Toronto is a joy to explore as a family, featuring some of Canada’s greatest sights and most kid-friendly activities. Explore this treasure of Ontario with your children and enjoy a variety of activities geared toward young ones, along with some quintessential “Toronto experiences.”
Please note that this is not an itinerary submitted by an actual family. This day was planned by one of our travel experts as a recommendation for a family of children with ages 4 through late teens, based on knowledge of the city. Factors such as time, cost and distance have been considered to make this a great day to get a sense of the city and keep the children and teens interested and engaged.
Address: 2000 Meadowvale Rd, Toronto, ON M1B 5K7, Canada
Hours: Monday – Friday: 9:30 am – 4:30 pm, Saturday & Sunday: 9:30 am – 6:00 pm
Admission: Adults – $28, Children – $18
With over 5,000 animals representing over 450 species, the Toronto Zoo is the largest zoo in Canada. The 710-acre zoo is divided into seven different geographic regions, each region featuring animals and plants from that area of the world. The African Rainforest Pavilion is home to the world’s largest indoor gorilla exhibit and also showcases hippos, turtles, river hogs, pythons and others. The African Savanna exhibit features African lions, cheetahs, zebras, giraffes, rhinos and more. The Americas section houses animals from both North and South America, including several species of monkeys and a wide variety of reptiles. See kangaroos, komodo dragons, wombats and other Australian mainland animals at the Australasia exhibit. Snow leopards, Siberian tigers, red pandas and camels are some of the residents of the Eurasia exhibit. Young visitors will enjoy interacting with a variety of animals at Kids Zoo. The whole family will have a wild time at Toronto Zoo.
At 1,815 feet high, the CN Tower is the tallest free-standing structure in the Western Hemisphere and the 6th tallest in the world. This communications and observation tower is a signature icon of Toronto’s skyline. The High-Speed Glass Elevators bring visitors to the Look Out Level in just 58 seconds. This floor has breathtaking views, Horizons Restaurant and several souvenir photo opportunities. Test your nerves on the Glass Floor, which provides clear views 1,136 feet straight down. While you’re on this level, feel the breeze on the Outdoor Sky Terrace. The SkyPod, which requires a separate ticket, is at 1,465 feet and provides a spectacular 360 degree unobstructed view of Toronto, Lake Ontario and the surrounding region. On a clear day, you might be able to even see Niagara Falls! Don’t forget your camera when visiting the CN Tower, you’ll want to capture the unbelievable views.
Address: 100 Queens Park, Toronto, ON M5S 2C6, Canada
Hours: 10:00 am – 5:30 pm (open until 6:30 pm on Fridays)
Admission: Adults – $16, Children – $13 (Save $6 Fridays after 4:30 pm)
The Royal Ontario Museum is one of the largest museums in North America. This world culture and natural history museum has more than six million items, including impressive collections of dinosaurs, minerals, meteorites, African art and Canadian history. The Age of Dinosaurs gallery includes hundreds of specimens from the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods, favorites including Tyrannosaurus rex, Stegosaurus and Triceratops. Explore cave formation at The Bat Cave, which features more than 20 bat specimens and over 800 models in a realistic cave setting. Hold a shark’s jaw, touch a snake skin and see a fox’s den at the Hands-on Biodiversity gallery, designed to connect visitors in a fun, family-friendly environment. Children will have a blast at the Discovery Gallery, where they can try on costumes, dig for dinosaur bones and crawl inside a teepee.