Teen attractions in Toronto

Mar 11th, 2012, 08:38 PM
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OT,

To me, Delta Chelsea has always felt out of the way. I like to be ""right downtown"....Financial d
District, St Lawrence Market, etc..

For your school group in June, I would go with the Hyatt on King. I love that area.

You can easily walk to CN tower, Harbourfront, Hockey Hall of Fame, Theatre, Toronto Stock Exchange, Osgoode Hall, St Lawrence Market, Toronto Islands Ferry, Union Station, Royal York Hotel ( for its historical significance but it is a little long in the tooth so I would never stay there)

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Mar 11th, 2012, 08:39 PM
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Sorry about my typos....
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Mar 12th, 2012, 09:22 AM
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I wouldn't consider the Chelsea out of the way. The 'hub' of the city is really Yonge Dundas Square now (some events there and a discount ticket booth too) and the Chelsea is a block away from that. It's right in the heart of the Ryerson campus as well. I don't think the financial district would be very interesting to kids and it would also be very quiet on the weekend.

I'm pretty sure the Royal York and any of the Hyatts would be pretty pricey but I don't know what your budget is.
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Mar 12th, 2012, 10:30 AM
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LOL.....Have you been anywhere near the Hyatt on King lately on the weekends? It's anything but quiet! Even Sundays are abuzz with activity. We were at La Fenice(hear Hyatt) a few weeks ago on a Saturday night & it felt like NYC.

Also,to clarify, I said do NOT stay at The Royal York. It's very run down & in desperate need of refurbishment. The bathrooms are very small. They could probably get a pretty decent rate there because of the "tired" condition of the Royal York( a Fairmont hotel)...but still I would not recommend it.

I said I consider The Delta Chelsea(DC) out of the way. That's how I have always felt about it. While it may technically be in the "hub", it has never felt, & still does not feel, that way to me. Others have a different opinion.
The OP has indicated that the school group wants to be able to walk to CN Tower, among other places. While you can do that from DC, Hyatt on King is closer.

Obvioulsy, this is a matter of opinion. For me,( travelling with a Junior High School Student Council group), it would be Hyatt on King over Delta Chelsea any day. But, hey, that's just me!

To OT: Have you also checked rates at The Intercontinental on Front Street? It may be more than Hyatt/Delta Chelsea but worth a look if you can find a comparable rate. Ditto for Novotel on Esplanade (but the rooms are very small @ Novotel).

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Mar 12th, 2012, 10:32 AM
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Mar 12th, 2012, 03:52 PM
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I absolutely know the Hyatt on King and that whole neighbourhood and yes, it's very lively. I may have been confused (and it wouldn't be the first time) by your statement that you like to be "right downtown" and then you mentioned the financial district. I wouldn't consider King and John or Duncan the financial district. I thought you were thinking about King and Bay-ish which would definitely be boring for a teen.

I don't think anyone would think of Yonge and Dundas as being anything but downtown.
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Mar 12th, 2012, 07:34 PM
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gtg,
I just kind of mentally meld the whole area together...Financial District/Entertainment District, etc.

My "downtown" parameters are & alwasy have been:
North of Esplanade
South of Queen (so Delta Chelsea is out of my zone!)
East of Spadina
West of Jarvis.

Recently I stayed North of Queen at the Marriott Eaton Centre & I felt "out of it". But, as I said, that's just me. I do not like to go North of Queen. Never have. I lived/worked within the parameters noted above for years.

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Mar 13th, 2012, 02:42 AM
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OhioTeacher, as much as you think kids will be chaperoned, there are always opportunity for them to explorer, or sneak out at night, or whatever.

I am not sure how big your group is and what is the ratio of adult to children, and I am sure everything will be fine while the Chaperone is present.

Delta Chelsea is at a not too bad location, it is a few block east from them that there maybe potential issues, expecially if the kids wandered off by themselves.

Chaperon a group of young teenager is a big responsibility. The more you knew about the surrounding, the better equip you will be. I am not saying that 2 blocks over at Younge Street is bad. I am just saying that things do happen, and did happen in that area.
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Mar 13th, 2012, 05:42 AM
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When is this trip? Are the kids coming in a couple of days, are they here already?

Have you explored using Google Maps and Streetview?

If the kids escape from either hotel they can find themselves observing rowdyness.

I spent twenty years living and working two blocks from the Hyatt; I've arranged for hundreds of people to stay at the Chelsea, many accompanied by teenagers.
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Mar 13th, 2012, 09:04 AM
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"Things happen east of Yonge Street" sounds ominous. Things happen everywhere in the city. I worked a few blocks east of Yonge in various locations of Regent Park for years. The crime rate is higher in the suburbs and you can more easily buy drugs on any university campus. Yes, you may see the occasional homeless person but sadly, that's becoming more prevalent in every neighbourhood in this city. In fact, it might not be a bad idea for a bunch of visiting teens to talk about the homeless situation in this and other cities.
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Mar 13th, 2012, 11:33 AM
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To ohioteacher, the OP here:

I agree w/ gtg that "things happen everywhere". Delta Chelsea is a safe area. If you decide not to stay there, it should not be because of its proximity to "things". You will be in Toronto in June with a group of 13 & 14 year old chaperoned teens. They will be fine.

BAK's suggestion to explore the areas we have been discussing w/ Google Maps & Streetview is a good one.

Have you decided where you will be staying in June? When in June? Are you flying ot driving from Ohio to Toronto?

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Mar 27th, 2012, 05:50 PM
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Thanks to all of you for the suggestions. We will be in Toronto on Monday June 4'th and Tuesday June 5'th. We are staying both nights at the Delta Chelsea. My administration made that decision for me based on the fact that they negotiated the best group rate by far. The main thing I could use help on now are what attractions we should definitely not miss. I know for sure I want to take them to the CN Tower, the Rogers Centre tour, Eaton Center, Chinatown and Kensington Market. I have also scheduled a harbor cruise on Tuesday night from 8:30 to 9:30 so the kids can see the skyline at night from the water. I would like to do a museum, and I am leaning toward the ROM over the Science Center for that age group due to the Bat Cave, dinosaur exhibit, etc. Is this a good choice? We won't have time to do both, and I'm thinking the ROM might be more age appropriate since the majority of our kids will be freshmen in high school next year. Also, would they enjoy seeing Casa Loma or would they find it boring? Also, will there be things to do and see at the Harbourfront when we get back from our boat cruise? We usually don't like to get back to the hotel til around midnight on these trips. We like to wear the kids out so they sleep!
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Mar 27th, 2012, 07:17 PM
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Dagnabit! I just wrote a long response and it disappeared!

Anyway, good choice of hotels. I'd go for the ROM over the Science Centre based on location alone. I think Casa Loma would be boring for the kids. It's actually only interesting if you're going to an event or party there.

Kensington is great -- very historic and richly ethnic part of the city. The funky used clothing stores are on Kensington Avenue south of Baldwin. If you're eating lunch or dinner there, I'd suggest either King's Noodle on Spadina, Wanda's Pie in the Sky or Jumbo Empanada, both on Augusta.

Re Harbourfront, I'm not sure what will be happening on a Monday or Tuesday but their schedule will be on their website: www.harbourfrontcentre.com.

Re the Tuesday night, if you can afford it, I'd suggest taking them to see War Horse at the Princess of Wales Theatre. Here's the website for Mirvish Productions: http://www.mirvish.com/groups
I don't know if there are special group rates or student rates but it's worth a phone call to find out.
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Mar 28th, 2012, 04:42 AM
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When you are in Kensington/Chinatown area, make sure you wander down Queen St W.. the area is cool for teens with boutiques, street vendors, and street artists...
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Mar 28th, 2012, 06:51 PM
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Again, thank you for the suggestions. Seeing a show and Queen Street were two more things I was going to ask you about. Sounds like Queen Street would be fun. I've been reading excellent reviews on War Horse, but would it be too serious for 13 and 14 year olds to enjoy? Perhaps not-I was just wondering. When I was looking for shows, the two that kind of jumped out at me as ones they would probably like were Bring It On and West Side Story-simply because of the age appropriateness and the dancing. However, neither of those will work because they both end before we get to Toronto.
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Mar 29th, 2012, 09:12 AM
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I think War Horse is perfect for young teens. In fact, the book was originally written for young adults. The horses and other puppets are incredible and the story is excellent. Also, it's in a beautiful theatre in Toronto.
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Mar 29th, 2012, 05:40 PM
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Thank you. I will definitely look into War Horse. Some restaurants have been mentioned. Are there any places to eat that would be just awesome for the kids to experience? Places that would be fun and that they would remember for a long time?
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Mar 29th, 2012, 06:58 PM
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It's very difficult with a large group at dinnertime... how many are you?

Possibly the Pickle Barrel at 312 Yonge St.... Hard Rock cafe on Yonge... Wayne Gretskys...jack Astors... East Side Mario's... have a look at these for starters...
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Not particularly fun but a big place just up the street from the theatre -- Milestones.

The Pickle Barrel is in the Atrium on Bay (on Dundas between Yonge and Bay) and also in that building is SpringRolls (Asian), Red Lobster and St. Louis Grill (wings, hamburgers, etc -- probably just fine for kids). Across Yonge at Dundas is Johnny Rockets and upstairs in that building is Jack Astors (hamburgers, wings, nachos, etc). There's a Milestones in there too but the other is closer to the theatre.

I'm not sure if there's a Shopsy's (deli) on King still but if so, it's right near the theatre as well. So is Il Fornello on King (pizza, pasta).

There's a good start for you!
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Mar 29th, 2012, 07:57 PM
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The Spaghetti Factory on The Esplanade (just south of Union Station) is fun.
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