Toronto Day Trips - Places to Visit Near Toronto

June 29th, 2013

If you are planning a day trip to Toronto this summer, rest assured that there are plenty of fun places to visit and things to do. Here is just a short list of some of the great places to visit near Toronto.

1. Toronto Island Park - For a quick and easy getaway to the beach, visit Toronto Island Park. Take the ferry over to the island. You can relax on the beach with a book and enjoy a picnic lunch, then go for a hike on the trails after lunch. There are bicycles and kayaks available for rent, and there is a boardwalk and an area with children's amusement rides. Stop in to the zoo to visit with the animals; admission is free. Or just sit back and enjoy the beautiful view of the Toronto skyline. You get all the fun of a beach vacation without having to go far from home or spend much money.

2. Royal Ontario Museum - This museum is a great day trip for kids and adults alike. The building itself is a masterpiece of architecture. Inside, you will find displays featuring artifacts of natural history and world cultures. The dinosaur exhibit is a big hit. Guided tours are available, and there is a café where you can stop for lunch. The one drawback is the lack of parking facilities, although the museum is accessible by subway.

3. Toronto Symphony Orchestra - For a day or evening of culture, visit the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. The orchestra is led by Music Director Peter Oundjian. Tickets can be purchased online or in person at the box office.

4. Famous People Players Dinner Theatre - This theatre presents stunning glow in the dark, black light shows. The shows feature performances by people with disabilities, who are encouraged to use creativity to push beyond limitations. Your admission includes a four-course meal by celebrity chef, Christopher Woods. The shows change throughout the year. This theatre is definitely worth a visit.

5. St. Lawrence Market - The St. Lawrence Market is a great place to spend a lazy morning wandering around and checking out what all the different stalls have to offer. There are plenty of free samples to try. Delicacies and gourmet treats abound. This market is for so much more than the weekly grocery shopping; it's a fun and delicious experience for visitors and locals alike.

6. Art Gallery of Ontario - The AGO is a great stop for art lovers. It reopened in 2008 after a major renovation by architect Frank Gehry. The collection has grown significantly in recent years, now filling 110 galleries. You can download a podcast to guide you through the exhibits. The AGO is closed on Mondays.

7. Second City Toronto - Second City is the best known comedy club in the world, responsible for the beginnings of many Saturday Night Live cast members. The Toronto outpost is located in the entertainment district. Live sketch comedy shows and improv shows are on stage every night. There is a bar and food menu, or you can purchase a pre-show dinner package to round out your evening. With tickets ranging in price from $12 - $29, it is an affordable night of fun.


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