Tuesday, November 24, 2015

It's good to know when the line isn't worth
the wait.
If you're the kind of traveler that wants to see and do it
all when you reach a new city, we understand.
That's why it's tough to watch
precious hours tick by stuck in a long line, waiting to get into a
sought-after destination—only to be disappointed when you're inside.
If
you're wondering what you can skip on your next visit to Toronto, we've got
some ideas. Do check them out if you've got your heart set on them, but for
certain travelers, there's are other highlights just as worthy of discovering.
1.
The CN Tower We know, it's iconic.
It's emblematic.
Some even say a
feat of modern engineering.
It's also $33 a person to reach the top and during
peak season, likely a three-hour-plus wait.
Savvy locals suggest you check out
the tower from other sky-high vantage points.
Instead of blowing the bank on
passable fare at the tower's 360 Restaurant, try the 54th floor atop the
Financial District's TD Tower, where for almost the same amount, you can dine
at the Canadian-inspired Canoe.
Craft cocktails, a great view (of the tower
and the city), and fine fare—it's a win-win.
2.
Yonge-Dundas Square This is Toronto's Times Square.
Same bright
lights, big city vibe with chain restaurants offering the North American
equivalent of the European "Menu Turistico" of overpriced, lackluster fare.
If
you're a fan of blazing billboards bombarding you from every angle and chain
retail franchises you can see in most any North American city, it's all
yours.
Locals, however, urge you to visit independent eateries that tell a
more interesting story of where you are and what you're eating.
These can be
found all over the city without breaking a sweat.
3.
The Eaton Centre Once you've seen Michael Snow's fiber glass
installation of Canadian geese in mid-flight, aptly titled Flight Stop, you
may want to seek other shopping pastures.
This is Toronto's number one tourist
destination, with more than one million visitors a week passing through.
That
might have something to do with its proximity to the aforementioned Dundas
Square.
To be fair, the mall has undergone a huge revitalization, but most of
the shops are non-descript chain stores that you can find anywhere.
Instead,
walk the charming neighborhood streets boasting local designers of every
stripe to suit your sartorial or creative inclinations.
4.
Ripley's Aquarium One of Toronto's latest tourist attractions, the
aquarium is state-of-the-art.
Visitors glide along a moving sidewalk
underneath a clear tunnel, where you can view the teeming underwater life
above.
At $22 a pop per adult and $15 for children, you'd hope there was a
side of context or marine education in the mix, for which Vancouver's Aquarium
is known.
No dice here, but if you're a fan of sea creatures, do check out the
colorful jelly fish section. Mary Luz Mejia covers Toronto for Travel +
Leisure.
Follow her on ​Twitter.
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