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CN Tower

Entertainment District 97 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The tallest freestanding structure in the world and a popular Toronto tourist attraction. — Michelin Guide

The tallest freestanding tower in the Western Hemisphere, this landmark stretches 1,815 feet and 5 inches high and marks Toronto with its distinctive silhouette. — Fodor's

Constructed in 1976, the tower is located in downtown's Front Street district between the entertainment district's hotels and restaurants and the scenic waterfront. — Travel + Leisure

At 1,815 feet, the CN Tower offers a staggering panoramic view of the city. — Concierge

Once the world’s tallest tower, the 1,815-ft landmark offers panoramic views over the city and Lake Ontario — The Telegraph

Royal Ontario Museum

Midtown 95 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The Royal Ontario Museum, located near Queen’s Park and the University of Toronto, attracts over a million people each year. — Travel + Leisure

The glass-and-steel structure is, depending on your point of view, either a grand gesture or a God-awful folly. — Time Out

This is Canada's largest museum and the fifth largest on the continent, with 6 million objects in its collections. — Frommer's

Thrusting out over Bloor Street, this deconstructivist work of architecture has divided critics across the board. — Concierge

What sets the ROM apart is that science, art, and archaeology exhibits are all appealingly presented in one gigantic complex. — Fodor's

The AGO, Art Gallery of Ontario

Dundas Square Area 93 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

If you go to only one major attraction while you're in Toronto, let it be the AGO. — Frommer's

Aside from their 80,000+ pieces of artwork, AGO also houses a theater, high-end restaurant, café, and enough architectural wonder to keep you occupied for hours. — Condé Nast Traveler

The Henry Moore sculpture gallery, the fine European collection, the Group of Seven or other stand-outs from the permanent collection. — Time Out

The AGO is hard to miss: the monumental glass and titanium facade designed by Toronto native son Frank Gehry hovering over the main building is a stunning beauty. — Fodor's

The AGO houses art collections both excellent and extensive (bring your stamina). — Lonely Planet

Bata Shoe Museum

The Annex 89 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

A permanent collection of 10,000 varieties of foot coverings and, through the changing fashions, highlights the craft and sociology of making shoes. — Fodor's

A playful take on a shoe box, Raymond Moriyama's oddly shaped building houses everything from native slippers to celebrity footwear. — Time Out

Imelda Marcos: Eat your heart out. This modern museum houses the shoe-magnate Bata family's 10,000-item collection. — Frommer's

This unique museum draws on its 10,000-piece collection to illustrate a 4,500-year history of shoemaking and mankind's footwear. — Michelin Guide

A collection of more than 12,000 shoes, displayed in a building shaped like a shoebox.  — Atlas Obscura

Casa Loma

The Annex 88 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

A 98-room castle in the middle of Toronto that bankrupted a 19th century electricity multimillionaire.  — Atlas Obscura

Toronto's only castle may have never housed royalty, but it certainly has grandeur, lording over The Annex on a cliff that was once the shoreline of the glacial Lake Iroquois. — Lonely Planet

A kitschy glitch in the city's skyline to locals, this castle on a hill offers an inspiring view of the sweep of the city. — Frommer's

A European-style castle... grand display of extravagance. — Fodor's

Some love it, others dismiss it as a kitsch folly. Either way, Casa Loma is a sight to behold, with its corbelled towers and battlements. — Time Out

Hockey Hall of Fame

Old Town & Downtown 87 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

A tribute to Canada's national game, this sports shrine features more than 5,110 sq m (50,000 sq ft) of games, displays and memorabilia. — Time Out

Canada's favorite sport and the favorite museum of Canadians who love it. — Michelin Guide

For all its highbrow cosmopolitanism, Toronto is, nevertheless, the biggest hockey city in the world. — Concierge

Even if you're not a hockey fan, it's worth a trip here to see this shrine to Canada's favorite sport. — Fodor's

Ice hockey fans will be thrilled by the artifacts collected here. — Frommer's

Ontario Science Centre

East York 87 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The multi-level centre houses 800 or so science exhibits, plus Toronto's only planetarium and an Omnimax movie theatre. — Time Out

Climb a rock wall, journey to the center of a human heart, catch a criminal with DNA fingerprinting and race an Olympic bobsled at the excellent, interactive Ontario Science Centre. — Lonely Planet

It has been called a museum of the 21st century, but it's much more than that. Where else can you stand at the edge of a black hole, work hand-in-clamp with a robot, or land on the moon? — Fodor's

Since this pioneering interactive science museum opened in 1969, generations of Toronto's kids, and their offspring, have proven loyal fans. — Frommer's

This popular attraction consists largely of interactive exhibits on science and technology. — Michelin Guide

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St. Lawrence Market

Downtown 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The St. Lawrence Market is great. — Afar Magazine

A lovely landmark and an excellent place to sample Canadian bacon, this market was originally built in 1844 as the first true Toronto city hall. — Fodor's

Old York's sensational St Lawrence Market has been a neighborhood meeting place for over two centuries. — Lonely Planet

This handsome food market is, in fact, two tiers. — Frommer's

One of the world's 25 best markets by Food & Wine magazine, St Lawrence is a foodie favourite. — Time Out

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Harbourfront Centre

Harbourfront 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The 4-hectare not-for-profit Harbourfront Centre exists to educate and entertain Toronto's diverse community. — Lonely Planet

Once the site of railroad yards, docks, and warehouses, this waterfront area was reclaimed by the government in the '70s and turned into the Harbourfront Centre. — Concierge

An annual event from January through May, New World Stage hosts a choice selection of theatre and dance companies from around the world. — Time Out

Stretching from just west of York Street to Spadina Avenue, this culture-and-recreation center is a match for San Francisco's Pier 39 and Baltimore's Inner Harbor. — Fodor's

This cultural center encompasses a 38-hectare (94-acre) strip of waterfront land, once-abandoned warehouses, charming piers, and an old smokestack. — Frommer's

Gardiner Museum

Downtown 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The first specialist museum of ceramic art in North America. — Time Out

The Gardiner showcases a collection of more than 3,000 pieces, ranging from ancient Mayan figurines to 17th-century English Delftware and dynamic contemporary pieces. — Travel + Leisure

The only museum in Canada dedicated to ceramic art... does its job impressively. — Frommer's

This museum, the project of collectors George and Helen Gardiner, features pottery and porcelain from a variety of countries and cultures. — Michelin Guide

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Spadina Museum

Midtown 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This circa-1866 mansion with spectacular seasonal gardens reopened in 2010 after an extensive, expensive renovation. — Frommer's

Reflecting the grandeur of Victorian and Edwardian styles, the spacious drawing room... and the airy wicker-furnished palm room show the comforts the Austin family expected. — Michelin Guide

This 50-room mansion was built for financier James Austin in 1866, but his son added even more space in the 20th century, so it now has elements of both Victorian and Edwardian architecture. — Time Out

Atop the Baldwin Steps, this gracious home and its Victorian-Edwardian gardens were built in 1866 as a country estate for financier James Austin and his family. — Lonely Planet

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The Elgin & Winter Garden Theatre Centre

Old Town & Downtown 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Billed as the last operating double-decker theatre in the world, this complex is also famous for its beauty. — Time Out

This splendid structure, which was designated a national historic site in 1982, houses one of the few remaining double-decker theatres in the world. — Michelin Guide

A restored masterpiece, the Elgin & Winter Garden Theatre is the world's last operating double-decker theater. — Lonely Planet

Offer everything from Broadway musicals and dramas to concerts and opera performances... with the Toronto International Film Festival. — Frommer's

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Rogers Centre

Downtown West 83 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The biggest venue in the city, it is not used regularly for music but occasionally draws superstar like U2 and AC/DC. — Frommer's

Home to American League Baseball's Toronto Blue Jays. The multipurpose stadium hosts rock concerts, conventions and trade shows as well as sports. — Michelin Guide

Home to baseball's Blue Jays and was the world's first stadium with a fully retractable roof. — Fodor's

Resembling a giant white beetle... is a more significant building than the Air Canada Centre, and also has a more arresting tour. — Time Out

Awe-inspiring, the Rogers Centre sports stadium opened in 1989 with the world's first fully retractable dome roof and seating for up to 55,000 people. — Lonely Planet

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Black Creek Pioneer Village

North York 83 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Black Creek Pioneer Village re-creates rural life in 19th-century Ontario. — Lonely Planet

Set among abundant greenery and dirt roads flanked by wooden sidewalks and split-rail fences, the ensemble exudes a bygone-era charm. — Michelin Guide

In this quaint reconstruction of a Victorian-era village, costumed interpreters cheerily answer questions about life in the 19th century. — Frommer's

This quaint re-creation of 19th-century village life could easily have become 'Ye Olde Disneyesque Embarrassment', but it's actually an interesting place to spend an afternoon. — Time Out

A rural, mid-19th-century living-history-museum village that makes you feel as though you've gone through a time warp. — Fodor's

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Fort York National Historic Site

Queen West, Chinatown & Little Italy 82 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The most historic site in Toronto is a must for anyone interested in the city's origins. — Fodor's

Established by the British in 1793 to defend the then town of York, Fort York was almost entirely destroyed during the War of 1812. — Lonely Planet

The museum offers guided tours and historical re-enactments, and performances of period music and dance. — Time Out

For those interested in history -- especially military history -- this is a treat. — Frommer's

Fort York was the primary guardian of Toronto's harbour. — Michelin Guide

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Campbell House Museum

Queen Street and West Queen West 81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The restored rooms contain some fine period pieces and surviving portraits of the Campbell family. — Michelin Guide

This is one of the city's older treasures of Georgian architecture. — Time Out

This lovely old house has a small art gallery filled with rotating exhibitions. — Frommer's

The Georgian mansion of Sir William Campbell, the sixth chief justice of Upper Canada, is now one of Toronto's best house museums. — Fodor's

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Mackenzie House

Downtown 81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This Greek Revival brick row house dates from the mid-19th century. It was once the home of William Lyon Mackenzie, a fiery orator and newspaper editor who had a most unusual career. — Frommer's

Once home to journalist William Lyon Mackenzie, Toronto's first mayor (elected in 1834) and designer of the city's coat of arms, this Greek Revival row house is now a museum. — Fodor's

Just steps away from the hustle and bustle of Yonge and Dundas Square is a hidden heritage treasure known as the Mackenzie House. — On the Grid

This 19C brick row house, with its four chimneys and single dormer, was the last home of William Lyon Mackenzie. — Michelin Guide

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Ontario Place

Queen West, Chinatown & Little Italy 80 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This sprawling, innovative leisure complex... with an emphasis on family entertainment and recreation. — Michelin Guide

For all its Space Age looks, this is really just a fun amusement park, more thrilling than Centreville on Centre Island, but small in comparison with Paramount Canada's Wonderland. — Frommer's

This public amusement park was built in the 1970s, when Canadian nationalism (and, some would say, government spending) was at its zenith. — Time Out

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Design Exchange

Old Town & Downtown 80 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

DX stages an eclectic mix of visiting graphic- and fashion-design exhibitions. — Condé Nast Traveler

A delightful example of streamlined moderne design (a later and more austere version of art deco). — Fodor's

This innovative museum devoted to Canadian industrial ingenuity is housed in the old Toronto stock exchange. — Afar Magazine

The former home of the Toronto Stock Exchange, this 1937 building is as notable for its deco design as for its collection of post-war Canuck artefacts. — Time Out

Located in the old Stock Exchange Building, the Design Exchange -- or DX, as it prefers to be known -- has become an important Canadian design museum. — Frommer's

Distillery Historic District

Downtown 80 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

One of Toronto's best downtown attractions. — Lonely Planet

This 45-building complex... was reinvented as an historic district with galleries and cafes inhabiting the 19th century buildings. — Frommer's

You'll find vintage shops, many patios serving beer and wine in the sun, and specialty stores featuring chocolate, coffee, housewares and even a leather-shaped rhino. — Afar Magazine

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