Weekend visitors to Toronto are advised to visit the Toronto Zoo, which boasts more than 5,000 animals belonging to more than 500 different species. Visitors can watch handlers feed the animals, enjoy a 2-acre water play area called Splash Island and walk the extensive walking trails. Another good place to visit is the Royal Ontario Museum, which houses displays on archeology, palaeontology, mineralogy, zoology and geology. The museum itself is known for its brick and terracotta architecture.
Another popular destination for weekend visitors in Toronto is Casa Loma, a castle that was constructed in the 1900s. It was built by Sir Henry Pellatt, a former Canadian soldier who dreamed of living in a castle. Casa Loma features Scottish masonry, Spanish tile, secret passageways and an enormous wine cellar for visitors to explore. Children often enjoy the hidden passages and underground tunnels of the castle.
The Ontario Science Center is also open for weekend visitors. A hands-on science center, this Toronto attraction takes an interactive approach to learning and emphasizes the involvement of science in local and global events. The Ontario Science Center is a publicly assisted organization supported by various corporations, individuals and foundations who share a passion for science and education.