Its touristy but when your in Toronto for the first time you should really go to the top of the CN Tower. You can get a tacky picture like this one of the two guys in hats taken for a really bad souvineer. You will note that I had the courtesy to remove my hat for the pictures...lol. It also offers a breath taking view of Toronto and the surrounding area.
Definitely number one tourist trap is climbing the CN Tower. It is a rip off and not worth the money you pay for.
Fun Alternatives: If you want to have a view at the city and enjoy much nicer atmosphere then go to 'Panorama' cocktail bar located on the 51st floor in Manulife Building (55 Bloor St. W.). In summer, their patio is open for a full experience. But also be ready - it is not cheap here and not very fancy as they say in city guides.
This actually turned out to be another tourist trap - well at least it is less painful than CN Tower.
The CN Tower! It's a nice view, but I thought that the tickets to go up were a little over-priced...the experience might have been worth half of what they charged.
**Something I learned too late was that with a Hostelling International membership card, you can get a good discount off of the CN Tower admission price. There's a useful tip for you.
Unique Suggestions: Look through the glass covered hole in the floor at the top...actually you can walk on top of it and feel like you're gonna fall through.
Fun Alternatives: A better idea is to go next door to the Sky Dome and catch a Blue Jays game.
Ok, the CN Tower is a trap too, even though I think you have to see it. It's expensive and kind of touristy. And try not to get screwed over by the parking garage attendant like we were. The machine wasn't giving out tickets because we got there so early and it was a Sunday. However, when we left, we had to pay a full day's rate, which was $16. I feel much bitterness towards them.
WELL WE ALL KNOW WHAT I AM GOING TO SAY....CN TOWER
I THINK ITS OVER RATED, JUST BECAUSE ITS TOO EXPENSIVE FOR WHAT IT IS, $40 OR SO DIDNT EVEN TAKE ME UP TO THE VERY TOP!!, ITS COOL, BUT I WAS PISSED BECAUSE ITS TOO BUSY, CANT GET NEAR A WINDOW, AND THE ELEVATOR MADE ME WANT TO VOMIT, AND GAVE ME A HEADACHE FOR THE DAY, BUT IT IS INEVITABLE YOU'LL GO UP ANYWAY, AND MIGHT ACTUALLY ENJOY THE EXPERIENCE.
A tourist trap that comes to mind is the CN Tower, but its one that if you come to Toronto you don't wanna miss. It is a bit pricey. They have raised the prices since I was in it. I don't know what they are now. But who would pass up an opportunity to go up to the top of the world't tallest free-standing building? I didn't!!!
not really a trap but...'tourist'ic: I didn't miss a visit on the CN Tower but I missed a pic of it because... too touristic... which is an example of inexperience and of stubbornness...
in the pic a view from up there...
the CN Tower is a member of the World Federation of Great Towers together with the Ostankino Tower at Moscow, Tokyo Tower, Transco Tower in Houston, Donauturm in Vienna, Telecom Tower at Camberra, Calgary Tower, British Telecom in London, Euromast at Rotterdam, Belgrade Tower, the Olympic Tower of Montréal, Berlin Funkturm...
the tower is 553 m high and you reach its top by a glass faced elevator which brings you at 340 m but if you want, you can board another elevator on the indoor level and ascend additional 101 m to the space deck...
CN Tower- Okay this is really a tourist trap and a must see in my opinion. It is an amazing structure that offers immense views (on a clear day) of Toronto and well beyond. The entry price is a bit steep and it is not something I'd likely do twice but was pleased to have done it once (enough so that I wrote a travelouge about it).
The CN Tower, also known as the tallest freestanding structure in the world. No, it's not the tallest structure, just the tallest freestanding structure. When you zoom upstairs to the big ball thingy, there are three floors: The tourist shop level is in the middle, along with a bar. You can also go outside and enjoy the wind. Below the tourist shop level, you have the glass floor level, where you theoretically can view the baseball game at the SkyDome from above if the dome is open.From the tourist shop level, you can pay an extra fee of about $5 (1997 figure) to go to the OTHER ball thingy much further up. They say that on a clear day, you can see the mist from Niagara Falls from there. Interestingly, I could see the mist from Niagara Falls from my my 16th floor apartment in High Park on the same days.
The CN Tower - okay, it is the tallest free standing structure in the world, and the views are excellent on a clear day, and yes, you can stand on the glass floor and test your fear of heights, but other than that there really isn't anything to do there. I say save your $15 and do something much more productive with your time and money.
CN TOWER - is it really worth $17 to see the city from above? Methinks that no! I mean, it's cool and all, and there's a glass floor you can stand on, open to the ground hundreds of metres below, but it ain't worth $17 bucks in my book. Plus, the wait can be a major pain. Wait to go up AND to come down.
In my opinion the CN tower and the SkyDome might be interesting to some, but they are expensive, and you can have a long wait to get up the tower. I guess if it is a beautiful sunny day, and you want to see how far you can see from such a place, it might be worth the entrance of fee of something like $10. (It might be more now, it has been at least 5 years since my last trip there.)
CN tower. Surprising that so many people pay upto $50 to go up. Picture shows one tourist attraction definetely worth seeing, namely the AGO (Art Gallery of Ontario)located on Dundas - University Avenue.
Pretty expensive for just a view of the city.
Unique Suggestions: At least, get to eat on top of the CN Tower.
Fun Alternatives: Why dont you get a nice skyline shot from the waterfront in Etobicoke instead?
I know a lot of people want to ride up to the top, but really....is it worth the money??
Fun Alternatives: Spend your money shopping or clubbing