Entertainment District Tours
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Toronto’s Entertainment District lives up to its name with a variety of performing arts venues, clubs, and live sporting events. From symphony to jazz and blues, theater, and baseball games, it’s all happening. Other options for entertainment in the area include Canada’s iconic CN Tower and Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada.
The Entertainment District is where visitors to Toronto go for nightlife. It includes the Roy Thomson Hall, home of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra; Royal Alexandra Theatre, which hosts stage shows such as Mamma Mia! and The Lion King; and the Princess of Wales theater. Sports fans shouldn’t miss Air Canada Center, home to the Toronto Maple Leafs and Toronto Raptors), or the Rogers Centre, the Toronto Blue Jays’ home turf.
The Entertainment District lights up at night thanks to clubs, cocktail bars, restaurants, and live music venues, including jazz and blues clubs. A guided tour helps you find highlights quickly and takes you behind the scenes at entertainment venues. During the day, a hop-on-hop-off tour is a great way to see the district and come and go on your own schedule.
Things to Know Before You Go
- The Entertainment District is a must-do for young adult visitors to the city.
- If you want to see a show last-minute, ask about rush tickets at the box office on the day-of.
- A hop-on hop-off tour is a great way to cover a lot of ground and see popular Toronto sights without worrying about transportation or parking.
How to Get There
The Entertainment District is roughly bordered by the Financial District on the east, Spadina Avenue on the west, Queen Street West on the north, and the Gardiner Expressway on the south. Parking can be limited and costly in downtown Toronto, so walking or public transit are recommended. If you take the subway, Union Station and St. Andrews Station are both within the district.
When to Get There
Travel in spring (late April through May) and fall (mid-September through October), to avoid peak summertime crowds, score deals on hotels, and enjoy walking and dining outdoors while the weather is neither too hot or cold.
Little-Known CN Tower Facts
The CN Tower, located in the Entertainment District, is Toronto’s most recognizable symbol—and for good reason. It’s the tallest building in the western hemisphere at 1,815 feet (553 meters). A glass elevator takes you to the top in 58 seconds, where there’s an observation deck that affords views of Niagara Falls, Lake Ontario, and New York.
Address: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
3 Tours and Activities to Experience Entertainment District
Avoid the stress of navigating Toronto on your own aboard a hop-on hop-off bus pass, valid for 48 hours. Buses are equipped with audio commentary and stop at a number of popular destinations, including the St. Lawrence Market, Art Gallery of Ontario, and Distillery District. Take in views rarely seen by visitors from the top of a double-decker bus and from your complimentary, seasonal harborfront cruise.
Mountain Bike Tours
Get to know the best of Toronto on this guided, 3.5-hour bike tour. Learn about the history, culture and architecture of the largest city in Canada, along with some of its fascinating stories and facts. Ride through the bustling downtown district as well a few scenic areas off the beaten path. This tour includes the sights and sounds of the CN Tower, Chinatown, Kensington Market, the Hockey Hall of Fame, Toronto City Hall and much more. Use of a bike and helmet, plus granola bars and water are included.
Private and Luxury
Stuck in Toronto Airport on a long layover? Leave the boring waiting areas and embark on this private 2-hour Walking and UP Express tour. Your personalized guide picks you up at Union Station and takes you to top city attractions such as the CN Tower, Lawrence Market, the Distillery district, Frank Gehry's Art Gallery of Ontario, Libeskind's Royal Ontario Museum and the Rogers Centre. See what you want to see before you’re taken back to Union Station.
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What's the best way to experience Entertainment District?
The best ways to experience Entertainment District are:
- City Sightseeing Toronto Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
- Downtown Toronto Bike Tour
- Downtown Toronto Layover Private Tour
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