If you’re looking for a holiday destination that adults will love as much as kids will, then look no further than a vacation in Toronto with family. No matter how you define your family — auntie and niece, solo parent and child or Gram and Gramps with the whole entourage — there’s a wealth of family activities in Toronto. To get the most out of your vacation, here are a few top picks for family-friendly fun:
Get electrified (in a good way) at the Ontario Science Centre’s show featuring a hair-raising display of electrical energy. Or order up a virtual plate of tasty centipedes at the Bug Bistro while learning about entomology, the practice of eating insects, at the special “Ripley’s Believe it or Not” show.
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Another museum packed with fun is the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM). With its life-size dinosaur skeletons and a bat cave so realistic you’ll be tempted to run for cover, it’s ideal for budding paleontologists and biologists of all ages. In summer 2016, the ROM also features a dazzling Chihuly exhibit that immerses visitors into a kaleidoscopic world of glass art.
Families with teens won’t want to miss scoring the ultimate photo-op on the CN Tower’s EdgeWalk, the world’s highest full-circle hands-free walk. Get your adrenaline pumping while attached by harness to an overhead safety rail and then hang suspended over Toronto’s skyline with nothing beneath you but blue sky.
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For a more down-to-earth adventure, the nearby Hockey Hall of Fame, home to the Stanley Cup, offers a fascinating collection of hockey memorabilia, trophies and 3D film action, as well as the opportunity to face off against animated versions of legendary hockey players.
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Getting wet is a must when it comes to enjoying summer in Toronto with family. Plunge into the Olympic-sized Donald D. Summerville outdoor pool at Woodbine Park, swoosh down a water slide or dive into the cool clear waters of Lake Ontario, home to a string of certified Blue Flag beaches.
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Well worth a jaunt is a full day at Canada’s Wonderland, a theme park with thrilling rides that’s home to Splash Works, a watery oasis featuring Canada’s largest outdoor wave pool, a meandering Lazy River and enough water slides to tucker out even the most energetic toddler.
From the drama of flaming saganaki cheese in Greektown on The Danforth to cooking classes for budding junior chefs, there’s a diversity of crowd-pleasing culinary fun in Toronto. Don’t miss the Sunday fun when Tasty Tours offers a sweet and savoury walking tour through the sights, sounds and flavours of Kensington Market and Chinatown. A treat for all ages, there’s plenty of delicious sampling along the route.
Cruising the Harbour:
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For tiny tots, the new Pirate Life adventure on Centre Island is sure to be a hit, offering a treasure trove of opportunities to shout “Arrrgh Matey” with the entertaining crew.
For a more laidback look at the waterfront, head to nearby Queen’s Quay where you can book a breezy cruise of Toronto’s island archipelago on the Tall Ship Kajama or practice your best dance moves at Harbourfront Centre during one of the many live music performances showcasing Toronto’s cultural diversity.
No matter how you choose to explore the city, it’s now extra fun to plan a family trip to Toronto, thanks to the launch of Toronto Tourism’s new kids-first website Yo-Toronto.com. Packed with interactive games, lively videos and downloadable activities, this easy-to-use resource features Toronto’s top family-friendly landmarks and attractions.
Book a flight and enjoy a fun-filled family vacation in Toronto this summer!
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