Our visit to Toronto last summer was sponsored in part by Toronto Tourism #SeeTorontoNow. Opinions expressed are those of Canadian Blog House
If I asked you what is Toronto’s number one tourist attraction, what would you say?
The CN Tower?
I don’t have any hard facts or figures but, if I had to take a guess, that would be it.
What I do know for certain is that everyone knows about the CN Tower, and if given the opportunity, most people would love the chance to take a ride to the “top of Canada”. Maybe even brave the Edge Walk!
But did you know? There are so many more things to see and do all within walking distance of the CN Tower?
Rogers Centre ~ Located right next door to the CN Tower, Toronto’s iconic sports stadium, with the world’s first retractable roof, the Rogers Centre is home to Major League Baseball’s Toronto Blue Jays, and hosts hundreds of other sporting events, conventions, and concerts. In addition to attending one of the great events held at this fascinating stadium, visitors who want to experience the Rogers Centre from behind-the-scenes can purchase tickets for the Rogers Centre Tour Experience.
Ripley’s Aquarium ~ This magnificent aquarium is a Toronto gem that should be on the must-see list of every visitor to Toronto. Ripley’s Aquarium is an attraction the whole family will enjoy. Displays are extremely well-done, interesting, and interactive. Moving sidewalks take visitors into deep-sea worlds, where ocean life surrounds you from every angle. Thankfully, visitors move slowly through these underwater exhibits. These exhibits are so fascinating, you won’t know where to look next. Line ups to get into Ripley’s Aquarium can be long (especially during Christmas and March Break), however, in our opinion, this is one attraction that is worth the wait! Don’t forget to check out Ripley’s Aquarium’s promotions…and enter their #SharkSelfie contest!
Metro Toronto Convention Centre ~ Hosting hundreds of events every year, the Metro Toronto Convention Centre is something to keep on your radar when staying in downtown Toronto. You never know what interesting event you may stumble upon at the convention centre that you may enjoy attending. It happened to me once. I was in town for a conference being held at the MTCC when I discovered that the National Women’s Show was being held in another part of the convention centre at the same time. An unexpected visit to the NWS, for a little shopping, made for a fun experience!
Centre Island & Centreville ~ If you read my post about Centreville and Chelsea Beach, you’ll know how much we love this “often forgotten” tourist attraction located just off the shore of downtown Toronto. Really, this is a Toronto destination not to be missed. The little ones will love Centreville Theme Park, and the adults will love the short ferry ride over, the beautiful gardens, Chelsea Beach, and maybe even a ride or two at Centreville! Even more exciting is the fact that Centreville Theme Park will be celebrating their 50th anniversary in 2017!
Steam Whistle Brewery Tour ~ Beer fans will love the fact that there is a Steam Whistle Brewery Tour just steps from the CN Tower. Steam Whistle offers guided tours that show visitors how “Canada’s Premium Pilsner” is made, and you get to take home a bottle of their beer to enjoy later! Reservations are recommended but, it’s first-come-first-served Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
Toronto Railway Museum ~ Railway buffs won’t want to miss this attraction, also located just steps from the CN Tower. I never knew the Toronto Railway Museum existed until our last visit to Toronto. I’m not a train buff per se but, this museum looks like it would be fun even for the casual train fan. They’ve got a simulator that allows you to see what it’s like to be an engineer, and you can even take a ride on a miniature railway that loops through the park in front of the museum.
Toronto Waterfront Trail ~ The heart of Toronto’s Waterfront Trail lies at the Toronto Island Ferries Terminal (ferry to the Toronto Islands) and is expected to connect to Toronto’s PATH system (currently under construction). Walk, run, cycle, inline skate your way along Toronto’s portion of Ontario’s beautiful Waterfront Trail.
Harbourfront Centre ~ All kinds of great things happen at the Harbourfront Centre! A quick peek at the Harbourfront Centre website will convince you there’s a lot to see at this not-for-profit cultural organization. Here they host over 4,000 events each year. You’ll see events such as Nuit Blanche, DJ Skate Nights, and you’ll even find skating lessons and camps for the kids.
Mariposa Cruises ~ If you aren’t taking the ferry over to the Toronto Islands, you still need to see the Toronto skyline from out on the waters of Lake Ontario. Mariposa Cruises, based out of the Queen’s Quay Terminal Building, offers a number of cruise options to suit your taste. Take a brunch cruise, a dinner cruise, or a scenic harbour cruise, and #SeeTorontoNow from a whole new, stunningly beautiful, perspective!
CBC Museum ~ Step back in time to some of the golden years of the CBC. Located in the CBC’s Toronto Broadcasting Centre, the CBC Museum will entertain and educate you. Take a #museumselfie with Mr. Dressup’s Tickle Trunk, get up close to Casey & Finnegan’s tree house, and check out all the vintage cameras, microphones, and other memorabilia from various CBC television programs spanning the decades.
Have you ever visited any of these tourist attractions when in Toronto? Do you know of any other great attractions to visit within easy walking distance from the CN Tower? Let us know in the comments section!