Things to do in Ontario

Jul 29, 2010 at 1:20 p.m. ET

Looking for things to do in Ontario? Check out these Ontario attractions and events before you plan your next visit.

Toronto Zoo


Toronto Zoo

With more than 5,000 animals representing more than 500 species, the Toronto Zoo is one of the largest zoos in the world! Even if you don't have kids, this is a great place to spend the day. The Zoo is divided into seven zoogeographical regions and often has special exhibits. A few of the must see permanent exhibits are the 10 acre Tundra Trek, the amazing five acre Polar bear habitat and the Gorilla Rainforest.

2Ontario Wineries

Perfect for a day-trip or a weekend escape, the Ontario Wine Country is great for taking in exceptional scenery, enjoying delicious food, and tasting exquisite wine. The wineries are divided into five groups based on location, so the hardest part will be deciding on where you want to go first.

Canadian National Exhibition3Canadian National Exhibition

In the heart of downtown Toronto, with everything you and your family could possibly want to see or do from concerts to midway rides, parades and more, The Canadian National Exhibition, or The EX, is an annual event that has everything. Also, if you buy your tickets early and online you can find discounts that are unavailable at the entry gates.

4Haunted Walk of Ottawa

If the supernatural is up your alley, venture on the Haunted Walk of Ottawa. These haunted walks are perfect for those looking for a spooky tale or a heart pumping adventure! The ghost stories about graveyards and hangings are not exaggerated -- this tour is only for the very brave!

5The Bata Shoe Museum

This just may be Carrie Bradshaw's utopia. If you, too, are gaga over shoes and want to see the world's greatest shoe collection, check out, The Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto. With more than 10,000 pairs of shoes, 4,500 years of history, and a 20th century collection of celebrity shoes, this is any girl's dream. Keep an eye out for the shoebox shaped building!

6Niagara Falls

Straddling the Canadian/American border, Niagara Falls is divided into the Horseshoe Falls and the American Falls, the Horseshoe Falls are in Ontario and is the larger of the two. Not just the honeymoon capital of the world, the falls also are natural wonders with spectacular views that are humbling and awe-inspiring. It's a great place to visit for everyone.

7CN Tower

The CN Tower is the world's tallest tower according to the Guinness Book of World Records 2010. So, if architecture, engineering, and heights strike your fancy, take the 58 second elevator ride up 351 meters (1,151 feet) and check out the 360 degree view of Toronto. While you are up there, and if you really want to put your fears to the test, check out the glass floor. Or, you could just grab a bite to eat in the revolving 360 Restaurant.

8Royal Ontario Museum (the ROM)

For an exciting learning experience, head to the Royal Ontario Museum, or the ROM. It is one of North America's largest museums and a must see if you are visiting Toronto. The museum houses more than six million objects ranging from world cultures to natural history. With traveling exhibitions, hands-on galleries, and intriguing artifacts from around the world, this is a perfect place to channel your inner archaeologist.

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