Family Attractions Are Reopening In Toronto & The GTA

Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada

We've missed you Toronto! Family fun in the GTA is reopening, and while it will be a different experience as attractions implement required safety health guidelines to keep you and your family safe — you may enjoy this new normal designed to reduce contact and crowds. All attractions will now operate at a limited capacity. Most will require the purchase of advanced and timed tickets, but not all. Upon your visit, you'll notice that venues have adapted marked pathways so guests can maintain physical distancing. Look for special signage for that purpose. You will also likely see one-way traffic measures, to help with flow.

All attractions have introduced frequent cleaning and enhanced disinfecting measures, and will have hand sanitization stations available throughout for frequent hand-washing. To wear a mask or not? — that will depend on the attraction. Restaurants and cafés within attractions remain closed (unless otherwise specified), and some activities may be limited.

The following are some beloved attractions that have now opened (or opening soon), along with specific guidelines to each. Check back often as we will update this page as more attractions make announcements.

African Lion Safari
Open date: Now open
Canada's Original Safari Adventure allows you to get closer to lions, giraffe, cheetah, rhinos and over 1,000 other exotic birds and animals! What you need to know: Currently, only the drive through Game Reserves is open to visitors and you may only drive through once due to capacity restrictions. Face coverings are not required in your car but will be required when using washroom facilities or speaking with staff members. Visitors are expected to bring their own face coverings. Visitors must remain in their own vehicles unless it is necessary to use the washroom facilities.  All walking paths, picnic areas, tours, presentation areas, splash pad and playgrounds are closed.

Aga Khan Museum, Toronto
Open date: June 27, 2020
The Aga Khan Museum provides visitors with a window into the artistic, intellectual, and scientific contributions of Muslim civilizations to world heritage. What you need to know: You must purchase your ticket (and parking) online in advance. The flow of visitors will be controlled using a timed-entry ticketing system. Only bring essential items as other personal belongings won't be allowed (coat check is closed). Face masks are required for all visitors age 2 and up (you need to supply your own).

Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto
Open date: July 2 (Members) - July 23 (Non-members)
North America's largest gallery features more than 80,000 works spanning the 1st century to the present-day. What you need to know: Timed-tickets must be purchased in advance as the number of people in the Gallery will be limited. The AGO has new hours: Thursday through Sunday from 10:30 to 5:00pm – this helps give time to maintain high standards of cleanliness. Wearing a mask during your visit is mandatory (can be purchased onsite). Some exhibits have been adjusted so check website for details. 

Bird Kingdom, Niagara Falls
Open date: June 19, 2020
Bird Kingdom is a world class attraction located a 5 minute walk from Niagara Falls. It's the world’s largest free-flying indoor aviary where you'll discover hundreds of tropical birds and a range of curious owls, bats and fascinating nocturnal creatures. What you need to know: Though not mandatory, Bird Kingdom is recommending the use of face masks. Tickets available online (save) and at the door. Tickets are regular admission - not timed entry. Café is currently closed. The Lorikeet feeding attraction is currently closed. There will not be any holding birds or animals in 'Encounters', however there will be an interpreter available.

Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory, Cambridge
Open date: June 26, 2020
The 25,000 square foot facility includes a 10,800 square foot indoor tropical garden featuring 1000’s of free flying butterflies from all over the world, and over 100 different varieties of tropical plants. What you need to know: Face masks are mandatory, except in the greenhouse. Timed tickets are required for all visitors and can be purchased online. Contactless payment only accepted, no cash.

Casa Loma
Open date: June 26, 2020
Visit Canada's Majestic Castle, Casa Loma and step back in time to a period of European elegance and splendour. The Imagine Dragons exhibit through the tunnels of the castle is open for you to enjoy. Casa Loma is limiting the number of people in the Castle at any one time to allow for physical distancing. They are now open Wednesday through Sunday from 9:30am to 5:00pm daily – to help maintain high standards of cleanliness and give you a safe and enjoyable experience. Last admission is at 4:30pm. Tickets are sold online and are not timed.

CN Tower
Open date: July 15, 2020
Engineering marvel, Toronto Landmark, Canadian icon - Canada’s National Tower is an awe-inspiring symbol of Canadian achievement, and considered one of the world’s top tourist destinations. What you need to know: Starting on July 15, the CN Tower will be open seven days a week from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Timed tickets go on sale online July 1 and must be purchased ahead, to reduce overall capacity. EdgeWalk is accepting bookings for Walks beginning August 1. Full-service restaurants, 360 Restaurant, VUE Bistros and Le Cafe will remain closed until further notice. Mask or face coverings are mandatory to enter the building. 

Gardiner Museum, Toronto
Open date: July 7-10 (Members only) - July 11 (Public)
The Gardiner Museum is one of the world's most celebrated specialty museums and one of the only museums specializing in ceramics. What you need to know: The museum is offering 2 free days to celebrate the reopening of the museum on July 11 and 12. As of July 13, they return to normal hours and admission prices. Wearing a mask is requested and these will be made available, if you don't have your own. Tickets will not be timed and the museum will notify the public of line-ups or delays via its social channels, as only a limited number of guests will be allowed at one time.

Pirate Life
Open date: July 1, 2020
Join the crew and search for sunken treasure!Adventure. Cruise. Theatre. What you need to know: Pirate Life is limiting capacity to 10 persons to allow for safe physical distancing measures. Cast members and audiences will be asked to wear a face covering and maintain physical distance. Families will be encouraged to prepare costumes, face-paint and pirate names at home before they arrive to limit contact with the cast. Tickets must be booked online.

Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada
Open date: Now open
Immerse yourself in a world of 20,000 aquatic animals and discover your own underwater adventure. This awe-inspiring attraction consists of nine carefully curated galleries showcasing a cross section of saltwater and freshwater environments from around the world. What you need to know: Timed tickets will be sold and need to be purchased online ahead (no tickets at gate). The Aquarium is limiting hourly attendance to control guest flow. Face coverings are strongly recommended. All programs, dive shows, and tours have been suspended temporarily. The café, playground, and coat check are closed. Update July 3: Masks are now mandatory.

Royal Ontario Museum
Open date: July 11, 2020
Canada’s largest and most comprehensive museum is home to a world-class collection of 13 million art objects and natural history specimens, featured in 40 gallery and exhibition spaces. What you need to know: The ROM will be selling limited, timed tickets, which need to be reserved online ahead of visiting. Tickets will be available starting July 6 for ROM Members and July 7 for the general public. New temporary hours of operation: Wednesday to Sunday, 10:00 am to 5:30 pm. It is mandatory for visitors and staff to wear face masks. The first phase of the Museum’s reopening offers visitors the opportunity to explore the ROM’s permanent collection and 40 spacious galleries throughout the summer, including the ROM-original installation Florals: Desire and Design, with special exhibitions and additional spaces opening at later dates.

Scenic Caves Nature Adventures
Open date: Now open
Find yourself in nature by experiencing unique adventures at Scenic Caves. Explore new heights from the longest Suspension Bridge in Southern Ontario, or take in a Hiking Trail Centre offering 15 kilometers of trails meandering through 370 unspoiled acres of natural beauty. What you need to know: Scenic Caves will be actively managing the number of people granted entrance into the park to allow for social distancing. When capacity is reached, they will be closing the park entrance. Tickets sold at gate - no cash accepted. Face masks/coverings and gloves are recommended for guests. Staff will be screened for symptoms of COVID 19. Eco Adventure Tours will not be available. 

Toronto Island and Ferry Service
Open date: June 27, 2020
The City of Toronto is resuming limited ferry service to the Islands. Services and amenities that will be open at Toronto Island Park once ferry service resumes include washrooms, splash pads, a first aid station, Franklin Gardens, William Meany Maze, some food and beverage outlets and disc golf. What you need to know: Tickets must be purchased online (no tickets at gate). Ferries will operate at 50% maximum capacity and only 5,000 tickets will be available daily. Masks are mandatory and hand sanitizer dispensers will be available. Washrooms on the ferries will be closed. Prior to using the ferry, every visitor must do the Ontario Ministry of Health self-assessment for COVID-19. Enhanced cleaning and disinfecting will be undertaken on the vessels after every trip.

Toronto Railway Museum
Open date: July 1, 2020
The Toronto Railway Museum is dedicated to preserving the physical legacy, history and experience of rail transportation in Toronto and Ontario. What you need to know: Beginning on July 1, two new guided tours will operate as well as the museum space in Stall 17. The Mini Train, Train Simulator, and Don Station Gift Shop are not open at this time. All museum visits and guided tours must be pre-booked. Timed ticketing will accommodate reduced visitor numbers and physical distancing. The museum strongly encourages visitors to wear a non-medical mask or face covering. 

Toronto Zoo, Toronto
Open date: June 27 (Members only) - July 4 (Non-members)
Toronto Zoo is Canada's premier zoo and the leading destination for adults with kids. What you need to know:  Pre-booked time slots are required for both Zoo Guests and Zoo Members and tickets must be purchased online (no tickets at the gate). Face coverings are required inside the buildings. This includes: African Rainforest Pavilion, Gift Shops, Membership Building, Washrooms & Restaurants (most restaurants are open). Rides, Zoomobile, Lockers, Wagons, Stroller & wheelchair rentals, Drinking fountains, ATM and Splash Island are all closed. Open daily 9:00 am to 7:00pm. Last timed-ticket at 4:00pm. You can still book a Scenic Safari from the comfort of your own car.

Treetop Trekking, Various Locations
Open date: Most parks now open
Treetop Trekking is Ontario's original and most exciting tree top zip line adventure has reopened in Ganaraska, Hamilton, Barrie and Stouffville with select activities that include Ziplining & Aerial Game Treks and Discovery Courses. Brampton reopens on July 1. What you need to know: Reservations are required. The park will stagger activity start times to reduce traffic. Smaller group sizes and a lower number of guests will be allowed. Equipment (harnesses and helmets) will be cleaned extensively after each use. Check-in will take place outdoors with plexiglass or other barriers. There will be 2 meter buffer markings in high traffic areas for physical distancing. Staff and guests will also be screened for Covid-19 symptoms. It is recommended that you bring your own gloves and face mask.

Open date: July 3, 2020
Step back in time as you take a short ride on heritage locomotives and coaches. What you need to know: Tickets must be booked online ahead of time. Temperatures will be taken before admission onto the property. Masks will be enforced for anyone above 4 years old in indoor spaces like the Train, Trolly or Museum. YDHR will reduce capacity in all of its coaches by 40% and will have an onsite medic for all special activities and events.

Note: This information was accurate as of June 27, 2020. Due to the rapidly-evolving nature of the COVID-19 response, some information may become outdated. Always check the attraction's website for final details and how to prepare for your visit before heading out. 

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