These 5 Family Things to Do In Toronto Tips are handy if you are visiting Toronto for the first time…or visiting the city as you already know it.
- Visit Toronto’s harbourfront because there are year-round family activities. In the winter: you can skate, drink hot chocolate, visit galleries, and enjoy festivals. In the summer: canoe on the pond, visit shops, and again…enjoy festivals.
2. Visit the distillery district. It’s a fun family walk. Parking just outside the gates (it’s also TTC accessible too). For a couple, there are tons of trendy bars and restaurants to visit. For families, it’s a pleasant walk around a unique neighbourhood. In the winter: there is a super popular outdoor Christmas market.
3. In our list of 5 Family Things to Do In Toronto Tips have to include visiting downtown Toronto! I recommend taking the subway (aka. the TTC) because parking can be tough (and expensive) downtown. Not to say there isn’t parking…you can always find a spot somewhere. Dundas Square is like the equivalent of Times Square. Lots of signs, stores, tourists and things going on. University Ave hosts all the major hospitals. Kensington Market is cool for fashion and food. The entertainment district is fun for…well…entertainment.
While you are downtown, it’s fun to walk in the PATH (that’s the underground path which connects buildings all over the downtown core. Lots of restaurants and shops down there. Plus, it’s awesome when you don’t have to walk outside when there is snow or rain).
4. There is always something to see in Toronto. You could do a tour of the city’s great architecture – visit historic buildings like Casa Loma (they often have very cool kid activities) or the parliament buildings. I know…you’re thinking history isn’t for kids. But Casa Loma is actually really kid friendly. And it’s a castle – which is cool with kids of all ages.
5. Visit some of the family friendly attractions in Toronto. Check out my TIPS FOR VISITING THE ONTARIO SCIENCE CENTRE (highly recommend visiting the science centre with kids). See a Blue Jays game at the Rogers Centre. See the Leafs play. Visit the ROM, Zoo, or Aquarium. And a tip for visiting the CN Tower – make a reservation at the 360 restaurant instead of just paying for going up the tower. Admittance to the tower is included in 360 prices (and you’ll probably be hungry when you get there so it kills 2 birds with one store). Plus, the restaurant has a dedicated elevator so you won’t have to wait in line with the tourists (which can take up to 45 minutes).