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Greetings! What's the best tour for first day in the city?

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By Traveller August 23, 2017
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Greetings! What's the best tour for first day in the city?

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By Melissa Traveller August 23, 2017

My husband and I will be in your lovely city in early September. We live in New York City, and when family/friends come to town I often suggest taking a bus tour to get the lay of the land. Any tried and true sightseeing tours you recommend? Many thanks, Melissa

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I've never been on a sightseeing tour in my hometown, but this hop on, hop off one hits all the right places:

https://www.citysightseeingtoronto.com/toronto-double-decker-city-tour/

That tour also includes a free islands and harbour cruise, which if the weather is good, is a must-do. Otherwise you should definitely take a ferry over to Ward's island for a great view of the city skyline and to see a really interesting little community that lives on the island. You can walk from Ward's island to Centre Island and or Hanlon's Point and take a ferry back from one of those spots.
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Local August 23, 2017
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In addition to the hop on-hop off bus, you could also do a cycling tour.
http://torontobicycletours.com/
Though a word of caution, make sure you lock your bikes, as well, wear helmets. While Toronto is getting there, it's still not comparable to some European cities when it comes to biking.
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Local August 23, 2017
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Hi Melissa,

There is a great sight seeing bus that goes all over the city to the major tourist attractions and also into some of the old historical neighborhoods such as St. Lawrence Market and Distillery District which is similar to the chelsea market.

www.citysightseeingtoronto.com is the website to find out where to board the bus and they also offer a night tour which would be great for the summer, and allows you to see the city at its most vibrant and as have a nightlife similar to that of NYC.

I also recommend visiting niagara on the lake for a day tour as there are many different things to do such as biking through a vineyard, spas and great outlets for shopping as well. There is a niagara tour bus that leaves from toronto and returns same day for under $100 a person.

If you have anymore questions feel free to reach out.

Enjoy your time in the "big smoke" as my grandmother always called it that.

Stephanie :)
Local August 23, 2017
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Fantastic - thanks so much, Stephanie!
Check out tourguys.ca - they have free & paid tours that will give you a great taste of the city!
Local August 23, 2017
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Awesome - thanks all!
Google Free Walking Tours - I can't recall the company name, but they have a bunch of great different tours - some free, some paid!
Local August 23, 2017
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I recommend buying the city pass for the cost of $75. This allows access into many tourist attraction including the CN Tower, Ripleys aquarium, the zoo, royal Ontario museum, Casa Loma
Local August 23, 2017
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The hop on/off bus is good if you want to check out the downtown area and get some history. Any Harbourfront schooner tour is great... you'll be on the water and get to see the Islands. Very pleasant. Some of the tours even include a meal, and they have sunset tours, also. It would be easy for you to accomplish both of those tours in one day. The schooner tours are 1 hour - 3 hours and the hop on/off bus is as long as you'd like to make it. I'm sure on TripAdvisor you can also probably sign up for a pub crawl. Those are always fun.
Local July 17, 2018
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Hi Melissa,

Welcome to Toronto! Depending if you're staying downtown, I suggest starting the day by the harbourfront, then going up the CN Tower. Walk up Spadina to see Chinatown. From there you can also head to city hall for the infamous Toronto signage. For museums the top ones are either the Royal Ontario Museum or Art Gallery of Ontario... or for something a bit niche, the Bata Shoe Museum. The distillery district is also a great place to have a couple drinks or dinner. I have never take the hop on and off double decker but I have heard good things about it.

I hope you have a great time!
Cindy
Local August 25, 2017
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CN tower and aquarium downtown
Local August 24, 2017
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I would recommend the sightseeing bus and boat tour ( the red double decker buses similar to the London Buses.
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Local August 24, 2017
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In addition to the hop on-hop off bus, you could also do a cycling tour.
http://torontobicycletours.com/
Though a word of caution, make sure you lock your bikes, as well, wear helmets. While Toronto is getting there, it's still not comparable to some European cities when it comes to biking.
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Local August 23, 2017
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