Look up. Way up. Catch the billowing clouds swirling around the empty Saturday skyscrapers of the Southcore Financial Centre, the city’s hottest high-rise neighbourhood and one of the newest attractions in Toronto. Located at the centre of Toronto’s expanding financial and entertainment district, Southcore (SOCO) is just 415 steps from Union Station, where you can access the rest of downtown Toronto via the extensive PATH network.
A short walk to the Air Canada Centre, King and Bay, and Toronto’s waterfront, SOCO is a great location for you to begin your fun family weekend in Toronto. Hop on the UP Express from Pearson International Airport or the Porter Airlines Shuttle from Billy Bishop Airport to the TTC subway line, and you will discover a wealth of things to do on your family weekend, all within a 15-minute walk of SOCO. Let’s go have some fun!
Make the newly opened Delta Toronto your Southcore home base, and enjoy spectacular views of the sparkling urban skyline and lively downtown streets lined with shops, bars, and restaurants. Right in the heart of the Southcore Financial Centre, the Delta puts you at the centre of SOCO’s vibrant financial, sports, and entertainment districts.
Ask for a Corner Combo suite where you can luxuriate in a soaker tub and enjoy glorious, floor-to-ceiling views of the city while the kids play with their welcome kit, including colouring books and a rubber ducky for their own bath with a view.
In the morning, check out the vistas from the 46th-floor Club Lounge where breakfast and Wi-Fi are always complimentary, or investigate the exhibition of hockey sticks and pucks from Canada’s greatest hockey teams.
Your family weekend starts with a stroll across busy York street to catch the wonders of the deep blue sea at Ripley’s Aquarium. Hop on the moving walkway and glide past sharks, starfish, stingrays, and turtles. Stop by a live, interactive dive show to learn about the animals and their habitats from a diver who talks with you. Every second Friday, Ripley’s hosts Friday Night Jazz where you can enjoy live music, cash bars, and a thrilling underwater adventure.
CN Tower Edge Walk
The daredevils in your family will love the CN Tower Edge Walk. Venture outside at the top of Toronto’s tallest attraction, and experience the world’s highest full circle hands-free walk. Hook in and circumnavigate the Tower’s pod while savouring jaw-dropping views of the city skyline, Toronto Islands, and Lake Ontario atop one of the most famous attractions in Toronto.
Toronto Railway Museum
All aboard! Explore the restored locomotives and passenger and freight cars at the Toronto Railway Museum. Set your speed, blow the horn, and use the brakes as you step back in time and take control of Toronto’s railway tracks circa 1950 in their popular train simulator. Enjoy a short ride on the miniature railway, which loops through the park in front of the museum between May and October.
After your visit to the museum, spend an afternoon in Roundhouse Park and pop into Steam Whistle Brewing to wet your whistles with their signature pilsner and take a tour of this popular Toronto brewery.
Fort York National Historic Site
Calling all history buffs! Learn about the early history of the Town of York during a visit to the Fort York National Historic Site. Considered the birthplace of Toronto, Fort York is home to one of the oldest collections of fortifications in Canada, dating back to the War of 1812. The recently renovated visitor centre provides you with an opportunity to immerse yourself in the early history of the site and the city of York. Ascend to the Fort Commons and revel in the view of the site and the shining city of Toronto.
Whatever your family weekend plans, consider venturing out of the Southcore Financial District for an afternoon. Hop on the subway to the appropriately named Museum stop, and visit the stunning Royal Ontario Museum, one of the most popular attractions in Toronto, where you’ll encounter spectacular dinosaurs, dazzling artifacts, ancient mummies, and a hoard of other intriguing treasures.