10 things we love about toronto

Filed Under Places, Tips & Tricks | February 12, 2013

ten things for families in toronto

In honour of cupid’s holiday coming up this week, we wanted to share what we love about our great city – from attractions, to fun in nature and science, to animals galore, here are our top 10 things to love about T.O (in no particular order!):

  1. High Park: This massive green space is right in the middle of T.O., and is the ideal destination (year-round!) for the family that loves the great outdoors. Be sure to stop at the High Park Zoo and the Jamie Bell Adventure Playground. 1873 Bloor Street West
  2. Evergreen Brick Works: This eco-focused destination has everything for a fun family day, regardless of season: grab a snack at the Farmers’ Market, hit the rink in the winter, or hike trails in the warmer months. 550 Bayview Avenue, 416.596.7670
  3. Centre Island: A short ferry ride away from downtown, Centre Island is a great summer spot for busy kiddos (be sure to stop at Centreville Amusement Park and The Franklin Children’s Garden). Ferrydocks, 9 Queen’s Quay West
  4. Ontario Science Centre: Filled with science, exploration, and wonder, this popular T.O. attraction is a great spot for all ages! And don’t miss KidSpark, created especially for kids of 8 and under. 770 Don Mills Road, 416.696.1000
  5. Toronto Zoo: With wide-open spaces, 10 km of walking trails, and over 5,000 animals to visit, the Zoo is a great place to spend the day – rain, shine, or even snow! Exit Meadowvale Road (#389) and follow signs, 416.392.59293
  6. Woodbine Beach / Kew-Balmy Beach: Best for summer fun, these beaches have something for everyone: a boardwalk along the lake; playgrounds; volleyball nets; an off-leash area for the pups; and of course, swimming and sand! Woodbine Beach: 1675 Lakeshore Boulevard East / Kew Beach: 2075 Queen Street East
  7. Royal Ontario Museum: This museum of natural history is another favourite T.O. attraction, and for good reason: with special exhibits like Ultimate Dinosaurs (closes March 17th) and the CIBC Discovery Gallery for kids, it’s great for all ages. 100 Queen’s Park, 416-586-8000
  8. Black Creek Pioneer Village (pictured): This much visited village (most of us remember school trips here!) is a re-created 19th-century pioneer community that gives kiddos a hands-on experience of what life was like in the 1800’s. 1000 Murray Ross Parkway, 416.736.1733
  9. St. Lawrence Market: With unique vendors, Farmers’ Market wares, and plenty of tasty treats, this year-round, historical market is a great spot to hang with the family and stock the fridge at the same time. 92 Front Street East
  10. The Hospital for Sick Children: While it may seem odd to include a hospital on this list, we know how lucky we are to have the world-class Sick Kids in our downtown core. And if you’re looking for unique V-Day gifts, Sick Kids Get Better Gifts are a great way to pass the love on! 555 University Avenue, 416.813.1500

By: Karma Brown

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