If you’re trying to avoid having a boring and dreary winter, you’re in luck! Toronto has no shortage of fun things to do all year round – yes, even in the dead of winter. No matter what your personal definition of fun is, there’s at least one activity on this list for you. From ghost walks to hockey games, Toronto has it all.
Here are some fun things to do this winter in Toronto:
The FRIENDS Experience: The One in Toronto
If you’re a FRIENDS fan and haven’t been to The FRIENDS Experience: The One in Toronto – get moving before it’s too late! Located inside Yorkdale Shopping Centre, The FRIENDS Experience is an interactive installation where visitors can explore set recreations like Joey and Chandler’s apartment, Central Perk, and Monica and Rachel’s kitchen. Plus, there’s even a gift shop where you can pick up your very owned FRIENDS-themed goodies. It officially wraps on January 8, 2023, and you can shop for tickets here.
Royal Ontario Museum – ROM
What’s not fun and exciting about seeing actual dinosaur fossils? That along with the collection of 13 million artworks, cultural objects, and natural history specimens that the ROM has to offer. Spend a few hours exploring the ROM’s 40 gallery and exhibition spaces to be thoroughly entertained and learn a thing or two. An upcoming exhibition to look forward to is, T.rex: The Ultimate Predator starting March 11, 2023.
There are a ton of places to go skating within the city – and we’ve rounded up some free outdoor rinks for you to skate at here. Going skating is a great way to get out and get some physical activity in a fun winter-approved way.
The Haunted Walk
This one is for all of you who appreciate the spooky things in life. Toronto is full of awesome ghost stories, haunted locations, and dark history. Check out The Haunted Walk’s variety of ghost tours for an unconventional fun time out in the city.
Art Gallery of Ontario – AGO
Toronto is also home to the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), so take advantage of its prime location and plan a visit this winter! The gallery always has tons of fascinating exhibitions, and right now they’re honouring Leonard Cohen, exploring the photographs, artworks, notebooks, videos, and poetry of the legendary Canadian artist. Take a look at AGO’s ticket info here.
Bata Shoe Museum
Okay, maybe traditional museums aren’t your thing, but have you been to a shoe museum? The Bata Shoe Museum, located right here in Toronto is any shoe-lovers dream. It regularly displays over a thousand shoes and related artifacts showcasing over 4500 years of history.
For all you foodies out there, specifically the lovers of Italian cuisine, sometimes wandering around Eataly will be time well spent! Eataly is a bustling Italian marketplace with 50,000 square feet overflowing with three restaurants, nine take-away counters, and a cooking school.
People from all over travel to Ripley’s Aquarium to experience the sea life it has to offer! Immerse yourself in a world of 20,000 aquatic animals and completely forget that it’s actually wintering right now. The best part in our opinion has to be the underwater viewing tunnel!
The ultimate Canadian winter entertainment… hockey. Grab a ticket to a Toronto Maple Leaf game at some point this winter, even if you aren’t a die-hard hockey fan, going out to a game is always a good time!
Sometimes we all need a little pick-me-up in the winter. Get out of your home and visit Allan Garden’s indoor conservatory and soak in the colourful, seasonal plants the greenhouses have to offer for a little healthy escapism.
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