Visiting The CN Tower With Kids ~ What To Do & See
Standing exactly 1,815ft. 5in in height, Canada’s most visited attraction the CN Tower an engineering marvel and a sight you won’t want to miss during your next visit to Toronto. During the opening night of the 2013 TBEX conference, my husband and I took our children to this incredible building for a tour, some fun and delicious dining experience inside the tower’s 360 Restaurant.
Offering a view of Toronto at over 1,151 feet, 360 offers a dining experience to remember. My experience at dining in or near a major attraction – the food is not the best. It seems as though the hype surrounding the attraction takes over and the food is just so. This was NOT the case at 360.
The food was fresh, made to order and beyond delicious. You can view our full review and see additional photos on Babble.com.
The restaurant provided exquisite views of the city, but believe it or not, you can go even higher!
After dinner we took the elevator down to The Lookout and the famed Glass Floor. Here you can stand on a clear glass surface while looking straight down 1,122′. This is a great spot for kids and my girls had a blast looking down and ‘walking on air’ as my daughter called it.
My son on the other hand was a little more cautious. Safety is not an issue as the floor is made up of 256 square feet of solid glass and can withstand the weight of 14 large hippos. Completely safe! If you’d like a breath of fresh air, head out to the terrace located adjacent to the floor.
Can you go higher? Oh yes you can!
The CN Tower is equipped with a special elevator that will take you an additional 33 stories above. It is the highest viewing area in the building and will have you 1465 feet above ground. The elevator took a few minutes to reach the top, it wasn’t a short ride! Once we were at the top, the views were magnificent.
The EdgeWalk is CN Tower’s newest attraction and is NOT for the faint of heart. Imagine dangling 1168 feet above the ground while being attached to an overhead safety rail with a harness system and trolley. Extreme? Thrilling? Terrifying? All of the above. One day I may attempt it but for now, I’ll just enjoy the view from my computer.
After taking in Toronto’s scenery, we made our way downstairs where we experienced “Legends of Flight,” a 3D movie that takes you into the sky on a journey through the world of aviation and introduces you to a brand new airplane concept that will blow your mind. I thought the kids might find this boring, but they really enjoyed it!
The CN Tower welcomes 1.5+ million visitors every single year and has been named one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World by the American Society of Civil Engineers. If you are visiting Ontario, this is a must-see for the entire family! That being said, I wouldn’t recommend it if you’re deathly afraid of heights…
Give yourself lots of time to experience the tower as there is so much to do and see. You can dine in the 360 restaurant for both lunch or dinner and it tends to be a pretty good deal as general admission is included to the Glass Floor and the LookOut. The SkyPod, EdgeWalk and Legends of the Flight 3D movie as well as the Himalamazon are available for an added fee.
If you aren’t looking for a dining experience you can buy several different general admission packages directly through CN Tower, or take advantage of Toronto’s City Pass (the most economical way to see the city on a budget).
*Disclosure: We were provided with passes and theatre experiences to the CN Tower. All thoughts and opinions are my own.