Location: 301 Front St W Toronto,
ON M5V 2T6, Canada
Phone: +1 416 868 6937
Hours: 9:00am – 11:00pm
As the city’s tallest tourist destination, you literally can’t miss Toronto’s CN Tower. This architectural feat was built to last: the tower can withstand an earthquake of up to 8.5 on the Richter scale. Standing 533 meters tall, CN Tower is such an impressive building that the American Society of Engineers proclaimed the tower to be a “Wonder of the Modern World”. CN Tower’s glass-floored sky ledge, a glass box from which tourists can feel as though they are standing on air, was the first of its kind when it opened for business in 1994. For those who are a bit scared of heights, take comfort that the engineers who designed the ledge did so with safety in mind: it is built to withstand the weight of over 14 hippopotamuses!
The excitement starts as soon as you arrive: six glass elevators swiftly whisk tourists up and away to the observation level (an elevation of over 340 meters). Featuring sweeping views of the Toronto skyline, there is no shortage of vantage points for photographers of all skill levels to enjoy. As your view of the city will be behind glass, for safety’s sake, reflections and smudges on the glass means that getting the perfect picture might take a bit of extra work: be sure to bring tissues to wipe the glass if need be. Should your schedule allow for it, plan to visit on a clear day as when the weather is good tourists can actually see across the Lake Ontario to New York State and Niagara Falls! For those who want an even better bird’s eye view of the city, take the SkyPod elevator 33 meters higher in the sky for an additional fee: breathtaking 360 degree views await you. Thrill-seekers, take note: CN Tower is also home to the EdgeWalk, a hands-free harnessed walk around the outside of the tower’s main observation level. For a slightly less exciting experience, stop by the Himalamazon motion theater ride for a special-effects filled educational journey about environmentalism.
While you’re at the CN Tower, don’t forget to quench your hunger: CN Tower offers three highly rated dining options. For lighter fare, the Far Out Cafe features a large variety of cuisines from salads and sandwiches to international options. If dancing and a bit of nightlife are more your speed, the bistro Horizons offers a dance floor, upscale dining and spectacular views. For the ultimate CN Tower experience, the 360 Restaurant is a must: the restaurant rotates in a complete circle every 72 minutes, giving diners just enough time to truly see it all! If you’re in need of a souvenir or two before you head home, be sure to check out the spacious marketplace that features over 10,000 square feet of Canadian goods.
Whether you are a photographer, an adventurer or a foodie, Toronto’s CN Tower offers something for everyone to enjoy and is an absolute must-visit for visitors of all ages. Have you been to the CN Tower before? How was it? Tell us about your experience and share your tips on visiting with our readers in the comments section below. If you haven’t yet been to the tower, be sure to pay our page a visit after your tower experience and tell us all about it!
Savings Tip: If you are planning a trip to Toronto, you may want to plan on buying a CityPASS: the pass grants you admission to five of the city’s biggest tourist attractions. If you are planning to visit CN Tower, Casa Loma, Toronto Zoo, Ontario Science Centre and the Royal Ontario Museum, a CityPASS will save adults $46.63 and youths $36.97 on the price of admission for all five destinations.
Regular Admission Fees:
- Adults (Ages 13 – 64): $32
- Seniors (Ages 65 and above): $24
- Children (Ages 4 – 12): $24