Toronto things to do

By Aefa Mulholland, your Toronto expert

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Royal Ontario Museum

Price guide: Expensive
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Best for Families -
Expert overall rating:4.6 (out of 5)

Art, architecture, ancient animals and more

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Art Gallery of Ontario

Price guide: Expensive
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Best for Culture -
Expert overall rating:4.6 (out of 5)

All in one art and architecture

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Bata Shoe Museum

Price guide: Expensive
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Expert overall rating:4.4 (out of 5)

Bata goes toe-to-toe with the top museums

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Best for Fun -
Expert overall rating:4.2 (out of 5)

Quirky market for shopping, eating and people-watching

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Expert overall rating:4.0 (out of 5)

Music-themed waterfront park strikes the right notes

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Expert overall rating:3.8 (out of 5)

A hall full of food and history

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You can cross off the city’s top three museums within just a couple of blocks — the ROM, the Gardiner and the Bata are all really close to each other.

A number of museums don’t open on Mondays, but most do have a late-opening evening, which is almost always free of charge.

Toronto’s beaches are more for sunbathing than swimming, but there are a few — notably Toronto Island’s four beaches, Cherry Beach and the four beaches that comprise “The Beach” in the east end of town. Check whether your beach of choice is safe for swimming first - the city tests the water from June till August.

How I’ve picked my things to do: 

This is a smorgasbord of things that I loved on my first visit to the city, plus a selection of off-radar ones I’ve discovered over my years living here.

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This is a smorgasbord of things that I loved on my first visit to the city, plus a selection of off-radar ones I’ve discovered over my years living here.