- By kevin
- On May 2, 2018
- North America
- Travel Tips
We talk about the places right for Summer Break for family with children in Toronto. You can also take the bus tour from Toronto on the Globerouter.com website with deals. Toronto, the city is also home to one of the tallest freestanding towers in the world, the CN Tower, and the world's largest underground shopping mall, PATH.
A standout among Toronto's dazzling skyline, the 1,815-foot CN Tower is considered one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World by the American Society of Civil Engineers. The tower's height provides enviable vistas of the city below, but it also serves a practical purpose. When the city's skyline began to grow amidst a construction boom, television and radio transmission towers were having trouble broadcasting. With the structure's completion in the 1970s, the CN Tower allowed transmissions to pass with ease.
Today, elevators bring visitors to the top in less than a minute. Once there, you have four observation areas to choose from: the Glass Floor room (at 1,122 feet), the LookOut Level (at 1,136 feet), the revolving 360 The Restaurant (at 1,150 feet) and the SkyPod, which at 1,465 feet is one of the highest public observation area in the world. Meanwhile, the EdgeWalk allows the daring to experience the world's highest hands-free external walk on a building. Connected via harness, participants can take a walk on a 5-foot-wide ledge encircling the top of the tower's main pod 116 stories above the ground. The steep ticket fee of CA$225 ($174) also includes a keepsake video, printed photos, certificate of achievement and a ticket to re-enter the tower.
Although many recent travelers were wowed by the views from all observation points, some were steadfast in their opinion that the high price of admission simply wasn't worth it. If you do visit, heed the advice of recent travelers and go on a clear day to make the most of the experience.
Located in downtown Toronto near the harbour, the CN Tower is open to the public every day (except for Christmas), but hours depend on which attraction within the tower you plan on visiting. The LookOut, Glass Floor and SkyPod observation decks are open from 9 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., while the restaurant's hours vary. Standard admissions for visiting all four levels costs CA$38 (about $28) for adults and CA$28 for kids between 4 and 12, but if you book online, you'll pay a reduced rate. The entire ascension fee is waived, however, if you dine at the restaurant. Admission to the CN Tower is included in the Toronto CityPASS. You'll find the CN tower a few blocks south of the St. Andrew subway station.
Royal Ontario Museum
Perched on the northern edge of the University of Toronto campus, the Royal Ontario Museum (also referred to as the "ROM") is a must-visit for history buffs. Since its establishment in 1912, the ROM has accumulated more than six million artifacts, making it Canada's largest museum of world cultures and natural history. The museum features a diverse range of relics on display, including dinosaur bones, ancient Roman sculptures, Chinese temple art and an exhibit on Canada's First Peoples, to name a few.
With so much to see, you'll need to plan your time wisely, otherwise, you'll find yourself wandering the museum for longer than you expected, according to recent visitors. But travelers agree that the museum's variety is a gem, and time spent there is worth every minute. And if you're traveling with children, you don't have to worry about keeping them entertained: The ROM has a hands-on gallery where children can feel the skin of a snake, get up close and personal with the jaws of a shark and visit a fox's den. There is also the CIBC Discovery Gallery where kids can try on costumes and even dig for dinosaur bones.
The ROM is generally open every day from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and until 10 p.m. on Friday evenings, but can vary during certain seasons. General admission to the museum ranges from CA$20 (about $15.50) for adults to CA$14 (about $11) for children between the ages of 4 and 14. Entry to special exhibits costs extra, and there are reduced rates on Friday evenings. If you purchased the CityPASS, your entry is covered. You can find the Royal Ontario Museum off the Museum subway station.