When you’re travelling as a family, you’ll want to choose a destination with attractions that will keep every member of your family entertained. That is one of the reasons so many people are choosing to vacation in larger cities like Toronto with their families.
This bustling metropolis has countless attractions; things to do and places to see. Not simply because it is the largest city in Canada, but also because it is the capital of Ontario, and the cultural centre point of the region, which showcases a broad mix of attractions that range from museums, performing arts theatres, parks and so many others. Below you’ll find 15 things to see and do in Toronto for families.
1. At the top of any family’s list: The CN Tower
At the top of any family’s list is the awe-inspiring CN Tower, a 553 meter tall structure dominating the city skyline. This amazing structure was the largest in the world when first constructed and offers the most breathtaking panoramic views of the city.
2. For those who like sports, especially baseball
Whether it’s baseball season, or you and your family just want to get away from it all and enjoy an amazing concert, stop by and check out Rogers Centre, located across the street from the CN Tower. This massive arena showcases a retractable dome so events can continue unimpeded, rain or shine. You can also take a guided tour for a closer, behind-the-scenes look into the inner sanctum of the Toronto Blue Jays.
3. ROM: A museum kids actually enjoy
No trip to a major city is complete without spending an afternoon a world class museum, and when it comes to Toronto, the next stop on our list is the Royal Ontario Museum. Featuring collections, exhibits and displays from around the world including dinosaurs and kids love dinosaurs. You’ll also find interactive exhibits for kids on the 2nd floor.
4. Help your kids appreciate art
If you prefer contemporary art, look no further than the Art Gallery of Ontario, which located in the heart of this bustling city. Most, works are from local Canadian artists, but there are regular exhibits from all over the world.
5. Ontario Science Centre: Kids of every age will love this one
The Ontario Science Centre makes science and learning fun, especially for kids. It also has an IMAX theatre featuring interesting and educational shows.
6. Legoland Toronto will delight younger members of your family
Younger children love playing with Lego, so why not take them to see Legoland Discovery Centre Toronto. This attraction will delight children and reward them for being patient while you visit some of the more grown-up attractions.
7. For summertime thrills checkout Canada’s Wonderland
During the warmer months of the year, you’ll want to check out Canada’s Wonderland, which is open seasonally from May through October. This huge amusement park offers plenty of thrills, rides and activities suitable for a range of ages.
8. Everyone loves a castle
There’s no need to fly across the ocean to step foot into a medieval castle. Toronto has one of its own. With more than 100 rooms, complete with secret passageways, tunnels and dominating towers overhead, the Casa Loma is a must-visit destination in Toronto. Built by the eccentric millionaire, Henry Pallatt, this medieval inspired castle was one of the first in the region. For a brief period in its history, it even served as a hotel offering visitors a luxurious place to lay their heads at night.
9. Spend a day at the Toronto Zoo – One of the world’s largest
You cannot visit any major city with your family, without spending a day at the zoo. Located about 35 kilometres from downtown, but still accessible by public transit, the Toronto Zoo offers an amazing glimpse into the habitats of Grizzly Bears, the Great Barrier Reef and countless other regions. The Toronto Zoo is one of the world’s largest and one of the most popular attractions for families in Toronto.
9. Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada will also be a big hit with the kids and you’ll love it too
After a day at the Zoo, checking out the world on land, why not stop by Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada, and see what the underwater world has to offer you and your kids. Get up close and personal with jellyfish, sharks and even sawfish as they swim overhead and all around you.
10. Shopping anyone?
If your kids are a bit older, you could spend a day shopping at Eaton Centre, easily getting lost in this huge modern shopping centre.
11. High Park is a great place to relax and has many amenities for kids to enjoy
But, you cannot leave the city quite yet, because you still need to spend a day just relaxing and enjoying all that High Park has to offer anyone. This 165-acre park offers everything from nature trails to streams and ponds; all free to enjoy. Children will love the adventure playground and the small zoo all of which are free.
12. A visit to Toronto Island: One of our top recommendations in Toronto for families to visit
For a more secluded stop, take the ferry from the Queens Quay Terminal to the Toronto Islands where you will find the Centerville Amusement Park (perfect fun for younger children) and some of the most breathtaking views of the city skyline. You and your kids will have a great day and will enjoy the ferry ride as well.
13. Everyone loves flowers
Allan Gardens is a free attraction with beautiful plants and seasonal displays. Even kids will enjoy the beautiful flowers and greenery.
14. Niagara Falls: You’ll need a full day, but the memories will last a lifetime
We would be very much amiss if we left out a day trip to see the spectacular Niagara Falls. If you can spare a day for this you will not regret it. There are many tour operators who can take you there, but you can also save some money by using public transit. It takes about 2 hours to get there. See our Niagara Falls Day Trip page for more information.
15. Toronto’s answer to Broadway
There is just so much to see and do in Toronto, that you and your family can stay busy for an entire week if you are looking to take an extended holiday. You can check out the Entertainment District and see what it’s like to be on Broadway, without the New York City crowds.
There’s a reason so many families are making their way to Toronto every year. Isn’t it about time you take your family someplace uniquely different?