Look up. Wayyy up.
Catch the billowing clouds piercing the empty Saturday skyscrapers of the Southcore Financial Center, where more than 20,000 office employees and 10,000 residents live, work and play, making Southcore Financial Center one of the hippest and happening new neighbourhoods in Toronto. Located on 3.25 acres at the center of Toronto’s expanding financial core and entertainment district, SOCO is just 415 steps from Union Station and the best of downtown Toronto via the extensive PATH network. A short walk to the Air Canada Centre, King and Bay and Toronto’s waterfront makes SOCO a great location for you to begin your family weekend in Toronto! Hop on the UP Express from Pearson International Airport or the Porter Airlines Shuttle from Billy Bishop Airport to the TTC subway line and you will discover a wealth of things to do with the husband and kids within a 15-minute walk of SOCO. Added bonus? US dollars go much further in Canada right now. Let’s go have some fun!
Make the Delta Toronto Southcore your home base for your family weekend and enjoy spectacular views over a sparkling urban skyline and lively downtown streets lined with shops, bars, and restaurants. At the hub of SOCO, right in the middle of Toronto’s hottest high-rise neighbourhood and newest attractions in Toronto, the Delta Toronto puts you at the intersection of the downtown’s vibrant financial, sports and entertainment districts. Set in a sleek, 46-floor tower, ask for a Corner Combo suite where the parental units can luxuriate in a corner soaker tub enjoying floor to ceiling spectacular city views while the lads and lasses receive a welcome check-in kit with colouring books and their own rubber duckie and for their own bath with a view! Enjoy the vibe and views from SOCO Kitchen + Bar’s new rooftop patio or simply enjoy a casual bite and people watch from their street-level patio. Next morning, check out the vistas from the 46th floor Club Lounge where breakfast and wifi are always complimentary or their uniquely Canadian exhibition of Hockey Sticks and Pucks from some of Canada’s greatest hockey teams!
Under the Sea
Your family weekend starts with a wander across busy Lower Simcoe street and catch the wonders of the deep blue sea at Ripley’s Aquarium. Hop on the moving walkway and glide through the sharks, starfish, stingrays, and turtles. Join their live and interactive Dive Shows + Aquarist Talks where you can learn about the animals in their habitat featuring a diver who communicates with you, the audience. Every second Friday Ripleys offers Friday Night Jazz: Live music, cash bar,and a thrilling underwater adventure! Make sure you check with your friendly concierge at the Delta for preferred Aquarium partner pricing!
Walk the Walk
The CN Tower Edge Walk that is if you dare. Venture outside on Toronto’s tallest attraction and the world’s highest full circle hands-free walk. Hook in and circumnavigate the Tower’s pod, all the while savouring jaw-dropping views of the city skyline, Toronto Islands and Lake Ontario on one of the most popular attractions in Toronto! Nope, not for us!
The restored locomotives, passenger and freight cars at the Toronto Railway Museum. Set your speed, blow the horn and use the breaks on Toronto’s railway tracks circa 1950 in their popular train simulator. Grab a short ride on their miniature railway that loop through the park in front of the museum between May and October or simply hang out in Roundhouse Park while Mom and Dad whet their whistles with a Steamwhistle Pilsner and a tour and taste of this popular Toronto brewery.
Wander across Bathurst Street and enjoy the early history of the Town of York at the Fort York National Historic Site. Considered the ‘birthplace of Toronto,’ the Fort is home to one of the oldest collection of fortifications in Canada, dating back to the great War of 1812. The recently renovated Visitors Center provides an opportunity for visitors young and old to be immersed in the early history of the site and the early city of York as they ascend to the Fort Commons and a final view overlooking the site with shining, gleaming views of Toronto beyond.
Pick Your Team
Cheer on the Toronto Raptors or the famous Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Center or bring your mitt and catch a home run ball at a Toronto Bluejays game at the Rogers Center, two of the most popular attractions in Toronto.
Whatever your family weekend plans, the Southcore Financial District makes for a great afternoon or all day Saturday get-away!
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