It has been at least seven years since I made my way up the elevator of the CN Tower. Back then I thought the attraction was a bit dated and I’m happy to report there are some new things to do at the CN Tower today!
CN Tower Dining at 360 Restaurant Toronto
I have to begin my list of what to do at the CN Tower with the famous Toronto revolving restaurant. The 360 Restaurant can be your ticket to the CN Tower Observation decks.
CN Tower 360 Restaurant Menu
One of the most asked questions about the restaurant isn’t how high it sits, or how long it takes to revolve around, but is the elevator fee or cost to get up to the CN Tower included with your restaurant meal?
The answer is yes – but there is a catch! Of course there is an elevator ride up to the restaurant if you dine at the CN Tower, however, if you plan on visiting the observation floors, then there is a catch.
The catch you have to buy a 2 or 3 prix fixe lunch or dinner at the restaurant. Here is the deal the cost to get up to the observation deck will set you back around $40 so if you splurge $20 or 30 dollars more you get a fantastic dining experience and access to the CN Tower Observation decks.
360 Restaurant Prix Fixe Menu and Special Menus
Only the Prix Fixe menu option includes access to the observation decks, but you will get to enjoy the views as you dine from their delicious menu.
This panorama restaurant in Toronto will not disappoint. The views were spectacular, and with a 3-course lunch over 75 minutes we enjoyed the sites of a full rotation.
Tips For Dining at 360 Restaurant Toronto
- Arrive early to allow time to check in
- You will enter a lounge to wait for your elevator and priority access to the elevator will be granted.
- Note your section number, as you are seated! You will be told what section your table is located and this is important if you leave to go to the bathroom remember your table is moving.
- Keep your things under or near your chair, as the floor rotates you will pass some columns which your items could get pushed by.
- You may get a little dizzy, try not to stare at moving elements like columns, or window panes as you move past them to avoid it.
- Enjoy the spectacular views. It will take approximately 75 minutes to do a full rotation.
Things to do at the CN Tower Toronto
Browse Special Exhibits at the CN Tower
For a long time, I thought the CN Tower could better use the space on the observation decks. I know it gets busy there in Summer but this winter they had a beautiful Regalia Native Pride exhibit.
CN Tower Toronto LookOut Levels
Upper-Level Observation Deck
Enjoy panoramic views from the new floor to ceiling windows installed on the lookout level. This addition is just what the CN Tower needed to update the attraction and to provide the most spectacular views of Toronto.
On the upper observation level, there is a new glass floor above the original glass floor. The best view is from the lower level, but there is a unique perspective from the new deck too.
Lower Level Observation Deck
Take the stairs down to the lower lookout level where you can step outside into the outdoor sky terrace (weather permitting). The caged observation deck lets you feel the wind your hair as you walk around and experience the breathtaking views of the city and Lake Ontario.
Take a walk on the glass floor at the CN Tower and get a look down at the city streets of Toronto. In winter, the windows were a bit dirty, but they are cleaned regularly and still offer a heart-stopping view.
Sky Pod (additional fee)
I remember when I was a kid going up the extra 33 storeys to the tiny sky pod. I also remember hugging the wall in fear. For me, the leaning over the slanted floor to ceiling glass windows (even with the railing) was just too much. I haven’t been back as an adult, but if you want to experience one of the highest observation decks in the world, this is for you.
Edgewalk (Spring/Summer only)
For those seeking adventure and can brave a walk on the wild side Edgewalk might be of interest. Walk along the outside platform and lean down over the city of Toronto. If you are looking for thrills and a huge adrenaline rush, this is the attraction you don’t want to miss.
Things to do Near the CN Tower
The Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada is located next door in downtown Toronto. The Aquarium and CN tower can both be easily accessed via Transit and a short walk from Union or St. Andrews stations.
Read more: What to See at Ripley’s Aquarium Toronto
Other nearby attractions include:
- Steam Whistle Brewery
- Toronto Waterfront
- St. Lawrence Market
- Nathan Phillips Square
- Eaton Centre
Hotels Near the CN Tower
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- Things to Do in Toronto During the Holiday Season
We were guests of CN Tower and 360 Restaurant as part of a media lunch.