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Toronto For Families

All year long, indoors and out, Toronto is teeming with endless opportunities to make a perfect family getaway.

Kid-Sized Fun and Adventure 

Parks, Beaches and Squares 

  • A short ferry-ride away lie the Toronto Islands, a perfect spot for leisurely picnics, bike-rides, and beaches. Interact with Franklin the turtle at The Franklin Children’s Garden on Centre Island. Slightly west in the city sits High Park featuring gardens, a petting zoo and acres of open space to play.
  • Birdwatch, walk, cycle and smell the wildflowers in the five-kilometre, urban wilderness peninsula of The Leslie Street Spit.
  • Discover the water’s edge at Harbourfront Centre where kids love the sweeping wavedecks and signature yellow umbrellas, or opt for pink umbrellas and sand across from a working sugar refinery at Sugar BeachThe Beaches neighbourhood on the east side offer Toronto’s best and most popular sandy beaches for swimming and walking or biking the boardwalk.
  • For big-city energy, Yonge-Dundas Square teems with people, lights, shows and a low-rise, runthrough fountain. Nathan Phillips Square, just in front of City Hall, hosts events and concerts; in the winter, it’s home to Toronto’s most famous outdoor skating rink.
  • The Toronto Railway Museum and Roundhouse Park at the base of the CN Tower offers a good place to rest with the skyline in view while kids ride the miniature railroad.

Arts and Storytelling

Worth Knowing 

On weekends and holidays, a Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) day pass provides unlimited travel for two adults and up to four kids for $11.00.

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