I am not from Toronto, but seem to end up in the city for business all the time. There are few issues I have with the city, it is awesome, but sometimes a pain in the neck getting from one place to another due to traffic, and not all parts are stroller friendly, so I am always looking for things to do that are clumped together, and you don’t have to drive.
1. Ontario Science Centre This is an incredible museum that has something for every age. You can pretty much spend all day here, and not notice that you have actually spent all day in a museum.
2. The CN Tower, not sure you can visit Toronto and not see it. For those of you who are not deathly afraid of heights, this is a very cool experience. I am, unfortunately, deathly afraid of heights. Went up when I was 10, had such a massive panic attack, that it took a CN Tower employee to pick me up and take me into the elevator (my Mom couldn’t pick me up off the floor, not strong enough).
3. The Roundhouse park – ok, this is probably a little weird to add, but right behind the CN Tower is an awesome park with out of commission trains. This park ended up being really close to our hotel, so it was fabulous to hang out for a couple of hours with a little picnic. What is neat, they set it up like old train stations, with little ramps, signs, and a train track for a miniature train.
4. Spend a day at the beaches, roaming around this great neighborhood, swim and have a picnic on the beach.
5. Monkey Magoo’s - this is a really fun indoor facility for smaller kids. This is also in the beaches area, close to downtown. You can sit have a cup of coffee, watch your little one’s play for as long as they want for a reasonable fee. Really friendly, you meet great people, and the place is run really well.
6. Toronto Zoo – well, me and zoo’s! Zoo’s are great places to let a toddler explore, learn and have a great day.
7. The distillery District - the last time I was in Toronto I ended up missing this area. Mostly because we didn’t get past one bakery that had my little man requesting a stop to eat. The distillery District is really fun, full of life and art. This area is really great to eat lunch with a little one, maybe it was just my experience.
8. Do you know how difficult it was to find a grocery store in Toronto? Seriously, the concierge at the hotel we stayed in during our October visit, thought I was a little odd for asking where there was one. But the one that I found after asking someone at the park, was Longo’s and was in the basement of a condo complex, had ready-made food, and even had a wicked Starbuck’s that was self-contained, so when my little man decided to get up, there was no door for him to run through.
9. Canada’s Wonderland - I am not sure what kid would not want to visit this massive amusement park. It is stroller friendly, there is a water park, and well, it is just beyond fun for all ages.
10. Casa Loma- I have not made it to Casa Loma yet with child, but used to go visit the grounds quite frequently when I was in University. The gardens are spectacular, the castle is extraordinary, and every time I have gone I have discovered something new.
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