Best of Toronto 2013: Summer Attractions

Our readers have spoken! After receiving over 10,000 votes in this category, we have our winner for the Best Summer Attraction in Toronto... with some close honourable mentions. Thank you to everyone who voted! These are your top 5 Summer Attractions:

1st Place and Winner of Best Summer Attraction in Toronto:

Toronto Zoo
361A Old Finch Avenue, Toronto, ON M1B 5K7 | 416-392-5929
Toronto Zoo is Canada's premier zoo and the leading destination for adults with kids. Open every day except Christmas, the Toronto Zoo attracts approximately 1.3 million visitors each year and welcomes an average of 1,000 to 10,000 visitors a day. The Zoo has over 7,000 animals representing over 500 species. Explore the Discovery Zone, featuring the Kids Zoo, a dynamic, interactive children's wildlife experience, Splash Island, an exciting two-acre water play area, and the Waterside Theatre, home of exciting family entertainment. A must-see: The Giant Panda Experience, home of Er Shun and Da Mao. Before you get up close to these adorable new giant panda pair, you will have the chance to take in the new, state-of-the-art Panda Interpretive Centre.

Honourable Mentions:

2nd Place - Centreville Amusement Park
Centre Island, Toronto
Centreville, located on the Toronto Islands, is a natural destination for a day trip, especially with younger children in tow. With over 30 rides and attractions, this theme park is a feast of rides for little ones. And getting to this amusement park is almost as exciting as the park itself. The only way to get there is by the Centre Island Ferry, which leaves from Bay Street and Queen's Quay every 15 minutes. Upon boarding the ferry, kids will undoubtedly feel like they are going on a far-away adventure!

3rd Place - Canadian National Exhibition
Exhibition Place, Toronto
The Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) is Canada’s largest annual community event. Taking place over the 18 days leading up to and including Labour Day, the CNE offers a wide variety of entertainment and events including Bandshell concerts, celebrity chef demonstrations, an aerial acrobatics and ice skating show, a dog show, a working farm, parades, and a three-day Air Show, all of which are FREE with admission to the CNE. Midway rides and games, wacky fair food, as well as international food and shopping are also popular highlights of this major Toronto event!

4th Place - Fallsview Waterpark
Niagara Falls, Ontario
Standing an impressive 8 storeys above Falls Avenue, the Waterpark covers 3 acres and offers hours of water fun for the entire family. The Fallsview Waterpark features 16 of the fastest slides around (some towering to the height of a six storey building), a giant wave pool which swells up to 3 feet high, a mammoth Beach House Play Area complete with a 1000 gallon tipping bucket, water cannons, and jets, Tiny Tot’s Splash Area which caters to our youngest guests, a year-round outdoor sundeck and activity pool, adult only Jacuzzi tubs, and much more.

5th Place - Casa Loma
1 Austin Terrace, Toronto, ON M5R 1X8 |  416-923-1171
Visit Canada's Majestic Castle, Casa Loma and step back in time to a period of European elegance and splendour. The former home of Canadian financier Sir Henry Pellatt, Canada's famous castle is complete with decorated suites, secret passages, an 800-foot tunnel, towers, stables, and beautiful 5-acre estate gardens (open May through October). A self-guided digital audio tour in 8 languages.

Congratulations again to all the winners and thank you to everyone who participated!

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