Just because something is popular and referred to as a ‘tourist trap’ doesn’t necessarily mean it isn’t worth doing. The Eiffel Tower, Disneyland, Times Square – whatever is said about these attractions, one thing is true: they’re popular for a reason!
Canada’s Wonderland in Toronto is no exception. The price may be getting a bit steep, but that can be managed by planning ahead a little and making sure you snag discounts by purchasing tickets online. Theme parks aren’t hard to find, but this one still has unique things to offer:
1. One of the world’s longest wooden roller coasters. Mighty Canadian Minebuster was one of the park’s original features. It has an upward spiraling helix and 3,559 feet (1,085 meters) of single track.
2. Leviathan. New in 2012, this crazy contraption in Medieval Faire will be one of the tallest in the world at heights of over 300 feet (91 meters). Lasting three minutes and twenty-eight seconds, Leviathan will also reach speeds of 92 miles (148 km) an hour.
3. Victoria Falls High Divers. You know those crazy flips and graceful splashes you see divers do in the Summer Olympics? Acrobatic dives are done off of a 60-foot (18-meter) platform on Wonder Mountain.
4. One of the largest animatronic dinosaur parks in the world. Dinosaurs Alive has more than just a 60-foot (18-meter) T-Rex and a paleontological dig site where kids can help uncover a skeleton – it also has educational opportunities that are, unsurprisingly, way more effective than reading from a textbook in a mid-morning science class.
5. Old-fashioned entertainment. In a time of nonstop texting, massively multiplayer online role-playing games and way too much time spent staring at screens in general, the subtle victory of getting the family to spend an entire day outside having real, physical fun is sometimes underrated. Embrace it!