Children looking at an exhibit at Ripley's Aquarium

Toronto Family Vacation Itinerary

Plan your Toronto family trip with ease with this family itinerary for four days and five nights.

Are you and the whole crew planning a vacation? We’ve got a line-up of fun, from exciting sports and cultural wonders to treats and eats that everyone can enjoy. Use the map to help you plan your own itinerary or follow our curated guide below.

Day 1

Start at the top with the CN Tower

Start with the big one: the CN Tower is an architectural triumph offering spectacular views, beginning with the ride up 100+ stories in a glass-fronted elevator! Be sure to take in the floor-to-ceiling panoramic Window Walls, the slightly-scary Glass Floor, and, for the ultimate thrill, do the EdgeWalk, the world’s highest “hands-free” external walk.

Then head right next door to the Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada and immerse yourself in a world of 20,000 aquatic animals. Pet a stingray, be mesmerized by the jellies, or soak in a live dive show daily.

Go on an adventure around Lake Ontario

A short stroll toward the lake gets you to the Waterfront area where you have many options for a casual lunch, including the Amsterdam Brewhouse on the Lake. After, opt for a scenic boat tour of the inner harbour and Toronto Islands. You can even do it on a Tall Ship

Or ferry over to the car-free Toronto Islands and enjoy some cycling, walking, amusement rides, or a little stand-up paddling.

You may also like: Water Activities Around Lake Ontario

Dine out in the Entertainment District

Choose from one of the many fun restaurants along King Street West — you could do worse than Wvrst — then go for some light-hearted theatre, such as a Mirvish Production. (They have Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday matinees, too!)

Day 2

Discover a castle, dinosaurs, and mummies

Did you know Toronto has an authentic castle right in the middle of the city? Casa Loma has secret passageways to explore, elaborately decorated rooms to admire, and castle towers to climb. 

A short subway ride away, the Royal Ontario Museum is filled with interactive and awesome displays like dinosaurs, mummies, authentic knight’s armour, and a bat cave!

Explore Little Canada

After lunch, how about a Little Canada? Our home & miniature land takes you on a tiny journey of discovery through captivating vistas, landmarks, and cityscapes, all in miniature scale.

Go back in time at Medieval Times

For dinner, travel waaay back in time with Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament. Witness brave knights on horseback in a tournament of sword fighting and jousting while feasting on a fabulous four-course meal.

Day 3

Experiment at the Ontario Science Centre

Kick-off your day with discovery at the Ontario Science Centre. Be awed by live science demonstrations, check out a real-life rain forest and see actual meteorites from Mars in the Planetarium. You could spend all day here!

See Canada's largest zoo

Grab a bite at the Science Centre or wait til you get to the Toronto Zoo and have lunch with your animal friends. With seven zoogeographic regions such as Indo-Malaya, Africa and the Tundra Trek, you’ll want to be strategic and pick your favourites to focus on. Little ones will like Splash Island and Kids Zoo.

Go on a ghost tour in the Distillery District

Relax in the car-free charm of The Distillery Historic District this evening. Enjoy a leisurely meal and glass of wine after your busy day. Then enjoy a post-dinner stroll on cobblestone streets amid dozens of heritage buildings housing art galleries, artisan boutiques and stylish retail spaces.

Perhaps you’re ready for a tour of the district by lantern light with The Haunted Walk of Toronto, which entertains with tales of the city’s darker history.

Day 4

Explore Old Town Toronto

A visit to the Museum of Illusions will give you a morning like no other, as you have your perceptions challenged by 80+ intriguing visual, sensual, and educational illusions.

Just a few blocks away, Canada’s Game is the focus at the Hockey Hall of Fame. Spread across 65,000 square feet is the greatest collection of hockey artifacts in the world, plus interactive experiences, a replica NHL dressing room, and every hockey fan’s dream, hands-on access to THE Stanley Cup.

Take a guided tour

This afternoon, pick a neighbourhood or two to explore on foot or by bike with one of these great guided tours. You can also DIY with a hop-on, hop-off double-decker bus tour via City Sightseeing.

Get an adrenaline rush

Depending on the season, get in the winter spirit with a skate under the lights at one of our many rinks OR cheer on one of Toronto’s major league teams. If you time it right, you can have your choice of Blue Jays baseball, Maple Leaf hockey, Raptors basketball, and FC soccer all in one day! The Argos, Marlies, and Rock all bring the action too.

Venture to nearby attractions just outside Toronto

Add on another day to your itinerary to experience nearby attractions including Niagara FallsCanada’s Wonderland, Square One, or Wet ‘n’ Wild

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