Toronto is Canada’s largest city and it’s cultural and entertainment hub. The city makes for a great long weekend escape for families, especially those traveling with tweens and teens. Expect adventures galore—from walking on the edge of the tallest freestanding structure in the world to sleeping — literally! — with the sharks. Also find fancy delights—afternoon tea at the Shangri La and animal encounters such as sleeping in a Serengeti style bush camp via the Toronto Zoo. Here are seven must-experience adventures for families visiting Toronto with tweens and teens.
Explore Toronto by bicycle.
Toronto’s bike-sharing network gives you 24/7 access to a bicycle, making it the perfect way to explore Toronto’s fascinating neighborhoods. Take a bike when you need one and leave it at any station when you arrive at your destination. Check out this Toronto Bike Map, which shows on and off-street bikeways, suggested routes and connections, bicycle lockers, rental and shop locations and other important information about cycling.
Drop 245 feet into an underwater tunnel on the record-Breaking Yukon Striker.
Canada’s Wonderland, Toronto’s very own theme park, is home to an all-new, record-breaking coaster, the Yukon Striker. This 90-degree drop coaster drops 245 feet into an underwater tunnel. The coaster is the world’s tallest, longest, and fastest dive coaster. The parks also boasts the new gold-rush themed attractions area Frontier Canada.
Savor a Poutine pizza.
Poutine, perhaps Canada’s most famous dish, is even better when it’s served atop a crispy pizza. Bannock, a casual restaurant featuring Canadian comfort food, features a to-die-for Poutine pizza: a savory pizza crust topped with french fries, a light gravy-like sauce, cheese curds, and crispy roasted duck. Save room for sour cream doughnuts for dessert.
Walk along the edge of the CN Tower.
The iconic CN Tower defines the city’s skyline and is now home to one of the biggest urban adventures in the world: EdgeWalk . Participants are whisked 116 stories off the ground via elevator. Once they reach the top, they don orange jumpsuits and bright yellow harnesses and walk, hands-free, along the edge of the CN Tower—1,136 feet above the ground! Come prepared to face your fears and enjoy the stunning view. Edge walkers must be at least 13 years of age.
Spend the Night in a Serengeti Bush Camp.
With its 287 hectares packed with wildlife, divided into seven zoogeographic regions—Indo-Malaya, Africa, Americas, Tundra Trek, Australasia, Eurasia, and the Canadian Domain—the Toronto Zoo is the largest zoo in Canada. At the Serengeti Bush Camp, experience the wildlife of the African Savanna and Rainforest Pavilion, along with evening activities, campfire tales, and the chance to sleep under the stars from the zoo’s authentic African tents. Check out the zoo’s full range of camps and events.
Travel aboard Apollo 11 at the Ontario Science Center.
September will mark the 50th anniversary of the Ontario Science Centre. To celebrate, the Ontario Science Centre is showcasing the human adventure of discovery. Summer 2019 is the Summer of Space and features two new exhibitions, Astronaut and Women in Space. There will also be a screening of the IMAX film Apollo 11: First Steps Edition.
Indulge in Afternoon Tea for Kids at the Shangri La Toronto.
You’re never too young to appreciate fine tea. While parents can enjoy tea and scones, so can their kids. Launched in 2018, the service takes place during the same time as that for adults. In the Lobby Lounge, the High Tea is offered year-round. When making a reservation, guests should request the Children’s High Tea (cost: CAD $35).
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