Ontario Science Centre#11 in Best Things To Do in Toronto
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If you're looking for a learning experience that's more than just reading placard after placard, you should head to the Ontario Science Centre. The facility features interactive exhibits in the hundreds, with the goal to maximize learning opportunities for both children and adults. Here, visitors can pilot a rocket chair, explore the city's only public planetarium and bust moves on a dance floor that turns energy into light power. You can even touch a tornado in the Living Earth experience, or see what you'll look like as you age with the help of the Amazing Aging Machine. Before starting your tour, stop by the information area to see if there's anything special going on that day – the on-site IMAX theater showcases a variety of educational movies and the museum often presents demonstrations on everything from electricity to papermaking.
Recent visitors said because there's so much to do, it's possible to end up spending the entire day at the Ontario Science Centre. Consider picking out what you want to see ahead of time so you don't end up spending hours on end here.
Located in North York, about 8 miles northeast of downtown Toronto, the Ontario Science Centre is open every day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays; the attraction is open until 5 or 7 p.m. on weekends and holidays. During the summer months, hours are extended on weekdays. It is best reached by car or taxi. Adult admission to the museum starts at CA$22 (roughly $17); tickets for children ages 3 to 12 cost CA$13 (or about $10), while tickets for kids between 13 and 17 are CA$16 (about $12.50) each. Parking costs CA$10 (less than $8). If you purchased a Toronto CityPASS, your admission fee is included. There is an extra fee for IMAX films. For more information, visit the Ontario Science Centre website.
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#1 Toronto Islands
When you're in need of a break from the hustle and bustle of Canada's biggest city, hop a ferry to the Toronto Islands. This collection of islands and islets offers a welcome touch of green to the city's skyscraper-speckled mainland. The three islands, Centre, Ward's and Algonquin, are all connected, so you don't have to worry about having to get on and off a boat to fully experience the area. Each main island offers something different. Centre Island lives up to its name, providing the most in terms of activities. There, visitors will find expansive picnic areas, beaches, sporting rentals and the Centreville Amusement Park, which features more than 30 rides, a petting zoo and a boating lagoon. Ward and Algonquin are more laid-back, dotted with 1920s-style cottages and English gardens. Hanlan's Point, located next to the Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport at the northeastern tip of the island, features the area's only clothing optional beach, as well as a lighthouse believed to be haunted. All of the islands are largely car-free, making them the perfect venue for a peaceful stroll, bike ride or picnic. And while the winter brings biting winds and lots of snow, the Toronto Islands are also a great place for cross-country skiing and ice skating.
Travelers and locals alike both take to the Toronto Islands. Recent visitors said it's a great place to take a long breather from the big city atmosphere of Toronto. Many say the incredible views of the city's skyline are reason alone to visit. However, some visitors found the area to be overrun, especially in Centre Island. Others also expressed disappointment with the inflated prices for amenities in and near the Centreville Amusement Park. Otherwise, the majority of visitors, especially those with families, thoroughly enjoyed their time on the island.
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