Toronto is a fascinating city with a lot of fun activities going on throughout the year. It some ways, it feels like New York City. With Toronto, though, you don’t have to pay New York’s outrageous prices. That becomes most apparent when you book rooms in Toronto hotels.
Whether you’re visiting for a day or a week, try to fit these activities into your schedule. They will help you get the most out of your Toronto experience.
View the City From the CN Tower
CN Tower is nothing short of amazing. If you can stomach the thrill, get tickets for the EdgeWalk. You will literally walk, hands-free, around the main pod. That’s 356 meters (1,168 feet) high. It’s perfectly safe, but it will get heart pumping.
For a great hotel near CN Tower, try the InterContinential Toronto Centre. It has affordable rates, and it’s just a short walk to the Tower and several other attractions.
Watch a Maple Leafs Game
The Toronto Maple Leafs have been in a slump for decades. The team hasn’t even been a contender for the Stanley Cup since the late 1960. However, that doesn’t matter because Canadians love hockey and Torontonians love the Maple Leafs. If you have never been to a hockey game in Canada, it will change the way you see the game. The fans get really excited.
Get tickets to Maple Leafs games ahead of time, so you have a good seat where you can see all the action.
The Maple Leafs play home games at Air Canada Centre. There are plenty of nice, affordable hotels in the area, like One King West Hotel and Residence. A bus ride from the hotel to a game only takes about six minutes. You can also walk there in under 10 minutes.
Ice Skate in Nathan Phillips Square
Toronto is one of those northern cities that somehow manages to thrive in winter’s cold. Once the temperatures fall low enough, the city turns many of its public fountains into ice skating rinks. Nathan Phillips Square is the most popular spot for outdoor skating.
Admission is free, but you’ll have to rent skates unless you travel with your own.
For a cheap room downtown, consider staying at Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre. It’s a three-minute walk from Nathan Phillips Square. The hotel also has plenty of amenities, including an airport shuttle, spa, and fitness center.
Catch a North Broadway Show
Toronto’s North Broadway scene has some of North America’s most talented actors, directors, and writers. It’s another way that you can compare Toronto to New York. Of course, you won’t have to spend a week’s salary getting tickets to a North Broadway play.
Shows constantly change, so it’s best to see read reviews and buy tickets before you visit Toronto. Elgin & Winter Garden Theatre and Young Centre for the Performing Arts are the two biggest theaters in town so you may want to start your research by seeing what plays they have scheduled.