- By kevin
- On May 2, 2018
- North America
- Travel Tips
Aside from visiting its biggest attractions, Toronto should be experienced like any other big city: sipping a cocktail in a corner restaurant, browsing multicultural shops on quirky neighborhood blocks and hopping on and off the subway for a night on the town. Natural Places don't miss in Toronto, or you can just join our Canada tours from Toronto to visit it easily.
Ontario Science Centre
If you're looking for a learning experience that's more than just reading placard after placard, you should head to the Ontario Science Centre. The facility features interactive exhibits in the hundreds, with the goal to maximize learning opportunities for both children and adults. Here, visitors can pilot a rocket chair, explore the city's only public planetarium and bust moves on a dance floor that turns energy into light power. You can even touch a tornado in the Living Earth experience, or see what you'll look like as you age with the help of the Amazing Aging Machine. Before starting your tour, stop by the information area to see if there's anything special going on that day – the on-site IMAX theater showcases a variety of educational movies and the museum often presents demonstrations on everything from electricity to papermaking.
Recent visitors said because there's so much to do, it's possible to end up spending the entire day at the Ontario Science Centre. Consider picking out what you want to see ahead of time so you don't end up spending hours on end here.
Located in North York, about 8 miles northeast of downtown Toronto, the Ontario Science Centre is open every day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays; the attraction is open until 5 or 7 p.m. on weekends and holidays. During the summer months, hours are extended on weekdays. It is best reached by car or taxi. Adult admission to the museum starts at CA$22 (roughly $17); tickets for children ages 3 to 12 cost CA$13 (or about $10), while tickets for kids between 13 and 17 are CA$16 (about $12.50) each. Parking costs CA$10 (less than $8). If you purchased a Toronto CityPASS, your admission fee is included. There is an extra fee for IMAX films.
Fort York sits well at the top of many history lovers' sightseeing lists. Established in 1793, it's the most historic site in Toronto, having protected the city from the end of the 18th century right up through the end of World War II. It is also the site in which the city of Toronto today was established, as the Lieutenant-Governor of Upper Canada at the time moved the capital up from the border town of Niagara due to war conflict near the area. Today, visitors can tour the soldiers' and officers' quarters, witness cannon firings, military drills and participate in flag raisings.
According to recent visitors, if you're into history, you'll love this site. If you don't consider yourself a history or military aficionado, you may want to skip Fort York, according to select reviewers. While many acknowledged that the site was incredibly well-preserved, and offered a cool glimpse into the past lives of the soldiers who used to live there, there were some who didn't find it all to be as stimulating.
Located along the western end of the Harbourfront district, Fort York is open throughout the year from 10 a.m. to around 5:00 p.m., depending on the season. General admission ranges from CA$14.01 ($10.80) for adults to CA$5.99 (less than $5) for younger children between the ages of 6 and 12 years of age.