32 Super Fun Things to Do in Toronto at Night [2024]

  • Date: 26/04/2024
  • Time to read: 20 min.
Things to Do in Toronto at Night

Are you confused about things to do in Toronto at Night? Here I have put together more than 32 Fun Things that you can do in Toronto after the sun goes down.

Toronto is one of the most beautiful cities in Canada and is quite popular for its nightlife. As the sun goes down the city gets filled with so much fun & excitement that you can’t hold yourself back.

It is also popular for its diversity as it has people, cultures, and traditions from all over the world. The city has so many things to do that you can’t get bored here.

If you are a foodie, Toronto won’t disappoint you. With so many amazing places, from fancy restaurants to little food trucks on the street, they have almost every type of food from every country and culture on this planet. The popular saying, “The city nightlife has something for everyone” is absolutely true for Toronto.

Things to Do in Toronto at Night

Exploring downtown Toronto at night is a perfect idea for anyone who wants to have a good time in the city after the sun sets down. The city is popular for its nightlife fun that every year it attracts millions of tourists.

Even if you are a sports enthusiast, then having a game at the Rogers Centre is a must for you. The wholesome vibe of the place and cheering crowds take the experience to the next level.

When it comes to having some yummy & delicious food, downtown Toronto is literally the best place to try a variety of delicious dishes and cuisines.

Explore the Kensington Market

Photo of a Street

If you are the kind of person who doesn’t like bars and stuff, then you can try exploring the Kensington Market, especially at the Night. The market is popular for its collection of unique shops, restaurants, and coffee spots.

It’s a fantastic way to blend in with the vibes of the city at night time.

If you are a food lover then Kensington Market at night will be a haven for you, as it has a wide range of street food vendors and restaurants that offer you cuisine from all corners of the globe.

Even if you are into discovering neighborhoods under the soothing shade of the moon, then Kensington Market in downtown Toronto is must must-visit destination for you.

Take a ferry to the Toronto Islands

View of ferry at Toronto Islands

Believe me, nothing can be more exciting than exploring the Toronto Islands at night. It is truly a fantastic experience, allowing you to escape the bustling city and have the finest(wonderful) view of the Toronto skyline.

Usually, most people visit the islands during the daytime, but trust me the islands offer a completely different view (and vibe) as the sun sets down.

The scenic view with the calm atmosphere of the Island, makes it a perfect place to relax. Watching the sun setting down on the skyline is one of the best things that you can see on the Toronto Islands at Night.

You can also rent a bicycle and move around to enjoy some amazing and scenic views of the Toronto islands.

If you are looking for some more fun, then try to visit Centreville Amusement Park which is situated on Centre Island. The park stays open until 8 p.m. on weekends (especially during the summer months), which makes it a fun spot for families and groups.

Don’t forget to catch the last late-night ferry back to the mainland!

Visit the Princess of Wales Theatre

View of a Theatre

Toronto is home to a number of world-class theaters like the Princess of Wales Theatre, the Royal Alexandra Theatre, and the Ed Mirvish Theatre.

Visiting the Princess of Wales Theatre is an amazing experience that you can have when you are exploring the city at Night.

The theater hosts a variety of shows throughout the year, including Broadway musicals, plays, and concerts, and its world-class facilities, architecture, and design, make it a must-visit place, also worth adding to your bucket list.

To avoid any inconvenience, don’t forget to check out their schedule and book your tickets in advance to have the best possible seats in the Theatre.

Visit the CN Tower

View of CN Tower

CN Tower is the most popular tourist attraction of Toronto especially at night, as it offers scenic panoramic views of the city. Watching the sun setting down and the glowing light beneath you, will give you a wholesome experience that you never forget in your life.

The tower has two observation decks, LookOut, and SkyPod. The ‘Lookout’ point is 346m (1136 ft) and the ‘Skypod’ is 447m (1465 ft) above the ground level. Both decks offer a mesmerizing experience of Toronto’s night sky and the city lights.

It does have a CN Tower 360 Restaurant that is perfect for grabbing an evening meal. Besides that, it is an ideal spot for couples who are looking for a romantic night out.

The cost of a ticket to the ‘LookOut’ is around CAD 14/ per person (child), and CAD 40/ per person (adult). If you want to visit the ‘SkyPod Deck’ then you have to pay an additional CAD 15 which remains open from 10 am to 9 pm daily.

The best time to visit the place is in the early morning or late night on a weekday, so that you can enjoy the views without feeling too crowded.

However, it’s worth noting that the CN Tower is primarily a “look and see” experience; you go up, enjoy the view, and then come down.

Visit the Casa Loma

Casa Loma

Casa Loma aka “Hill House” is another famous tourist destination that was built in around late 1800. The place mainly offers tours in the daytime but it does host seasonal weekend events at night that are totally worth visiting.

Casa Loma Night of Terror is one such event in which the entire mansion is converted to make it look like a haunted house. The event takes place around Halloween, every year in Toronto.

If you don’t want to be crept out by the spooky and haunting vibes then you can try the Christmas Lights Event. During this event, the mansion is beautifully decorated in the Christmas theme which makes it so amazing & beautiful that you can’t your eyes off it.

You can try the themed escape rooms as well, but you need to book the room in advance.

Explore the Toronto Night Market

View of a Night Market

Exploring the Toronto Market at night along with trying a bunch of amazing street food is a perfect way to enjoy the city’s nightlife. The place has everything from handmade unique artifacts to delicious local street food which makes it worth adding it to your bucket list.

These night markets are usually held on some selected weekends, especially during the summer months. As you wander the street, you will find a bunch of stalls selling yummy food, handmade artifacts, fresh fruits, and some unique gifts.

The place seems like a small celebration where you can learn about different cultures and traditions through their food and artifacts.

Explore the Historic Distillery

View of a Historic Distillery

Touring the Historic Toronto Distillery is a great way to get a glimpse of the city’s past. The place has a collection of many restaurants, clubs, bars, and also a variety of art galleries which means you can’t get bored here.

Usually, people like to explore the distillery during the daytime. But here is a catch to make things crazier for you, you can book a night walking tour of the distillery to have a proper vibe of roaming in a haunted area.

Visit the Royal Ontario Musem

Photo of Ontario Musem

Visiting the Royal Ontario Museum at night is a perfect way to change a usual night to an exploring night out. ROM After Dark is a well-known adult (19+) event series that happens on select Fridays and it features curated music, visual arts, performances, and food & drink.

During this special event, you get to see the museum galleries & exhibitions of all the cool stuff, but with fewer people around and with a more relaxed vibe. The event has many live music concerts, and special programs, along with delicious food & drinks.

The ROM After Dark is a must activity and a great chance to experience the museum in an exciting way. If you like deep conversations and discovering new things with a bunch of your friends then it’s the perfect place for you to visit and explore.

Attending the Maple Leafs Game

Photo of a  Maple Leafs Game

It’s literally one of the best things that you can do in the City is to attend Toronto’s professional league games. It doesn’t matter whether you are a fan of league games or not, but the craze and vibe of the people are enough to make you watch to entire game with excitement.

To avoid any inconvenience, you are required to book the tickets in advance. But if you forget to do that there is a fairly little chance that you will be able to grab it at the door. You may get it from the people reselling them on the street but you have a pay a few bucks as an extra.

Watch a Movie at ‘Tiff’ Bell Lightbox

Photo of Tiff Bell Lightbox

TIFF stands for “Toronto International Film Festival“, it’s a popular film festival that happens at the TIFF Bell Lightbox almost every year around September.

The film festival happens only once in September, but the Bell Lightbox features films throughout the whole year.

Usually, it features a collection of super-hit movies, special classic collections, and indie films. If you are interested, you can also attend their filmmaking workshops online at the TIFF official website.

Stroll Around Toronto’s Park

View of a Toronto Park

Exploring Toronto’s Park at night is truly a different experience that you can’t afford to miss. Taking a short stroll through a park is the perfect way to connect and relax in nature amidst the city lights.

Toronto Music Gardens, High Park, and Riverdale Park East are usually the ideal choices for visitors if they want to explore parks at night.

The Toronto Music Garden, created in collaboration with eminent cellist Yo-Yo Ma, is a three-acre public park on Toronto’s Harbourfront.

High Park is another public garden in the middle of the city. During the springtime, the entire park is filled with cherry blossoms, and the stunning view it offers will make you feel that you are strolling in heaven.

Lastly, Riverdale Park is located by the Don Valley and provides visitors a panoramic view of the city skyline which makes it a perfect spot for couples to have a romantic evening walk.

Explore the Eaton Centre

Photo of a shopping Mall

Eaton Centre is Toronto’s biggest shopping centre as it has more than 230 shopping outlets (stores) and restaurants which makes it the first choice of every shopping lover.

To your surprise, the Eaton Centre is located near many popular tourist sites which means if you don’t feel like shopping anymore you can also explore those tourist attractions (a few of them are The Elgin & Winter Garden Theatre Centre, Old City Hall, Massy Hall and a lot more).

Have a Helicopter Ride Above the Toronto City

Helicopter View of Toronto City

Looking for something exciting to try in Toronto City at Night? Then head out straight for the Helicopter Ride Above Toronto City.

Seeing Toronto City at night from the sky and flying above the popular tourist destinations, such as Lake Ontario, CN Tower, and Toronto Islands, will give you a stunning view of the city that you can’t forget.

Plus the fare of the ride are not as costly as they seem to be.

Try an Evening Patio

Photo of a Patio Resturant

I don’t know whether it’s the only one who likes enjoying eating at patio restaurants or anyone else. Trust me, it’s a great way to enjoy the evening in the city.

Imagine yourself sitting outside on a balmy summer night and enjoying your delicious food and cuisine with your date. What can be more romantic than that?

The city has a bunch of open-air patio restaurants which gives you the best possible experience that you can ever imagine.

Take a Night Cruise on Lake Ontario

Photo of Night Cruise on Lake Ontario

Taking a Night Cruise on Lake Ontario is a fun way to enjoy your night in Toronto. Trying a variety of foods while glazing the bright lights of the city is the best way to vibe with the city’s nightlife.

The best time to Crusie the Lake is summer, and spring because in the winter season, the entire lake freezes due to extremely cold weather.

There are a number of great travel companies that offer night cruises on Lake Ontario so make your reservation in advance before visiting Toronto.

Enjoy a Cocktail under the Moon

Rooftop view of the Toronto City

Imagine sitting on the rooftop with a stunning view of the whole city and enjoying a cocktail. Sounds like a perfect part idea, If so, then head out straight to the ‘Porch’.

It is an open-air rooftop bar with wonderful panoramic views of the whole city including the CN Tower. The place is quite popular for its ‘SkySkate’ where a whole patio has been converted into a skating rink.

If you are a skating lover, then you already know where you need to go.

Watch a Blue Jays game at the Rogers Centre

View of  Blue Jays game at the Rogers Centre

Rogers Centre is a baseball stadium that is home to the Toronto Blue Jays, a Major League Baseball team.

The vibe and atmosphere of the Rogers Centre will make you so excited that even if you are not a fan of baseball still you will watch the whole match with much anticipation and excitement.

Explore the Toronto Harbor

View of Toronto Harbor

Exploring the Toronto Harbor is also a best way to spend your evening in the city. Plus it’s a great area to watch the twinkling stars over your head at night.

The calm water allows you to enjoy the astonishing view of the Harbor, thanks to Toronto Island which plays a major role in protecting the area.

Watching the sun setting down and boats gently sailing on the still water, makes it a great perfect to relax with peace. Also, there are so many cafes, and restaurants on the shoreline that serves delicious food and drinks, making it an ideal place to add to your bucket list.

Have a Haunted Walking Tour

Photo of a man walking a alone street

Being bored by just strolling here and there. Then consider going for a haunted walking tour of the old city town. It is a perfect tour to creep you out with spooky vibes as someone is watching you from somewhere, as explore the town.

Visiting graveyards and scavenging for ghosts make this tour so much fun and enjoyable.

You can try the ‘Original Haunted Walk’ where you can explore the mysteries around haunted theatres, and have a spectre’s ghost tour at the University of Toronto.

Forget to mention, you can also check out the creepiest place for a ghost tour in the town which is Black Creek Pioneer Village. It’s a village recreated with the help of 40 buildings to make it look like a typical town in the 1860s.

Visit the Rec Rooms

Photo of a Rec Rooms in Toronto

You can also check out the Rec Room, which is located just south of CN Tower, to spend your evening. The place has all kinds of fun activities like an arcade, bowling, VR Experience, and a lot more.

It also has a rooftop bar and restaurant which offers a stunning view of the CN Tower along with delicious food and cuisine.

Rec Rooms are a perfect place for anyone to visit and explore, it doesn’t matter whether you are going with your family or your friends.

Try Ice Skating at Nathan Phillips Square

Photo of Ice Skating at Nathan Phillips Square

If you are planning to visit Toronto in winter then you need to try the Ice Skating at Nathan Phillips Square. The outdoor ice rink in the square(shape), is an iconic spot to skate that is surrounded by Toronto’s tall buildings and the lively vibes of the city.

The best part about the place is that it is free for everyone means you don’t need to pay anything and the place remains open throughout the winter season.

During the winter, Downtown Toronto becomes one of the most popular tourist destinations for tourists, and enjoying Ice skating is one of the fun activities that everyone must try.

The entire rink is decorated in holiday light style and features a massive Christmas tree, during the winter. It remains open until late in the evening, making it a must-do winter activity in Toronto.

Explore a Breweries

Photo of a Brewery

Are you interested in knowing how beer is made? If so, then Toronto has many places where you can see how the whole process is done and along with that have some samples to taste as well. To your surprise, there’s a craft brewery in almost every neighborhood in Toronto city.

‘Amsterdam BrewHouse’ is one of the most popular craft breweries in the Toronto Downtown. Besides the brewery, the place also has a restaurant with 4 patios which makes it a must-visit place with your friends.

If you want to taste a variety of beers then you should head out straight to the ‘Northern Maverick Brewery’. It is a brewhouse along with a big beer storage facility that is well known in the Town for its variety of beers.

Rent a Canoe

Photo of women Paddling in Toronto Lake

If you are looking for something fun and exciting then can try out this little adventurous activity. Renting a canoe or kayak and padding it to the middle of Lake Ontario, watching the sun setting down and the sky mixes into fiery shades of orange, yellow, and red Color.

The whole experience will give you a stunning view of the lake and the skyline that you have never seen before.

Attend a Live Concert

Image of Live Concert in Toronto City

It is worth mentioning that Toronto has some of the best World Class Theaters which makes it an ideal place to attend at least one live concert during your stay in the city.

There are many famous venues in Toronto including the Massey Hall, Mirvish Theatre, Royal Alexandra Theatre, and the Sony Centre which are also known for their Performing Art Shows.

Attending a live Concert in Toronto is more than just watching a performance, it is about vibing with the atmosphere and energy of the show.

It doesn’t matter whether you are a local or a tourist who is visiting the place for the very first time, attending a live show is one of those activities that are totally worth doing. I can bet it will be a night you’ll always remember.

Explore the Ripley’s Aquarium at Night

Photo of Ripley’s Aquarium at Night in Toronto city

Visiting Ripley’s Aquarium at night is totally a different experience than visiting it in the daytime. The Aquarium has more than 20K sea creatures which means you will have a lot of fun while enjoying this underwater adventure.

The place is perfect for everyone, it doesn’t matter whether you are visiting it with your family, or friends. The aquarium offers a wonderful experience as you explore the underwater world at night.

Trust me, you won’t regret your decision to visit Ripley’s Aquarium at Night and it’s totally worth spending every single penny on it. You can visit the Official web page of Ripley’s Aquarium for more information.

Try Street Food at Night

View of a Street food Market

The next crazy idea that you can try is to try a bunch of delicious street food at Night. The popular saying that the “City Never Sleeps” is absolutely true for Toronto.

The city has everything from awesome restaurants to small food trucks that serve different variety of food from all around the globe.

If you are confused about choosing the best restaurant for yourself then I will say, just follow the crowd. It might gonna take some time but believe me it will be totally worth it. You can also, try looking at Google for some of the best restaurants in Toronto.

Have a Walk Along the Beach

Persons Walking along the Beach

What can be more relaxing than walking along the Tranquil beaches? Toronto has many sandy beaches that are perfect for long walks while enjoying the stunning view of nature.

Cherry Beach, Bluffer’s Beach, and other sandy beaches along Lake Ontario are the places that are perfect for escaping the hustle and bustle of everyday life along with the beauty of nature.

To make your night more interesting, you can rent a fire pit and enjoy a bonfire along the beach. If you are fond of exploring beautiful beaches, then you can try a trip to the longest freshwater beach in the world – Wasaga Beach, which is just a two-hour drive from the city.

Gaze the Light at Niagara Falls

View of Niagara Falls (light Show)

Firstly, let me make this thing clear Niagara Falls isn’t in Toronto but it’s relatively close so I have added it to the list. The place is around 79.5 miles away from the city which makes it a drive of 1 hour and 35 minutes.

Watching Niagara Falls at night gives you a totally different experience than the daytime. If you are visiting the place for the very first time then I will recommend you to firstly visit the place in the daytime.

You will be truly amazed by watching it at nighttime.

Dive back in time with Medieval Show

View of a Medieval Show

If you have a little bit of interest in history (specifically in the era of knights and jesters) then you should attend this live performance of falconry, jousting, and much more, along with enjoying a delicious four-course meal at your table.

The entire set is created to look exactly similar to a medieval castle, to give you a proper vibe of being there in that era.

Whether you are going along with your friends or family, this place is totally worth adding to your bucket list.

Head for a Crazy Night Drive in the City

Evening vie of a road lane in Toronto City

Exploring popular tourist attractions (that remain open) while driving in the city is literally one of the best ways to enjoy a night out in Toronto.

CN Tower, Casa Loma, the Museum, the ROM, Ripley’s Aquarium, and the Haunting tour are some popular tourist destinations that you can explore while having a night out

Strolling around the streets at night is not a bad idea to have different vibes of the places that you want to explore during the daytime.

Experience the Nightlife in Queen West

View of a street daytime.

Queen West is a trendy and happening neighborhood in Toronto that is quite popular for its vibrant nightlife. The place has many bars, clubs, and live music venues that are more than enough to change your boring night into a crazy party night.

Besides that, the place is literally a hub of the finest restaurants, cafés, bars, clubs street art, and galleries, All that makes it a must-visit place for anyone who is visiting the city. 

The Vogue Magazine has named the Queen West as one of the coolest neighborhoods in the whole World.

Enjoy Some Dim Sum

Image of Dim Sum (Chinese Dish)

Having some Dim Sum and noodles at the Chinatown is a perfect way to wrap up your night. Not to mention, Toronto has a large community of Chinese which makes it a walking heaven for Chinese food lovers.

These Chinese restaurants remain open till 10 p.m. which makes them a perfect spot to either wrap up or begin your night out plans.

Plus some of these restaurants remain open late till 3 a.m. in the morning, So now you already know where you have to go for your late-night craving.

Bonus: Rosewood Asian Cuisine and Rol San are the best Chinese restaurants, if you are looking to try some Chinese food.

Toronto at Night

Toronto at Night

The popular saying that “Toronto is a city that never truly sleeps”, is absolutely true. As the sun sets down, Toronto transforms into a lively and happening city. At night, the city becomes a new world, with so many exciting places waiting to be discovered around every corner of the city.

Being the largest and most populous city in Canada, most places in Toronto are quite safe to explore at night. Walking down the street at night, you will be able to feel the vibe in the atmosphere, as hundreds of people gather to enjoy and have fun at night. Toronto at night is a mix of different cultures, tastes, and people.

Free Things to Do in Toronto at Night

There are a lot of free things that you can do in Toronto at Night. Here we are listing some of the cheap and free things that are worth trying.

Explore the Kensington Market: It is the best way to enjoy the Night in Toronto without spending anything. Keep in mind that many stores will be closed at night. So you are only left to explore the street art in that area.

Visit Chinatown: Chinatown in Toronto is one of the best places to have Chinese food in the city. The place remains open till 10 pm which makes it perfect to explore and wrap up your night plan.

Walk along the Toronto Harbor: Strolling along the Toronto Harbor at night will give you the best view of the waterway which is a famous tourist attraction.

Why is Toronto so famous?

View of Toronto City

Toronto is the largest & most populous city in Canada. It’s also a world leader in business, finance, and entertainment segments. The city has a large population of immigrants from all over the globe(especially from India) which has made the city one of the most multicultural cities in the world.

Besides that these are the bunch of reasons that make Toronto so popular.

  • Multiculturalism: More than half of the population of Toronto is born outside of Canada, which makes it one of the most multicultural cities in the entire North America.
  • Economic Hub: Toronto is also referred to as the “financial Capital of Canada”. It is home to the Toronto Stock Exchange, the headquarters of many large Canadian multinational corporations, and the city also has the headquarters of Canada’s five largest banks.
  • Tourism Attractions: The city has many popular tourist attractions, like the Royal Ontario Museum, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto Islands, High Park, Ripley’s Aquarium, St. Lawrence Market, the Distillery District, and the list goes on.
  • Sports: Toronto is home to a number of professional sports teams, including the Toronto Maple Leafs (NHL), the Toronto Raptors (NBA), and the Toronto Blue Jays (MLB). The city is also quite popular for its annual Canadian National Exhibition (CNE), which is a major fair and entertainment event that occurs every year in Toronto.

Is Toronto Safe at Night?

To be honest, almost all the areas in Toronto are considered to be safe at night. Just like every single city has a portion of the area that is not that safe and you should avoid visiting those places as you may land yourself in trouble.

The downtown area is a popular tourist attraction at night, which keeps the streets busy and quite safe to walk around the city. Toronto has a quite big public transportation system that operates 24*7, so it’s relatively easy and safe to move around even if you are traveling late at night hours.

Like any other city, you need to take precautions like walking in well-lit areas, avoiding shabby places, walking in groups, and having your phone in your hand in case of emergency to make sure you are safe from any potential danger.

Is Toronto a Late Night City?

Toronto a Late Night City

Yeah! Toronto is a late-night city with many awesome places to visit and explore. The city has everything that you can imagine from restaurants, bars, clubs, late night pubs to world-class theatres. It also hosts many late-night shows throughout the year which include many festivals, live concerts, and cultural events.

Toronto also has a good public transportation system that operates until the early hours of the morning, making the commute a lot easier to get around the city at night.

Is Toronto a Cheap City?

Toronto is not really a cheap city. In fact, it’s one of the most expensive cities in Canada to live in. The cost of living in Toronto is higher than the national average, and it is reflected in the cost of housing, food, transportation, and other expenses.

However, Toronto is the most expensive city in the entire Canada. It is more expensive than 66% of cities in North America and 82% of cities globally.

What are the best places to Visit in Toronto at Night?

  • CN Tower: With two observation decks at different heights, the place is perfect for having a panoramic view of the city at night.
  • Rooftop Bars: There are many hotels in the city that have rooftop bars. A few of them are the Thompson Hotel, the Bisha Hotel, and the Broadview Hotel. So head out to one of these and enjoy the nightlife in Toronto.
  • Toronto Harbor: It’s a must-visit place in Toronto as it allows one to experience the calmness and enjoy the stunning views of the watershed.
  • Toronto Island: The mesmerizing view of the Skyline along with a ferry to Toronto Island is all you need to take to have a perfect night in the city.
  • Ripley’s Aquarium: Interested in the sea ecosystem then it’s a must-visit place for you. It has more than 20,000 sea creatures in it, makeing it worth adding to your bucket list.

Final Thoughts: Toronto at Night

 Toronto City at Night

If you are planning to explore the city, there’s a lot to do in the city along with many great places to visit and explore. Being the biggest and most populous city in Canada, there are literally endless activities that you can do in Toronto at night.

Strolling through public streets and the park is also a great way to familiarize yourself with the city. Believe me, the city has something for everyone whether you are a hardcore party person or simply a nature lover there is always something for everyone.

We wish you have a fantastic and safe time exploring Toronto’s nightlife, and making some wonderful memories in this amazing city that never fade away!

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