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The Best and Worst Value Annual Passes in Toronto

The Best and Worst Value Annual Passes in Toronto

By Thomas Kenzaki

It’s finally starting to look like summer again so people are coming out of hibernation and are looking for things to do. If you’re in the GTA you have a lot of great annual pass options. See which passes offer the best and worst value for your dollar!

There’s no shortage of fun things to do in and around Toronto and most places offer an annual or season pass option. In most cases these allow for unlimited visits and for not too much more money than a single day ticket would cost. This might also be a worthwhile option for those living outside of Toronto or those looking to vacation in Toronto if you plan to visit an attraction more than once.

Here’s a cost breakdown for some of the most popular Toronto area attractions in 2018.

Single Adult

AttractionSingle DayAnnual Pass
Canada's Wonderland$62.48$111.07
Centreville$41.95$85.00
Ripley's Aquarium of Canada$35.00$80.00
LEGO Discovery Centre$24.41$79.10
Toronto Zoo$29.00$95.00
Ontario Science Centre$22.00$75.00
Royal Ontario Museum$20.00$112.00
Art Gallery of Ontario$19.50$110.00
Based on single adult website ticket pricing. Includes all fees and taxes.

Family (2 Adults + 2 Kids)

AttractionSingle DayAnnual Pass
Ontario Science Centre$70.00$125.00
Canada's Wonderland$211.35$380.85
Toronto Zoo$96.00$195.00
Ripley's Aquarium of Canada$106.25$235.00
Royal Ontario Museum$68.00$161.00
Centreville$134.00$340.00
Art Gallery of Ontario$49.00$145.00
LEGO Discovery Centre$97.64$293.80
Based on 2x adult + 2x child website ticket pricing. Includes all fees and taxes.

We’ve included 2 charts because the prices and savings vary depending on if you’re an individual or family. Some attractions such as Canada’s Wonderland start to offer savings on your 2nd visit while on average you’ll see savings beginning on your 3rd or 4th visit.

On the other end of things a single adult annual pass to the Art Gallery of Ontario and Royal Ontario Museum would take 6 visits before it started to pay off making it smarter for most people to buy single day tickets if you don't plan to visit that often. Looking at family pricing all attractions begin to pay off starting at 3 visits. Some attractions even have special family annual passes which are valid for 2 adults and up to 4 children.

If you’re from the GTA you have easy access to the different attractions and can more easily benefit from an annual pass. Those farther out might need to do more thinking to see if it’s worth it or not. In some cases it might also benefit those vacationing in Toronto if you’re going to be hitting up the same attraction more than once.

There are often additional perks that come with having an annual pass. Things like discounts on food and souvenirs, free or discounted parking, and early entry times to name a few perks. My personal favourite perk is from the Ontario Science Centre where annual passholders get free entry to other similar attractions across Canada and the US. The Toronto Zoo also offers a reciprocal agreement with AZA accredited zoos and aquariums in North America to offer free or discounted admission.

An annual pass is a great way to save money but make sure it’s something you’ll actually use enough to make it worth it. In all our examples buying a single day ticket is the best option if you only plan on visiting an attraction once. I know I’m not the only person guilty of buying an annual pass and only using it one time. Be smart, save money and have fun taking advantage of all that Toronto has to offer this year!

4 Comments

    • Nobody pays those prices for Wonderland. Even if you go single day, most are saavy enough to buy through costco or groupon or some other way to get a roughly $40 ticket. Also, seasons are $72 plus fees/taxes if bought early bird.
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    • You seem to have totally missed the point on using reciprocal agreements. Far more lucrative ways to save money.
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    • You seem to have totally missed the point on using reciprocal agreements. Far more lucrative ways to save money.
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    • pongster wrote:
      Jun 8th, 2018 8:57 pm
      Nobody pays those prices for Wonderland. Even if you go single day, most are saavy enough to buy through costco or groupon or some other way to get a roughly $40 ticket. Also, seasons are $72 plus fees/taxes if bought early bird.
      If you look at the amount of people lined up at the regular ticket windows you'd realize a lot of people just don't bother to look into what discounts might be available elsewhere. For the purpose of this article we used each attractions website pricing at the time of publication.
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