12 Must-Try Things To Do In Toronto

February 9, 2015

Tall buildings, big shopping centers, restaurant lanes and whatnot make up a typical metropolis. Toronto, the biggest city in Canada, isn’t just a run-of-the-mill city; it is far better than that. Visitors here tend to come back every now and then mainly because of the ingenuity of the place.

To truly get the most out of visiting Toronto, here are 12 of the things you should not miss during your trip in this wonderful city.

12. Edge Walk on the CN Tower

Perhaps, one of the very popular attractions not just in Toronto, but in Canada is the largest free-standing structure in the western hemisphere, CN Tower. This skyscraper is the signature icon of Toronto skyline, which has a glass floor located on the main pod where anyone can look down under.

11. Shop at Toronto Eaton Centre

Toronto’s biggest shopping centre is also one of the city’s top tourist attractions. This mall can be “heaven” for shopping lovers especially when you have around 230 high-end stores to choose from. Though it is not a must for you to buy something, just to have a personal encounter with the exquisite architectural design of this building can be a great interest.

10. Get wild at Yonge Street

Once listed as the “longest street in the world” by the Guinness Book of World Records, Yonge Street is an epitome of the street that never sleeps. If you think a 1,896-meter walk is quite a long boring endeavor, you are absolutely wrong! The list of exciting things to see along Yonge Street is endless. From theaters with Broadway-ish shows, live street performances, top of the class restaurants, and high-end clubs; name it, they have it! This is a very busy street, but even if you hate crowds of people, you might actually like what you’ll discover in Yonge Street.

9. Party at Dundas Square

If Manhattan has Times Square, Toronto has its own version called Dundas Square. It is the newest and one of the coolest squares in the downtown core of the city. This is an excellent venue for concerts and events. The two rows of water fountains are the most interesting things in the square which are controlled by computer. These fantastic water fountains can dance and can generate special lightings at night.

8. Walk down memory lane at Casa Lom

You simply just can’t leave Toronto without visiting his piece of Gothic revival architecture. Casa Loma was once a residence of the very famous entrepreneur Sir Henry Mill Pellatt until they were forced to move out. Walk through the tunnel-like of Toronto’s humble beginnings, meander in the lovely garden terrace, enjoy the stunning view of the interior or have a delightful meal at the in-house restaurant.

7. Visit museums

One of the basic things to do when visiting a new place, and perhaps an obligatory one, is to visit at least one museum. This is one way to get to know more about the place. Well, Toronto doesn’t only one or few museums, but many. 

Best museums to visit in Toronto

  • 1
    Royal Ontario Museum
  • 2
    Gardiner Museum
  • 3
    Art Gallery of Ontario
  • 4
    Bata Shoe Museum
  • 5
    Aga Khan Museum

6. Check out the city’s music scene

Toronto has an incredibly rich and diverse music scene. And while the city has produced some big music stars, it’s the indie music that’s alive and making fuss around the city. On any given night of the week, you can find yourself be entertained about everything, from jazz to bluegrass to eastern European to Latin music in some of the most iconic music halls in the city.

Best places to listen to music in Toronto

5. Nature tripping at Toronto Islands

Dead tired from the crowd along Yonge Street during your trip in Toronto? Why don’t you hop on a ferry and cruise your way to the beautiful Toronto Islands. Everyone likes this place. Little kids love the rides area while adults enjoys being on the beach. To really see the beauty of this island, rent a bike and wander around the largest car-free urban community in North America.

4. Take a snapshot of Toronto skyline

If you are in Toronto Islands, never miss the chance to take a snapshot of the iconic Toronto skyline.

3. Hit the beach

Oh, yeah! We all love the beach. And if there’s every opportunity to be on the beach, seize the moment and take the plunge. But what if the beach simply requires clothing is optional? LOL. There’s a beach in Toronto Islands where you can skinny dipping with or without your swimsuits.

2. Taste the city’s craft beer

People of Toronto simply love beers and the city’s craft beer is a big scene in the market. There are plenty of bars that offer a lengthy selection of awesome-tasting Canadian craft beers on tap. But if you are eager to learn how to make on, head on to the Beer Academy and get schooled by the craft beer masters.

Best places to drink craft beer in Toronto

1. Eat your way through the city

That is just some of the most interesting things to do in Toronto. The list is endless. If you are excited to explore this city, plan a trip to Toronto now, to discover more of the city’s hidden pockets.

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Albert Fernandez
Albert Fernandez, a registered nurse, is a backpacker by heart who enjoys putting his travel experiences into words.
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