Autumnal Toronto

Top Ten Autumn Activities in Toronto for Families!


The leaves are changing, the nights are getting longer, and the air is growing cooler. Yes — you guessed it — it’s officially autumn!

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While we’re sad to see summer go, there’s something magical about this time of year. From apple picking to visiting local museums, there are plenty of fun activities to do as a family in Toronto that have an autumn vibe. Read on for our top ten picks for activities during this awesome time of year!

Visit the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) 

The ROM is a must-visit for any family visit to Toronto. It’s one of the world’s leading museums and promises to be an incredible experience for people of all ages. The museum’s calendar is full of exciting events and exhibitions, including the popular First Peoples exhibition and Wild Open, which is open until mid-November. There’s also the amazing Biodôme, which is the largest indoor nature centre in the world. With so much to see and do, you’ll definitely want to plan a full day at the ROM. Beyond exhibitions and events, the ROM is also a fun place for kids to let their imaginations run wild. There are a number of awesome activities, including the Highlights Tour, which is the perfect introduction to the museum. If you’re visiting with kids aged four to seven, you’ll definitely want to check out the Young Royalty program, which runs throughout the year.

There are all sorts of amazing programming events at the ROM, including live music and art workshops, museum-wide events, and more. If you visit in February, you’ll be able to participate in the great Family Day activities and celebrations. March is filled with International Women’s Day events, followed by April’s Autism Awareness Month celebrations. May is the Birth Month Celebration Month, and in June, you can celebrate Father’s Day with the ROM. In July, you can enjoy the Festival of South Asia, and in August, you can celebrate Indigenous Culture Month. September has the Great Create, and in October, you can celebrate Family Literacy Month. There is always something going on at the ROM, which makes it a super fun place to visit.

Go on a hike

Hiking is a great way to get outside with the family during the autumn months. As the days get shorter, you’ll be able to see amazing views of the fall foliage at its peak. There are countless options for hikes in Toronto, including the David Braley Back Country Trail and the West Humber Trail. If you’re looking for a more urban hike, you can also visit the Toronto Botanical Gardens. If you have younger kids, you may want to consider a stroller-friendly trail. For a great option, check out the High Park Bluffs Trail. If you’re visiting Toronto with older kids, you may want to think about booking a trip to Algonquin Park. There are tons of awesome hikes in the area, and it’s a great way for families to get outside and explore the natural world together.

Watch the sunset at High Point

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If you’re visiting Toronto in the fall, you definitely don’t want to miss the annual International Festival of Nature at High Point. This three-day event is held every year during Ontario’s fall colours, when the leaves are at their brightest. Visitors can enjoy a number of fun activities, including guided walks, hikes, and family-friendly workshops. You’ll also be able to enjoy live music, delicious food, and a bonfire. This is one of the best family events in Toronto, so make sure you don’t miss it. If you’re visiting during the spring or summer, you can still experience the beauty of High Point. In the spring, you can enjoy the amazing tulip festival and in the summer, you can go for a walk on the boardwalk, where you’ll get to watch the boats go by on Lake Ontario.

Have an indoor picnic

Indoor picnic setting

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Autumn is a great time to have an indoor picnic. You can make it extra special by planning an outdoor-themed picnic and then bringing it inside. You can do this by putting all your food on a tray or in a lunchbox, along with some cutlery and tablecloth. You can also decorate the picnic area with outdoor-themed items like pine cones, leaves, and pictures of outdoor scenes. This is a great way to get your kids using their imaginations, as well as try a few indoor games and activities. You can also make indoor s’mores by putting them on a baking sheet in the oven. You can also try other indoor picnic foods, like mini frittatas, hot dogs, and apple pie.

Try a new restaurant

Toronto is filled with amazing restaurants, so it’s pretty easy to find one that will suit your family’s tastes. We recommend hitting up a new joint, like the Berry Honest Restaurant, which serves up delicious vegan and gluten-free food, or Corndogs and Crabshacks, which serves up super-tasty seafood. You can also visit one of Toronto’s many family-friendly chains, like Nathan’s Famous, which offers up delicious hot dogs and burgers. If you’re visiting in the fall, there are lots of great seasonal items to try, like pumpkin-spice everything.

See Animals in the Zoo’s Halloween Show

Owl at zoo

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The Toronto Zoo is a great place to visit all year round, but it’s especially awesome during fall. During this time of year, you can enjoy the Zoo’s Halloween event, which includes a spectacular show filled with music, lights, and tons of creepy-crawly critters. You’ll also be able to enjoy the annual Boo at the Zoo event, which is designed for kids under 12. This event features a trick-or-treat trail, along with lots of other spooky activities and festive fun. There are also a few other special events worth checking out, including the International Wildlife Weekend and the Oz-tober Festival. If you’re visiting in the spring or summer, you can also enjoy the amazing flower gardens at the Toronto Zoo. There are also tons of kid-friendly activities to do, including an animal carousel and a skating trail.

Go for a drive in Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls area

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If you’re visiting Toronto in the fall, the perfect day trip for families is a drive to Niagara Falls. You’ll be able to enjoy the changing foliage as you drive, and you’ll also be able to enjoy the beautiful Niagara Falls. If you’re visiting in October, you can also check out the annual Fall Fair, which is a great family-friendly event. If you have a few extra days, you can also visit the nearby town of Lewiston. This area is home to the New York State Historical Museum, the Niagara Children’s Museum, and the Toy and Miniature Museum of Lewiston. It’s a super fun place to visit, and it also gives you lots of ideas for things to do with kids in the fall.

Autumnal Toronto

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Autumn is a great time to visit Toronto, especially if you are travelling with children. You’ll be able to enjoy the cooler weather, amazing seasonal events and activities, and beautiful fall colours. There are lots of amazing things to do with the family in Toronto this time of year, including visiting the Royal Ontario Museum, going on a hike, watching the sunset at High Point, and more. This is a great time to visit Toronto, so make sure you plan your trip soon.

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