Toronto Attractions

Toronto AttractionsToronto is a large enough city to have entertaining events all year round. The Toronto Zoo is open every day but Christmas, and visitors can drive to it or go by public transit. The Tundra Trek at the zoo is a habitat for animals associated with frosty climates, like polar bears, arctic wolves and foxes, reindeer, snowy owls and snow geese.

A Toronto City Pass gets visitors into five major downtown attractions for a 43% total discount. This includes the CN Tower, Royal Ontario Museum, the Toronto Zoo, Casa Loma and the Ontario Science Centre. When cold weather drives people indoors, these attractions fill the entertainment bill.

Casa Loma is a well-preserved castle built in 1911 by Sir Henry Pellatt, entrepreneur and philanthropist. Sir Henry had it built as a replica of a medieval castle, and it takes visitors back in time as they tour the enormous great hall and other parts of the castle. Self-guided audio tours in nine languages are available; elevators do not accommodate strollers.

The Ontario Science Centre, a gleaming futuristic edifice, offers exhibits that families can enjoy, including those with teenagers, and there is an IMAX theatre and cafe. Kids can experience hands-on activities that are scheduled throughout the week.

The Royal Ontario Museum is a wealth of knowledge about many things, and the dinosaur exhibit is just one example. The dinosaur gallery provides even more thrills, and the Reed Gallery of the Age of Mammals follows up on what came next. Asian art and the gallery of the First Peoples offer glimpses of other cultures and different times. There is so much more, including a gallery of textiles and costumes, that could take up hours of browsing and wandering.

The CN Tower is a huge draw for visitors to Toronto, even after 36 years of enticing them to its heights overlooking the whole city. It was the tallest tower in the world until 2010, and it still is the tallest in the Western Hemisphere. Day or night, the view is superb and the thrill is not gone. Look straight down through the glass floor and feel the reality of the elevation.

Fine dining is another appealing "attraction" of Toronto, and fine beverages are also easy to find on Yonge Street. The Eaton Centre mall is a shopping mecca of 285 shops of all kinds, and the mall is near the downtown theatres.