1. Get acquainted: The best way to learn about Toronto is on a scenic tour bus. The Gray Line Hop-On Hop-Off bus offers city tours that stop at all the top destinations. The tour runs in a continuous loop with pickup stops near major hotels in the downtown area. For a unique tour hop on the Hippo for a city tour that splashes down in Lake Ontario for a ride around Ontario Place.
2. CN Tower: The CN Tower, a national icon, offers an expansive view of the city. After an exhilarating elevator ride the views from the three viewing platforms are outstanding and standing on the glass floor is not for the faint hearted. While there don’t miss their exciting 3-D Ultimate Wave Tahiti and exciting Himalamazon ride.
3. Royal Museum of Ontario: Do not miss Canada’s largest museum of history and culture. Be dazzled the Lee-Chin Crystal addition to ROM building. Learn about dinosaurs, ancient culture, Canada’s first people, and more. Check out their changing special exhibitions.
4. Ontario Science Museum: The entire family will enjoy fun and learning at the Ontario Science Museum. The interactive adventure starts at the entrance and continues inside along with live science shows. The Ontario Science Museum innovated the concept of hands-on science. It is home to IMAX Dome Films and features special exhibits.
5. Bata Shoe Museum: One of Toronto’s most unique museums features shoes that range spans 5000 years and includes Chinese bound foot shoes and Elton John's monogrammed silver platform boots. The Bata Shoe Museum is home to the world's largest, most comprehensive collection of shoes and footwear-related objects.
6. Theater: Toronto is a top theater destination for Canadians and Americans. All the popular Broadway-style musicals, plays or concerts perform in the city and usually cost less than similar productions in Chicago or New York City. Especially impressive is a show in the Royal Alexandra, Toronto's senior theater with beaux-arts architecture. It is the oldest continuously operating legitimate theatre in North America.
7. Dining: Toronto is one of the world’s most culturally diverse cities and along with its prime location on the western shore of Lake Ontario the city is home to excellent theaters, museums, shopping, and unique things to see and do.
8. Family fun: Ontario Place is just one place for family fun and entertainment. Canada Wonderland is home to Canada’s biggest, fastest, and tallest roller coaster, the Behemoth, but also features 200 attractions and 66 rides. Or, for a quieter day enjoy the lakeside charm of Toronto Islands, which are reached by frequent ferry service.
9. Shopper’s Delight: From a collection of antique shops on King Street to designer shops on Bloor, visitors can shop ‘til they drop. There are factory outlets, flea markets and the famed Eaton Centre, the number one retail destination in the heart of the city with more than 250 shops. You can’t miss Honest Ed’s discount store with its Vegas-like marquee.
10. TAP into TO: The best deal may be Toronto’s Greeter program. Sign up for a free tour of one of Toronto's vibrant neighborhoods or themed districts to get acquainted with the real Toronto. Toronto residents who love their city and want to share it with you have volunteered to become "greeters" to meet you and show you around.