- By Kevin
- On May 2, 2017
- North America
- Travel Tips
Places right for family with their children for weekend sightseeing or holiday vacation in Toronto, some useful tips which help you finish your travel plan in Toronto.
According to travelers, the Toronto Zoo is a hit with the kids (and most adults). This sprawling facility in Scarborough is one of the largest zoos in the world with more than 6 miles of walking trails spread over 700 acres. With 5,000 animals (representing more than 400 species) calling this place home, there is tons to see. You'll need to map out which creatures you 'd like to see so you don't end up lost in the jungle. The zoo is separated into seven geographic regions, but travelers shouldn't leave without visiting the park's award-winning exhibits, including the Giant Panda Experience (which houses Canada's only giant pandas) and the largest indoor gorilla exhibit in North America, the Gorilla Rainforest.
There are also a plethora of seasonal activities to engage in. Along with a ropes course and pony and camel rides for the little ones, there's the Zoomobile Ride, which takes you through some of the parks various regions, including Africa, the Americas, and, of course, Canada. The Discovery Zone is also a top attraction for families, housing a 2-acre water play area, theater and an interactive wildlife experience designed for the kiddos.
Hours vary by season, but the zoo is generally open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission prices are also dependent on season, but range from CA$ 23 for adults (about $17) and CA$ 14 for children ages 3 to 12 (about $10.40) during the winter. Summer admission is CA$ 28 for adults (about $20.70) and CA$ 18 ($ 13.30) for children 3 to 12. The only grievance travelers had about the zoo was that it was hard to get to, as there are no subway stations near, only buses. The Toronto Zoo is located about 22 miles northeast of downtown Toronto. Keep in mind that some animals may not be present in their exhibits during the winter months due to the chilly temperatures.
Love castles? So did Sir Henry Pellatt, a former soldier whose lifelong dream was to build a castle overlooking Toronto. The 98-room Casa Loma-- built in the early 1900s-- took nearly three years to make and cost more than $3 million to complete. The only full-size castle in North Toronto, this grand home features everything one would need to feel like a king: towers, horse stables, secret passageways and a massive wine cellar that can hold more than 1,500 bottles. There's also an immaculate 5-acre garden outfitted with fountains and sculptures, as well as wildflowers when the weather's right. According to recent visitors, this quirky attraction will certainly appeal to history buffs, museum-goers and families (kids love the 800-foot-long underground tunnel connecting the house to the stables). Even if you don't identify as one of those travelers, visitors' collective sentiment of the castle's stunning interiors are enough to illicit a visit.
Located about 3 miles north of downtown Toronto, you can get to Casa Loma by getting off at the Dupont subway station. Casa Loma is open every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission ranges from CA$ 24 for adults (about $18) to CA$ 14 (about $10.50) for kids.
Located in downtown Toronto near the harbour, the CN Tower is open to the public every day (except for Christmas), but hours depend on which attraction within the tower you plan on visiting. The LookOut, Glass Floor and SkyPod observation decks are open from 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., while the restaurant's hours vary. Visiting all four levels will cost you CA$ 35 (about $25.50), but if you book online, you'll save $3 on admission. 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.
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. 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.