Weekend Escapes: Top Activities in Toronto

With its vibrant cultures and eclectic neighbourhoods, Toronto is a city that has something for everyone. Whether you are an avid shopper, art lover, foodie or history buff, this Canadian metropolis has plenty of things to do for you and your family to enjoy.

Toronto is also a great place to take the kids for a day of outdoor fun. The Toronto Islands offer heaps of playgrounds, splash pads and a mini-zoo while the Science Centre is always popular with children. If your kids are art lovers the AGO is a must-see destination. The city also has a number of kid-friendly museums and you can get a discount for families on the weekend (two adults and up to four kids under age 12).

A visit to the Royal Ontario Museum is a must during any weekend in Toronto. This world-class museum has an amazing collection of artifacts from around the globe and across time – from dinosaurs to diamonds. Kids love the hands-on exhibits and a stop at the gift shop is always a hit.

Another family friendly activity in Weekend activities in Toronto is a visit to the Toronto Waterfront Wavedecks, a series of wooden platforms designed to look like waves on the lakefront. This attraction is free and there are a variety of activities to keep the kids engaged, from climbing up and down the platforms to taking photos with the iconic Toronto sign.

Those looking for a more low-key afternoon can stroll through the Distillery District and soak up the culture of this historic Toronto area. You can grab a bite to eat at modern French restaurant Le Swan, or try Fresh (the Crawford location) a local favorite serving plant-based cuisine since the 1990s.

You can also visit the cobblestone Stackt, a unique urban complex of shops and restaurants that are housed in shipping containers. Other options include a visit to the stunning El Catrin for Mexican dining, or the stylish Cluny Bistro for modern French.

After lunch or dinner, head to the Toronto Harbour of Lake Ontario for a unique team building experience in Toronto with Harbourfront Canoe and Kayak Centre. This activity is suitable for all levels and you’ll be outfitted with all the gear you need.

For something a little more spooky, join The Haunted Walk for a ghostly walking tour of downtown Toronto with an experienced guide who will share lore and legends about haunted sites and buildings in the area. This is a must-do if you want to get a true feel for Toronto’s rich history and see the city in a whole new way.

For an evening of music, drinks and dancing in a nightclub-style setting, check out ROM Friday Night Live at the Royal Ontario Museum. This event is held once a month with DJs, performers and dance floors. Guests can sample food and drinks while enjoying the entertainment. It’s a great alternative to hitting up one of Toronto’s more popular bars or clubs.

Weekend Escapes: Top Activities in Toronto