The Best Things to do in Toronto – A Guide to the Top Attractions

Written By: The Planet D

There are so many things to do in Toronto it can be difficult to know where to start. Being one of the most multiculturally diverse cities on the planet, there is something for everyone. It’s our hometown but we’ve also experienced Toronto as a tourist. It is the largest city in Canada, and in our humble opinion, it’s the most exciting!

If you are visiting Toronto, our comprehensive Toronto guide will help you find the best places to visit in Toronto for first-time visitors and return.

Top Things to do in Toronto

1. CN Tower Edgewalk

One of the Best Things to do in Toronto is the Edge walk
One of the Best Things to do in Toronto is the EdgeWalk at CN Tower

The CN Tower is Toronto’s most iconic landmark and the most popular thing to do in Toronto. Built in 1975, it reigned as the world’s tallest building until 2007 when it was taken over by the Burj Khalifa in 2008. While the CN Tower is a top Toronto Attraction unto itself, it’s the Edgwalk that makes it special.

  • Location: 301 Front Street. Directions – TTC to Untion Station, then walk East on Front Street

CN Tower Glass Bottom Floor

If you aren’t up for the adrenaline rush of the Edgewalk, you still must visit the CN Tower. You can eat dinner at the revolving restaurant, walk on the glass floor, and see the best view of Toronto from inside and out, enjoy a virtual reality ride. Read more: CN Tower Edgewalk – Taking on The World’s Highest Sky Walk

2. Casa Loma

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Did you know Toronto has a castle? Casa Loma was built in 1911 by Sir Henry Pellatt; a local financier to be used as his private residence. It was a lavish house with 98 rooms at 64,700 square feet (6,011 m2).

There are stables and a coach house and today it is a popular tourist attraction. There is even an 800-foot tunnel leading to the stables. You can tour the many suites or eat at the BlueBlood Steamhouse, a casual restaurant at the Terrace Grill and coffee and snacks at Liberty Café. Read More: Toronto Tours by Locals

  • Location: 1 Austin Terrace – Take the Subway Line 1 to St. Claire Station and then walk West to Casa Loma

3. Ontario Science Centre

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Located north of the city, the Ontario Science Centre has been a favourite for decades. There are great hands-on science exhibits and spectacular displays. Walking through the Living Earth exhibit feels like you are walking through a real rainforest. It has Toronto’s only Planetarium and there is an OMNIMAX Theatre showing new films regularly.

  • Location770 Don Mills Road North York:  Subway Line 2 to Pape Station, transfer to Bus 25 North to Don Mills at St. Dennis. Or grab an Uber, or ride a bike!

4. Hockey Hall of Fame

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outside the Hockey Hall of Fame

Canada loves its hockey and Toronto is home to the Hockey Hall of Fame located in downtown Toronto at the foot of Yonge and Front Street. It houses the Stanley Cup and it’s on display when it’s not touring the country. It also houses the world’s largest collection of hockey memorabilia, there are interactive displays and two theatres.

5. Ontario Place

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Ontario Place, Toronto, Canada

Located at the CNE Grounds on the Lakeshore, Ontario Place an excellent place to spend an afternoon. It has one of the best outdoor festival stages in Toronto at Budweiser Stage attracting big names performing in an intimate setting. And there’s an IMAX theatre. Enjoy the excellent trail for cycling or rollerblading that goes around 7.5 acres of green space.

  • Location: 955 Lakeshore West BLVD – Hop on the 514 Streetcar out to Dufferin Gate Loop. Or ride a bike along the waterfront trail.

When planning your Toronto sightseeing excursions you must include museums in your Itinerary.

Watch this Toronto City Tour we took with Tours by Locals. The Best of Toronto in One Day. Read the full article here at Toronto Tours by Locals

6. Royal Ontario Museum

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Beautiful architecture of Royal Ontario Museum

The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) is Canada’s largest museum of Natural History and one of the top 10 cultural institutions in North America and Canada s largest museum. Located in downtown Toronto at the corner of University and Bloor, this popular Toronto attraction melds old and new. The contemporary design of the Royal Ontario Museum is a beautiful addition. The ROM houses 13 million artifacts and artwork featured in 40 different exhibition spaces and galleries.

  • You can purchase advance tickets to the ROM Get Your Guide for $20.
  • Location: 100 Queens Park – at the corner of Yonge and Avenue Road. Line 1 or 2 Subway to Museum Station.

7. Art Gallery of Ontario – AGO

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The AGO went through a huge transformation in 2008 with a spectacular design by Canadian artist Frank Gehry. The art gallery houses permanent collections like the Group of Seven, The Thomspon Collection and Contemporary Art. It also has a lovely cafe where locals like to meet for a drink or coffee. Its no wonder this is one of the best places to visit in Ontario, let alone Toronto. Located downtown Toronto on Queen Street, it is a central location that is easy to walk to from the Entertainment District, China Town or Front Street.

  • Location: 317 Dundas Street West – Line 1 Subway to St. Patrick Station
  • There are several private art galleries along this street.

8. Fort York

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Before Toronto became the mega city that it is, it was once called York. And this fort stood on the shores of Lake Ontario to protect the city during the War of  1812. This National Historic Site is open year-round offering guided tours, demonstrations, and exhibits. You’ll have fun interacting and learning about history.

9. Bata Shoe Museum

This is one of the most unique museums we’ve experienced with displays of footwear through history. But you’ll also see celebrity footwear like Elton John’s platform boots and Elvis’ Blue Suede Shoes. Canadian legend Terry Fox’s running shoe is on display from when he attempted to run across the country for cancer research. He eventually succumbed to the disease, but he is a true Canadian hero.

10. Aga Khan Museum

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Opened in Sept 2014, the Aga Khan Museum is one of Toronto’s newest attractions. This museum features a collection of Islamic, Persian and Muslim Art.

It is North America’s first museum dedicated to Islamic Art and was started by the private collection of the late Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan. The museum houses 1000 objects dating back 10 centuries housed in an impressive eye-catching building.

  • Location: 77 Wynford Drive – Subway Line 2 to Broadview Station then transfer to Bus #100 to the museum.

11. City Hall and Nathan Phillips Square

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It’s a gathering spot for tours and meetups. It probably attracts the most visitors to Toronto due to the iconic City Hall Building. It is a popular spot for events, art displays, and celebrations. This is where we celebrate New Year’s Eve and the fountain turns into a skating rink during the winter months.

12. Graffiti Alley

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Graffiti Alley is picking up steam as the most popular place in Toronto for Instagram. Located at Queen and Bathurst offers 1 km of walls covered in street art and fraffiti along Rush Lane. Canadian commentator Rick Mercer shot his Rants along Graffiti Alley over the course of his 15-year show. It’s located in the city center on Queen Street making it an easy walk to get to.

13. Harbourfront

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Harbourfront is an amazing entertainment area complete with theatres, museums, music venues, and festivals. There are plenty of dining options and it is an excellent place to stroll along Toronto’s waterfront, do some shopping in the Harbourfront Centre and enjoy the artisan workshops.

  • LocationLocated on Queens Quay – Subway to Union Station and Walk South to the water. Or ride the Spadina Streetcar all the way to Harbourfront.

14. Chinatown

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One of Toronto’s most vibrant neighbourhoods in the downtown Chinatown located on Spadina Avenue. Pick up your favourite Asian vegetables for authentic cooking, eat incredible Chinese food and ask for “a pot of tea” after hours (meaning, a pot of beer)

You really fell as if you have stepped into an Asian city with the sounds, smells, and taste of Asia engulfing the senses at every turn.

  • Located along Spadina Avenue between Queen and College
  • Book a walking tour of China Town and Kensington Market.

15. Toronto Underground City

It’s true, Toronto has an entire subterranean world under the city known as The Path. It is one of the largest underground walkways in the world. Starting at Yonge and Dundas Square it weaves through 30km of the downtown core all the way to Union Station.

More than 200k daily visitors and commuters walk the path filled with restaurants, shopping, cafés connecting 75 skyscrapers, subway stations, department stores and hotels.

  • Located: in the downtown core. Just walk into any building and look for the Path sign. Visit for maps

16. Yonge and Dundas Square

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This popular public square in the heart of Downtown always has something exciting going on. Surrounded by billboards, shopping, movie theatres and City TV, it’s a happening spot. It’s Toronto’s version of Times Square and a place all travelers to the city should visit. There are always outdoor performances, festivals and even free movies in the summertime.

  • Location: At the intersection of Yonge and Dundas Street. Subway Line 1 to Dundas Station.

17. Entertainment District

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Entertainment District Toronto

The Entertainment district is a great place for travelers to make a base while exploring the top Toronto Attractions. Close to Union Station, it is easy to get to and it is where Toronto’s main nightlife venues can be found. With cocktail lounges and chic bars, this is one of Toronto’s most popular places.

No public vehicles are allowed on King Street West in the heart of the district, so it’s a great place to walk from Spadina to University to do some bar hopping. Here you’ll also find Steam Whistle Brewery, Toronto’s top theatres and it is home to TIFF. (The Toronto International Film Festival)

18. Distillery District

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Historic Distillery District

The Distillery is one of the most popular places in Toronto for travelers. Stroll through the pedestrian walkways along cobblestone streets as you browse the many boutiques, brew pubs, and art galleries. In the summer the streets come alive with outdoor street performers, music and stage performances. In the winter, the annual Toronto Christmas Market is in full swing.

19. High Park

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High Park Cherry Blossoms

Located in the West End, the city’s largest park attracts visitors from afar during cherry blossom season, but there is a lot more to high park.

Visit the High Park Zoo housing domestic animals like bison, highland cattle, and llamas. There are plenty of picnic areas, hiking and cycling and in the summer Shakespeare in the Park begins with live performances from the Bard. There’s Grenadier Pond, the Historic Colborne Lodge and it is a short walk down to the Lake Shore to enjoy the Toronto Waterfront.

20. Evergreen Brickworks

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Evergreen Brickworks

With outdoor markets, art exhibits and cafés, the Evergreen Brickworks is a fantastic place to spend a couple of hours. Rent a bike from one of the city’s bike share locations and peddle out to the quiet district to grab some fresh fruits and vegetables from the farmers market.

  • Location: 550 Bayview Avenue. It’s tricky to get to cycling or a car is the best way. By transit, Subway line 1 north to Davisville and then bus #28 to the Brickworks.

21. Toronto Islands

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The Toronto Islands are great city escape

You must go to the islands for the best view of the Toronto skyline. This is the view that everyone around the world recognizes. There is stand up paddle boarding, kayaking, and cycling. You can visit the beaches of the island including Toronto’s famous Nude Beach. Kids will love playing at one of Toronto’s cutest amusement parks. We always enjoy a picnic on the islands and there’s even a small amusement park. The islands are a perfect getaway from the city.

  • Location: Board the ferry from Queen’s Quay.

22. The Beaches

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Who knew Toronto had such great beaches?

The Beaches have long been a favourite tourist attraction of Toronto. Starting at Ashbridges Bay, you’ll find beach volleyball, boardwalks, and parks stretching along the 3km trail along Lake Ontario leading to the R.C. Harris Filtration Plant. Traffic is a killer in the summer, so use a bicycle to get around. The Beaches Jazz festival takes place during the month of July.

  • Location: Toronto East – Queen Streetcar.

The Main Toronto Beaches are:

  • Cherry Beach is located at the outer harbour on the Martin Goodman Trail and is a popular spot for SUP, Kite Boarder and kayaking. Locals like the off-leash zone for dogs. On your way stop at Polson Pier for the best skyline view of the city outside the island.
  • Kew Beach is another great spot for Canoe and Kayaking plus our favourite SUP. It’s home to the balmy beach club and there’s outdoor fitness equipment to play with. Kew Beach basically blends into Balmy Beach and Woodbine Beach and there’s an outdoor swimming at the Donald D. Summerville Olympic Pools including 5 and 10-metre (15-30 feet) diving boards!
  • Ashbridges Bay is one of the more popular spots for beach lovers in Toronto. The waterfront trail runs through the Bay area that has green parks and walkways, beaches, a skateboarding park and picnic sites. This is Toronto’s main spot for fireworks during Canada Day and Victoria Day.

23. Riverdale Farm

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You heard me correctly, there is a farm in the middle of Toronto. Located in the East End of downtown Toronto, this is an actual working farm that allows visitors. Its 7.5 acres contain vegetable gardens, farm animals, and a farmhouse and barns. It’s a great representation of rural Ontario farming community and a quiet getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city.

24. Toronto Zoo

If you want more wildlife viewing, the Toronto Zoo is a popular attraction. We’re not huge on zoos, but there is an argument that zoos help promote sustainability and awareness about wildlife. And if you are going to visit a zoo, the Toronto Zoo isn’t too bad. The animals all have for the most part large enclosures and seem to be treated quite well. When I was working at YTV, we went to the Toronto Zoo a lot and the people who work there are very passionate about animal conservation and animal welfare.

24. Toronto Bike Trails

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Endless bike trails off the main roads throughout Toronto

Toronto has some excellent bike trails away from the city traffic. You can use the bike share program to cycle around the city, or you can rent some bike. Some of the best cycling trails are the Waterfront Trail, Leslie Spit Trail, The Don Valley Bike Path, Key Garden Belt Line, Taylor Creek Park and High Park.

  • Locations: For a complete list of Toronto, Bike Trails visit
  • There are plenty of cycling tours that will take you to see the top Toronto attractions.

25. Scenic Flight Over Toronto


For a birds-eye view of the city, take a scenic flight from Billy Bishop Airport on Toronto Island. Travelers shouldn’t miss the chance to see Toronto from above. Fly along the waterfront and circle around the skyscrapers of this spectacular international city.

26. Mountain Bike the Don

Toronto has some amazing mountain biking with more than 70km of intermediate to advanced singletrack. They are well maintained by local volunteers and it’s popular for hikers, runners and dog walkers too. So be careful when riding!

27. SUP Bluffers Park

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There are plenty of spots to Stand Up Paddle Board in Toronto but the most scenic spot is Bluffers Park just off of Bluffers Beach. Blue waters mixed with the white Scarborough Bluffs make a perfect setting and the water is usually calm for paddleboarding.

Located in Scarborough just east of the other Toronto beaches, it is one of the more scenic beaches of Toronto with the lovely Scarborough Bluffs towering overhead at 65 metres high. (180 feet) There’s a restaurant at the marina and spots for picnics. Bluffers Beach has become a popular Instagram spot.

28. Kayak the Humber River

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Sure the Beaches and Islands are popular for Kayaking, but Toronto has a beautiful river that offers a quiet alternative. Here you can paddle down the calm waters to spy wildlife like egrets, turtles, and hawks.

  • The Humber River can be accessed at Old Mill Station in the West End of the city.

29. Harbourfront Cruise

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Head down to the Harbourfront and book a sunset harbour cruise for a fantastic sunset view of Toronto. There are all kinds of cruises planned to show off the Toronto skyline from dinner cruises, daytime cruises and cocktail cruises to special Luau Cruises and holiday events. It’s a beautiful way to take in the Toronto Scene and witness the Toronto Islands. Book a cruise in advance

30. Roy Thompson Hall

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For the best orchestra, opera and musical performances, Roy Thompson Hall is the top classical music venue in Canada. Home to the Toronto Symphony Orchestra it is the premier concert hall in the city with outstanding acoustics. It is also a popular venue during the Toronto international film festival.

31. Ed Mirvish Theatres

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Ed Mirvish was a beloved businessman in Toronto from the 1960s to the 1990s. His love for the theatre basically single-handedly revitalized the Toronto theatre scene. He opened the Princess of Wales Theatre, Royal Alexandra Theatre and & Ed Mirvish Theatres all of which still showcases the most popular Broadway shows of the day.

  • Check out for all theatre listings and showtimes.

32. Rogers Centre

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View of the Rogers Stadium from the CN Tower

This is the ultimate entertainment complex with the largest retracting roof in North America. Home to the Toronto Blue Jays, the Rogers Centre is a huge stadium seating 53,000 people. When the Jays aren’t playing, you will find the hottest musical acts in the world playing in their stadium tours.

33. Sony Centre for the Performing Arts

It is the largest soft-seat theatre in Canada making for a very comfortable experience. There’s always something playing here including concerts, films, live shows, and festivals.

  • Check out their calendar for show details. Anyone under 30 Years old receives $15 tickets!

34. Scotia Bank Arena

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It is our second-largest stadium and is home to the Toronto Maple Leafs and NBA Champions, the Toronto Raptors. In between the two major sporting seasons, the Scotia Bank Arena opens its doors to more music acts.

35. Massey Hall

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Massey Hall is an intimate music venue that has seen acts perform from all around th eworld. If you are looking for a rock and country acts or comedians to watch, chances are you’ll find someone at Massey Hall. And there is exciting news! Massey Hall has reopened and is hosting musical acts in its newly renovated space.

36. Sugar Beach

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Sugar Beach

It’s a tiny beach but has fast become one of Toronto’s most popular spots for photography. Located on Corus Quay right beside the Redpath Sugar Factory, Sugar Beach is a quiet spot just at the east end of Queens Quay. It’s a small patch of sand with Muskoka Chairs and a pink umbrella installation.

37. Sunnyside Park

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Located in the West End of Toronto, Sunnyside Beach is a quieter stretch of beach located near Sunnyside Pool. There’s a lovely pavilion that’s popular for weddings and events and you can grab some lunch while you are here.

It’s an excellent place for running and cycling and there are plenty of stops along the Waterfront Trail. This trail takes you out through wetlands, over the Humber River and Mimico Creek and into West Etobicoke.

42. St. Lawrence Market

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St. Lawrence Market is one of the top things to do in Toronto

St. Lawrence Market was once voted as the #1 Food Market in the World by National Geographic. It’s been operating for more than 200 years at the foot of Front and Jarvis Street. 120 vendors take pride in their goods operating stalls that have been passed down for generations. Take a walk through St. Lawrence Market and buy some fresh cheese, meats and bread to take on a picnic to

43. Queen West

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The OCAD building in Queen Qest

This is where the hippest of the hip hang out in Toronto. Queen West is known as the Art and Design district and if you’re looking for some trendy styles, this is the place to go. Queen Street is lined with shops and stores selling everything from makeup to menswear.

You can even buy sewing and material goods here as well as jewelry making supplies. It’s got it all. Once the shops close, the food scene begins and the live music starts at venues like The Horseshoe, the Rivoli, and the Rex.

44. Bloor/Yorkville

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It’s home to the Mink Mile – One of the world’s most expensive shopping streets. For shopping, you’ll find every high-end sort you can think of including Gucci, Chanel, Kate Spade and Burberry. The top salons make their home in Yorkville and some of the cities best dining is here. If you want to people watch and keep an eye out for celebrities in Toronto, this is the place to be.

45. Eaton Centre

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The Eaton Centre has been the heart of Toronto Shopping since the 1970s. Located at Yonge and Dundas Square, this shopping mall spans from Dundas to Queen with flagship stores like The Bay, Saks Fifth Avenue and Nordstrom helming the ends. There are high-end boutiques and thrifty dollar stores. It has everything you’d want under one roof.

46. Kensington Market

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The Kensington Market Sight

For the complete opposite end of the spectrum, Kensington Market is a funky shopping district with second-hand clothing and vintage style. Located just off Spadina in the heart of China Town, you’ll find cheese boutiques, fresh vegetable markets, microbrews and vintage clothing. It is the funkiest place in the city and a must stop for anyone coming to Toronto. For a local vibe and funny atmosphere, make sure to visit Toronto’s Kensington Market.

Best Instagram Worthy Spots in Toronto

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  • Sugar Beach – Located at Lower Jarvis Street beside to the Redpath Sugar Factory just down from Queens Quay.
  • Polsen Pier – Polsen Pier is an excellent waterfront attraction with entertainment and fantastic views of the Toronto skyline.
  • Brookfield Place – This beautiful piece of architecture located in the city center on Yonge Street. When you enter this entertainment center, you are treated to stunning views of the Allan Lambert Gallery which is a 6 story enclosed courtyard.
  • Humber Bay Bridge – The Humber Bay Bridge is a pedestrian and cycling walkway connecting downtown Toronto with The Lakeshore.
  • Museum Subway Stop – located in the heart of the city center, the Museum Subway Stop is an easy place to grab beautiful photos of the museum columns adorning the platform.
  • Graffiti Alley – This isn’t only a great instagram spot, Graffiti alley is one of the best places to visit in Toronto.

Best Toronto Festivals

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Toronto is a city of festivals and some of the not to miss events are:

  • Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) – Sept
  • Toronto Pride – June
  • Toronto Summer Music Festival – July
  • Luminato – June
  • Beaches Jazz Festival – July
  • Toronto Caribbean Carnival – July

Getting Around Toronto

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Hop on Hop Off Bus – If you want to get around the city, a great way to explore is the Toronto Hop on Hop off Bus.  A 48-hour pass lets you explore Toronto’s main attractions as you hop on hop off at major tourist sites. Cost $49/It will help you see the highlights quickly and take you to some of the top sights in Toronto like Casa Loma, and a free harbour cruise.

Public Transit – Fares cost $3.25. If you buy tokens or a Presto Card it is $3. You can buy Presto Cards in advance here.

Bike Share Toronto is good for short rides. A day pass is only $7. It’s important to note is that a pass is for 24 hours, but includes unlimited 30-minute rides. So after 30 minutes at a time, extra fees apply. So it’s best to use them to get from point A to point B. The good news is that rental stations are close to most attractions.

Car rentals – Toronto itself can sometimes be very spread out depending on where you are going. If you want to do day trips from Toronto, a rental car is a good option.

  • is a good comparison website to find the right car rental for you.

Parking – Use Green Ps when parking in Toronto, they are the best deal and you can download the app.

Uber – In America Lyft is cheaper, but in Toronto Uber is cheaper and the drivers we’ve talked to say they prefer Uber over Lyft. (it’s the opposite of what we’ve heard from drivers in America. Interesting eh?

Day Trips from Toronto

Niagara Falls

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A Great DAy Trip from Toronto is Niagara Falls

One of the top day trips from Toronto is to go to Niagara Falls. Niagara Falls really requires more than a day, but the top attractions in the falls can be done in one simple day if you have limited time. Get Yourself an Adventure Pass and spend the day exploring the top attractions like The Hornblower, Journey Behind the Falls, Whitewater Walk and Clifton Hill. Read more: Things to do in Niagara Falls.

You can get to Niagara Falls on a full day tour, by bus or by renting a car. Check car rental prices here.

Niagara on the Lake

Niagara on the Lake is another great day trip from Toronto. You can combine a trip with Niagara Falls, or go on your own for a day of wine tasting and exploring some of the top vineyards in Canada. Niagara on the Lake definitely deserves more than one day, but if you only have a short time, it is at least worth checking out to see its historic downtown, Fort George or watch a show at the Shaw Festival. Check out more things to do in Niagara on the Lake here.

Read More Toronto Travel Tips

And there you have it. Our ultimate guide for things to do in Toronto. If you are visiting Toronto, this guide should have you covered with all the amazing things to see and do! What did we miss?

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About The Planet D

Dave Bouskill and Debra Corbeil are the owners and founders of The Planet D. After traveling to 115 countries, on all 7 continents over the past 13 years they have become one of the foremost experts in travel. Being recognized as top travel bloggers and influencers by the likes of Forbes Magazine, the Society of American Travel Writers and USA Today has allowed them to become leaders in their field.

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39 thoughts on “The Best Things to do in Toronto – A Guide to the Top Attractions”

  1. I am researching on Canada life now a days and this article is really very interesting and informative. Thanks for sharing valuable information.

  2. Great article Dave and Deb.
    Very detailed and well explained. I’m sure it will help a lot of aspiring travelers in navigating their way around Toronto and making the most of their time.

    In this great list of best things to do in Toronto, I would like to add a few more spots that I think your readers would love to visit.

    1. The 3D Toronto Sign on Nathan Philips Square has been a new edition and has become a famous Instagram spot due to it’s urban aesthetics.
    2. Toronto Island Park, a chain of 15 small Islands in Lake Ontario. A great place if you want to enjoy the skyline, pursue water sports, ride bicycle or even relax.
    3. Ripley’s Aquarium, a walk through aquarium with an almost astounding 16000 exotic sea creatures and more than 450 species

    Hopefully this helps. Can’t wait for your next blog
    And if you are interested in knowing a bit more about Canada, do visit my Canadian travel blog and guide. I’m sure you and your readers will find it very helpful

  3. As a Torontonian, great piece. One little thing…. that picture of Toronto Islands, is not the islands. That’s the Leslie Street Spit that curls out into the lake near the islands. Not many activities on the spit, but you can reach it from land, no ferry required. Take a bike, it goes out there a long way. Great spot for birders too.

  4. Toronto is very famous for activities, art, landscapes and the friendliness of people.
    I also want to this place with my family.
    Thanks for your writing!

  5. I love Toronto so much. It is a beautiful place for people to visit.
    In the future, I will travel there with my family if I have a chance.

  6. I Love the city of Toronto. I remember taking the train from Ottawa into Toronto a few Summers ago. Real efficient rail system. The city was very clean and the people were so friendly. I would say Eaton Centre and just walking up and down Yonge street were a few of my favorite things to do there. I would move to Toronto in a heart beat if not for the Winters. Great city though!

  7. Thanks for sharing such a big list of places to explore in Toronto. The whole idea of breaking down all these spots into different sections really helps to go through them.

  8. Thank you for the amazing tips and knowledgeable guide you have shared through your blog. All the placed you have mentioned are beautiful and must be visited once in a lifetime.

  9. Thank you so much for these wonderful tips. This is a great post and place you visited. Lovely pictures.

  10. We found your site and got loads of inspiration and great stories! Toronto is on our Bucket list and this article was very helpful comprehensive stuff!

    Keep up the great work and content! Safe Travels!

  11. This is so informative, and I think it is a perfect guide for the tourist to enjoy their visit to Toronto to the fullest.

  12. Hi Dave and Deb,

    Thank you for posting this blog. Very concise and well laid out in different sections; makes very easy to look for the information. And yes your pictures are great too !!

    I am inspired.


  13. Hi Davie and Deb,

    Thanks for sharing such a big list of places to explore in Toronto. The whole idea of breaking down all these spots into different sections really helps to go through them. I personally have only been to couple of places but now I have a list to go and visit. Thank you for inspiring .


  14. Very well concise summary on Toronto. We are planning to go for family trip but could not understand where we should spend much time but your article helps me we have decided to visit this place. Thanks.

  15. Hello Dave,

    It’s the best thing to do experiencing your hometown as a tourist, did it myself two years ago when in Paris, to be honest, I did discover a lot of places that I wasn’t aware they exist at all, some secret places and streets. I don’t really like Hop and Hop buses, but will definitely try one when in Toronto.

    Thank you for the tips.

  16. As a Torontonian, great piece. One little thing…. that picture of Toronto Islands, is not the islands. That’s the Leslie Street Spit that curls out into the lake near the islands. Not many activities on the spit, but you can reach it from land, no ferry required. Take a bike, it goes out there a long way. Great spot for birders too.

  17. Wow! This looks incredible post and information. These are really very best things you shared and beautiful pictures you capture. I would love to go there.

  18. Waw! I got that article at the right time, this is a very informative and helpful for me because I am going to Toronto next month.

  19. Amazing Lists, nice way to explain each part of Toronto.. !! Will follow each place as you mention in your blog.

  20. These ideas all look like so much fun! It’s a great city. There’s so much to do there and so many places to explore. Such a beautiful pictures you captured.. Thank you so much for sharing a great post and information..
    Keep sharing!!