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Toronto's Top Ten Family Vacation Experiences


  • Royal Ontario Museum: Canada’s largest museum offers mummies, a spooky re-created Bat Cave, dinosaurs and the interactive Discovery Gallery and Franklin’s World.

  • Ontario Science Centre: for over 30 years, this interactive scientific playground with hundreds of workshops and hands-on exhibits has become the model for science centres around the world.

  • Casa Loma: Sir Henry Pellatt’s wacky but wonderful dream home castle with secret passages, suits of armour and an underground tunnel to the stables.

  • Toronto Islands: sail across Lake Ontario on a ferry to Toronto Island Park, where you can rent bikes, swim at a sandy beach, have an ice cream or watch planes take off from the City Centre Airport.

  • Harbourfront Centre: there’s always something happening for families at this multicultural centre including workshops, arts and crafts, performances, festivals, outdoor cinema and shows. Sail a model boat around a pond or set sail on one of many cruises tied up at the dock.

  • CN Tower: a necessary zoom-up to the top of the world’s tallest free-standing structure, also named one of the “Seven Wonders of the Modern World” by civil engineers. See a film about its construction and then travel 1136 ft up to step out onto the Glass Floor.

  • Hockey Hall of Fame and Museum: the shrine to Canada’s most popular game of ice hockey now holds the famous loonie buried under centre ice during the recent U.S.-Canada Olympic hockey bout. Test your slap shot, tour the hundreds of artifacts, and kiss the Stanley Cup.

  • Toronto theatre: Toronto is the world’s third largest centre for English-speaking theatre (after New York and London), so why not sign up to see a Broadway-style show like Mamma Mia! or The Lion King? Or have a medieval feast at Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament during jousting contests? A fave with kids.

  • Paramount Canada’s Wonderland: over 200 attractions, 60 rides, a 20-acre water park and the continent’s largest assortment of roller coasters—12 at last count—offers a day’s worth of fun for all ages.

  • Kortright Centre for Conservation: Canada’s largest environmental centre offers activities in the great outdoors including family hikes, bird watching, bat nights and nighttime campfires. Excellent interpretation centre.
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