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20 Fun Things to Do in Toronto

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20 Fun Things to Do in Toronto

Looking for the most fun things to do in Toronto during your visit?

If you’re planning a visit to Toronto, there are plenty of awesome activities and fun things you can do in the city.

Even as a born-and-raised Torontonian, I’m always on the hunt for new and exciting things to do in Toronto.

There are always cool new spots or fun new festivals opening up around the city!

Whether you’re looking for adventurous activities or more relaxed things to do in Toronto, you’ll definitely find something you’ll enjoy on this list.

Here are some of the best and most fun activities and things to do in Toronto, Canada!


Fun things to do in Toronto


There are so many fun things to do in Toronto – keep on reading to see the whole list!


Tourist attractions


Graffiti Alley in Toronto

Take photos at Graffiti Alley

Graffiti Alley isn’t an official tourist spot in Toronto, but it’s very much populated by tourists and locals alike.

It’s basically a whole alley full of colourful murals and graffiti, and it makes for epic photos!

I love coming back here every now and then to check out new pieces that might have popped up!

I’ve also got a blog post all about cool Toronto murals to check out if you’re looking for more.

LOCATION: Rush Lane (between Portland St. & Spadina Ave.), Toronto, ON


Gooderham Building in St. Lawrence Market, Toronto

Go food tasting at St. Lawrence Market

St. Lawrence Market is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Toronto, and it’s even a favourite spot for many locals to visit.

It’s the oldest market in Toronto, and it’s home to all kinds of different food shops and vendors.

Grab authentic Montreal bagels from St. Urbain Bagel, then taste authentic perogies from European Delight!

LOCATION: 93 Front St. East, Toronto, ON | Website


Ripley's Aquarium in Toronto, Canada

Visit Ripley’s Aquarium

Ripley’s Aquarium is one of the most fun places to visit in Toronto.

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I’ve been several times since they opened, and I always have an awesome time exploring and discovering things I never noticed before.

The jellyfish room is my favourite spot in the entire aquarium!

LOCATION: 288 Bremner Blvd, Toronto, ON | Website


EdgeWalk at the Toronto CN Tower

Do the EdgeWalk at the CN Tower

I’ve been to the CN Tower many times in my life, but I never tried the EdgeWalk until a few years ago.

Basically, you get to dangle off the edge of the CN Tower, and it’s a thrilling experience.

You also get to go to the top of the CN Tower for free with your EdgeWalk ticket, which is pretty sweet.

LOCATION: 290 Bremner Blvd, Toronto, ON | Website


Art galleries & museums


Yayoi Kusama Infinity Mirror Room – Let's Survive Forever

Check out art at the Art Gallery of Ontario

I think the AGO is one of those places you can go to a gazillion times without getting bored (maybe unless you’re an OCAD student).

The top floor is my favourite, because the exhibits are always changing!

The Yayoi Kusama exhibit is also pretty epic to see in person.

You can get a free AGO pass if you’re 25 and under, which gives you access to exhibitions year-round.

If you’re looking for even more fun free activities, check out my post on free things to do in Toronto!

LOCATION: 317 Dundas St. West, Toronto, ON | Website


Royal Ontario Museum

Wander around the Royal Ontario Museum

The ROM is the largest museum in all of Canada, as well as one of the largest in North America.

You could spend a whole day wandering around the entire museum, or just spend a few hours if you’re doing a quick trip to Toronto!

The dinosaur exhibit is one of the best exhibits to see at the museum, and they also have special exhibits every so often.

LOCATION: 100 Queens Park, Toronto, ON | Website


The Power Plant Gallery at the Harbourfront Centre in Toronto

Check out the Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery

The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery is a super underrated gallery in Toronto, so you’ll seldom find it very busy.

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They have new exhibitions every season, and they’re always really cool to see!

It’s in the Harbourfront neighbourhood, where you’ll find plenty of other cool activities and things to do.

LOCATION: 231 Queens Quay West, Toronto, ON | Website


Aga Khan Museum in Toronto, Ontario

Wander around the Aga Khan Museum

The Aga Khan Museum is an incredible museum dedicated to Islamic and Muslim arts and culture.

You can’t take photos inside the museum, but the exterior of the museum is literally a work of art.

Aga Khan is a little more difficult to get to without a car, and the parking fee is $10.

LOCATION: 77 Wynford Drive, Toronto, ON | Website


Shopping


Courage My Love in Kensington Market, Toronto

Vintage shop in Kensington Market

I absolutely love visiting the Kensington Market neighbourhood, especially for vintage shopping.

My fave vintage stores in the neighbourhood are Sub Rosa Vintage, Space Vintage, and Courage My Love!

Kensington Market is one of the coolest neighbourhoods in Toronto, and it’s your ultimate destination for food, shopping, and sightseeing.

I have a blog post all about the best things to do in Kensington Market!

Many different ethnic groups have lived here over the decades, which is why you’ll see so many different ethnic stores in the area!

If you’re looking for more spots to do vintage shopping, I’ve also got a blog post all about the best Toronto vintage clothing stores.

LOCATION: Kensington Market, Toronto, ON


Shop in the underground PATH

Toronto’s PATH system is the longest underground path system in the world, and you’ll find all kinds of different restaurants, services, and shops down there.

It spans over 30 kilometres, and it’s connected to 70 different buildings downtown!

It’s connected to Toronto’s TTC subway system and many office buildings downtown, so it’s most popularly used by office workers and students.

It’s especially great to use during the winter when it’s freezing cold outside!

LOCATION: Toronto, ON | Website


Restoration Hardware at Yorkdale Mall, Toronto

Shop luxury at Yorkdale Mall

Tbh I’m not the biggest shopper of luxury or designer goods, but if that’s what you’re into, you’ll find it all at Yorkdale Mall.

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It’s one of the best malls in Toronto, and you’ll find all kinds of amazing shops and restaurants inside!

Parking is always a nightmare at Yorkdale, but you can easily get there via subway as it’s connected to Yorkdale Station.

LOCATION: 3401 Dufferin St, Toronto, ON | Website


Neighbourhoods


Distillery District, Toronto

Walk through the Distillery District

The Distillery District is a designated World Heritage Site, and it’s also one of the cutest neighbourhoods in Toronto.

It’s a historic pedestrian-only neighbourhood filled with restaurants, shops, art galleries, and so much more to explore!

I have blog posts all about things to do in the Distillery District and the best restaurants in the Distillery District.

LOCATION: The Distillery District, Toronto, ON | Website


Stand up paddle boarding at the Toronto Islands

Wander around the Toronto Islands

The Toronto Islands are a nice little escape from the city, without actually leaving the city.

There are plenty of fun things to do on the Toronto Islands, and you can spend a whole day just exploring around the different islands!

LOCATION: Toronto Islands, Toronto, ON


Physical activities


Bike Lane at Toronto Harbourfront

Cycle along the Waterfront Trail

The Waterfront Trail is the longest bike path in Toronto, and there are so many cool stops along the way.

Adam and I love biking along the Waterfront Trail during the summer and checking out different parks and spots each time!

If you’re looking for more cool cycling paths, I’ve got a blog post all about the best Toronto bike trails.


Canoeing on Lake Ontario at Toronto Harbourfront

Canoe along the Toronto Harbourfront

If you’re already in the waterfront neighbourhood, the Harbourfront is another cool spot in Toronto worth visiting.

It’s a nice location to just walk along the boardwalk and enjoy the waterfront views, but going out on the water and canoeing gives you a really cool view of the Toronto skyline!

You can rent canoes at the Harbourfront Canoe & Kayak Centre, and you can even rent kayaks or standup paddle boards if you’d rather.

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If you’re looking for more activities in the neighbourhood, I’ve got a blog post all about things to do at the Harbourfront, as well as the best Harbourfront restaurants!

LOCATION: 283 Queens Quay West, Toronto, ON | Website


Parks & beaches


Sugar Beach, Toronto

Relax at Sugar Beach

Sugar Beach is not much of a real beach, but it’s still a super cute spot to hang out.

Catch some shade under the pastel pink umbrellas or get your tan on while sitting on one of the white Muskoka chairs!

LOCATION: 11 Dockside Dr, Toronto, ON | Website


Biking at Trillium Park in Toronto, Ontario

Walk through Trillium Park

Trillium Park opened up by the waterfront a couple of years ago, and it’s one of the most beautiful parks in Toronto.

You’ll find it along the Waterfront Trail, so you can make a stop while jogging or biking!

Bring along picnic gear and set up lunch with a view of the CN Tower.

LOCATION: 955 Lake Shore Blvd. West, Toronto, ON | Website


Scarborough Bluffs, Ontario

Explore Scarborough Bluffs

The Scarborough Bluffs is incredibly stunning, and you won’t even believe it’s in Toronto when you see it.

It’s gorgeous all year-round, but fall is probably my favourite time to visit, with the leaves all changing colours!

It’s actually located in Scarborough (duh), but since it’s a borough in Toronto, I’m including it. 😉

LOCATION: Scarborough Bluffs, Toronto, ON


Seasonal events


Cherry blossom trees at High Park in Toronto

See cherry blossoms at High Park

Cherry blossoms only bloom for about 2 weeks around the end of April to beginning of May, so they’re very fleeting.

High Park is the best place to catch these beauties, but you’ll find trees spruced out in other parts of the city like at the University of Toronto!

LOCATION: 1873 Bloor St. West, Toronto, ON | Website


Christmas in the Distillery District

Check out the Toronto Christmas Market

The Toronto Christmas Market is one of the most festive things to do in Toronto during the holiday season, and it takes over the Distillery District every November and December.

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Indulge in turkey legs, shop at all the holiday vendors, and take advantage of all the cute photo opps!

If you’re looking for places to take photos for the ‘Gram, it’s one of the cutest winter photo spots in Toronto.

LOCATION: The Distillery District, Toronto, ON | Website


Best things to do in Toronto:

  1. Take photos at Graffiti Alley
  2. Go food tasting at St. Lawrence Market
  3. Visit Ripley’s Aquarium
  4. Do the EdgeWalk at the CN Tower
  5. Check out art at the Art Gallery of Ontario
  6. Wander around the Royal Ontario Museum
  7. Check out the Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery
  8. Wander around the Aga Khan Museum
  9. Vintage shop in Kensington Market
  10. Shop in the underground PATH
  11. Shop luxury at Yorkdale Mall
  12. Walk through the Distillery District
  13. Wander around the Toronto Islands
  14. Cycle along the Waterfront Trail
  15. Canoe along the Toronto Harbourfront
  16. Relax at Sugar Beach
  17. Walk through Trillium Park
  18. Explore Scarborough Bluffs
  19. See cherry blossoms at High Park
  20. Check out the Toronto Christmas Market

With a city as large as Toronto, there are so many awesome and incredible things to do in the city.

These were just some of the coolest activities I think everyone should do when they visit Toronto!

If you’re looking for even more fun activities and things to do in and around Toronto, be sure to check out some local tours!

Have you done any of these activities? What are the best and most fun things to do in Toronto in your opinion? Let me know on Twitter or Instagram!

P.S. if you liked this post, you might like this post on the most Instagram-worthy spots in Toronto, or any of my other posts on things to do in Toronto.

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Jessica Lam | Toronto lifestyle, fashion, beauty, and travel blogger | Diary of a Toronto Girl, a Canadian lifestyle blog

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