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Family Friendly Fun in Toronto, Ontario

By June 4, 2015February 21st, 2020No Comments

Toronto is always a blast. It’s just one of those really fun Canadian cities that has a lot of energy, modern innovations, and opportunities for families to let loose. As a perfect introduction to Ontario any time of the year, pick one of the fantastic hotels in Toronto and grab the little ones’ hands for an urban adventure up north!

Toronto Highlights

We all know that when visiting major cities, attractions such as the zoo, aquariums, and science museums are a must. Toronto is no exception. Ontario Science Centre has great IMAX movies and countless interactive, rotating exhibits about everything from the human body to rainforest life. Toronto Zoo is best in the summer because not only are there tons of new furry friends, there’s also a two-acre splash park for cooling down. Families who love a good stroll can hang out at eclectic Kensington Market to pick out some colorful souvenirs, or admire the renovated Toronto waterfront, complete with beaches, boardwalks, and green parks.

Where to Stay and What to Eat

Toronto loves little ones and has many restaurants that welcome families with children of all ages. For instance, have that afternoon jolt with a fresh drink at Red Fish Blue Fish Creative Café. They welcome children with craft and play spaces you can drop in and enjoy while sipping on some ethically sourced Detour Coffee. They also have their signature “Fluffy” drink, steamed milk topped with a rainbow of sprinkles. Mama Martino’s is a little more upscale with some fancy outdoor dining areas, but there’s still tons of families enjoying the sunshine there. If you want to sample some local brews and have access to a great kid’s menu with hearty portions, try The Abbot north of Lawrence.

Courtyard by Marriott located downtown is always a reliable accommodation standby. From children’s activities and restaurants on site, to a pool and free Wi-Fi, it doesn’t get more comfortable than this. Westin Harbour Castle is a little pricier, but has arguably some of the best waterfront views. There’s an indoor pool on the fifth floor with a glass exterior, as well as a fitness center and spa for grownups. The little ones can go nuts at the Westin Kid’s Club, which has video games, separate play area on the pool deck, and board games. The St. Regis Toronto, one of the best new hotels that opened in 2019, is similarly stunning, offering skyline views and a convenient location right in the financial district.

Before You Go

Yes, dreaming of an upcoming escape is half the fun, but there are a few things about Toronto you should know before leaving to make this experience with your family even better. First, alert your bank if you are leaving your home country to go to Canada, so your credit and debit cards are not frozen. If you hope to use cash, also contact your bank to make a currency exchange at least two weeks in advance to avoid expensive exchange rates in airports. Speaking of the airport, the international airport there handles many flights to Toronto from major hubs of big airlines.

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Eileen Cotter Wright

Author Eileen Cotter Wright

Eileen Cotter is a freelance travel journalist and owner of Pure Wander. She's our resident expat extraordinaire and falls down a lot in yoga class. Follow her on Instagram @Pure_Wander.

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