Introducing our first Travel Guest post from Dawna who tells us all about visiting Toronto with the kids:
Toronto is a tremendous walkable city for families to visit and has a great transit system (info can be found at ttc.ca ) to get around. Toronto is a city to be visited more than once. If you’re there on a weekend, buy a family pass to use all day for a family of 4.
My family enjoys using Air Bnb when we travel, it lets us save money on meals and we’ve stayed in some incredible locations. In Toronto, this October five of us (three generations including a toddler!) were in Toronto, and on Ward’s Island for three nights.
Ward’s Island is one of a string of islands, just a 15-minute ferry ride from downtown Toronto. In the summer months, there is a small amusement park on Centre Island complete with a log flume ride. http://www.centreisland.ca/ We loved our stay on the island, rented bikes (they have quadricycles) and cycled everywhere. Nice restaurants in season (May-October) and the ferry runs 365 days.
Toronto is a very big place, and we focused on the downtown area. The ‘Hop On, Hop Off’ tour, has 20 stops on a classic red double-decker bus and gave a great overview of the downtown core.
The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) http://ago.ca/family has art workshops and hands-on activities for children, included with admission. There is a coffee shop as well as a pricier restaurant, Frank, on site. A great range of art (90,000 pieces of art) from Canada’s Group of Seven to Van Gogh. The pop-up art chats were just the right length; a 10-minute chat about a specific artist and their work.
Challenge your children to find as many gargoyle heads as they can on the Old City Hall, a wonderful Romanesque building on Queen Street. Afterwards, make sure you go to Nathan Phillips Square, where the Insta-friendly TORONTO sign is. (PIC)
The CN Tower is an iconic part of Toronto’s skyline and a must-see spot. There are a variety of options, dine in the revolving restaurant, the 360. Take the regular elevator the top OR you can walk around outside of it for the best view of the city ever! There is a hefty price tag to the EdgeWalk, but it is worth it; you also get a video and a regular ticket to go up the elevator way.
When you’re done at the Tower go see the Ripley’s Aquarium, where there is something to amaze everyone, including public feeding times and the chance to crawl inside a tube and be right INSIDE the aquarium.
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