Looking for something fun to do this summer in Toronto? Well, I recently took a day trip out to the Toronto Islands and had a blast. If you’ve never been, it can make for a nice getaway and there are tons of things to do. Here, I have listed the top things to do on Toronto Islands the next time you visit.
How to get to the Toronto Islands
There are two ways you can go to the islands: the ferry or a water taxi.
If you’re taking a water taxi, tickets can range from $10 per person for one way. The water taxis typically leave from the waterfront area and there are a variety of companies to choose from.
The alternative is taking a ferry to the Toronto Islands, which is the most popular method and also the cheaper option. You can catch the ferry from the Jack Layton Ferry Terminal, which is located between Bay Street and Yonge Street on Queens Quay.
Ferry tickets can be purchased online or in-person at the ferry terminal. Ticket prices are as follows for a round trip:
- Adults: $8.50
- Senior (65+): $5.50
- Youth (under 19 with ID): $5.50
- Junior (under 14): $4.00
- Infants (under 2yr): FREE
The ferry boats go to three different islands: Center Islands, Ward’s Island, and Hanlan’s Island. Your ticket gives you access to take the ferry to either one. Be sure to check the ferry timings so you can plan accordingly.
7 Fun Things to do on Toronto Islands
Now that we’ve covered how to get to the Toronto Islands, let’s dive into what there is to do there. Here are some things that I think are worth checking out and doing:
1. Have a Picnic
Filled with lots of greenery and open spaces, the Toronto Islands are a great place to have a picnic with friends or family. There are many picnic tables and BBQ grills spread out throughout and the islands offer great views of the Toronto Skyline and small ponds to sit by and just enjoy.
So remember to pack a picnic blanket, some sandwiches, and drinks and have a small picnic at the Toronto Islands.
2. Visit the Beaches
The Toronto Islands offer 3 different beaches: Center Island Beach, Hanlan’s Point Beach, and Ward’s Islands Beach. So that means there are plenty of spots for you to relax, suntan, or even hop in the water and go for a swim.
There are change rooms, showers, and washrooms available nearby all beaches for your convenience.
3. Rent a Bike
Riding a bicycle is the best way to get around the island as you can do it tirelessly as opposed to walking everywhere. I would definitely recommend it as it was one of the more fun and engaging things to do on the Toronto Islands. You can either bring your own bike or rent one on the island.
The only bike rental shop on the island is located on Center island, and they offer regular bikes, tandem bikes, 2 seater quadricycles, and 4 seater quadricycles.
The bike rental prices range from $9/hour to $34/hour depending on the type of bike you decide to get.
4. Visit the Centreville Amusement Park
The Centreville Amusement park features more than 30 rides and over 14 different delicious food options. This makes it a must-visit spot on this list of fun things to do on Toronto Islands, especially for kids.
But you don’t necessarily have to be a kid to have a good time here. Try going on the popular log ride, or cool off with some ice cream. There is something to do for all ages.
There is a fee to enter the grounds so make sure to purchase your tickets for Centreville online before you go.
5. Check out Far Enough Farm
This farm/petting zoo has been around since 1959 and is a Center Island staple. Located in the Centreville Amusement Park, this is a must-visit for kids. The farm will allow you to get up close and personal with over 40 different species of farm animals, such as horses, llamas, pigs, birds, chickens, and more.
It is open year-round so you can visit in any season or time of the year.
6. Go Kayaking
This is definitely one of the more enjoyable and fun activities to do on the island. You can rent a kayak or a paddleboard and kayak on Lake Ontario.
Rentals are also available on the Toronto harbourfront and you can kayak all the way out to the Toronto islands if you wish. Take in the beautiful views of the city’s skyline as you’re out on the water.
7. Take in the Beautiful Skyline Views
In my opinion, Toronto Islands is the best place to see the beautiful Toronto skyline. There are many locations on the islands where you have breathtaking views of the city. So find a good spot to relax and enjoy the view.
That wraps up this list of 7 fun things to do on Toronto Islands. What are some of your favorite activities to do when visiting the islands? Let me know on our Facebook Page. Check out our Travel category to read on fun things to do in other cities around the world.