Toronto is known for its vibrant multicultural city life. It is also the largest and the most visited city in Canada. Due to its diversity, you will find the city divided into smaller neighborhoods, very much like an ideal community feel. This diversity creates a sprawling city with much to offer visitors, from architectural structures to famous annual events. It is filled with fun, interesting, unique, and exciting things to do all year long.
Let’s explore 5 best things to do in Toronto:
EXPLORE HIGH SKYLINE
Toronto has a majestic skyline like no other city. It is filled with high-rise buildings impossible to miss. Locals suggest that the best way to enjoy the skyline view is from Lake Ontario. One of the most iconic attractions in Toronto is the CN Tower. After a flight of two elevators, you reach the highest viewing area on the CN Tower (553 meters).
Walking on the brink of the CN tower, roughly 1200 feet above ground on a five-foot ledge, can be nerve-wracking, but it’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience on the world’s highest hands-free full-circle walk. Not only do you enjoy spectacular city views, but you also have access to a 3-D movie hall, and shopping complex among other attractions.
Toronto is also an ideal place to invest in real estate as it has some of the finest residential complexes. It is home to some of the best condos in this part of the world which are becoming an ideal mode of residence in today’s age. You can check some of the recommended pre-construction condos for downsizing in Toronto.
EXPLORING FROM BELOW
During your time in Toronto, there are ample options to get out on the water. A trip to the Toronto Islands by ferry is a great way to get away from the city. Toronto is also blessed with great beaches as proven by how the tourist traffic increases come summertime.
Some of the beaches to visit are Sunnyside, Cherry Beach, Bluffer’s Beach, Ward’s Island Beach, and Kew-Balmy Beach. Depending on which beach you visit there are also options for outdoor activities like open water swimming, fishing, kayaking or stand-up paddleboarding.
For family vacations you can head to Centreville on Centre Island to check out the rides, there is always something fun to do. You can find rental shops like the Boat House on Toronto Island.
EXPLORE YOUR INTEREST
With a city as big and diverse as Toronto, you can find tons of activities that link with your interest. On every other corner, you will find historical monuments, art galleries, sports bars, and restaurants. For instance, you can visit the renowned Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), one of the largest museums in North America holding an impressive collection, or see a Show or Dine in the Entertainment District.
Toronto is also home to the popular Toronto International Film Festival which brings many actors and artists across the globe. Skip into the city for impressive modern architecture designs like City Hall & Nathan Phillips Square. For shopping lovers, CF Eaton Center is your spot, while for cultural enthusiasts Aga Khan Museum is a place to visit and for sports fanatics, the Hockey Hall of Fame and Rogers Centre are places to go.
EXPLORE THE CULTURAL TASTE
Toronto has its own unique cultural mix. Wander into exploring the historic Distillery District Victorian-era buildings or pedestrian-only cobblestone streets filled with shops, cafes, restaurants, art galleries, theatres, and artist workshops.
For more adventure you can dive into Kensington Market and St. Lawrence Market (the city’s largest supermarket) brimming with a variety of vintage stores, a diverse array of restaurants and bars, food shops and cafes. It is easy to spend a whole day wandering in Toronto. For a souvenir, you can shop in thrift shops in Toronto.
You can find costume jewelry, retro vintage designs items that date back to the 19th century. The Kingpin’s Hideaway boasts a fine collection of vintage suits, ascots, and fedoras. Also, Toronto has an energetic bright nightlife hub for plays, theatre, and concerts. The Entertainment District comes to life in the evenings and is a great place for experiencing the nightlife.
EXPLORE THE WILD
Toronto has the perfect blend of modern beauty as well as natural beauty everywhere. A perfect example is the Toronto zoo that has an outstanding and diverse collection of about 5000 species. Pygmy hippos, giraffes, lions, tigers, orangutans, and penguins are among the most popular.
The Gorilla Rainforest, the Tundra Trek, which has polar bears, and the Great Barrier Reef are among the other attractions at the Toronto Zoo. You can’t leave Toronto without taking a day trip to the magnificent Niagara waterfall and taking a cruise around Niagara falls. The absolute thrill of seeing these two is incomparable.
Toronto is also known for its parks and the most notable is High Park. This 165-acre country property is a huge green space with sunken gardens, hanging basket gardens, nature trails, natural ponds, and streams filled with lots of flora and fauna that always attracts big crowds.
When it comes to tourist hotspots you cannot beat Toronto for satisfaction value. Accessibility is easy, hotels are easy to find and almost all the attractions are at a convenient distance. Plus the locals are extremely welcoming and easy to communicate with. Trips can be planned for short stays or long stays without much hassle. There are a ton more you can explore. You will be pleasantly surprised by what Toronto has for you.
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