Toronto Bucket List: The 20 Best Things To Do

Toronto Bucket List By Toronto Bucket List

The Best Things To Do – For Locals & Tourists Alike.


Among soaring skyscrapers and diverse districts, Toronto is a city that humbly offers a plethora of must-dos for its residents and travelers alike. Proudly known as one of the world’s most multicultural cities, it has something for everyone. Despite what season it may be, there is always something enticing within this metropolis. With world-class landmarks and sights to behold, there are countless moments and memories that await you.

CN Tower (Canadian National Tower)

 
 
 
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Live life on the edge, as you suspend yourself 1,815 feet above on the tallest free-standing tower in the Western Hemisphere. Whether you’d like to experience the thrilling Edge Walk–an observation deck with a glass floor–or enjoy a panoramic dining experience in the sky, the CN Tower offers you a view and perspective of the city like none other.   

Where: 290 Bremner Blvd, Toronto, ON M5V 3L9
Hours: 9:30 am - 10:30 pm

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Ripley’s Aquarium

 
 
 
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Dive into an underwater experience, as you discover Ripley’s Aquarium in the heart of the city. Prepare yourself for a breathtaking aquatic adventure, as the aquarium is home to over 20,000 sea and freshwater specimens across ten exotic galleries. Open 365 days a year, you can enjoy anything from music events, classes, and even overnight sleepovers with your favorite underwater friends.    

Where: 288 Bremner Blvd, Toronto, ON M5V 3L9
Hours: 9:00 am - 11:00 pm

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Scotiabank Arena

 
 
 
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Home to Toronto’s NHL team, the Toronto Maple Leafs, and the NBA World Champions, the Toronto Raptors, the Scotiabank Arena is a true staple within the city and its culture. The 20,000 capacity arena has also been host to some of the world’s most prestigious musicians and performers, doubling as a state of the art concert and show venue. From its competitive teams, to the biggest names in entertainment, Scotiabank Arena welcomes you to an unforgettable night out.   

Where: 40 Bay St, Toronto, ON M5J 2X2
Hours:
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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Art Gallery of Ontario

 
 
 
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Known as one of the most “distinguished art museums in North America”, the A.G.O is a massive gallery that is widely recommended for art enthusiasts. Home to over 90,000 art pieces from the world’s most renowned artists, and an intriguing series of exhibits, it has been regarded as one of the largest of its kind. Offering lectures, studios, dining facilities, and event spaces among others, people of all ages are bound to enjoy themselves. 

Where: 317 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M5T 1G4
Hours: 10:30 am - 5:30 pm (9:00 pm on Fridays)

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Royal Ontario Museum

 
 
 
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Immerse yourself within an architectural wonder that exhibits natural history, art, and world culture. Classified as both the largest and most visited museum in Canada, the R.O.M houses a stunning collection of displays within its Romanesque Revival design. Showcasing some of the best offerings on the planet, the museum is in pursuit to becoming one of the world’s foremost 21st century cultural institutions. 

Where: 100 Queens Park, Toronto, ON M5S 2C6
Hours:
 10:00 am - 5:30 pm 

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St. Lawrence Market

 
 
 
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Step into a piece of Toronto’s history, as you enter the city’s first major market that has served the people since 1803. Dubbed as the world’s best food market by National Geographic in 2012, it features food stalls, farmer and antique markets, and St. Lawrence’s Market Gallery. At over two centuries old, it is your source for the finest foods and cuisines from one of the world’s true multicultural hubs.  

Where: 93 Front St E, Toronto, ON M5E 1C3
Hours: Open Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday from 8:00 am - 6:00 pm 

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Hockey Hall of Fame

 
 
 
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Welcome to the world’s hockey mecca and capital, home to the one and only Hockey Hall of Fame that honors the very best in the game. Come and have your moment with the original Stanley Cup, which has been regarded as arguably the toughest trophy to win in all of sports. With the most prestigious memorabilia and hardware, and immersive exhibits, the Hockey Hall of Fame will surely leave you feeling like a champion. 

Where: 30 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M5E 1X8
Hours: 9:30 am - 6:30 pm

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Canada’s Wonderland

 
 
 
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Strap on and prepare for a ride in the country’s largest major theme park, Canada’s Wonderland. From some of the world’s steepest roller coasters, to the best funnel cake you’ll ever feast on, North America’s most visited amusement park awaits you. Now open through all seasons, you can enjoy its grand water park known as Splash Works in the summer, and events like Halloween Haunt and WinterFest as the holidays approach.    

Where: 1 Canada's Wonderland Drive, Vaughan, ON L6A 1S6
Hours: Varies depending on season

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Black Creek Pioneer Village

 
 
 
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Take a blast to the past as you experience Canada’s origins in a recreated country village in Toronto. With 40 historic buildings and 70 heritage breed animals to discover, Pioneer Village enables you the opportunity to feel what it was like to live in the Confederation era. Home to over 50,000 artifacts, visitors have the chance to learn and examine Canada’s roots.

Where: 1000 Murray Ross Parkway, Toronto, ON M3J 2P3
Hours: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm from April through December

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Harbourfront

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Located off the charming shores of Lake Ontario, Toronto’s Harbourfront is your port to a true city experience. With the iconic Toronto skyline right before your eyes, the Harbourfront centre offers you waterfront parks and activities, along with exciting year-round events that celebrate the city’s rich culture. Hop on one of several ferry cruises that offer you the city’s best vantage points and views, and enjoy the top eats and treats in one of the world’s most impressive urban destinations. 

Where: 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto, ON M5J 2G8
Hours: Boardwalk publicly open and accessible at all hours of the day

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Yonge & Dundas Square

 
 
 
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Visit Toronto’s very own developing take on Times Square, in the city’s most bustling and happening area. The public space is situated right beside Toronto’s most visited shopping complex, the Eaton Centre, along with rooftop restaurants, street level shops, and Ryerson University. The square is host to dozens of festivals and events throughout the year, for people of all ages to enjoy. With grand, illuminated billboard screens and hundreds of thousands of people crossing through daily, it has established itself along the likes of the top squares globally.  

Where: 1 Dundas St E, Toronto, ON M5B 2R8
Hours: Publicly open and accessible at all hours of the day

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Graffiti Alley

 
 
 
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Hiding in a sliver alleyway within Toronto’s fashion district, comes a colourful collection of sprayed and painted art. Though historically it has been met with controversy, street art has found a place in the hearts of many, as Graffiti Alley has quietly become one of Toronto’s most endearing attractions. With vibrant murals and rebellious proclamations, you will want to have your camera handy as you walk through the alley and minds of Toronto’s most celebrated street artists.  

Where: In an alleyway known as Rush Lane, running south of Queen Street from Spadina Avenue to Portland Avenue
Hours: 
Publicly open and accessible at all hours of the day

Medieval Times

 
 
 
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Experience the spectacle of Medieval hospitality, as you get a glimpse of what it would have been like to be a guest of the queen ten centuries ago. Considered to be North America’s most popular dinner attraction, Medieval Times sets you back into the 11th century over a riveting dinner and show that features knights, horses, and impressive swordplay. With immense focus on hospitality and entertainment, you will inevitably be left feeling like royalty. 

Where: 10 Dufferin St, Toronto, ON M6K 3C3
Hours: Depending on tickets you choose, open year-round

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Ontario Science Centre

 
 
 
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Uncover the wonders and science behind the planet you live in with a visit to the Ontario Science Centre, offering a learning experience like none other. With hands-on exhibits, breathtaking IMAX presentations, and countless educational programs, you’ll have the fortune of seeing and thinking about the world like never before. Take a voyage into the planetarium, or see what you may just look like in the future, as you discover science at its apex. 

Where: 770 Don Mills Rd, North York, ON M3C 1T3 
Hours: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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TIFF Bell Lightbox (Toronto International Film Festival)

 

 

 

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Meeting a celebrity crush has always been high on the bucket list. Toronto offers you the opportunity to turn that into a reality, with its annual Toronto International Film Festival that welcomes the best in the industry. With stars stepping onto red carpets and frequently exiting out of mysterious vehicles, your chance of meeting your favourites has never looked any better. Featuring premieres of the biggest releases in the calendar year and their accompanying cast, the TIFF Bell Lightbox gives you the opportunity for a night out at the cinema with the stars. 

Where: 350 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V 3X5
Hours: Festival in September, and Lightbox varies depending on showtimes you select 

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Toronto Zoo


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You’re in for a wild adventure at Canada’s largest zoo, which is home to over 5,000 animals for you to discover. Open year round, the Toronto Zoo welcomes you to explore its seven ‘zoogeographic’ regions, with its wonderful collection of species from all over the globe. With animal experiences that get you up close to your favorites, and enriching activities and events, your time here is sure to be unforgettable. 

Where: 2000 Meadowvale Rd, Toronto, ON M1B 5K7
Hours:
9:30 am - 4:30 pm 

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Yorkville 


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Yorkville is your glimpse into lavish and luxurious Toronto, with high-end shopping and fine dining, along with posh hotels and homes that have hosted the biggest names worldwide. Bloor Street’s “Mink Mile,” one of the most expensive streets in the world, is your destination for a ritzy experience in the heart of the city, where you can shop till you drop, and feast on the very finest of restaurants that Toronto has to offer.  

Where: Bounded by Bloor Street to the south, Davenport Road to the north, Yonge Street to the east and Avenue Road to the west
Hours: Streets accessible at all times of the day, shops & restaurants vary

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Museum of Illusions

 
 
 
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Have you ever wondered what it would feel like to be a giant, or experience anti-gravity? At the Museum of Illusions, there are surprises that await you in every room, as you enter over 80 mind-blowing exhibits and playrooms. Voted by The Globe & Mail as one of the top ten destinations to visit in all of Canada, the museum is a place for all ages, where your illusive imagination comes to life. 

Where: 132 Front St E, Toronto, ON M5A 1E2 
Hours: 10:00 am - 8:00 pm

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Enjoy a Mirvish Production


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Mirvish Productions invites you to one of four elegant theatres that offer the very top in showbiz. From renowned shows like Hamilton, Cats, and Come From Away, Mirvish is your destination for a night out in Toronto’s finest production theatres. Since 1987, it has been the go-to for all of the top-class shows that have come to town, on some of the more impressive stages you will witness.  

Where: Royal Alexandra Theatre, 260 King St. West; Princess of Wales Theatre, 300 King St. West; Ed Mirvish Theatre, 244 Victoria St; Elgin & Winter Garden Theatre, 189 Yonge St. 
Hours: Vary based on the show you have selected

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Bridle Path 


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Explore what is regarded as the most affluent neighborhood in all of Canada, the Bridle Path. Known as “Millionaire’s Row,” the luxurious residential area is home to some of the biggest stars in the world, namely Elton John, Celine Dion, and Toronto’s very own, Drake. Although it’s a gated community, you never know who you may bump into on a nice stroll through the neighborhood. The Bridle Path is also home to the beautiful Edwards Gardens, a gorgeous botanical garden which is considered to be another popular destination in the city.

Where: Bayview Avenue (North to South), Lawrence Avenue (East to West)
Hours: Accessible at all hours of the day, but be mindful of neighbourhood residents!

For more information. 

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