Children looking at an exhibit at Ripley's Aquarium

Family Trip Ideas and Itineraries

Are you and the whole crew planning a vacation? Toronto has fun for the whole family. From exciting sports and cultural and scientific wonders to treats and eats that everyone can enjoy, here are some tips for your trip.

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The whole family will enjoy a trip to the Toronto Zoo

Top five things to do with families in Toronto

1. See the animals

With polar bears and baby animals and hundreds of other creatures to see, the Toronto Zoo is a year-round must for animal lovers. A deep sea adventure awaits at Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada and the Bat Cave at the Royal Ontario Museum is a fun way for kids to discover the real stories behind these mysterious creatures.

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Explore the underwater world at Ripley's Aquarium

2. Try new food

Toronto is home to many different ethnicities and the restaurants and food that kids around the world have been enjoying for years. How about Middle Eastern tabule or Chinese dim sum or even Canadian bannock?

3. Get outside

The Harbourfront area always has something going on. And whether it’s boat cruises in the summer or skating in the winter, the Toronto Islands have activities all year round with the chance to stroll around in a car-free environment.

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Take the ferry to Toronto Island for a family-friendly day trip

4. Be hands-on

Have fun while learning something new at the Ontario Science Centre. Learn-through-play with hands-on activities that will inspire your inner scientist, DIY experiments, and plenty of workshops.

5. Dig into history

The Fort York National Historic Site was the scene of a major battle in the War of 1812 and its fortified buildings and real cannons bring history alive. Or visit the Aga Khan Museum for a window into ancient worlds and Muslim civilization from the Iberian Peninsula to China.

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