The Best Things To Do With Kids in Toronto

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  1. Kiera @easytravelmom

    This is great! I so wish I was going to TBEX this year but it didn’t work out in all my travel plans, however, it’s probably best to visit Toronto another time with my family! Looks so nice and an easy drive for us. So many things to see and do!

  2. eileen at FamiliesGo!

    Toronto was one of the few places my parents actually traveled to that was beyond upstate NY. I recall the science museum and the CN Tower. But our dinner it the city’s China Town was the first time I had sweet and sour pork. And oh wow, that was relevatory!

  3. Sarah V.

    Wow! There is a lot to do in Toronto! I would love to visit the zoo and see the pandas. I’d also like to go to the CN Tower, since we’ve been to many other similar structures (space needle, stratosphere, tower of the americas). It’s fun to compare them.

  4. Tonya {The Traveling Praters}

    What a great list, Lisa! I wish I was going to TBEX this year so I could check out some of the attractions that you’ve listed.

    My husband has wanted to see Casa Loma for years. Just mention castle and he’s interested. My kids aren’t as interested at the moment- but then, they are teens. They are a bit fickle and would probably change their mind if we were to actually plan a trip to Toronto. Have you toured Casa Loma? What did your girls think?

    I am hoping to visit Toronto later this year. It really isn’t a bad drive from Ohio.

  5. Lisa Goodmurphy

    Emma badly wants to see the pandas too! Their viewing area opened last weekend but it was also a holiday weekend and I thought that it would be too crazy busy to go. We’ll be there soon!

  6. Lisa Goodmurphy

    Thanks, Tonya – you really should come for a visit! We have visited Casa Loma a lot! It’s a field trip for 1st graders who are learning about castles and I have chaperoned both Katie and Emma’s trips there. We also try to visit most years at Christmas when it’s all decked out for the holidays and even more beautiful!

  7. Sonja

    Toronto is the only city in Canada I’ve ever been to! I loved it there, but obviously have a lot more of your beautiful country – even of your city! – to see! Lots of info here in this post.

  8. Freya

    I have never been to Canada but when I will one day the first place I will visit is for sure Toronto. It looks very interesting and beautiful with many things to do even when I’m not a child anymore I would love to visit the CN Tower.

  9. Lisa Goodmurphy

    You would have a great time in Toronto, Freya! All of the attractions and activities that I have listed (apart from Centreville Amusement Park and the Lego Discovery Centre) are definitely fun for visitors of all ages.

  10. budget jan

    This is a very comprehensive guide Lisa. Toronto was slow to grow on me, but then I loved it so much. Every neighbourhood had a different vibe to it. We loved Toronto Island and the Indian District. We went to the St. Lawrence market several times and enjoyed the atmosphere and the food! The people were very friendly as well.

  11. Sarah De Diego (Journeys of The Zoo)

    Great list, you touched on so many of my favourites. I grew up in Toronto and it wasn’t until I left that I had the chance to experience a lot of the sites you mentioned. Except Canada’s Wonderland where I try to go as often as possible. The kids are just at the age 3.5 years that we can really enjoy it as a family.

    Besos, Sarah
    Blogger at Journeys of The Zoo

  12. Mary {The World Is A Book}

    What a great list, Lisa! This makes me wish I had more time to spend there next week and that my kids were coming with me. I’ll have to make a return trip with them with all these family-friendly attractions and day trips. I need to make time to visit St. Lawrence Market! Looking forward to visiting this wonderful city and meeting you in person 🙂

  13. Salika Jay

    You’ve done justice to Toronto attractions, Lisa 🙂 I can’t even count the number of times I’ve been to Canada’s Wonderland when I was a kid. It’s such a great place to go with the whole family.

  14. Marisol@TravelingSolemates

    Hi Lisa, I know Toronto is a big city but didn’t realize the incredible amount of sights and activities it offers. I was in Toronto only once and briefly. St. Lawrence Market sounds amazing and inviting. I’d definitely would like check it out when I go back to visit. The Distillery Historic District sounds interesting, too. Thanks for all the delightful tips.

  15. Sophie

    Wow, so much to do there! I was in Toronto with my oldest daughter when she was about 6, but as a short side trip from Ottawa so we only saw a tiny bit of the city. She really enjoyed Centreville – and we both liked Niagara-on-the-Lake. Thanks for this comprehensive post – very useful and very tempting.

  16. Adam Sommer

    Wow, you really saw a lot. I came to TBEX alone as I didnt think there would be much for kids to do – guess I was wrong!

  17. Lisa Goodmurphy

    Adam, I live within 30 minutes of Toronto so this is a list of accumulated experiences – no way that I could have done all that in a couple of days!! But definitely bring your family to Toronto the next time – there’s a ton of stuff to do with kids! And it was great meeting you, albeit briefly, at TBEX!

  18. Leigh

    What a great and extensive list of suggestions.
    When we lived in Toronto I did most of my shopping at the St. Lawrence Market though parking was free back then. Would love to do the Segway Tour – maybe the next visit back.

    It was great to finally meet you Lisa – and hope things went as well as could be expected last week.

  19. Mel

    Wow! What a great post. I’ve got 48 hours in Toronto coming up with my 7 and 9 year old daughters. They love historical villages, especially when people are in period costume going about their business as the pioneers would have done. I’m so excited to hear there’s one of these in Toronto, the kids will fall off their chairs with excitement 🙂

  20. Lisa Goodmurphy

    I think Canada’s Wonderland is a favourite of a lot of families! I hadn’t been in a couple of years and was surprised on our recent visit to find that the Hanna-Barbera area had switched to Planet Snoopy – I love Snoopy!

  21. Lana

    Hi Lisa. I am a Brazilian Mom who is moving to Toronto for two years. I am looking for accomodation for a couple and three kids (twin girls which are six and a eight years old boy). We are already looking for houses to rent from here, but I will still need for one month of accomodation before rent the house. Do you have any reccomendation? Thanks a lot! All the best, Lana

  22. Lisa Goodmurphy

    Hi Lana and thank you for your comment! Your family is going to love Toronto – although winter might be a bit of a shock! 😉 Perhaps you could email me if you would like to discuss your move further. If you are looking at hotel accommodations for a month then I would think you would want to consider some of the suites options so that you have more space and cooking facilities. You will have to consider what area of the city or suburbs that you want to stay in for that month as well.

  23. Angel

    WOW, this is a great resource Lisa! My sister & I want to visit Toronto with my two boys in a few years. We are trying to save up and plan accordingly. The first place we want to visit is the Hockey Hall of Fame since we are HUGE hockey fans. We also want to take the boys to Ripley’s Aquarium.

    We live in Alabama and have never been to Canada but have always wanted to visit. We can’t wait for our trip. Both of my boys have Autism, is Toronto special needs friendly?

  24. Lisa Goodmurphy

    Thanks for your comment, Angel! If you are hockey fans then you are going to love the Hockey Hall of Fame – it is quite incredible even for someone with only a casual interest in hockey. I would say that Toronto probably is special needs friendly but I don’t have any personal experience – I’ll ask around and see if I can get more information for you.

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