Things to do in

Toronto

A glittering skyline, neighboring Wonderland, and burgeoning cultural scene make this a dreamy modern metropolis.

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The top 10 sightseeing places in Toronto

Wondering what to see in Toronto? Where to start! This diverse city is fast-becoming the place to be for culture, history and food in North America, thanks to friendly people, a glittering skyline and a laid-back atmosphere. Let our guide give you a flavor.

  • Toronto Eaton Centre

    1. Toronto Eaton Centre

    This downtown shopping mecca offers more than 175 stores and is open until 8:00PM, letting you fit your retail therapy around a day of tourism. Check out the basement food court.

  • Art Gallery of Ontario

    2. Art Gallery of Ontario

    Admission to this impressive attraction is free for under twenty-five (25) year olds, or on Wednesday late-nights (until 8:30PM). The Hands-On Centre for kids is a great way to get them into art young.

  • Ontario Science Centre

    3. Ontario Science Centre

    This brilliant 'museum' is so cool, you'll forget you're learning about science. Open seven days a week, visit on a weekday to spend more time with the exhibits.

  • Casa Loma

    4. Casa Loma

    North America isn't known for castles, but this former home, built in 1911, is a good effort. Perhaps best enjoyed as a venue for music and culture, check web listings.

  • 5. Vaughan Mills

    Ready for more shopping? This is one of the biggest malls in Canada, and a fashion haven. The Lego shop is a hit with kids, where pester power will help you spend!

  • CN Tower

    6. CN Tower

    The pride of Toronto's skyline - try to see it at night, from the Hanlan's Point Ferry. The 360 Restaurant at the top is, although pricey, worth it for the incredible views.

  • Canada's Wonderland

    7. Canada's Wonderland

    Have a screaming good time here, riding the roller coasters, enjoying the waterpark and experiencing the Dinosaurs Alive exhibit. Book in advance for cheaper tickets.

  • Toronto Zoo

    8. Toronto Zoo

    The highlight of this zoo and conservation site is the pair of beautiful giant pandas who arrived in 2013. The mischievous meerkats and penguins also never fail to raise a smile.

  • Rogers Centre

    9. Rogers Centre

    Home of the Toronto Blue Jays baseball team, this is also the place to see the biggest-name musical acts coming through Toronto, including One Direction and Taylor Swift in 2015.

  • Royal Ontario Museum

    10. Royal Ontario Museum

    Visit this natural history museum for state of the art exhibits that bring historical events to life. The beautiful modern building is a sightseeing hotspot in itself.

Planning Your Visit

  • When to visit Toronto?

    For the best weather, visit Toronto during summer, as the winter can be relentless. However, many people choose to plan their trip around a particular festival, as Toronto is in no short supply. Toronto International Film Festival is a huge draw, and takes place annually in August. Toronto Gay Pride spans an entire week at the end of each year - the city takes its LGBT rights seriously. Local sporting calendars and seasons are also worth consideration.

  • Where to stay?

    Toronto has a great selection of hotels for visitors, business travelers, families and couples. Hostels are also plentiful, and a great choice for backpackers and people on a budget.

Good to know

  • Language
    English
  • Currency
    Canadian Dollar ($)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (-05:00)
  • Country Code
    +1
  • Best time to visit
    The summer months are the best. The temperatures are warm, outdoor markets abound, and there's an endless supply of events. But that also means there are lots of crowds, and prices on accommodations and flights are much higher. If you can, try to visit at the beginning or end of the season.

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What people are saying about Toronto

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 5,546 reviews

The Bata Shoe Museum is a great experience for Mom and Daughter's Day. You can combine the pass with the Textile and the Gardiner Museum if you wish, for a better deal. The visit was smooth and pleasant, the organizers gave enough time in between visits , so it is easy to keep social distance. Considering Canada as an official bilingual country, I was expecting the info and descriptions to be also in French not only in English. You can admire different piece of shoes' art in multiple colors, materials and learn a lot about history and countries' traditions. Due to the pandemic all the activities inside the Museum have been suspended, but visit was still enjoyable!

We were having a family birthday celebration for family members and friends ranging in age from 9 to 95 and all thoroughly enjoyed the sightseeing and the commentary. The guys on the boat were super friendly and accommodating and when I needed to make some changes to our reservation prior to the trip, your rep was very helpful.

The co-captain provided a very entertaining guide of the harbour and islands with extensive knowledge of the history. We got to see parts of the island we had never seen before and from a different perspective.

Amazing cruse around the city got to see a lot of the airport and island and downtown Toronto skyline. Amazing views!! For the price you can’t go wrong.

This tour is worthy, it's was my first time and i love it, we had a good time there and definitely will come back