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The Top Things to Do When in Toronto, Hands Down!

The Top Things to Do When in Toronto, Hands Down!

Imagine having to pick just one thing to do in Toronto, a city packed with experiences and activities. You’re probably wondering, what’s the absolute best thing to do? Well, don’t stress because we’re here to help with that!

Whether you’re here for a weekend trip or you’re a local enjoying a staycation, you can choose one (or more if you have the time!) from our list below. These are the ones that won our staff-wide poll – and if you can’t trust locals like us, whom can you trust about this stuff?

Check out the Royal Ontario Museum


Address: 100 Queens Park, Toronto, ON M5S 2C6, Canada

Contact details: +1 416-586-8000

Operating hours: Tuesday – Sunday: 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM

Toronto has its fair share of museums (some are even free to enjoy!), but the Royal Ontario Museum takes the cake. Apart from being an iconic spot in the city, its collection of cultural and historical objects is fantastic for history buffs of all ages. 

You can check out 3,000 minerals and gems, fossils, Roman artefacts, and art from the First Peoples. Plus, they always have different exhibits going on, from Japanese-Canadian history to some of the earliest fine arts portraits – mummy portraits!

Additionally, they have programs for adults and families with kids. So, whether you’re into exploring on your own or bringing the whole crew, there’s something for everyone.

Get a killer view of the city from the CN Tower


Address: 290 Bremner Blvd, Toronto, ON M5V 3L9, Canada

Contact details: +1 416-868-6937

Operating hours: Monday – Sunday: 9:30 AM – 9:00 PM

Without a doubt, CN Tower is one of the most famous things in Toronto. Of course, checking out the city from high up through this tower is a must-do – as long as you get over your fear of heights, the view below is totally worth it! 

Whether you’re grabbing a bite at the spinning restaurant or just walking on the glass floor, you’re in for some mind-blowing panoramic views of the city.

And for the gutsy tourists, you have to try the EdgeWalk. It’s the highest hands-free walk on the outside of a building in the world, perfect for all you thrill-seekers out there!

Spot the city’s name up in lights


Address: 100 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5H 2N1, Canada

Contact details: +1 416-392-2489

Operating hours: Open 24 hours

For a photo op that screams “I’m in Toronto,” head to Nathan Phillips Square in downtown. 

This lively spot is the heart of the city and hosts various events year-round. But it’s really best known for the giant illuminated ‘TORONTO’ sign that practically yells at you – we promise, you won’t miss it!

Here, snap as many photos and selfies as you want. It’s really the best way to announce that you’re in Hollywood North. 

By the way, starting at the end of November and throughout the winter, the square transforms into an ice skating rink. Try it out for yourself or grab your buddies – the place is absolutely free!

Try bowling at the Ballroom


Address: 145 John St, Toronto, ON M5V 2E4, Canada

Contact details: +1 647-366-7890

Operating hours: Monday – Wednesday, Sunday: 12:00 PM – 10:00 PM | Thursday: 12:00 PM – 12:00 AM | Friday – Saturday: 12:00 PM – 2:00 AM

Want to experience being a local for a day? The answer is dropping by The Ballroom, a well-loved bowling spot where Torontonians go for a good time!

But it’s not just the bowling to look forward to, the food here is actually quite tasty. Hit two birds with one stone by coming here for an afternoon snack and a quick game with your friends.

This entertainment venue has 10-pin bowling lanes, making it the perfect place for a group bowling session. Kids are more than welcome too if you’re a parent looking for a child-friendly game. 

It’s also worth mentioning the other amenities you get to enjoy here: loads of TVs, a chill rooftop patio, and comfy couches to lounge on. Plus, the prices won’t break the bank for this cool bowling and dining combo!

Stroll through the lively Graffiti Alley

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Address: 513 Queen St W, On Rush Lane, Toronto, ON, Canada

Operating hours: Open 24 hours

Should you want something more laid-back, take a leisurely walk through the vibrant Graffiti Alley. If you’re into murals, street art, and graffiti, this spot will blow you away.  

It’s home to some of the city’s most iconic pieces and is, without a doubt, one of the most photographed places around. The best part? It’s always changing, with new creations popping up all the time.

Start your Graffiti Alley adventure at the corner of Rush Lane and Portland Street, then head east (that’s how we usually do it). Plan to spend a good half hour here or more – you don’t want to rush an art experience!

Get your inner scientist on at the Ontario Science Centre


Address: 770 Don Mills Rd., North York, ON M3C 1T3, Canada

Contact details: +1 416-696-1000

Operating hours: Tuesday – Friday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM | Saturday – Sunday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Love anything scientific? Go for an adventure at the Ontario Science Centre. Whether you’re a science geek, have curious kiddos, or just want a fun family day out in Toronto, this place is a must.

Apart from the 8 exhibit halls covering everything from geography to biology, The Planetarium in the Space Hall is also a fun stop to visit. Once you’re through, you can proceed to the rainforest or catch a flick in the IMAX theatre.

What’s awesome is that the exhibits change regularly, so there’s always something new and exciting. If you get hungry, no worries – there are food spots all over the place, like the Valley Restaurant on Level 6, the Snack Bar on Level 4, and the Lobby Café on Level 2!

Catch a comedy show for some good laughs


Address: 945 Bloor Street West (downstairs steps to entrance) and 2800 Danforth Avenue (elevator access to the basement)

Contact details: +1 416-551-6540

Operating hours: Monday – Sunday: 6:00 PM – 2:00 AM

One of the best things to do in the city is to lighten up and get a good laugh, and you can do just that (and more) at Comedy Bar. It’s the heart of Toronto’s current comedy scene, with two locations showcasing the city’s next-generation talents seven nights a week. 

So, which one should you go to? If you’re into stand-up, sketch, and theme shows with headliners and new acts, hit up the original Comedy Bar on Bloor Street West. 

Alternatively, you can check out the second spot on Danforth Avenue. It also has awesome line-ups, but this one has a full kitchen – you can grab some snacks and catch a show to kickstart your evening. 

Basically, wherever you go, you’re in for a good laugh and some of the best times!

Jump into fun at Sky Zone Trampoline Park

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Address: 45 Esandar Dr, Toronto, ON M4G 4C5, Canada

Contact details: +1 647-363-5552

Operating hours: Monday – Thursday, Sunday: 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM | Friday – Saturday: 9:00 AM – 11:00 PM

Who says you can’t unleash your inner child once in a while in Toronto? You absolutely can! If spending a day jumping on a massive indoor trampoline sounds like the ultimate adventure, Sky Zone Trampoline Park is your go-to spot. 

It’s not just about freestyle jumping, though – you can also dive into activities like dodgeball, ninja warrior courses, and climbing walls. There’s even a toddler zone if you’re bringing the little ones along.

And here’s a tip: big groups mean bigger discounts at Sky Zone. Whether you’re renting out the entire park or just bringing in your crew during the open jump, you might score a fantastic markdown for the whole gang.

Enjoy offerings at St. Lawrence Market

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Address: Toronto, ON M5E 1C3, Canada

Contact details: +1 416-392-7219

Operating hours: Tuesday – Friday: 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM | Saturday: 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM | Sunday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

With roots tracing back to 1803, St. Lawrence Market is quite literally a historical spot in Toronto’s Old Town (it even predates Canada itself, would you believe it!). But it’s not just the history that makes this place appealing. 

Here, you’ll find all kinds of restaurants, cool artisanal food spots, funky art displays, and even cooking classes. Weekends can get pretty crowded, so be ready to rub elbows with other shoppers and be always on high alert.

Insider tip for both out-of-towners and locals: if you can handle the crowds, make your way to the market on a Saturday morning. That’s when the Farmer’s Market kicks off, giving you a chance to buy fresh produce and munch on some delicious local treats.

Stroll through Toronto’s Distillery District


Address: 55 Mill Street, Toronto ON, M5A 3C4

Operating hours: Monday – Thursday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM | Friday – Saturday: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM | Sunday: 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Take a leisurely walk from St. Lawrence Market, and you’ll find yourself in the Distillery District. Strolling around here is a fun way to explore the city and the best part? It’s free!

Here. you’ll see some old-school Victorian buildings (the best-kept ones in North America, by the way), which is the highlight of the walk. 

But, if you’re up for spending a bit, go ahead and treat yourself to some food – there are plenty of spots around with good bites. Imagine cobblestone streets filled with laid-back indie restaurants and bars!

And hey, the Distillery District lights up for the Toronto Light Festival. It’s happening from mid-January to the end of February, so take note if you’re interested! 

Go-karting thrills at K1 Speed Toronto

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Address: 75 Carl Hall Rd Unit #9, Toronto, ON M3K 2B9, Canada

Contact details: +1 416-638-5278

Operating hours: Monday – Thursday: 12:00 PM – 10:00 PM | Friday: 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM | Saturday: 10:00 AM – 12:00 AM | Sunday: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Did you know that go-karting in Toronto is a pretty big deal? Not only are there tracks all over the place, but they’re also huge, super-fun, and crazy fast! One spot to get your go-karting fix in the city is this K1 Speed Toronto, located in North York. 

The go-karts here are fully electric and you can zip around at speeds of up to 45 km/hour – talk about a thrill! Top karting options here include Arrive & Drive racing for both adults and juniors, head-to-head race leagues, and private race packages. 

Plus, if you’re on the lookout for a unique venue for your kids’ birthday party, you can book the place. Give it a thought if your little one is celebrating soon!

Take a chill hike at Lower Don Trails


Address: Lower Don River Trail, Toronto, ON, Canada

Forget Tour du Mont Blanc – Toronto has awesome trails for a cool hike right in the city. For this one, try the Lower Don Trails, an easy stroll that only takes about 1 hour and 38 minutes on average (perfect for beginners!).

The trail is super easy to get to from downtown, as it’s right next to the Don Valley Parkway. 

However, we do recommend starting at the Queen Street East Bridge so you have access to other local tops.

For instance, since you’re by Queen Street, you can hit up a local cafe (there are a bunch around the area). There, you can grab some water or snacks to keep you going during your hike.

Take a leisurely Sunday stroll around Kensington Market

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Address: Kensington Market, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

If there’s a market you can’t miss, it’s definitely this one! Kensington Market is actually more of a cool neighborhood, but one that’s dotted with some of the city’s most interesting shops.

You’ll find indie shops, vintage stores, artsy spots, and awesome food joints all around. On certain Sundays, the place even goes car-free, making it a must for a laid-back stroll. 

Spend a good couple of hours soaking in the vibes of the colorful Victorian houses lining the streets. And when you get hungry, grab your breakfast at Egg Bae to enjoy their top-notch egg sandwiches.

Then when you need a coffee fix, check out the Scandi-inspired FIKA café. It’s a chill spot with a cool wall made of old book pages (bookmark this one as an Instagrammable background!).

Swing by the Art Gallery of Ontario


Address: 317 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M5T 1G4, Canada

Contact details: +1 416-979-6648

Operating hours: Tuesday and Thursday: 10:30 AM – 5:00 PM | Wednesday and Friday: 10:30 AM – 9:00 PM | Saturday – Sunday: 10:30 AM – 5:30 PM

Housing a whopping collection of over 90,000 works of art, the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) is one of the most distinguished art galleries in Toronto and all of North America. That’s just one way of us saying it’s a big deal to come here while you’re in town!

Inside, you’ll discover various permanent collections and rotating exhibits. If you’re a fan of Yayoi Kusama and her immersive installations, you’ll be delighted to know that her “Infinity Mirrored Room—Let’s Survive Forever” is a permanent exhibit here.

The gallery also hosts all sorts of events, so consider yourself lucky if you time your visit when they have one. Don’t skip it – it’s one of the few things that’ll make your visits here feel more unique. 

Soak in Canada’s winter sports vibe at the Hockey Hall of Fame


Address: 30 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M5E 1X8, Canada

Contact details: +1 416-360-7765

Operating hours: Monday – Sunday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Attention all ice hockey enthusiasts: this is your go-to spot in Toronto for a serious sporting fix!

Whether you’re a die-hard fan or a recent convert, a visit to the Hockey Hall of Fame is a must. Explore the history of the sport, discover its most famous players, and marvel at tons of cool memorabilia and NHL trophies –  including the prestigious Stanley Cup!

But it’s not just a sightseeing gig – here, you can also show off your goalie skills with some simulation games. You can also check out exhibits dedicated to the all-time greats.