I have to admit. I got lazy with my trip planning. So I cheated and got a CityPASS, which turned out to be a really good decision. I had a very packed trip as a result. It comes with 5 tickets to visit all of the staple sight-seeing sites at a discounted price (CN Tower, Casa Loma, Royal Ontario Museum, Ripley's Aquarium of Canada, and Toronto Zoo/Ontario Science Centre). I ended up going to 4 out of these places, which still turned out to be a deal when compared to purchasing tickets separately. (More posts to come!)
I was down to do all the touristy things because I feel like you should do it at least once in the city you would potentially like to live in (yes, I can see myself living in Toronto). I also had the help of my local blogger friends who suggested a great list of places to eat and drink.
First up, Ripley's Aquarium of Canada.
I kind of knew this one would be a rough one. Three reasons:
1. I hate going to places with a million people.
2. I don't like animals in captivity.
3. Million screaming kids and frustrated/tired parents are not a fun crowd.
I still went for it... it was cool... I guess. I felt bad for the animals because the tanks seemed very tiny for big underwater mammals and fish to live in. I don't think I'll ever go here again to be honest. Definitely gave me a headache by the end of the visit. I got some nice photos, but in my opinion, I don't think this was worth the trip. #sorrynotsorry
People, no flash photography means no flash photography. These animals belong in the deep, deep, deeeep ocean where there is no light. No one gave a sh*t and it was kind of frustrating.
After being in a really tight space with a million screaming children, you probably feel like you need a drink. Steam Whistle Brewing will greet you with open doors. It's located right across the aquarium and their Pilsner is oh-so-refreshing! Also, they offer free samples (about 6oz) which will quench your thirst enough if you're on a tight budget (haha poor traveller).
Immerse yourself in the energy of the city at Polson Pier.
At the end of the night, I needed to do something mellow. Polson Pier is one of the best places to see the Toronto skyline. It's also quiet.
Did I mention it's quiet?
Stay tuned for the next post and see what I did on my third day! I had brunch, went to another touristy place, ate some tacos, and drank some beer (duh).