Toronto has it all. From gripping rollercoasters to world-class museums, “the 6ix” is full of fun family activities for your summer vacation.
With so much to see and do in Toronto, your best bet is to book a few days at the luxurious Hilton Toronto. Situated in the downtown core, it’s walking distance to most major attractions and features a killer pool overlooking skyscrapers. Plus, having the UP Express, TTC, and GO Transit at your doorstep makes getting around a cinch.
Get started on planning a summer getaway with these six ways to have a fun family vacation in Toronto.
Get a bird’s-eye city view at the CN Tower
It only takes 58 seconds by high-speed elevator to reach the LookOut Level of the CN Tower, an architectural wonder and iconic Toronto landmark. At more than 1815 feet above ground, you’ll experience spectacular, panoramic vistas of the GTA (look for Niagara Falls on a clear day). A dramatic feature is the famed Glass Floor with its heart-stopping view 113 floors straight down. Sit, jump, or crawl on the 2.5-inch-thick glass with your little daredevils – it’s strong enough to withstand the weight of 35 moose!
Dig for dinos at the Royal Ontario Museum
From dinosaur fossils to ancient Egyptian mummies, Canada’s largest museum houses six million objects in more than 30 galleries showcasing art, archaeology, and natural science. For families, the big draw at “the ROM” is the Discovery Gallery – a kid-friendly interactive zone filled with fun touchable artifacts and specimens. Watch as enthralled youngsters dig for dinosaur bones, touch meteorites, or try on costumes – all while learning a thing or two.
Catch a game at Rogers Centre
During baseball season, put on a team jersey and cheer on the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. After the game, sports fans of all ages will enjoy visiting the Hockey Hall of Fame, where you can get a family photo next to the Stanley Cup.
Get an adrenaline rush at Canada’s Wonderland
Take a day trip to Canada’s Wonderland, a popular amusement park located in the GTA. Kiddies will be psyched to discover more than 200 attractions and 70 rides, including 16 thrilling rollercoasters, two children’s areas, and an awesome 20-acre water park called Splash Works. If you’re gutsy, test your nerves on Canada’s tallest and fastest coaster – the Leviathan.
Since Canada’s Wonderland is a trek from the city center, break up the journey by staying at Hilton Toronto Airport Hotel & Suites. It’s only 20 minutes from the park and offers amenities for the whole family, such as an indoor pool, basketball nets, table tennis, and squash courts.
Go on safari at the Toronto Zoo
Little monkeys will love the Toronto Zoo, home to 5,000 amazing animals from around the world. Nestled on 700 sprawling acres in the city’s east end, it’s one of the world’s largest zoos and houses everything from gorillas to two-toed sloths and lions.
Go island hopping
Hop aboard a 10-minute ferry to the Toronto Islands, a cluster of breezy isles with beaches, leafy nooks for picnics and barbecues, and a traffic-free bike path. But for kids, the star attraction is Centreville – an amusement park on Centre Island with 30 rides, a petting zoo, and swan boats on the lagoon.