Figuring out things to do in Toronto can be overwhelming with unlimited things to see and do in the city. To make your vacation planning easier, we’ve rounded up the top 10 best things to do in Toronto this Summer to make your vacation planning easier.
Climb the CN Tower
The CN Tower is an obvious choice for all visitors and now is an even better time since the Tower has added many more must-do activities to tick off the bucket list. Take the elevator up to the observatory deck and get some gorgeous photographs of the skyline. If you aren’t afraid of heights, walk across the glass floor that is strong enough to hold the weight of a herd of elephants!
For the even more daring, why not give the Edgewalk a shot? Wear the special orange jumpsuit, get clipped to the tower with a cable, and walk along the edge. Adrenaline pumping, this activity will blow your mind. The packages come complete with photographs and video footage to remember your experience.
Explore the Distillery District
The historic Distillery District is a must for all visitors to Toronto! Located just east of downtown Toronto, visitors will LOVE the unique bars, restaurants, and boutique shops. Check out the largest collection of Victorian industrial architecture in North America and pause for a photo at the love lock sign. Here for the holidays? The Distillery Christmas Market is second to none. See Santa, drink hot chocolate and browse the independent artisan kiosks for one of a kind gifts.
Go For a Drink in The Junction
The Junction is an eclectic and upbeat area filled with local gems and neighbourhood bars. Sample bespoke beers made by indie breweries, enjoy the best Mac and Cheese in town at Cut the Cheese, and have your fill of naan and daal at the #1 rated Indian restaurant in all of Toronto – Curry Twist! For a drink and a memorable evening, try a get a table a the teeny tiny local spot Hole in the Wall.
Visit the Bata Shoe Museum
Are you a shoeoholic or just enjoy seeing the “soles” of footwear history? Well, the Bata Shoe museum is for you. See a huge collection of shoes and boots many a century for both men and women. Even marvel at Ronald MacDonald’s clown flats!
Take a Day Trip to Niagara Falls
No trip to Ontario is complete without a day trip to Niagara. Only 90 minutes from the city centre, Niagara Falls, is the newly crowned Natural Wonder of the World. Take the new Hornblower boat cruise through the Majestic falls (formerly Maid of the Mist), venture behind them, or, if daring, give the new zipline a try. There is so much to see and do in the area, including the ever popular attractions on Clifton Hill.
Enjoy a Local Coffee Shop
Instead of visiting a chain while in Toronto, visit one of Toronto’s locally owned coffee shops for a space to unwind. Some of the most popular java joins in the city are Jimmy’s Coffee, Sam James Coffee Shop, Boxcar Social, Rooster Coffee, The Common, Dineen Coffee Co. or the Green Beanery.
Visit Toronto Island
Grab the ferry and visit Toronto Island! Here, enjoy a beautiful day of nature, carnival-style fun, sandy beaches and breathtaking city views.
In the summer, visit Centreville and view the 1900 turn-of-the-century-themed amusement park of rides and games, that first opened back in the 1960’s. Must-sees include the animals at the petting zoo, swim at the beach, and munch on cotton candy as you ride the vintage carousel.
Explore Casa Loma
Want to see a castle in North America? Well, plan a visit to Casa Loma in the heart of the GTA. Toronto’s only castle built in 1911 through to 1914, started off as the personal residence of Sir Henry Pellatt. Enjoy monthly exhibits and tea experiences here, as well as hourly tours through the various rooms.
See a Sporting Event in Toronto
One of the best ways to enjoy summer in Toronto is by attending a Toronto Blue Jays Game. The Toronto fans are unlike any other in the league full of energy and humour.
Other popular sports to watch in Toronto is soccer with the Toronto FC at BMO Field or the Toronto Wolfpack at Lamport Stadium.
Shop at the Toronto Eatons Centre
For those who love shopping, this mall is a must. Enjoy the newly renovated complex featuring such shops as Saks, Nordstrom, and many other big labels. Stroll down Queen Street after browsing in the boutiques and take in the unique little shops just outside the building.
This is only a fraction of the incredible experiences to be had in one of Canada’s largest and multicultural cities. Every traveller is different, but we are sure this is a good head start in your holiday planning!