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A glittering skyline, neighboring Wonderland, and burgeoning cultural scene make this a dreamy modern metropolis.

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Toronto: Niagara Falls Day Trip

1. Toronto: Niagara Falls Day Trip

Leave Toronto earlier and get back sooner on a fun and leisurely day trip to Niagara Falls. Relax in the comfort of an air-conditioned bus under the expert care of your engaging local guide. Your adventure begins when you meet your guide at the convenient downtown meeting point. Set off on the 90-minute scenic drive into the Niagara Region. Your driver will share their local knowledge along the way. Your first stop is a structured wine tasting including ice wine at an award-winning winery. You'll also visit a country market and explore the vineyards. Climb back on board and drive through the historic colonial architecture of Niagara-on-the-Lake. Take in the sights of the Niagara River and million-dollar homes along the scenic Niagara Parkway. Pause for guided photo stops at the Floral Clock, Hydro Power Station, Whirlpool Rapids, and the Niagara Gorge before arriving at Niagara Falls. Upgrade to include the seasonal Voyage to the Falls boat tour and sail into the heart of the world-famous falls. Your guide will escort you to the cruise departure point so you can benefit from expedited access to the boat boarding area. When the cruise is not operating, you'll instead ride to the top of Skylon Tower's observation deck for unbeatable panoramic views of the Falls.  Pending on the tour option selected, enjoy up to 3-hours free time in Niagara Falls to explore the local attractions. Your tour concludes with a quiet and cool return to Toronto before 5:30 PM, in time for you to relax before your evening plans.

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From Toronto: Small Group Day Trip to Niagara Falls

2. From Toronto: Small Group Day Trip to Niagara Falls

Beat the crowds with an early pickup from Downtown Toronto. Arrive at the falls at the perfect time to start your day. Your local guide will provide commentary along the way and throughout your full-day tour. You will arrive in Niagara Falls around 10:00 AM where you will have 3-hours of free time to explore, view the Canadian waterfalls, and participate in optional local attractions, like a boat ride across the falls. Take advantage of your expert tour guide’s advice on how to best see the falls and hints on how to use your time.  Next, enjoy a scenic ride (and photo opportunities) across the Niagara Parkway and stop or drive through famous sights like a local farmers market and the Niagra Whirlpool Rapids. Bring lunch with you or eat at a local restaurant of your choice. See the famous Niagara Falls ‘Clifton Hill’ strip during your free time. Continue your day with a narrated drive through Niagara-on-the-Lake, one of Canada's most historic towns which dates back several hundred years and helped to shape Canada's heritage. Explore a country market and try local snacks or buy souvenirs (seasonal). Finish your tour with complimentary wine tasting in the Niagara Wine Region, including the famous local icewine. Return to Toronto around 4:30 PM-5:00 PM to your original location and make it back in time to enjoy dinner and a free evening in Toronto.

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From Toronto: Niagara Falls Evening Tour With Boat Cruise

3. From Toronto: Niagara Falls Evening Tour With Boat Cruise

Benefit from pick-up service from all downtown Toronto or Toronto Pearson Airport hotels, and then journey by climate-controlled mini-coach to Niagara Falls. Listen to an informative commentary about the history of the area and the role of the native people, and discover why the geography makes the Niagara Peninsula so unique. Upon arrival at Niagara Whirlpool, marvel at one of the most violent white water rapids in North America. Then, climb aboard the Hornblower to experience the power, energy and majesty of Niagara Falls up close on the "Voyage to the Falls" boat tour. Be mesmerized by the height of Horseshoe Falls and the volume of water that plunges from its crestline. Travel along the Niagara Parkway to see the power of the Niagara River as it prepares to plunge over the falls. Take in the scenic landscape of Dufferin Islands along the way. Get some free time at Niagara Falls for dinner or to visit Clifton Hill and other attractions. Gaze in awe when dusk arrives and the great cataracts are lit up in a multitude of colors. Opt for a tour with dinner and dine at the Sheraton on the Falls Hotel. Feast from the Fallsview Buffet and get panoramic views of Niagara Falls illuminated for the night. Depart Niagara Falls and journey back to Toronto for drop off at your hotel on arrival.

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Toronto: Harbor and Islands Sightseeing Cruise

4. Toronto: Harbor and Islands Sightseeing Cruise

This cruise of the Toronto Harbour and islands gives you the chance to enjoy scenic views of the Toronto skyline, learn the history of the area, and explore the Toronto Islands. Your captain will start the tour by taking you to view the Western Harbour before crossing into the lagoons to visit the Toronto Islands. Sites featured on this part of the tour include the historic Hanlan’s Point, the Island Yacht Club, and the woodlands of the Island Bird and Wildlife Sanctuary. The captain and crew will provide an entertaining and informative narration to detail everything you see. During the second half of the tour, return to the Toronto Harbour where the crew will tell you about many of the notable buildings that make up the skyline while you cruise along to find the perfect place to photograph Toronto from the water.

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From Toronto: Niagara Falls Day Tour with Boat Cruise

5. From Toronto: Niagara Falls Day Tour with Boat Cruise

Marvel at the grandeur of Niagara Falls on a 9.5-hour tour from Toronto. Travel along the scenic Niagara Parkway, stopping at the Floral Clock, Whirlpool Spanish Aero Car, the historical Niagara-on-the-Lake, and some scenic stops for pictures. Get up close to the Horseshoe Falls on a Niagara City Cruises "Voyage to the Falls." Along the way, you’ll hear about the area’s history and geography. After visiting several of the area's attractions, board a Niagara city cruise for a ride to the base of the Horseshoe Falls. Stop for lunch at a restaurant of your choice. If you selected the tour with the lunch option, enjoy a meal overlooking the falls. Take a scenic drive through Niagara Falls with views of Fort George, Brock’s Monument, Hydropower stations, Niagara River, Welland Canal, picturesque vineyards along the Great Lakes - with a complimentary bottle of water provided — with a certified, professional tour guide.

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Toronto: City Sightseeing Helicopter Tour

6. Toronto: City Sightseeing Helicopter Tour

Experience Toronto from above as you take to the skies and look down through the tall skyscrapers at what downtown has to offer. Select the 15-kilometer flight for approximate 7 minutes in the air above downtown Toronto. Alternatively, treat yourself to the 35-kilometer flight and see more with approximately 12 minutes in the air.  Your adventure begins at a boutique island airport downtown, located just minutes from the Toronto Harbour Front, Rogers Centre, and CN Tower. A friendly and easy check-in at the front desk will be followed by a short wait and a pre-flight briefing. Everyone will wear audio headsets complete with microphones so you can speak to each other on the tour.  The tour will make a perfect figure eight pattern over the city and you will see everything, a carefully designed tour route means everyone gets to see the city equally. At 2,000 feet, you will be as high as the second pod on the CN Tower and the view is incredible. Fly right over the downtown center with sights such as Ripley's Aquarium and the Rogers Center, on a clear day you may even see the mist coming off Niagara Falls. Averaging speeds of 100 miles per hour, you will be amazed at how far you can travel without congested streets and traffic lights. Take in the breathtaking views through the unique floor-to-ceiling glass from your guaranteed window seat. Your tour will conclude at your return to the helicopter base.

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Toronto: Royal Ontario Museum Special Exhibits Ticket

7. Toronto: Royal Ontario Museum Special Exhibits Ticket

Visit the Royal Ontario Museum, where jaw-dropping dinosaurs, glittering gemstones, and mysterious mummies are just a few of the treasures on display. Your ticket includes general admission and access to one or more of the special exhibits. Enjoy the freedom to explore the museum at your own pace and visit the exhibits and galleries that interest you most. There’s plenty to see and do at the museum, with exhibits to interest the whole family. The special exhibits currently featured at the Royal Ontario Museum include "Great Whales: Up Close and Personal" and the "Breaking the Frame" exhibition. Great Whales: Up Close and Personal In 2017, the ROM shared the incredible journey of Blue, ROM’s beloved blue whale in "Out of the Depths: The Blue Whale Story". The highly successful ROM-original exhibition told the story of nine blue whales that died tragically in the Gulf of St. Lawrence in 2014, and the unprecedented opportunity for research and conservation it presented. Fast forward four years and the museum returns to the depths. Showcasing the ROM’s commitment to Canada’s iconic North Atlantic whales, this exhibition takes the story further and features Blue alongside two new skeletons: the critically endangered North Atlantic right whale and the deep-diving sperm whale. With multi-sensory interactive and immersive experiences, Great Whales compares these three unique giants, from their size and diet to their intelligence and evolution, while highlighting the extensive ongoing research and conservation efforts being undertaken to save these mammals from extinction. The ROM invites you to dive back in and discover these incredible great whales of Canada's east coast, their complex relationships with humans, and what we can do to save them. Breaking the Frame Experience the unexpected in the North American debut of Breaking the Frame, featuring one of the earliest photographs taken by a female artist, unusual subject matter from the biggest names in photography, and portraits from photo studios in West Africa and India. Explore more than 90 original and vintage prints from the Solander collection that inspire new and unconventional approaches to photo history. Breaking the Frame showcases many accomplished artists of the 19th and 20th centuries – from Malick Sidibé and Florence Henri to Lang Jingshan, Ansel Adams, Diane Arbus, Henry Fox Talbot, Robert Frank, and Dorothea Lange – who have helped shape photography, offering a global perspective on the medium that pushes our understanding beyond the conventional.

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Toronto Islands: Morning or Twilight 3.5-Hour Bike Tour

8. Toronto Islands: Morning or Twilight 3.5-Hour Bike Tour

After a short ferry ride across the harbor, you'll get on your bike and explore the car free neighborhoods on the eastern islands, and visit historic landmarks such as the Gibraltar Point Lighthouse and the Royal Canadian Yacht club. Of course, you'll also enjoy the scenery, including the parks, the beaches, the cottages, and some incredible views of the Toronto skyline.  Along the way, you’ll hear stories about key people and events from the last 200 years of the island’s remarkable history. The tour is suitable for beginner to advanced riders, as the ride is an easy pace, making plenty of stops to talk and take in the sights.  The guides are expert city riders and very familiar with Toronto.

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Toronto: Private Helicopter Tour Package for Two

9. Toronto: Private Helicopter Tour Package for Two

Discover Toronto’s highlights from above on a scenic private helicopter tour for two. From private sightseeing to a romantic twilight interlude, choose from three tour package options for a unique and personalized experience. Your adventure begins at a boutique island airport in downtown, located just minutes from the Toronto Harbor Front, Rogers Center, and CN Tower. Check in at the front desk and meet the crew who will ensure you make the most of your private aerial experience. Be lifted 2,000 feet over the city and fly eye to eye with the pod of the CN Tower. The route is carefully designed to ensure you’ll both enjoy fabulous views. On a clear day, see the mist coming off the Niagara Falls. High-quality interactive headsets will be provided to make communication with each other easier. The private tour concludes with your return to the helicopter base where you'll receive one printed photograph to remember your experience.

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Toronto: Private Tour with a Local

10. Toronto: Private Tour with a Local

Discover the city of Toronto through the eyes of a local on an exclusive walking tour with a private guide. Transform the way you travel about the people you meet and make a new friend along the way! Following pick-up from your hotel, explore the city on an itinerary that can be customized to your interests and requirements. Your friendly local is passionate about where they live and eager to share all the tips and tricks that will help you make the most of your time. Familiarize yourself with your local neighborhood, and learn where the best places to eat and buy groceries are, the easiest ways to get around, and the top things to see and do. By the end of the tour you will feel more comfortable navigating the city on your own and confident that you have all the information you need for a memorable stay.

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Frequently asked questions about Toronto

What top attractions are a must-see in Toronto?

Planning Your Visit

  • When to visit Toronto?

    For the best weather, visit Toronto during summer, as the winter can be relentless. However, many people choose to plan their trip around a particular festival, as Toronto is in no short supply. Toronto International Film Festival is a huge draw, and takes place annually in August. Toronto Gay Pride spans an entire week at the end of each year - the city takes its LGBT rights seriously. Local sporting calendars and seasons are also worth consideration.

  • Where to stay?

    Toronto has a great selection of hotels for visitors, business travelers, families and couples. Hostels are also plentiful, and a great choice for backpackers and people on a budget.

Good to know

  • Language
    English
  • Currency
    Canadian Dollar ($)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (-05:00)
  • Country Code
    +1
  • Best time to visit
    The summer months are the best. The temperatures are warm, outdoor markets abound, and there's an endless supply of events. But that also means there are lots of crowds, and prices on accommodations and flights are much higher. If you can, try to visit at the beginning or end of the season.

Insider tips: Planning a trip to Toronto

Mayuri is the founder of ToSomePlaceNew, which covers European destinations and cultural travel. A history graduate and an MBA by qualification, she found her true calling in digging a city’s past and discovering their unique nuances. She is based in Canada, and travels with her husband. Find more about Toronto on her blog.

What should I do on my first trip to Toronto?

On your very first trip to Toronto, the CN Tower is not to be missed. It is one of the iconic landmarks in the city, and is located in the downtown core area. With a structure of 553.3 m-highs, this observation tower welcomes you to amazing views of Toronto and the harbourfront area. The thrilling EdgeWalk is a popular activity here for adrenaline junkies. Take a stroll along the Harbourfront, or canoeing on Lake Ontario. If you like castles, pay a visit to Casa Loma and don’t forget to snap a Instagrammable photo!

What are some hidden gems to see in Toronto?

The beauty of Toronto lies in its neighborhood vibes. Visit the Kensington Market area for one. Admire the colorful houses, boutiques and quirky cafes. Another cool neighborhood is Danforth (which is easily accessible by public transportation); it is home to Greek restaurants and from here you can also embark on easy hikes, and soak in city views from the Chesterhill Lookout point.

How much time should I spend in Toronto?

Plan to spend at least 3 days in Toronto to explore the city’s highlights. For your Toronto itinerary, set aside one day to discover the downtown core highlights like CN tower, Harbourfront, Casa Loma, Eaton Centre, Rogers Centre, Royal Ontario Museum, etc. Second day is all about picking a neighbourhood and exploring it intimately. My favoirtes are Kensington Market & Chinatown, and Distillery District (opt for a bike or food tour in this area). Leave the final day for a day trip to Niagara!

What food is Toronto known for?

Toronto's main dish is a veal sandwich. Other food items to try out are street food, poutine, peameal bacon sandwich, hot dog and sausages.

What is the best way to get around Toronto?

The best way to explore Toronto is a mix of public transportation, walking and tours. Use LRT and buses to get to various districts in Toronto. Public transportation is safe and reliable. Once you are in the neighbourhood, walking or bike tours are a great option to understand the city’s past!

What are the best months to visit Toronto?

The best time to visit Toronto is in late spring, and fall months, so that’s late April through May and September through October. During these months the weather is mild and lovely for outdoorsy activities like hikes, picnics and festivals. Summers are peak tourist season, and hotels and flights are usually pretty expensive.

What is Distillery District known for?

Distillery District is a hip neighborhood in Toronto. Once an industrial district (mills), it was opened in 2003 as a premier arts, culture and entertainment destination. From bike and history tours, to haunted ghost walks and stunning restaurants, this area is worth visiting and adding to your Toronto trip!

What are the best neighborhoods for food?

The best neighborhoods for food are Downtown Core (for all types of cuisines, cafes and fine dining), Distillery district (bars, restaurants), ChinaTown & Gerrard Street (Asian/Indian), Danforth (Greek restaurants).

What are the best neighborhoods for shopping?

The best neighborhoods for shopping are Downtown Core/Eaton Centre, Yorkdale, ChinaTown, and Toronto Premium Outlets at Halton Hills.

What neighborhood should I stay in when I visit Toronto?

The best area to stay in Toronto for a short trip is the Downtown Core. You can find luxury and mid budget hotels in Queens West and the Entertainment District for a comfortable stay, with easy access to restaurants, bars, shops and sightseeing attractions!

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What people are saying about Toronto

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 5,873 reviews

It was so great! My grandchildren loved it! I did not exhibition so well presented. Truly, I was not a dino believer but after the visit to ROM on December 18, I changed my opinion on their presence on the Earth. Anyway, the Blue Whale exhibit was impressive. We all have learned a lot. As a Montessori teacher, I regret that my students do not have a chance to go to the museum as a field trip activity these days. Thank you!!!

We had a fantastic tour of Toronto, so many explanations, info's -. Our guide was very caring, friendly and helpful. The bikes were great - new and in the best condition. Again any time! Thanks a lot !

Super Tourguides der Fabio. :-). Hat super viel spaß gemacht. Fabio hat uns nicht nur von A nach B gefahren, sondern hat auch Geschichte erzählt. TOP

Our family - 10 of us - ages 18 months to retirement, really enjoyed the exhibit - each at our own level

We were only 6 people which was the good side. Nathan was very informative . Amazing experience.