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Toronto for 3 days

Hello,
We will be heading to Toronto for 3 days. One evening we have tickets for a Blue Jays game. What are "must-not miss" places you have been to while there? We will be there a Friday, Saturday, and Sunday full days. It is my husband and I and our 13 year old daughter. Thanks!

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It's been many years since I was there but there are two things I remember. One was the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), which was excellent. The other was taking the ferry over to the islands. I was there in mid summer and it was hot so the beach on the island was wonderful.

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Do you have a car or using public transport?

The Toronto zoo (we had our car, so not sure how to get there with public transport). Ripley’s Aquarium. CN Tower. There is a science museum that kids might enjoy, but hubs and I didn’t visit it. ROM as mentioned above. Some good eats at St Lawrence Market.

We just enjoyed wandering along the waterfront. We were last there in 2016 so not sure what else might be new since then. (Well, hubby just got back from a work trip. I hope the Jays do better when you are there then they did when he went Sunday...lol).

Are you heading there soon? The Canadian National Exhibition runs thru labour day (1st Monday in Sept) and I’ve never been but it looks amazing.

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We will be there on the weekend of Labor Day. We will have to look into that. Thanks for all the ideas.

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You might consider the Hockey Hall of Fame too.

And, Come From Away is on. I went in May. It is fabulous and well worth seeing. I'd go so far as to say best show I've seen (bring kleenex).

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jdrwoods1977, we were just there, for the Canada Day holiday weekend, to see games at the stadium. Its very walkable downtown. Where are you staying? At the stadium Marriott? That is cool. Right there, next to the stadium is the CN tower, tallest bldg in North America, which you can get tickets to ride to the top (busy and popular, so plan ahead) or even better, have dinner in the revolving restaurant at the top. We did take an HOHO bus around the main sights, which turned out to be a good idea (for once). The bus tour included a 45 minute cruise on the lake (also near the stadium) which was fun. Our favorite attraction was the St Lawrence Market. There may be some festivals going on near the waterfront or in the town center.

Try some "queues de castor" (beaver tails) if you see their food truck.

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We were in Toronto for about the same amount of time with our two year old last year. We also went to a Blue Jays game, which was fun. Another vote for the Hockey Hall of Fame, the ROM, and St. Lawrence Market. The Zoo was great too. Had a great meal at Momofuku Noodle Bar.

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If you are on Front Street, which connects the baseball park to St. Lawrence Market, watch for Berczy Park. It is a pocket of green about four blocks east from Yonge. In it a two-tier water fountain is adorned with statuettes of 27 dogs, each spurting water (plus one wary cat keeping dry). Your daughter may be still young enough to be delighted. Me too, each time, although not at all young. Locals like to take selfies with their live dogs.

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Welcome, in advance, to Toronto :)

The Toronto Islands are a must see in my opinion. You board a ferry and can visit 3 islands; Centre ( kids amusement park, but very small scale), Hanlan's Point ( nude beach and lots of park space, and Ward's ( adorable streets with the cutest little houses, 2 restaurants and and a beach). A fun way to see them is to rent a bike at Centre and bike along the boardwalk. They have single, tandem and quad bikes. You can also rent peddle boats and canoes there.

My daughter and I will be doing stand up paddle boarding at sunset there this weekend for the first time.

Harbourfront always has something interesting going on. You can rent canoes and kayaks there, or take a boat cruise.

The CNE is another option. They will be doing an air show on Monday that's pretty impressive.

Walking around Queen Street West is interesting. Lots of unique shops and restaurants.

Enjoy!

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Leaving today and these are all great ideas! What about Kensington Market? Is it worth going or should we just plan to stick around the Harbour Front area?

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I wasn’t a fan of Kensington market...but I’m pretty ‘square’. Seems to be a popular spot to visit...

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Kensington market isn't everyone's taste. I like it, but my husband thinks it's a dump. If you go, it warrants about 1.5 hours tops. As others have mentioned,St. Lawrence market is nice and not too far from Harbourfront. It's also close to a restaurant that I love that has great food and an equally good belly dancing dinner show: https://www.thesultanstent.com/

The Distillery District has some great spots for drinks/food and artsy shops.

Looks like there's a buskerfest this weekend :https://www.blogto.com/events/buskerfest-toronto-2019/

BLOG TO is a good source for information about city happening's: https://www.blogto.com/events/

If you go to the Royal Ontario Museum, consider a walk through Yorkville. TIFF starts next week and there are usually a few celebrity sightings there each year.