Toronto Bucket List: Top 15 Best Things to do in Toronto

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Best Things to do in Toronto, Canada

Toronto is the capital of Ontario and it is considered the country’s largest city. It homes a dynamic mix of attractions for the tourists from the galleries and museums to the world famous CN Tower and there is Toronto Islands just offshore of the city. The city center is easy to navigate and many of the top attractions are within walking distance of each other and a subway system is available to cover longer distances.

Amazing Things to do in Toronto photo by Dan Newman via Unsplash
Amazing Things to do in Toronto Photo by Dan Newman on Unsplash

15 Best Activities and Tourist Attractions in Toronto

Have a spectacular view of the city from the CN Tower

CN Tower in Toronto
CN Tower in Toronto
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The CN Tower is at 553m which makes it not only the tallest building in Toronto but also the tallest free-standing building on the continent and it is also among the seven wonders of the world. This is a must-see attraction that you should not miss while you are in the city. You can just marvel at the building from the ground or you can take a trip to one of the observation areas or the restaurants to have a magnificent view of the city of Lake Ontario. The Sky Pod is the highest viewing center which is at a height of 447m above the city and you will be able to see the Niagara Falls and New York State on a clear day.

Explore the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM)

Royal Ontario Museum by Daniel MacDonald via Wikipedia CC
Royal Ontario Museum By Daniel MacDonald from Dartmouth, Canada – Royal Ontario Museum, CC BY 2.0

This is a major landmark of the city and it is located in the Yorkville neighborhood. It is the largest museum in Canada and it is also one of the best museums in North America and the best place to know more about history. The ROM has collections of over six million artifacts which many of them are displayed in its 40 separate galleries. The galleries cover natural history (dinosaurs and meteorites), culture (historical exhibits), and arts from around the world. The museum also has kids learning zone and a shop for your kid’s fun.

Enjoy the city’s multiculturalism at Kensington market

Kensington market in Toronto
Kensington market in Toronto

This is the best place in the city if you want to get the true taste of Toronto’s multiculturalism. This was once a Jewish market before it was turned into a funky neighborhood for writers, foodies, and artists. There are many fresh food stores, discount surplus stores, cafes, and used clothing shops to go shopping and have a nice time exploring the market. The neighborhood also has an artist community, tattoo shops, galleries, bookshops for you to patronize.

Have fun at the Rogers Centre

Rogers Centre
Rogers Centre

The Rogers Centre is a big domed sports arena and it is adjacent to the CN Tower. This mega-structure was completed in 1989 and it is Toronto’s answer to the ambitious Olympic Stadium that was built by its arch-rival, Montreal. The center us a venue for every kind of sport, football and baseball in particular as well as concerts, it can accommodate many thousands of spectators. The center offers one hour guided tour where you can have a behind the scene of the facility.

Wander around the castle of Casa Loma

Casa Loma
Casa Loma

This is an extraordinary building that looks like a medieval castle which stands in beautifully kept grounds. Casa Loma is a famous Toronto landmark and it is the most unique pieces of architecture in the city. The castle was built by Sir Henry Pellatt who is a multi-millionaire and it is now a museum with decorated suites, gardens, towers, stables, and secret passages. You will surely have a memorable time in this castle.

Visit Toronto Zoo

Toronto Zoo
Toronto Zoo

This is a huge zoo and it is located on the Red River which is 40km northeast of the city center. It has several thousand animals and a major attraction of the zoo is the Panda exhibit which was opened in 2013. The zoo is divided into several sections to represent the major region of the globe. The North American section is unique because of its vast bison park, impressive polarium, spacious grizzly bear enclosure and some of the highlights of the zoo is the great barrier reef and African savanna.

Go sightseeing at the Toronto Islands

View of the City from Toronto Island photo by Sandro Schuh via Unsplash
View of the City from Toronto Island Photo by Sandro Schuh on Unsplash

There are 13 small islands found in Lake Ontario which spreads across 820 acres of land. The most popular islands are the center island and it features a big park which has a picnic area, an amusement park, a spectacular garden where you and your kids will have a fun time being here alone. Some other islands home some of the oldest residential communities and some islands are prestigious yacht clubs.

Go sightseeing at the Ripley’s Aquarium

Ripley's Aquarium
Ripley’s Aquarium

This is a new attraction and it is near the base of the CN Tower. At this facility, there is a spectacular display of diverse marine life and the fun feature about this facility is the big underwater tunnel which has a moving sidewalk. You will get the chance to see the ocean world as you walk around while the sharks and other marine animals pass through. A big highlight of this aquarium is the Jellyfish display with creative lighting, there is a touch tank feature where you will get a hands-on experience of the stingrays and small sharks. If you are an animal lover, you will surely like this place.

Shop until you drop at the Eaton Centre

Toronto Eaton Centre
Toronto Eaton Centre

If you love to go shopping, then Eaton center is the right fit for you. It is located at the north end of the Central Business District. The center has its own subway station and it extends to over several blocks and it is enlarged and renovated constantly. If you are a stranger, you can easily get lost in this maze of department stores, boutiques, cafeterias, specialty shops, snack bars, and so on which are found at the different levels above and below ground.

Go sightseeing at the Distillery District

Distillery District in Toronto
Distillery District in Toronto

This is an interesting place to go to during the day or evening. It is a historic area which has been turned into a trendy entertainment and shopping district. You will find an interesting boutique, artists’ studios, galleries, restaurants here and the district also hosts various entertainment events and it is also home to schools and performing arts venues which will keep you entertained.

Look at art at the Art Gallery of Ontario

Art Gallery of Ontario photo by JOH-7977 Wikipedia CC
Art Gallery of Ontario photo By John – JOH_7977, CC BY-SA 2.0

This is a modern building that is on the west side of the city center which is Canada’s largest. The main highlight of the gallery is the Henry Moore room and it houses the largest collection of his sculptures in the world. It also houses collections of Canadian, Oceanic and African, and European art. The gallery also homes a large collection of Photography and drawings.

Go to the theatre in the entertainment district

Royal Alexandra Theatre by Benson Kua via Wikipedia CC
Royal Alexandra Theatre By Benson Kua, CC BY-SA 2.0

This is the place where major theatre productions with the latest shows and musicals, concerts, and other performing arts take place and you should endeavor to go see them. The district comes to life in the evening and the districts also home different kinds of restaurants and cool spots to socialize. The main center of activity in the district is along the King Street. The best performing art venues like Roy Thomson Hall, four seasons center for the performing arts, Princess of Wales Theatre, and the Royal Alexandra Theatre are all found in the area.

Visit the High Park

High Park by Diego Silvestre via Wikipedia CC
High Park By Diego Silvestre – CC BY 2.0

This is 165 hectares’ park in the west end of the city center and it is considered the largest park in Downtown Toronto. The park was owned by the Howards before it was deeded to the city of Toronto in 1873. This is a recreational and natural park with sporting facilities, cultural facilities, educational facilities, gardens, and playgrounds. In the summer months, Canadian Stage Company hosts Shakespearean plays at the park and in the winter, tobogganing is popular.

Go sightseeing at the Ontario Science Center

Ontario Science Center by James Koole via Wikipedia CC
Ontario Science Center by James Koole via Wikipedia CC

This is family friendly and it has many interesting exhibits to get your kids entertained. It is located at a site about 10km northeast of the city center. Tourists that visit the center get the chance to see the latest developments in technology, optics, telecommunications, biology, space travel and meteorology and so on and they are presented in a fun way.

Look at shoes at the Bata Shoe Museum

Bata Shoe Museum by Gisling via Wikipedia CC
Bata Shoe Museum By Gisling – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0

If you are fashion enthusiasts and you want to know more about the history of the footwear and you love to see shoes, the best place for you is to go to the Bata shoe museum which has a unique collection of footwear from all around the globe and it displays 13,500 items. The museum features four exhibits and one of the exhibits is a semi-private gallery and there is three that changes regularly.

There are many tourist attractions in Toronto that you can visit and you will never have a dull moment in this city. Some of the other notable tourist attractions are St. Lawrence Market, Toronto Botanical Garden, Niagara Falls and so on.

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