My family visited Toronto in December and, man, was it cold! The freezing temperatures didn’t ruin our good time, though. Thankfully, there are tons of fun indoor activities to do in Toronto for kids. We used CityPass and got to check out five fabulous attractions for one low price. I actually recommend CityPass to parents all the time because it’s the best way to explore the 12 cities where it’s available.
1. CN Tower
This iconic building is home to five different attractions (not counting the restaurant) and offers the best views of the city. No trip to Toronto is complete without a visit to the CN Tower! First, hop into one of their glass-fronted, high-speed elevators and rocket to the top in 58 seconds. At the Lookout Level, you’ll experience the most breathtaking views through floor-to-ceiling, panoramic window walls.
If you’re brave enough, take a walk on the glass floors that provide a view 1,122 feet straight down! After that, board another elevator to climb even higher: See all the way to Niagara Falls from the SkyPod, which is an additional 33 stories above the Lookout Level! Finally, adrenaline junkies will love EdgeWalk, an experience in which visitors walk the outside perimeter of the top of the tower (attached to an overhead safety rail via a trolley and harness system).
2. Casa Loma
Your kids are sure to be amazed when you take them to this majestic castle named Casa Loma! Step back in time to the former home of Canadian financier Sir Henry Pellatt. It’s got decorated suites, secret passages, an 800-foot tunnel, towers, stables, and beautiful 5-acre estate gardens.
This historical landmark draws thousands of tourists and celebrities every year. Multimedia self-guided tours are available. Dine in one of three elegant restaurants during your visit, and be sure to stop in the gift shop on your way out for unique souvenirs.
3. Royal Ontario Museum
Far from being a stuffy institution, the Royal Ontario Museum has jaw-dropping dinosaurs, sparkling gems and mysterious mummies among its treasures. Explore the evolution of the earth and its cultures, and how the changes we face today will affect tomorrow.
My girls especially like the Bat Cave, an immersive gallery that shows bats in a simulated natural habitat. There are always creative, hands-on, family-friendly activities happening at Royal Ontario Museum on the weekends (Wildzone Workshop and Animal Explorers are coming up, to name a few).
4. Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada
This beautiful and extremely popular aquarium has 10 galleries to explore, full of sharks, rays, jellyfish and many more creatures. The Shoreline Gallery at Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada allows guests to interact with and even gently touch bottom-dwelling sharks.
The aquarium also offers unique experiences, like allowing guests to get inside Ray Bay to interact with the cownose, southern, spotted eagle rays, and roughtail stingrays. You can even snorkel with them!
5. Ontario Science Centre
This hands-on, science and technology attraction is one of the most fun things in Toronto for kids! The Ontario Science Centre has been loved by locals and tourists since the 60’s, and has been encouraging curiosity and discovery through fun activities and exhibits. KidSpark activities in particular are great for children 8 and under. They provide everything from house-building, to music-making, to animal encounters and scavenger hunts that involve the whole family.
Be sure to get a CityPass on your next trip to Toronto. See the city’s top attractions for about $72 for each adult ticket and $49 for kids. (That’s a savings of 37 percent!) This way you’ll get to experience plenty of fun indoor activities in Toronto for kids and keep them entertained despite inclement weather.
About Carmen Sognonvi
Carmen Sognonvi is a luxury family travel content creator at Top Flight Family, named a top 10 family travel Instagram account by Time Out New York and Brit + Co. Her insights on travel have been featured in The Washington Post, INSIDER, Huffington Post, Wanderlust Travel Magazine, TravelPulse, HOTELS Magazine, and more. Carmen firmly believes that you can (and should) travel with your kids from a young age. She offers families practical solutions for travel, as well as tips on how to travel in luxury for less. She lives in New York City with her multiracial and multicultural family of four. Follow her on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.
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