Toronto is a wonderful place to visit. It is filled with malls to shop at, museums to explore, and places for you to take your children. I might be a bit biased as I do live in the Greater Toronto Area.
If you’re coming to downtown Toronto for the day, there are many touristy things you can do. I’m listing 13 places that you can visit. Feel free to check them out and let me know if you have anything else to add.
These are mostly touristy places that you have to check out if you are planning to go downtown. If you are interested in quaint little finds and local experiences, let me know and I can write about them as well.
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Here are 13 places you can visit in Downtown Toronto:
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1. CN Tower
The CN (Canadian National) Tower is an iconic spot that you need to visit if you are going downtown Toronto. You can actually see the CN Tower from really far away on a clear sky day.
If you are not afraid of heights, I would suggest that you try standing on the glass floor at the top. Be sure to go to the top regardless as the views are amazing (on a clear day).
You can get your tickets here.
I would suggest for you to take an umbrella stroller or your carrier (we use this one) as it might be easier for you to move around up there in the CN Tower.
On a side note, if you ever want to climb up the stairs of CN Tower, you can. My husband M and I did this twice for WWF Canada. Oh man, it’s brutal as I’m not a fit person but it is a possibility.
Right next to the CN Tower is Ripley’s Aquarium. This aquarium is perfect for kids and those who love the sea. You can see sharks, fishes, and many other types of sea creatures in Ripley’s Aquarium. Buy your tickets here in advance to maximize your time.
Scotiabank Arena or Rogers Centre
This is also walking distance from the CN Tower. Depending on the time that you come, there might be a game playing such as the Blue Jays (baseball) or Raptors (basketball) in one of these centres. Catch a game if you are interested to watch one of these games in person. Do check the schedule so that you can pre-order your tickets.
This is not just a train station. The architecture inside Union Station on the ground floor is beautiful. It’s an important station because the TTC, GO Trains, and the Via Rail uses this station as a central hub. Sometimes, they’ll also have events in the station such as classical musicians performing short concerts in Union Station.
Hockey Hall of Fame
Close to Union Station, the Hockey Hall of Fame is a museum that is all about hockey. If you love hockey or are interested in an important part of the Canadian culture, be sure to check out the Hockey Hall of Fame. Buy your tickets here in advance to maximize your time.
Sony Centre of the Performing Arts
Also walking distance from Union Station, you can check this place out at night if there are shows. If you are interested in watching the shows they perform, it’s definitely worth it.
Check out their website here: http://www.sonycentre.ca/Tickets
St. Lawrence Market
Furthest from Union Station, this is a market with a nice outdoor patio. It’s really nice to sit out there in the summer.
Nathan Phillip Square
Toronto has a lot of events and many of them happen at Nathan Phillips Square. Sometimes, they have various festival or events such as farmers market in the summer. In the fall, you can attend the Scotiabank Nuit Blanche and they have art installations here.
You can take a picture with the Toronto sign and skate around in the winter.
Old City Hall
Right beside Nathan Phillips Square, you can view it from outside and admire the architecture. The story is that the architect became mad at the politicians who asked him to make City Hall that he included himself as one of the important faces in the front entrance. I’m not sure exactly when you can visit inside as it is still being used for court.
City Hall is located close to Nathan Phillips Square (Really, right by each other). What is really interesting about City hall is that there is an art installation inside and also you can get a great view outside on the 3rd floor.
It is an office building but with an interesting curve. Sometimes, they’ll shoot films there as well either at the front or the back of the 3rd floor.
Toronto Eaton Centre
Shopping! A few minutes away from City Hall, you’ll find the mega shopping centre called Eaton Centre. They also have free Wi-Fi if you need to connect to the internet. You might need to spend a few hours here as there are many shops from Uniqlo to Nordstrom. There’s also Kleinfield across the street if you are looking for your wedding gown.
Yonge and Dundas Square
On the other end of Eaton Centre is Yonge and Dundas Square. Similarly to Nathan Phillips Square, they have events happening once in a while. There are also many shops in the area that you can check out such as Uncle Tetsu for Japanese cheesecake.
One place in downtown that I highly recommend you check out is the Harbourfront area. It’s by the harbour where you can just take a stroll and relax by the waters.
Harbourfront Centre is where many cultural events take place. Here is the link to their current events: http://www.harbourfrontcentre.com/whatson/today.cfm.
So depending on what you like to do, be sure to check out these awesome touristy places. Please take a picture and tag me on Instagram at @makingdayscount if you do get a chance to visit Toronto. Bonus points if you check out museums such as the Art Gallery of Ontario or the Bata Shoe Museum!
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