What to do in Toronto?

My family will be in Toronto in the near future. We’ll be spending a day at Niagra Falls, but we haven’t really determined what to do with our other day. We’ll possibly do one of those double-decker bus tours where you can get off of one bus and get on another after spending the amount of time you like at each stop.

We defintely plan on visiting the UC Tower, but other than that I’m not really sure which things around town are the best use of our fairly limited time. Suggestions? (In case it matters and you don’t already know, our two daugters are 10 and 11.)


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  1. #1 by whall on September 2, 2009 - 10:32 am

    Bring me an autographed Great White North video cassette and some back bacon.
    .-= whall´s last blog ..Loving the technology =-.


    • #2 by Ren on September 2, 2009 - 1:00 pm

      whall – Great ideas! I’ll put them at the top of my list. Actually, above the top of my list, really high up there, right off the top of the paper, in fact. 😀


    • #3 by Ren on September 11, 2009 - 4:02 pm

      whall – I did have a back bacon breakfast sandwich, but I didn’t bring you any — or anything else, sorry….


  2. #4 by Faiqa on September 2, 2009 - 4:09 pm

    As the self appointed queen of multiculturalism, might I suggest the Royal Ontario Museum? I didn’t get a chance a to go when we went to Toronto because everyone I went with (besides my kid) is a big LOSER and wanted to go to some waterfall instead. 🙂
    .-= Faiqa´s last blog ..Back To School: A Prayer =-.


    • #5 by Ren on September 11, 2009 - 4:07 pm

      Faiqa – Thanks to your recommendation, the ROM was one of the places we visited on the trip. Wow is there a lot to see in there. Unfortunately, we only had an hour and a half or so. It was still very interesting and while my daughters often wanted to move along, I was able to pique or keep there interest for many of the exhibits. I’d say more, but I need to save something for the actual post! 🙂


  3. #6 by hello haha narf on September 2, 2009 - 4:31 pm


    oh, and faiqa is right, the rom is pretty damn cool. and huge. wear comfy shoes.
    .-= hello haha narf´s last blog ..Sex on the Bar with Becky =-.


    • #7 by Ren on September 11, 2009 - 4:08 pm

      hello haha narf – I took a picture of the front of the Hockey Hall of Fame when we passed it on our tour bus. 🙂


  4. #8 by Princess of the Universe on September 3, 2009 - 8:39 am

    Toronto has a wonderful theatre district- I would look up what’s playing and get tickets to something…


    • #9 by Ren on September 11, 2009 - 4:09 pm

      Princess of the Universe – I mentioned this to my wife, but it never panned out. We’re supposed to do a show in NYC next month, though I’m thinking I’ll likely be skipping that to attend RenYC.


  5. #10 by beth on September 10, 2009 - 12:48 pm

    I can’t recommend anything, but I’ll want a post trip report as I’ll be going, with my two daughters! You can be my Frommer’s guide….actually you should check a Frommer’s book I always find great suggestions in them.


    • #11 by Ren on September 11, 2009 - 4:12 pm

      beth – I had hoped to get my post about the trip done by now, but I’ve been too busy. The short version is:

      1. The hop-on-and-off tour buses allow for multiple days, so get a ticket the first day and you can use them for some of your transportation around town.

      2. Visit the CN Tower first thing in the morning to avoid the crowds, both to save time and so that the glass floor isn’t full of people. It’s much smaller than I expected (the glass floor, that is).

      3. If you want to go to the ROM (Royal Ontario Museum), do some exhibit research before-hand so that you can plan your time appropriately. They have the the Dead Sea Scrolls right now, though I’m not sure for how long.


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