Toronto is the 4th largest city in North America, home of Canada’s only NBA team and 50% of its population was born outside of Canada. We were lucky to have been invited by Ty’s family to attend his 2nd cousin’s 17th birthday party. He hasn’t been to Toronto since he was 10 years old so now was the perfect opportunity to catch up with family and to do some site seeing as an adult. We want to share with you family friendly places to check out in Toronto.
Ride to the top of CN Tower
Did you know, the CN Tower is the tallest freestanding structure in the Western Hemisphere?! We had a great time checking out the views from the top. If you are travelling with family, definitely put this attraction on your list of things to see while visiting Toronto! We did most of our site-seeing with Ty’s Grandad and Great Aunt. They are both really active seniors and love to walk. CN Tower is great for families, from little ones to seniors and great for large groups too.
Experience The Niagara Falls
Site-seeing with your family in the core of any downtown can be quite hectic, which is why we recommend getting outside of the city and exploring the suburbs of Ontario. There are so many family-friendly activities and events to check out. The Niagara Falls is about 2 hours from Toronto and one of Ontario’s top visited tourist attractions. It gets really busy, we recommend allowing a full day to check out the falls and to explore the park.
Tour African Lion Safari
Your kids (and adults too) will LOVE seeing all the rescued exotic animals at African Lion Safari. There are elephants, lions, giraffes, monkeys and much more! Your admission also covers the water park attracation inside the park. This is a must see for any animal lover out there. The park is only open from May – September, so plan a visit during the warm season. The drive is only about 1.5 hours from downtown Toronto. Lucky for us, our family resides in Cambridge so it was only a 15-minute drive away.
During your visit to African Lion Safari, hop on over to the Butterfly Conservatory. Experience with thousands of butterflies in a lush tropical biodome. It’s also a photographers dream location to shoot!
Live it up CNE Grounds
photo by @vacationcouple
The CNE Grounds or the EX is Canada’s largest annual fairgrounds and the 5th largest in North America. During this 18 day fair, you can check out exhibit and animals, experience live entertainment, participate in carnival rides and of course eat until your stomach says, No! For most families in the Greater Toronto area, it is an annual family tradition.
Check out an NBA game
photo by @andrewweiss1
Sporting events are awesome for getting the whole family together. The Toronto Raptors are currently Canada’s only NBA team, so get your basketball fix during your visit to Toronto!
There are tons of family-friendly activities to check out in Ontario, head on over to Nat Geo’s blog to see more. Have you travelled to Toronto with your family? We’d love to know what activity you did that you thoroughly enjoyed! Check out even more photos on our instagram feed! Until next time happy trekking! – Ty & Shay