Royal Ontario Museum#10 in Best Things To Do in Toronto
Perched on the northern edge of the University of Toronto campus, the Royal Ontario Museum (also referred to as the "ROM") is a must-visit for history buffs. Since its establishment in 1912, the ROM has accumulated more than six million artifacts, making it Canada's largest museum of world cultures and natural history. The museum features a diverse range of relics on display, including dinosaur bones, ancient Roman sculptures, Chinese temple art and an exhibit on Canada's First Peoples, to name a few.
With so much to see, you'll need to plan your time wisely, otherwise, you'll find yourself wandering the museum for longer than you expected, according to recent visitors. But travelers agree that the museum's variety is a gem, and time spent there is worth every minute. And if you're traveling with children, you don't have to worry about keeping them entertained: The ROM has a hands-on gallery where children can feel the skin of a snake, get up close and personal with the jaws of a shark and visit a fox's den. There is also the CIBC Discovery Gallery where kids can try on costumes and even dig for dinosaur bones.
The ROM is generally open every day from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and until 10 p.m. on Friday evenings, but can vary during certain seasons. General admission to the museum ranges from CA$20 (about $15.50) for adults to CA$14 (about $11) for children between the ages of 4 and 14. Entry to special exhibits costs extra, and there are reduced rates on Friday evenings. If you purchased the CityPASS, your entry is covered. You can find the Royal Ontario Museum off the Museum subway station. For more information, including up-to-date hours, check the Royal Ontario Museum's 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.
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