Recognized as a cosmopolitan city, Toronto is a place where tourists can enjoy a vast array of activities perfect for any time of the year. Activities like visiting the Niagara Falls, going crazy in Canada’s Wonderland, or a simple bike tour around the city, completes the perfect Toronto itinerary. With a small number of wet days (unlike Vancouver and Halifax), Toronto still has a fair share of showers, especially during the month of January. If the sun doesn’t show up during your visit, fret not! There are a plenty of amazing experiences you can have while visiting the largest city of Canada. Here’s a compilation of what to do on a rainy day in Toronto, Canada.
1. Visit Ontario Science Center
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Knowledge is power and you don’t need to be a geek to enjoy learning while visiting the Ontario Science Center. Considered as one of the Canada’s most famous cultural attractions, you can discover the world of science and technology here. It has a planetarium and state-of-the-art galleries featuring exhibits of the human body, the living Earth, biology, physics, space travel, and more. Watch discovery films in Canada’s only IMAX Dome theatre or get close to nature in their indoor Rainforests. If you have kids with you, don’t forget to drop by the KidSpark, where they can play with bubbles, construction sites, and indulge in other hands-on activities.
Ontario Science Center
Address: 770 Don Mills Rd, North York, ON M3C 1T3, Canada.
Website: Ontario Science Center
Opening hours: Mon - Fri (10AM - 4PM) | Sat (10AM - 7PM) | Sun (10AM - 5PM)
Price: 9- 28 USD
2. Visit the Scotiabank Arena
Home of the NBA’s Toronto Raptors, Scotiabank Arena (formerly known as the Air Canada Stadium) is a multi-purpose arena that host events, including basketball leagues, theater plays and concerts. It is an answer on what to do on a rainy day in Toronto, especially for fans of the basketball leagues and other sports, such as hockey and baseball. You can enjoy popcorn along with a drink while watching your favorite game, or sing along with your dearest band during a concert tour as they serenade you in the expansive stage.
Air Canada Stadium
Address: 40 Bay St, Toronto, ON M5J 2X2, Canada
Website: Scotiabank Arena
3. Visit The Hockey Hall of Fame
Honoring Canada’s national sport, The Hockey Hall of Fame exhibits the achievements of the greatest stars in hockey that will surely be loved by all fans of any ages. Get a picture with The Stanley Cup or indulge in the display of championship rings while learning cool stuff from the knowledgeable personnel. Enjoy a couple of movies, interactive play, and the wall-to-wall memorabilia featuring the history of hockey.
The Hockey Hall of Fame
Address: Brookfield Place, 30 Yonge Street, Toronto
Website: The Hockey Hall of Fame
Opening hours: Mon - Fri (10AM - 5PM) | Sat (9:30AM - 6PM) | Sun (10:30AM - 5PM)
Price: 20 USD
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4. Enjoy delectable delicacies at the 'Snakes and Lattes'
Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account
After a tiring day of exploring Toronto, it is recommended to drop by Snakes and Lattes for an invigorating meal or a quick snack. There’s also a great collection of board games and cards available here for you to enjoy. Kids as well as the young at heart will surely enjoy a game or two, while sipping hazelnut latte or a cup of coffee here. Masters are always around to help everyone with the rules and basics of every game they wish to play. Take pleasure in eating grilled cheese sandwich, chocolate-hazelnut biscotti, nachos or burger, while playing with the whole family.
Snakes and Lattes
Address: 600 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6G 1K4, Canada.
Website: Snakes and Lattes
Opening hours: Mon - Thu (11AM - 12AM) | Fri -Sat (11AM - 2AM) | Sun (11AM - 12AM)
Price: 30 USD
5. Visit the Art Gallery of Ontario or Ryerson Image Center to satiate your aesthetic and artistic senses
Release the inner artist in you and see the wide collection of masterpieces in the Art Gallery of Ontario. Considered as one of the largest museums in North America, it features more than 90,000 works of art. In addition to the permanent displays, there are special exhibitions to satiate your art curiosity. If you have time in hand, make sure to visit the nearby Ryerson Image Centre that features retro photos and related media of some of the well-known personalities. With its 292,000 images and other important archives, the gallery exhibitions change from time to time, making it a place to visit not just once.
Art Gallery of Ontario
Address: 317 Dundas St. W, Toronto
Website: Art Gallery of Ontario
Opening hours: Tue & Thu (10:30AM - 5PM) | Wed & Fri (10:30AM - 9PM) | Sat - Sun (10:30AM - 5:30PM)
Price: 16.50 - 25 USD
Ryerson Image Center
Address: 33 Gould Street, Toronto
Website: Ryerson Image Center
Opening hours: Tue & Thu-Fri (11AM - 6PM) | Wed (11AM - 8PM) | Sat - Sun (12PM - 5PM)
Price: Free admission
6. Enjoy indoor beach ball at 'Beach Blast' or at 'North Beach Volleyball'
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Beat the rush and visit an indoor beach volleyball court located in North York (formerly part of Old Toronto) with your team or arrange for drop-ins if you’re just with a couple of friends. With eight courts available, North Beach is complete with change rooms, washrooms, bar, eatery, and sitting areas perfect for a round of game or just to watch volleyball tournaments. On the other hand, Beach Blast has over 50,000 square feet (1.15 acre) of indoor and outdoor sandbox courts, offering the best for your special beach party. If you have kids, bring toys so they too can also enjoy the sand, while you’re having fun.
Address: 15 Leswyn Road, North York
Website: Beach Blast
Opening Hours: Sat - Thu (9AM - 11PM) | Fri (9AM - 1AM)
Price: 20 USD (drop-in)
North Beach Volleyball
Address: 74 Railside Rd, North York
Website: North Beach Volleyball
Opening Hours: Mon - Sun (10AM - 10PM)
Price: 12 - 16 USD (drop-in)
7. Try your hand at ping pong at 'Smash Ping Pong Lounge' or 'SPiN Toronto'
Professional or not, you and your crew will have a good time at these fun spots. Both the game bars have 12 new tables for playing ping pong, and offers a night full of entertainment. You can indulge in some good treats and drinks, which can be ordered from their bar. If table tennis is not your thing, you can choose other games like boxing and basketball. These spots are perfect for hanging out and casual meet-up with friends! They are also booked for corporate events; so don’t forget to make reservations well in advance for a hassle-free night out.
Smash Ping Pong Lounge
Address: 672 Queen St E, Toronto
Website: Smash Ping Pong Lounge
Opening hours: Mon - Wed (4PM - 12AM) | Thu (4PM - 1AM) | Fri - Sat (4PM - 2AM) | Sun (4PM - 12AM)
Price: 15 - 25 USD (per hour)
Address: 461 King St W, Toronto
Website: SPiN Toronto
Opening hours: Sun - Wed (2PM - 1AM) | Thu - Sat (2PM - 2AM)
Price: 15 - 125 USD (per hour)
8. Learn to Swing in The Ballroom Bowl
The Ballroom Bowl is one of the coolest interactive entertainment centers in Toronto with 23,500 square feet (0.54 acre) of bowling, ping pong, air hockey, music, and food. Go straight to the main floor where 10 bowling lanes are waiting for some spares and strikes, or go upstairs to the sports bar that has a DJ, a dance floor and large screens covering all sporting events. Have a drink or two and indulge in their haute cuisine or a variety of finger foods, including fries and poutines, fried chicken platter and flatbreads, while enjoying the game.
The Ballroom Bowl
Address: 145 John Street, Toronto
Website: The Ballroom Bowl
Opening Hours: Mon-Tue, Sat-Sun (11AM - 12AM) | Wed- Fri (11AM - 2AM)
9. Take refuge behind the majestic Casa Loma walls
Casa Loma, Spanish for ‘Hill House’, is a beautiful mansion built in the Gothic revival style. It features verdant gardens, secret passageways and elegant rooms. It is like a fairytale land with its majestic structure. You can take a tour of this castle and experience its grandeur, as well as learn about its history with the help of multimedia audio guides on offer. In addition, concerts, Halloween events and other special events are held here regularly.
Address: 1 Austin Terrace, Toronto
Opening hours: Mon - Sun (9:30AM - 5PM)
Website: Casa Loma
Experience true free-fall conditions and take the chance to feel the rush of skydiving in a wind tunnel inside iFly. Kids above 4 years old and adults will surely have a fantastic time, whether going solo or with a group of family and friends in this recirculating free-fall simulator. Before embarking on this adventure, you will have to undertake a short training session, where you’ll learn basic hand signals and other safety precautions. Certified instructors are available at all times, who will make sure that every flyer has a thrilling yet comfortable flight. A minute of flying is too short, so don’t let the moment pass and prepare your gadget to video-record this experience.
iFLY Toronto: Indoor Skydiving Introductory Package
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
Packed with 16,000 marine creatures scattered in nine galleries, a visit to Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada is a perfect getaway for kids to learn and appreciate the beauty of life under the sea. Known as the largest indoor aquarium in the country, it showcases exhibits of jellyfish, stingrays, sharks, giant lobsters and other species from freshwater wildernesses, fisheries and kelp forests. Get up close to these underwater creatures and discover the different variety of flora and fauna from coast to coast of Canada. Enjoy the kaleidoscope of fish that flash before your eyes or witness an interactive dive show during your visit.
Ripley's Aquarium of Canada: Sharks After Dark Entry Ticket
Don't let the rain "rain on your parade"
An effective travel itinerary is open to changes and welcomes possible adjustments. Make your rainy days brighter by visiting these attractions around Toronto, if the weather conditions are not going your way. Smile and get on your feet as there are so many things to see and discover even on a rainy day in Toronto than you can ever imagine.
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