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Toronto Attractions for Families

 

 

The capital of Ontario, Toronto is the largest city in all of Canada. Sitting on the northwest edge of Lake Ontario, Toronto has much to offer all visitors. Families enjoy vacationing in Toronto because of all there is to see and do. Museums, amusements, sports and spectacular sights await you in the thriving city of Toronto. Though most popular in the summer, you will find something to do in Toronto at any time of year.

The CN Tower

Canada’s National Tower stretches 1815 feet into the sky. This multilevel tourist attraction boasts three observation decks which are accessible by elevator. Twice a year, the CN Tower hosts charity events. It is only during this time that the staircase is open to the public. The three observation decks include the Look Out, the Sky Pod, and the Space Deck, with each one rising higher than the other. Each deck features fun activities for the family, such as telescopes, a motion theater ride, and the glass bottom of the Look Out. There is something disconcerting (and exciting), about standing on glass and looking 1,000 feet to the ground! Before you leave, be sure to purchase souvenirs at the shop and dine at the café.

The ROM (Royal Ontario Museum)

Beautifully designed, the Royal Ontario Museum has remarkable permanent natural history and cultural collections. The ROM hosts world famous traveling exhibits throughout the year. The galleries of Natural History are especially enjoyable for children. You can view several species of animals, plants and birds, but the dinosaur exhibit will likely be the favorite on your list.

The Toronto Zoo

Over 700 acres filled with animals from six regions makes the Toronto Zoo the third largest in the world. It is divided into six different zones, built to keep the animals comfortable in habitats that match their natural environment. From Africa to the Arctic, a day at the Toronto zoo is a fabulous time for you and your children. You can trek the tundra, feed the stingrays, splash around Splash Island, and ride the carousel. Though the zoo is open to the public all year, open exhibits depend on the season.

Ontario Place

Ontario Place is open to the public from May to October every year. Located on the waterfront, Ontario Place is made up of three “islands”, offering amusements, entertainment, and nature exhibits. Featuring documentaries and nature films, the Imax Cinesphere is open all year. You may wish to plan your trip to include the Rogers Chinese Lantern Festival, held from August through October.

Riverdale Farm

Uniquely located in the downtown area of Toronto, the Riverdale farm lets visitors experience life on an animal farm. There are special events held here throughout the year and the friendly proprietors host children’s parties, so keep that in mind if visiting during the time of a child’s birthday!

Canada’s Wonderland

With over 60 thrilling rides and all manner of amusements, Canada’s Wonderland is the cream of the crop in amusement parks. It includes a Water Park, special areas for children, and hosts the “Halloween Haunt” in October, which is perfect for teens and adults. Canada’s Wonderland is open from May to October.

 



 

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