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The Best and Worst Value Annual Passes in Toronto for 2019

The Best and Worst Value Annual Passes in Toronto for 2019

By Thomas Kenzaki

Winter is over, the cherry blossom trees are in bloom, and people are finally starting to get back outside again in Toronto. One of the best ways to save money on local attractions such as museums and amusement parks is to buy an annual pass. Some are a much better value than others though so read on as I break down the best and worst annual pass values for Toronto in 2019.

Our list from last year ranked Canada’s Wonderland and the Ontario Science Centre as two of the best values and had the Art Gallery of Ontario and LEGO Discovery Centre bringing up the rear.

Here’s my cost breakdown for some of the most popular Toronto area attractions in 2019:

Single Adult

Attraction
Single Day
Annual Pass
Breakeven Visits
Canada's Wonderland
$62.48
$112.20
1.8
Art Gallery of Ontario (after May 25)
$19.50
$35.00
1.8
Centreville
$44.35
$88.39
2.0
Ripley's Aquarium of Canada
$36.16
$90.40
2.5
LEGO Discovery Centre
$25.93
$76.84
3.0
Toronto Zoo
$29.00
$95.00
3.3
Ontario Science Centre
$22.00
$75.00
3.4
Royal Ontario Museum
$20.00
$112.00
5.6
Art Gallery of Ontario
$19.50
$110.00
5.6

Family of 4

Attraction
Single Day
Annual Pass
Breakeven Visits
Canada's Wonderland
$222.65
$346.95
1.6
Art Gallery of Ontario (after May 25)
$39.00
$70.00
1.8
Ontario Science Centre
$70.00
$125.00
1.8
Toronto Zoo
$96.00
$195.00
1.8
Ripley's Aquarium of Canada
$108.48
$265.55
2.4
Royal Ontario Museum
$68.00
$161.00
2.4
Centreville
$136.73
$343.38
2.5
Art Gallery of Ontario
$56.00
$145.00
2.6
LEGO Discovery Centre
$103.72
$307.36
3.0

Prices based on May 10th website pricing and include additional fees and taxes. Family pricing is based on 2 adults + 2 children (ages 5 and 10).

For the most part things were very much the same in 2019 as the year before with the Toronto Zoo, Ontario Science Centre, and ROM pricing staying the same year over year.

The other memberships all saw slight increases over the year before but it didn’t affect the breakeven visits number.

The biggest change came with the Art Gallery of Ontario. The AGO recently made a big announcement to it’s admissions policy and beginning May 25th, all visitors aged 25 or younger can enter for free. Annual membership pricing as of May 25th also drops to $35 per member and $70 for a family membership. This change instantly shot the AGO from near the bottom of the value list to closer to the top.

If you plan on only visiting an attraction once, it’s probably not a smart idea to buy an annual pass. Annual passes do often come with other benefits such as discounts to gift shops, restaurants or even free or discounted admission to similar attractions in other cities (the Toronto Zoo and the Ontario Science Centre have great reciprocal agreements) which could possibly still make it worth it to buy one for a single visit.

Many annual passes start to pay off from the second visit, including Canada’s Wonderland and the Ontario Science Centre (family membership).

This year I’m crowning Canada’s Wonderland as the best value annual pass with the Art Gallery of Ontario (post May 25th) coming in a close second. As always we recommend you think hard about how many times you’ll actually visit an attraction and base your decision off that.

Additional info:

  • Canada's Wonderland pricing goes up May 27th, 2019
  • AGO admission is free for anyone under 25 years of age as of May 25th, 2019

2 Comments

    • I'm not sure if this is well known, but I wanted to share that our family membership to the Ontario Science Centre granted us entry into a number of other science themed attractions in other North American cities. I've used it at both the Ottawa Science and Technology Museum, and The Museum of Science in Boston. In each instance, the cost of admissions alone would have been in north of $50 for the family for those venues. I can't speak for any of the other annual memberships, but the Science centre family membership have been an amazing value for us.
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