Top 5 Things to do in Toronto - Day 2

May 08, 2013 -- 8:41am

Toronto Island

On Saturday, our first day in the city, we didn’t waste any time and started sightseeing right away. The first thing we did after eating lunch (Gusto 101 – made in house pasta and pizzas) and checking in to our hotel (Le Germaine at Maple Leaf Square) we walked down to the harbor. We purchased our $7 ferry tickets and after a ten minute ride we were on the island. Once on the island, you have access to swimming, beaches, bike rentals, an amusement park…and if you’re feeling adventurous there’s even a nude beach. And come hungry because there are plenty of picnic locations if you pack a lunch and several food options as well. This place is magic during the summer months so don’t miss it!

Kensington Market

If you want to walk off lunch head to Kensington market to tour this ethnic market – it’s an interesting feast for your eyes and senses. This multi-cultural food area is intermixed with vintage clothing and other hipster shops. Eat cheap empanadas and overpriced grilled cheese sammies. Take your camera – the graffiti on most of the buildings in this area are interesting art murals. You really only need an hour or two to explore this hippie neighborhood.


Kensington Market and Chinatown are right next to each other so you can knock both of these out the same day. Toronto’s Chinatown is like any other – hosting a number of shops, activities, restaurants and cheap spas/massages. Enjoy some crispy lemon chicken or my personal favorite, Bubble Tea. And I wish I had more room in my suitcase because I would have purchased some of the amazing herbs Chinatown sells. This cultural market area is a must see!

CN Tower

Named one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World - the CN Tower should be at the top of your to-do tourist list while in Toronto. Opened in 1976, it stands 1,815 feet. Thankfully there’s an elevator because I wouldn’t want to take the 1,760 steps to the top (the world's longest staircase). The glass elevators reach speeds of 15 miles per hour and there are glass tiles so you can watch below as you go up. At the top, go outside to the observation deck or stay inside and stand above the glass floor (freaky)! And if you happen to be hungry - check out The 360 Restaurant – it makes for an incredible view while enjoying an upscale, fancy dinner.

Rogers Centre

The boys of summer are back at the impressive Rogers Centre (right next to CN Tower) home of the Blue Jays! It was a beautiful day when we saw the Blue Jays take on the Mariners so the retractable roof was open (roof can be fully opened or closed in 20 minutes). The stadium has 46,000 seats and hosts many events and sports games. And if there isn’t a home game during your stay you can still enjoy the views of Rogers Centre – book a room at Renaissance Toronto Downtown Hotel – it’s the world's only hotel located in a major league sports and entertainment venue – pretty cool views from some of those rooms.

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