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19 Best Things To Do as a Solo Traveler in Toronto

Welcome to the vibrant and diverse city of Toronto! Whether you are an avid solo traveler or are embarking on your first solo trip, Toronto offers an array of exciting experiences for those exploring alone. From iconic landmarks to hidden gems, here is a curated list of the best things to do in Toronto solo.

1. CN Tower


CN Tower

Ascend the CN Tower, an iconic symbol of Toronto's skyline and a 1,815-foot tower originally created as a communications and observation tower by the Canadian National Railway Company. Take in breathtaking views of Downtown Toronto and Lake Ontario from the observation deck, or harness your potential with EdgeWalk.

EdgeWalk is an exhilarating experience that takes you on a full-circle, hands-free journey around the exterior of the tower's pod, 116 stories above the ground. Whether you are a solo traveler seeking unparalleled vistas or an adventure enthusiast looking to push your limits, the CN Tower offers an unforgettable experience in the heart of the city!

2. Royal Ontario Museum


Royal Ontario Museum

Delve into Toronto's rich cultural tapestry with a visit to the Royal Ontario Museum, Canada's largest and most-visited museum. Explore its vast permanent collection, spanning art, world culture, and natural history, as you embark on a self-guided tour of the museum's captivating exhibits.

From ancient civilizations to contemporary art, the ROM offers a fascinating journey through time and culture, attracting over one million visitors annually with its diverse array of artifacts and displays.

3. Art Gallery of Ontario


Art Gallery of Ontario

Nestled in downtown Toronto, the Art Gallery of Ontario stands as one of North America's largest art museums, boasting a diverse collection of over 120,000 works of art. The AGO offers a rich tapestry of artistic expression, from cutting-edge contemporary pieces to masterworks by Indigenous and Canadian artists to European treasures.

Dive into the vibrant world of art with adult classes such as Intro to Photography, Printmaking, Sculpting, and Painting, providing solo travelers with an opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals. Do not miss out on the "Drawing. Drinks. Social" event on the first Friday of each month, where art enthusiasts gather to engage in lively conversation and creative exploration.

4. St. Lawrence Market 


St. Lawrence Market 

Discover one of Toronto's oldest public markets at St Lawrence Market, steeped in history dating back to 1803. With over 120 vendors, merchants, and artisans, it is a bustling hub renowned for its diverse food, shopping, and activities.

Indulge your taste buds with a culinary adventure, sampling everything from fresh fish and chips to savory pizza, juicy steaks, delectable pasta, sushi, sandwiches, and indulgent ice cream delights.

5. Hockey Hall of Fame


A game of hockey with a referee watching them

Learn about the rich history of Canada's beloved sport at the Hockey Hall of Fame. Marvel at the iconic Stanley Cup, explore interactive exhibits and test your skills at the exciting interactive games.

Delve into the evolution of goaltender masks with The Mask exhibit, featuring 90 iconic goalie masks that pay tribute to puck stoppers past and present. Challenge yourself with The Goodyear Shoot Out, a virtual experience where you can go one-on-one against legendary goaltenders using real pucks and a stick.

They also have a captivating 3D film, Stanley's Game Seven (3D), at the state-of-the-art TSN Theatre. Celebrating the pursuit of hockey's most iconic trophy, The Stanley Cup, this groundbreaking 22-minute film combines live action, computer-generated animation, and classic archival footage to tell the story of the greatest game on earth as it has never been told before.

6. Sporting Events


Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment Building

Calling all sports fans! Toronto is home to an array of exciting sporting events featuring renowned teams such as the Toronto Blue Jays (baseball at Rogers Centre), the Toronto Raptors and Toronto Maple Leafs (basketball and hockey at Scotiabank Arena), and the Toronto FC (soccer at BMO Field).

While each sport has its season, you can catch thrilling games throughout the year. Keep an eye out for special events like concerts and festivals hosted at these venues, adding even more excitement to your Toronto adventure.

7. Ripley's Aquarium of Canada



Immerse yourself in the mesmerizing world of Ripley's Aquarium of Canada, where you can explore captivating exhibits like Rainbow Reef, Dangerous Lagoon, and Ray Bay. These perfect spots offer glimpses of colorful fish, sharks, and stingrays among over 20,000 specimens from 450 species.

With 1.25 million gallons of freshwater and marine habitats from around the world, the aquarium provides an unforgettable journey through diverse ecosystems. Do not miss the interactive experiences, hands-on encounters with aquatic animals, and exciting events.

8. Toronto Zoo 


2 birds under a small tiki at the Toronto Zoo

Discover the Toronto Zoo, Canada's largest zoo, over 700 acres in Scarborough, Ontario. With over 16,000 animals and seven major exhibits, including the immersive Savanna Safari offering an African safari experience, there is excitement around every corner.

Explore the zoo's extensive grounds with over six miles of walking trails, or hop aboard the Zoombile for a guided tour. Do not miss the chance to embark on a self-guided tour of the greenhouse, showcasing plants from around the world. Plus, during the summer season, thrill-seekers can enjoy additional activities like a ropes course and ziplining, adding even more excitement to your visit.

9. Toronto Botanical Garden


Colorful, vibrant tulips at the Toronto Botanical Gardens

Immerse yourself in the tranquility of nature at the Toronto Botanical Garden, spanning nearly four acres with 17 themed botanical gardens. Enjoy the serenity of this oasis with free admission, making it accessible to all solo travelers seeking a peaceful escape.

Engage your senses with classes on floral design, gardening, art, wellness, and more, enriching your experience amidst the beauty of the gardens. Whether you are seeking inspiration or simply a moment of solace, the Toronto Botanical Garden offers the perfect setting to reconnect with nature and find peace amidst the vibrant blooms and lush greenery.

10. CF Toronto Eaton Centre


CF Toronto Eaton Centre. Famous architecturally pleasing hallway

Explore the bustling CF Toronto Eaton Centre, a premier shopping destination and office complex in downtown Toronto. With over 200 shops, including iconic Canadian brands like Hudson's Bay, Canada Goose, lululemon, and Roots, as well as luxury retailers Nordstrom and Saks Fifth Avenue, there is something for every taste and style. Indulge your taste buds with plenty of dining options, from Mercatto for Italian cuisine and Freshii for healthy eats to Tim Hortons and Koryo Korean BBQ.

11. Gardiner Museum


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Discover the George R. Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art, a captivating ceramics museum nestled on the St. George campus of the University of Toronto. Embracing the shared values of creativity, wonder, and community, the Gardiner Museum invites visitors of all ages and backgrounds to explore the rich traditions of clay and ceramics.

Engage your creativity with adult clay classes tailored to all skill levels and interests, from wheel throwing to mindfulness, providing a hands-on experience that fosters artistic expression and personal growth.

12. Casa Loma


Casa Loma with a huge pool fountain in front

Step into the enchanting world of Casa Loma, a magnificent Gothic Revival castle-style mansion and garden built between 1911 and 1914 as the residence of financier Sir Henry Pellatt. Today, owned by the Municipal government of Toronto, Casa Loma is a historic house museum and landmark, offering a unique glimpse into Canada's past.

With its soaring battlements and secret passageways, the castle evokes the grandeur of medieval times, while its commitment to historical preservation is evident in permanent installations like the Dark Side of Toronto photo exhibit and the Classic Car Collection in Casa Loma's Stables.

13. Toronto Tall Ship Boat Cruise


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Experience the thrill of sailing aboard the Tall Ship Kajama, a majestic 165-foot, 3-masted schooner offering public day tours from Toronto Harbourfront between May and September. With two decks featuring indoor and outdoor areas, a dining room, bar, galley, and an outside deck with canopies, the Kajama provides ample space for up to 225 passengers.

Enjoy panoramic views of the CN Tower and Harbourfront from the ship's deck, as the captain regales passengers with fascinating tales of the city's history. Delight in the crew's catchy sea shanties as you soak in the sights and sounds of Toronto's waterfront aboard this unforgettable boat cruise.

14. Toronto International Film Festival


A display of classic movie equipment, including a projector, film reels, and record players.
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For film enthusiasts, planning a visit to Toronto around the dates of the Toronto International Film Festival is a must. Returning from September 5th to 15th, 2024, for its 49th edition, the festival offers 11 days packed with captivating Canadian and international cinema. Attend special events and engaging talks featuring some of the biggest names in the film industry.

Do not miss out on the opportunity to connect with film professionals and delve into the art and business of cinema at TIFF's Industry Conference. As one of the largest and most prestigious film festivals globally, TIFF promises an unforgettable cinematic experience for solo travelers and film lovers alike.

15. Distillery District


Gooderham & Worts Limited in the Distillery District

Explore the Distillery District in downtown Toronto, a pedestrian-only historic village nestled in Ontario's vibrant urban landscape. Free to visit and brimming with charm, this top tourist attraction invites you to wander through its 19th-century buildings, once home to a bustling whiskey distillery.

Spanning 13 acres, the district boasts the largest collection of Victorian-era industrial architecture in North America, earning it the designation of a National Historic Site of Canada in 1988.

Discover a diverse array of attractions within the district, from live theaters and fashion boutiques to unique cafes, award-winning restaurants, and art galleries. Do not miss the opportunity to sample the new wave of distilleries and craft breweries, adding to the district's dynamic ambiance!

16. Kensington Market


A street in Kensington Market

Discover the vibrant energy of Kensington Market, a bohemian neighborhood in downtown Toronto renowned for its eclectic charm and artistic flair. Meander through its walkable streets, lined with indie shops, vintage boutiques, and art spaces, offering a unique shopping experience. Sample the diverse culinary scene with various restaurants, cafes, bars, and international eateries, each offering a taste of global cuisine.

17. Toronto Islands


A view of downtown Toronto from one of the Toronto Islands

Escape the hustle and bustle of downtown Toronto and immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the Toronto Islands, situated in Lake Ontario. This popular summer destination offers breathtaking beaches, lush parks, and panoramic views of the city skyline.

Explore Centre Island, the largest of the islands, spanning 820 acres and featuring Centreville Amusement Park with over 30 rides and attractions. Enjoy a leisurely bike ride, hike through scenic trails, or rent a paddleboat for a relaxing day on the water. Indulge in beachside dining options like pizza and snacks at the ferry docks or pier, or grab a bite at Carousel Cafe. 

18. High Park


Cherry Blossoms during the Spring in High Park

Escape the urban hustle and bustle and immerse yourself in the natural splendor of High Park, Toronto's largest urban oasis spanning 398 acres. As one of the city's most environmentally significant areas, High Park offers a harmonious blend of natural beauty and recreational amenities.

Explore its diverse landscapes, from lush gardens and zoos to sporting and cultural facilities. Do not miss the opportunity to marvel at the breathtaking cherry blossoms in spring, creating the perfect tranquil retreat for solo travelers seeking peace and serenity amidst the vibrant blooms.

19. Niagara Falls Day Trip


View of Niagara Falls, Canada and Niagara Falls, New York from Skylon Tower with Rainbow International Bridge in the middle

Embark on a day trip from Toronto to Niagara Falls, just an hour and a half away by car, for an unforgettable adventure filled with breathtaking views and endless entertainment. Experience the thrill of Clifton Hill, a bustling area boasting attractions like go-karts, arcades, and a Ferris wheel, complemented by plenty of dining options.


Then, marvel at the awe-inspiring beauty of the Falls from the Grand View Observation Deck and Horseshoe Falls, where you can witness the cascading waters in all their glory. For a unique perspective, embark on the Voyage to the Falls Boat Tour, immersing yourself in the mist and roar of the crashing water below. Explore behind the Falls at Journey Behind the Falls and soar above them on the WildPlay Niagara Falls Zipline.


Conclude your journey with a serene ride on the Whirlpool Aero Car, offering panoramic views of the turquoise waters below. With an array of attractions to suit every taste, Niagara Falls promises a day of excitement and wonder for all who visit.

Travel Tips


Big lighted up TORONTO letters with a maple leaf at the end at night

A great piece of information that will help you save money when visiting Toronto is that Toronto is part of CityPASS. What is CityPASS, you may ask? It is a company that offers discounted ticket packages for top tourist attractions in specific cities, including Toronto.

With CityPASS, you can enjoy admission to the CN Tower and four other attractions from a selection that includes the Royal Ontario Museum, Casa Loma, City Cruises Toronto (reopening April 1), Toronto Zoo, and Ontario Science Centre. CityPASS provides a fantastic deal, allowing you to save on admission for five popular tourist attractions, most of which are highlighted above.

 

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Moreover, for another fun way to explore the city, consider joining a small group tour led by a knowledgeable local guide. It is a great opportunity to connect with fellow travelers who share similar interests and make new friends along the way. And do not forget to take breaks at Toronto's cozy coffee shops and indulge in some delicious ice cream to treat yourself during your solo escapades.

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Happy Travels!


Downtown Toronto during sunset from Lake Ontario

From incredible vistas to spectacular eats, Toronto offers solo travelers an unforgettable experience. So pack your bags, step out of your comfort zone, and embark on a solo journey through the vibrant streets of this urban city. With its diverse attractions, welcoming atmosphere, and endless opportunities for adventure, Toronto is the perfect destination for solo travelers seeking excitement and exploration.

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