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10 Fun Rainy Day Activities in Toronto

10 Fun Rainy Day Activities in Toronto

Searching for fun rainy day activities in Toronto?

Even if it’s raining, you don’t have to let the doom and gloom rain down on your parade.

There are plenty of things you can do on a rainy day in Toronto, no matter what kinds of activites you’re interested in!

Here are some of the best and most fun activities and things you can do on a rainy day in Toronto, to make the most of going out.

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Hotels in Toronto

If you’re looking for somewhere to stay while you’re in Toronto, these are some great options:

  • Annex Hotel: a contemporary 3-star hotel in the Annex with bright and airy rooms.
  • Yorkville Royal Sonesta: this chic 4-star hotel in the Yorkville neighbourhood offers up stunning views of the skyline.
  • Bisha Hotel: a cool 4-star hotel in the Entertainment District with a swanky rooftop restaurant and pool offering up CN Tower views.
  • Radisson Blu: a modern 4-star hotel along the Harbourfront with a rooftop pool and a close-up view of the CN Tower.
  • Broadview Hotel: a historical 4-star hotel in Toronto’s east end, housed in a Victorian-era building with elegantly modern rooms.
  • Fairmont Royal York: a luxurious 5-star hotel right by Union Station, newly renovated but still retaining most of its original features. The Queen is known to stay here!

You can also check out my post on the best boutique hotels in Toronto if you’re looking for a more unique stay!

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Or, check out some local tours if you’re looking to do even more fun and unique activities, like these ones:

  • Downtown Toronto bike tour: explore the best of downtown Toronto via bike on a guided 3.5 hour tour, which takes you through Chinatown, City Hall, and the Entertainment District.
  • Distillery District segway tour: zip through the Distillery District on a guided 1-hour segway tour and learn about the history behind this super cute historical neighbourhood.
  • Kensington Market food tour: taste your way through one of Toronto’s most diverse neighbourhoods on this 2.5 hour tour.

Best rainy day activities in Toronto


Gooderham Building in St. Lawrence Market, Toronto

Go food tasting at St. Lawrence Market

One of the best things about Toronto is all the fantastic food, and what better way to experience it than with a little food tasting at St. Lawrence Market?

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

It’s also 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!

You can either grab tickets to a guided group food tasting tour around St. Lawrence Market, or you can meander around and explore yourselves.

LOCATION: 93 Front St. East, Toronto, ON


Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto

Check out art at the Art Gallery of Ontario

One of my absolute favourite spots in Toronto is the Art Gallery of Ontario (also known as the AGO).

There are three floors of galleries for you to explore, and they even host special exhibitions on the fourth floor every now and then.

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The Yayoi Kusama exhibit is definitely one of the coolest exhibits at the AGO!

Yayoi Kusama Infinity Mirror Room – Let's Survive Forever

The AGO building itself is also v aesthetically pleasing both inside and out, and it’s definitely one of the most Instagrammable indoor spots in Toronto.

Wednesday evenings are free to the public (with tickets booked in advance on Mondays), and AGO annual passes are completely free to everyone 25 and under!

LOCATION: 317 Dundas St. West, Toronto, ON


Royal Ontario Museum

Wander around the Royal Ontario Museum

Fun fact: the ROM is actually 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 looking to fill up a couple of hours!

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

You can buy your tickets to the ROM online.

LOCATION: 100 Queens Park, Toronto, ON


Aga Khan Museum in Toronto, Ontario

Wander around the Aga Khan Museum

If you’re willing to travel a bit north of downtown, pay a visit to the Aga Khan Museum, one of the most beautiful and Instagram-worthy spots in North York.

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

You can’t actually 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.

Afterwards, stop into one of the best restaurants in North York for a bite to eat!

LOCATION: 77 Wynford Drive, North York, ON

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Shop at the Toronto Eaton Centre

In the mood to do a little shopping on a rainy day?

Spend the day wandering around and window (or actual) shopping at the Eaton Centre.

There are plenty of stores for you to check out, and I usually stop into Nordstrom, UNIQLO, and Aritzia.

If you’ve made your rounds through the mall, you can also explore the PATH (access via Dundas Station, Queen Station, or Hudson’s Bay), which is the largest underground shopping complex in the world, and connects to dozens of buildings across downtown Toronto!

Fun fact: the Eaton Centre is actually the busiest shopping mall in all of North America, and it gets over 50 million visitors each year (more than the Toronto Pearson Airport!)

LOCATION: 220 Yonge St, Toronto, ON


The Rec Room Toronto

Play games at the Rec Room Toronto

When in doubt, going to the Rec Room is always a fun time.

Entrance to the Rec Room is free, but you will need to buy game tags in order to play games!

Three10 Restaurant at The Rec Room Toronto

If you’re hungry, grab a quick snack at The Shed, or sit down at the Three10 Restaurant and enjoy all your fave classic pub eats.

LOCATION: 255 Bremner Blvd, Toronto, ON


Scrabble at Snakes and Lattes Board Game Cafe in Toronto

Play board games at Snakes & Lattes

Looking for something a little more low-key than the Rec Room?

Stop into one of Snakes & Lattes’ locations and spend a couple of hours playing board games.

It’s one of my favourite spots to visit in the city, and they have over a thousand board and card games to choose from.

Whether you’re into strategy games or word games, they’ve got pretty much any game you could ever want to play!

If you’re with a few friends, I’d recommend playing Settlers of Catan and Cards Against Humanity, and if you’re with one other person, Scrabble and Jenga are always fun.

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Their Nutella lattes are v delicious, and they also have food options if you’re hungry.

You can find them in the Annex, on College, or in Midtown Toronto, and their College location is my favourite one.

LOCATION: Various locations


Stanley Kubrick Exhibition at TIFF Bell Lightbox

Catch a flick at the TIFF Bell Lightbox

Skip the Cineplex and watch an indie or foreign film at the TIFF Bell Lightbox.

Yep, you can watch movies at TIFF year-round, not just during TIFF season in September!

They also have exhibitions at the TIFF Bell Lightbox every so often – I went to a really awesome Stanley Kubrick one back in 2015.

Afterwards, eat at one of the best restaurants on King West!

LOCATION: 350 King St. West, Toronto, ON


Ripley's Aquarium in Toronto, Canada

Visit Ripley’s Aquarium

Right across the street from the Rec Room is Ripley’s Aquarium, which is always a fun time.

I’ve been multiple times since they opened several years ago, 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!

Grab your tickets online and spend a couple of hours exploring the aquarium.

LOCATION: 288 Bremner Blvd, Toronto, ON


Pursuit OCR ball pit in Toronto

Get active at Pursuit OCR

Pursuit OCR is an epic indoor fitness centre with an entire obstacle course, complete with a fun ball pit.

They used to be located in the Queen West neighbourhood years ago, but now they’ve got an even bigger space (30,000 square feet!) in Etobicoke.

I went with Adam back when they were on Queen West, and it was such a fun time.

Take note that since it is an adult fitness centre, everyone has to be 18+ to enter.

LOCATION: 75 Westmore Dr, Etobicoke, ON


Best rainy day activities in Toronto:

  1. Go food tasting at St. Lawrence Market
  2. Check out art at the Art Gallery of Ontario
  3. Wander around the Royal Ontario Museum
  4. Wander around the Aga Khan Museum
  5. Shop at the Toronto Eaton Centre
  6. Play games at the Rec Room Toronto
  7. Play board games at Snakes & Lattes
  8. Catch a flick at the TIFF Bell Lightbox
  9. Visit Ripley’s Aquarium
  10. Get active at Pursuit OCR
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These were some of the best and most fun activities to do in Toronto on a rainy day!

What are your favourite rainy day activities in Toronto? Let me know on Twitter or Instagram!

If you’re planning a trip to Toronto, be sure to check out my posts on the most fun things to do in Toronto (including free things), the best time to visit Toronto, and what to wear in Toronto.

If you’re looking for fun tours and activities to try in Toronto, check out this Kensington Market food tour or this St. Lawrence Market food tour!

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