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What to Do in Toronto: Must See Attractions

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Visitors to Toronto frequently wonder why the city is sometimes called Hogtown by local residents as well as those who visit often. The nickname derived from Toronto's past as an agricultural center that routinely processed an abundant amount of livestock.

At one time in Toronto's history, the city's William Davies Company was the biggest pork processor in the entire British Empire. Another of Toronto's historical nicknames is the Queen City.

Many modern visitors and residents of the city of Toronto refer to it as Hollywood North because of its heavy involvement in the film industry. Toronto's cityscape is dominated by high rises, so urban aficionados will love participating in Toronto excursions throughout the city's business and downtown districts. The Old City of Toronto is a popular tourist destination and contains many historical landmarks. The Toronto Public Library is also in this district.

Although you can get around Toronto's main neighborhoods without a map, having one on hand makes navigating the city streets much easier, particularly if you plan on adventuring in the various eclectic neighborhoods in the city. As guests of the largest city in Canada, you won’t run out of entertainment options for yourself and for your travel companions.

Things to do in Toronto include exploring the city's many well-kept public parks, visiting the Toronto Zoo, the Ontario Science Centre, shopping in the Yorkville neighborhood, and stopping by the Eaton Centre, which is the largest of the tourist attractions in Toronto. Founded in the 19th century, this Toronto shopping mall receives an average of one million visitors a week. The Canadian National Exhibition, which takes place annually every August, is the largest fair in Canada and attended by over 5 million people. Toronto also hosts a Caribbean fair every summer.

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Things to Do in Toronto with Kids

There's no excuse for the kids to complain they're bored in Toronto. Take them along to these family friendly experiences that'll keep everyone smiling:

Free Things to Do in Toronto

Touring on a limited budget in Toronto? Spend time instead of money on awesome experiences.

Design Exchange - Young or old, this place will inspire your imagination and grab your attention.

401 Richmond - This is a must-visit for culture vultures hoping to add an artistic flourish to their escape.

Toronto City Hall - This popular landmark is an unique backdrop for a selfie or two.

Osgoode Hall - Feel like you've traveled back in time while discovering the secrets of this historic site.

Nathan Phillips Square - Saunter down the streets and enjoy the vibe of this popular location.

Grenadier Pond - Shut your eyes and draw a deep breath — there's nothing like being beside the water for some relaxing downtime.

Toronto-Dominion Centre - Widely recognized among those who live here, this place is worth taking a look at.

Church of the Holy Trinity - Take a moment for some prayer or meditation at this respected place of worship.

Hanlan's Point Beach - Keep an eye out for colorful shells and other treasures washed up along the coastline here.

Martin Goodman Trail - You're sure to feel connected with Mother Earth at this stunning attraction.

Cloud Forest Conservatory - Grab your picnic blanket, pack some food and find a shady area to be with nature.

Explore The Neighborhoods of Toronto

Downtown Toronto

Find fabulous museums and galleries among the immense architecture in this town center, a global leader in design and innovation. 

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Scarborough

You might take some time to check out the abundant dining options in Scarborough. Spend some time visiting top spots like Toronto Zoo, and catch the metro at McCowan Station or Scarborough Centre Station to see more of the area.

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North York

Yorkdale Shopping Centre and Downsview Park are top sights in North York, and you should be sure to explore the popular shops. Hop aboard the metro at Sheppard West Station or Wilson Station to see more sights in the area.

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Etobicoke

It may be close to the big city but this small town retains its identity with serene parkland and beautiful coastline. 

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Toronto Entertainment District

Travelers choose Toronto Entertainment District for its popular aquarium. Hop aboard the metro at King St West at John St East Side Stop or King St West at John St West Side Stop and check out top sights like CN Tower.

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Yorkville

Fine art and a gentle pace of life are waiting to be enjoyed among the long, leafy streets of one of Toronto’s most luxurious suburbs.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What to do in Toronto on a sunny day?

What is Toronto famous for?

No stay in Toronto is truly complete without dropping by CN Tower and Canada's Wonderland.

What should I not miss in Toronto?

If you'd like to experience the best of this destination, add these attractions to your schedule:

  • Scotiabank Arena
  • Rogers Centre
  • Casa Loma
  • Royal Ontario Museum

What can you do in Toronto for free?

Your time in Toronto won't cost a fortune with free things like these to keep you busy:

  • University of Toronto - St. George Campus
  • York University
  • Toronto Eaton Centre
  • Vaughan Mills Mall