Saturday, May 12, 2012

Toronto’s Not-So Hidden Gems

With the Toronto Blue Jays hosting the Tampa Bay Rays next week, many superfans will be making the trip to Toronto to support the Rays. Check out these other great things to do while in Toronto!

After a barely-there winter and a heavy dose of springtime, Toronto is all set for a nice, long summer. Canada's busiest city continues to evolve and surprise, offering appealing, trendy neighborhoods and unusual attractions, complemented by a handful of one-of-a-kind destinations. Simply put: there's a ton to see in this action-packed city! Discover what’s hot in Toronto as we get ready to ride the heat wave into summer.

1.       Steam Whistle Brewery: Keep cool with a tour-and-taste as the weather starts to heat up. Located within footsteps of the CN Tower and Rogers Centre, Steam Whistle Brewing occupies a designated national historic site that was previously home to the Canadian Pacific Railway steam locomotive repair facility. The brewery is open for tours 7 days a week but caters to sports fans looking to add to their game day excitement with special food & entertainment in addition to tours offered every half hour. “Every Jays game day we see hundreds of jersey-wearing fans, young and old, come into the brewery. We like to acknowledge visitors with ball-park themed fun,” said Josh Hillinger of Steam Whistle Brewing. Learn how this uniquely Canadian craft pilsner is made and enjoy a tasty brew served up by friendly staff.

1.       The CN TowerIt may have lost its title as the world’s tallest structure, but Toronto's concrete spike is definitely the classic way to hit the heights. For a stunning view from the heart of downtown, let the glass elevator whisk you up to the 1,122 foot high indoor/outdoor observation deck and savour the atmosphere of Canada’s largest city. To enhance your viewing pleasure, you could also make a reservation at the tower's top-floor restaurant to get the view.

2.       Rogers Centre: As the official home of the Toronto Blue Jays and the CFL’s Toronto Argonauts, Rogers Centre is the city's premiere sports facility. Because of its retractable roof, the facility is popular all year round. For a behind-the-scenes look at the wondrous complex, guided tours are available at various times in accordance with its schedule. Its close proximity to the CN Tower and Union Station make Rogers Centre an ideal site to visit in the bustling atmosphere of Toronto.

3.       Hockey Hall of Fame: He shoots, he scores! Canadian’s sure are passionate about hockey, and you can see it all, plus much more at the Hockey Hall of Fame. The museum is loaded with interactive exhibits that put kids or adults in the heat of NHL action, presenting excitement for every age. Take a walk through a replica NHL dressing room (minus the scent), and a trophy room housing the greatest collection of all major NHL trophies including the most famous and coveted of them all, The Stanley Cup.

4.       Harbourfront: As the scenic backdrop for many of the city’s attractions, Toronto’s Harbourfront is one of North America’s largest recreational waterfronts. The Harbourfront sets the location for many of Toronto’s major events throughout the year, including the Caribana Festival and the star-studded Toronto International Film Festival. Its unparalleled location is an excellent way to spend the day, with limitless activities to choose from. Take leisurely stroll, feed the ducks by the water's edge, get some exercise or shop and dine – it's all here waiting for you!

Who up for a Girls Getaway to Toronto???

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