Epic 1-Day Toronto Adventure: Top Attractions

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by Ava

May 7, 2024 · 1 min read

Toronto 1 Day Itinerary

Embark on a whirlwind tour of Toronto, where modern marvels and historical treasures await. Begin your day with a visit to the awe-inspiring CN Tower, a symbol of modern architecture, where you'll spend an hour marveling at the cityscape from dizzying heights. Next, immerse yourself in academia at the prestigious University of Toronto, wandering through its storied halls for two hours. Continue your cultural journey at the Royal Ontario Museum, dedicating two hours to explore its world-class exhibits. Conclude your day with a two-hour stroll through the enchanting gardens and grand rooms of Casa Loma, Toronto's very own castle. This one-day itinerary is crafted to ensure you experience the essential highlights of Toronto, leaving you with lasting memories and a desire to return.

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DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Toronto Airport West
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Sheraton Parkway Toronto North Hotel & Suites
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Hilton Suites Toronto-Markham Conference Centre & Spa
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1 Day in Toronto Itinerary: Day 1

1

CN Tower

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Starting your Toronto adventure, the iconic CN Tower beckons with its modern architectural splendor. As you ascend this symbol of the city, prepare to be awed by the panoramic views that await. Spend an hour marveling at the skyline from the tower's observation decks, an experience that sets the tone for an unforgettable day.

Attraction Info

  • 290 Bremner Blvd, Toronto, ON M5V 3L9, Canada
  • Suggested tour duration: 1 hour
  • Open from 10:00am-9:00pm,The opening hours of different areas inside the hotel are different, please see the official website for details.

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2

University of Toronto

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Next, immerse yourself in the intellectual ambiance of the University of Toronto. Roam through the historic grounds for a couple of hours, where scholarly pursuits meet architectural beauty. The university's storied halls and lush green spaces offer a serene retreat from the bustling city life.

Attraction Info

  • 27 King's College Cir, Toronto, ON M5S 1A1, Canada
  • Suggested tour duration: 2-4 hour

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3

Royal Ontario Museum

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Continue your cultural journey at the Royal Ontario Museum, where history and art converge. Dedicate two hours to explore its vast collection, from natural history to world cultures. Each exhibit promises a glimpse into the past and a deeper appreciation for the stories that shape our world.

Attraction Info

  • 100 Queens Park, Toronto, ON M5S 2C6, Canada
  • Suggested tour duration: 2-4 hour
  • Open on Tue-Sun,10:00am-5:30pm;Closed on Mon
10 min,2.88 km
4

Casa Loma

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Conclude your day with a visit to Casa Loma, Toronto's very own castle. The estate's landscape gardens and city park are the perfect backdrop for a leisurely two-hour stroll. As you wander through the grand rooms and secret passages, the opulence and history of this majestic mansion will transport you to a bygone era.

Attraction Info

  • 1 Austin Terrace, Toronto, ON M5R 1X8, Canada
  • Suggested tour duration: 2-4 hour
  • Open from 9:30am-5:00pm

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Top Things to Do in Toronto-2024

TOP 1
CN Tower
CN Tower
4.6/5 · 685 review
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Highlights:
The CN Tower is located on the shore of Lake Ontario, with a tower height of 553 meters, which is one of the tallest buildings in the world. It takes less than 1 minute to take the fully transparent sightseeing elevator to the observation deck of about 346 meters. Through the large glass windows, you can see the panoramic view of Toronto city and the beautiful Lake Ontario. A transparent glass floor is specially set up on the sightseeing floor, and it is very exciting to stand on it and look to the end. If you want to experience a more thrilling project, you may wish to participate in the outdoor walk (EdgeWalk) of the TV Tower. It takes about 30 minutes to walk on the only 1.5-meter-wide passage outside the 116-story tower. It can be said to be a thrilling project in Toronto. The TV Tower has restaurants, souvenir shops, a small cinema and a children's playground. The tower is surrounded by gardens and pools. At night, the constantly changing colored lights make the TV Tower a beautiful sight in Toronto.
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TOP 2
Casa Loma
Casa Loma
4.7/5 · 333 review
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Highlights:
Casa Loma Castle was built in 1911 as the private mansion of the famous financier Sir Henry Pellatt. This medieval-style castle cost $3.5 million and took 3 years to build. It consists of ornately decorated suites, 800-foot tunnels, ancient Towers, stables and 5 acres of gardens. Floor distribution: The first floor of the castle is the hall, the second floor is the bedroom and suite, the third floor is the Queen's Rifle Museum, in addition to the underground wine cellar, outdoor garden and high tower. The hall ceiling on the first floor is beautiful plaster and intricately carved, inspired by Elizabethan palaces. The garden greenhouse is a more beautiful place, the floor is Italian marble, and the magnificent stained glass dome is very beautiful. The bookcases in the library hall are high to the ceiling, and the decoration of the banquet hall is also very gorgeous. The second floor is dominated by living rooms, suites and guest rooms. Among them, the Chinese-style suites are furnished with many Chinese lacquered wood furniture and porcelain, and the walls are also decorated with Chinese patterns. On the ceiling of the master bedroom, the delicate blueberry carving is crumbling and very realistic, and the tiger skin rug shows the identity and status of the owner. On the third floor, various guns, weapons and materials are currently on display. The cellar in the basement is now a replica, the corridors are lined with movie posters filmed here, and the audio guide and souvenir shop are also located on this floor. An underground tunnel leads to the stables, garage and greenhouse. Along the narrow spiral staircase, you can climb to the upper floors of the ancient tower, and you can enjoy the city view of Toronto through the small window. Standing here, you can still hear the howling wind.
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TOP 3
University of Toronto
University of Toronto
4.7/5 · 515 review
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Highlights:
Founded in 1827, the University of Toronto is a very famous public university in Canada. It has a long history and outstanding research strength. The world-renowned scientist Qian Weichang graduated here. The St. George campus of the University of Toronto is the school headquarters. The campus has no walls. There are old Victorian buildings and modern-style buildings everywhere. It integrates ancient and modern buildings. The sculptures and the students discussing issues on the lawn are filled with a strong cultural atmosphere.Entering the school gate, you can see the landmark building of the University and the main building of the University College (University College) with a history of hundreds of years through a green space. In the south is the Simcoe Hall. There will be a grand graduation ceremony in June every year. If the time is right, you may come to watch a meaningful ceremony. Located in the northwest of the campus, the Robarts Library is a majestic triangular modern building. It is the largest library in Canada, with a collection of up to 100,000, only after Harvard University and Yale University.
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TOP 4
Royal Ontario Museum
Royal Ontario Museum
4.6/5 · 321 review
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Highlights:
Founded in 1912, the Ontario Museum is the fifth largest museum in North America. It houses more than 6 million precious cultural relics from all continents of the world, including dinosaur bones, Buddha statues, Chinese porcelain, Egyptian mummies, etc. It is an unmissable visit to Toronto. place. The Ontario Museum itself is a very classical building with exquisite carvings on the outer walls. The new museum was completed in 2007 and designed by German designers. The combination of classical and modern architectural styles makes the museum a landmark in Toronto. Floor distribution: The museum is divided into four floors, with a collection of Chinese art and antiques on the first floor, including ancient art, Buddhist art, architectural art and sculpture. The two small halls on both sides of the China exhibition area are the Korea and Japan exhibition areas. On the first floor, there is also the Canada exhibition area and the dinosaur exhibition area. You can see the utensils used in the production of maple syrup in the Canadian exhibition area. The second floor is mainly an animal exhibition area. In addition to the dinosaur exhibition area extended on the first floor, there are also specimens of birds and mammals. The third floor is the exhibition area of ancient Egypt, ancient Greece, ancient Rome, Africa, Europe and South America. You can see artifacts from the Mayan civilization, Italian warrior clothes, European glass, Egyptian pots and mummies, and Bolivian crystals. The fourth floor is the exhibition hall for holding temporary exhibitions. You can check the recent special exhibitions on the official website in advance. On the basement level there are restaurants, cafes and a small theatre, as well as a reception centre for children to learn.
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TOP 5
Chinatown
Chinatown
4.4/5 · 248 review
taCommentInfo-imageBased on 1,046 review
Highlights:
Since 1878, Toronto's Chinatown has been gradually formed by overseas Chinese from Singapore, Vietnam and other places. At present, there are many Chinese restaurants, shops, vegetable and fruit markets, massage centers, etc., and the decoration and style are quite Chinese. Every Spring Festival is a very lively time in Chinatown. The characteristic dragon dance parade is carried out with the accompaniment of gongs and drums, which is very lively. The Dragon Boat Race held every June on Lake Ontario has become a summer entertainment event in Toronto.
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