Family time: 150 fun things to do in Toronto

I have lived in toronto for just over 12 years. Part of that was without kids and part of that was with kids. Why do I mention that? Because the very same city you thought you knew, can be seen very differently when you have on your parent glasses. Something you previously thought of as a tourist trap, or a place that looked boring, now has a jolt of life brought to it because you are experiencing it through your kids. I admit once we had kids and moved back to Toronto, I started seeing everything like I was new to the city again.

Toronto has so many things to offer and so many places to experience. Why not grab the family and check out any (or all) of the 150 fun things to do in Toronto listed below.

  1. Take a ferry to the Toronto Islands for picnics and bike rides.
  2. Visit High Park for nature trails and the High Park Zoo.
  3. Stroll through the Toronto Music Garden.
  4. Play in the interactive water features at Canoe Landing Park.
  5. Climb and explore at the Jamie Bell Adventure Playground.
  6. Meet farm animals at Riverdale Farm.
  7. Walk or bike along the waterfront at Harbourfront Centre.
  8. Have fun at Centreville Amusement Park on Centre Island.
  9. Discover marine life at Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada.
  10. Engage with interactive exhibits at the Ontario Science Centre.
  11. Learn about history and culture at the Royal Ontario Museum.
  12. See a miniature Canada at Little Canada.
  13. Explore the Toronto Railway Museum.
  14. Gaze at the stars at the David Dunlap Observatory.
  15. Get creative at the Art Gallery of Ontario‘s family workshops.
  16. Watch a play at the Young People’s Theatre.
  17. Tour the historic Casa Loma.
  18. Step back in time at Fort York National Historic Site.
  19. Visit Black Creek Pioneer Village.
  20. Shop and eat at Kensington Market.
  21. Enjoy outdoor concerts or movies at Harbourfront Centre.
  22. Participate in cultural festivals around the city.
  23. Dine at The Old Spaghetti Factory.
  24. Laugh and eat at the Poop Café.
  25. Shop for local foods at St. Lawrence Market.
  26. Have a picnic with a view at Riverdale Park East.
  27. Solve puzzles at a Toronto escape room.
  28. Play virtual reality games at Levelup Virtual Reality.
  29. Jump around at Sky Zone trampoline park.
  30. Climb at a Toronto indoor rock climbing gym.
  31. Play board games at Snakes & Lattes.
  32. Visit the Toronto Christmas Market during the holidays.
  33. Ice skate at Nathan Phillips Square in winter.
  34. Experience the Canadian National Exhibition in late summer.
  35. View the cherry blossoms in High Park during spring.
  36. Explore the Aga Khan Museum.
  37. Visit the Bata Shoe Museum.
  38. Take a walk through the Distillery Historic District
  39. Attend a Blue Jays game at Rogers Centre. 
  40. Explore the Evergreen Brick Works.
  41. Visit the Toronto Zoo.
  42. Take a graffiti tour of Graffiti Alley.
  43. Go to the Ontario Place (Well let’s circle back on this one)
  44. Visit the Hockey Hall of Fame.
  45. Take a spooky tour with The Haunted Walk of Toronto.
  46. Explore the Science Centre’s KidSpark.
  47. Attend TIFF Kids International Film Festival.
  48. Visit Fantasy Fair.
  49. Go to the Toronto Botanical Garden.
  50. Explore the Scarborough Bluffs.
  51. Visit the Allan Gardens Conservatory.
  52. Take a culinary tour of Chinatown.
  53. Go apple picking near Toronto.
  54. Attend a workshop at the Maker Bean Cafe.
  55. Explore the PATH.
  56. Visit the Toronto Reference Library.
  57. Go to the Beaches.
  58. Attend a family workshop at the Gardiner Museum.
  59. Explore the Humber River by canoe or kayak.
  60. Visit the Sunnyside Pavilion.
  61. Participate in a family nature walk at the High Park Nature Centre.
  62. Attend a family concert with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.
  63. Explore the Museum of Illusions.
  64. Visit the Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery.
  65. Go to Downsview Park.
  66. Participate in a workshop at the TIFF Lightbox.
  67. Visit the Spadina Museum.
  68. Attend a Toronto Marlies hockey game.
  69. Explore the Textile Museum of Canada.
  70. Visit the Toronto Police Museum.
  71. Go to the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre.
  72. Explore the Redpath Sugar Museum.
  73. Visit the Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto.
  74. Take a bike tour of Toronto.
  75. Go to the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre.
  76. Visit the Gibson House Museum.
  77. Explore the Todmorden Mills Heritage Site.
  78. Attend a family event at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts.
  79. Visit the Toronto Railway Museum.
  80. Go to the Ontario Legislative Building.
  81. Explore the Toronto Sculpture Garden.
  82. Visit the Colborne Lodge.
  83. Go to the Toronto Harbour.
  84. Explore the Wychwood Barns Park.
  85. Visit the Mackenzie House.
  86. Go to the Leslie Street Spit.
  87. Explore the Cloud Gardens Conservatory.
  88. Visit the Montgomery’s Inn.
  89. Go to the Kortright Centre for Conservation.
  90. Explore the Rouge National Urban Park.
  91. Visit the Toronto Heliconian Club.
  92. Go to the Toronto Islands during the winter.
  93. Explore the Art Gallery of York University.
  94. Visit the Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives.
  95. Go to the Mississauga Living Arts Centre.
  96. Explore the Markham Museum.
  97. Visit the Varley Art Gallery.
  98. Go to the Richmond Hill Heritage Centre.
  99. Explore the Oshawa Zoo and Fun Farm.
  100. Visit the Pickering Museum Village.
  101. Go to the Ajax Downs.
  102. Explore the McMichael Canadian Art Collection.
  103. Visit the Canadian Automotive Museum.
  104. Go to the Bowmanville Zoo.
  105. Explore the Whitby Courthouse Theatre.
  106. Participate in a family art-making workshop at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre.
  107. Explore the Canadian Firefighters Museum in Port Hope.
  108. Visit the Jungle Cat World Wildlife Park in Orono.
  109. Go to the Toronto Aerospace Museum (actually now closed).
  110. Explore the Halton County Radial Railway.
  111. Go to a Toronto Raptors game at Scotiabank Arena.
  112. Go to Fantasy Fair at Woodbine Centre.
  113. Explore the Ontario Regiment RCAC Museum in Oshawa.
  114. Visit the Parkwood National Historic Site in Oshawa.
  115. Go to the Reptilia Zoo and Education Centre Vaughan.
  116. Explore the Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington.
  117. Visit the Canada’s Wonderland.
  118. Go to the LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Toronto.
  119. Explore the Butterfly Conservatory in Niagara Falls.
  120. Visit the Niagara Parks Floral Showhouse.
  121. Go to the Clifton Hill in Niagara Falls.
  122. Explore the Bird Kingdom in Niagara Falls.
  123. Visit the Niagara Falls History Museum.
  124. Go to the Welland Canal Centre.
  125. Explore the African Lion Safari in Hamilton.
  126. Visit the Dundurn Castle in Hamilton.
  127. Go to the Hamilton Waterfront Trolley.
  128. Explore the Art Gallery of Hamilton.
  129. Visit the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum in Hamilton.
  130. Go to the Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology.
  131. Explore the Bruce Trail.
  132. Visit the Toronto Don Valley Brick Works Park.
  133. Go to the Scarborough Museum.
  134. Explore the Toronto Harbourfront.
  135. Visit the Toronto Beaches Jazz Festival.
  136. Go to the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).
  137. Explore the Toronto Christmas Market.
  138. Visit the Toronto Fringe Festival.
  139. Go to the Toronto Light Festival.
  140. Explore the Toronto Comic Arts Festival.
  141. Visit the Toronto Outdoor Art Fair.
  142. Go to the Toronto International Boat Show.
  143. Explore the Toronto Biennial of Art.
  144. Visit the Toronto International Dance Festival.
  145. Go to the Toronto Waterfront Marathon.
  146. Explore the Toronto Islands in the fall.
  147. Visit the Toronto Zoo’s Boo at the Zoo event.
  148. Go to the Toronto Santa Claus Parade.
  149. Explore the Toronto Islands by kayak.
  150. Visit the Toronto Harbourfront Centre Winter Festival.

More fun things to do in Toronto

If you don’t want to take my word for it, check out these other lists featuring even more fun things to do in Toronto.

fun things to do in Toronto

Toronto is a city brimming with vibrant culture, stunning landscapes, and a plethora of activities that cater to families of all sizes and interests. From the awe-inspiring underwater tunnels of Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada to the historical and educational exhibits at the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto offers a unique blend of learning and fun.

For those seeking adventure, Canada’s Wonderland and the CN Tower provide thrilling experiences that are sure to create lasting memories. Meanwhile, the Toronto Zoo and Ontario Science Centre offer interactive and engaging ways to connect with the natural world. Whether you’re exploring the miniature wonders at Little Canada, enjoying the outdoors at High Park, or immersing yourself in the rich history at Casa Loma, Toronto ensures that every family visit is filled with discovery, excitement, and joy.

As you plan your next family outing, remember that Toronto’s diverse attractions are designed to inspire wonder, foster learning, and provide endless entertainment for visitors of all ages. So, pack your bags, gather your loved ones, and set off on an unforgettable journey to explore the heart of Ontario. Toronto awaits to offer you a family adventure like no other, where every moment is an opportunity to create new stories and cherish the time spent together.