilty of attending a baseball game, or visiting the Hockey Hall of Fame or the Bata Shoe Museum. Thank you for taking the time to read my go list!