Ahh summertime, you’re finally here! But with the fun in the sun also comes the “tap, tap, tap” of my credit card as I schedule in as many fun activities as possible. What’s a girl to do now that summer is here in full force and we’re ready to have some fun on the cheap? Luckily, if you live in Toronto, there are a ton of free summer activities around every corner.
Here is a list of 12 fun places you can check out without spending a dime this summer!
The AGO has made big waves with it’s new pricing for 2019-2020. If you’re under 25, then the AGO is free for you anytime you’d like! But if you’re a bit older than that, don’t fret because you can still experience all the wonders of the AGO, for free, on Wednesdays from 6 to 9 p.m. If you’re gallery obsessed, you can get yourself a yearly pass for $35 and go as many times as you’d like!
If you’re looking for a little paradise within the city, Scarborough Bluffs is a great place to visit. The views certainly look like you’re much farther away than similar Scarborough.
Riverdale Farm is a great place to visit for kids and adults alike. It’s a beautiful walk with tons of animals, and great photo opportunities. Visit for free from 9 to 5 p.m. every day of the year!
If you’re looking for a free way to pass the time after spending all your money shopping on Queen West, Graffiti Alley is the perfect place to browse and take photos.
I love that Evergreen Brick Works is a green oasis right in the city, and it’s free! With so much to see and do, it’s hard to believe they don’t make us pay to explore. Consider biking, walking, or taking a shuttle next time you visit and save on parking! If you don’t have a car you can take the free shuttle to Evergreen Brick Works from Broadview Station.
How beautiful is Rouge National Urban Park? It’s hard to believe it’s just outside of the city and entry is free! You can even take a free shuttle bus from downtown Toronto to get there. How amazing is that? I can’t wait to visit this summer.
I’m a firm believer that walking is the best way to get to know any city. There is just so much you can miss by taking a car, bike, or transit. Plus, exploring Toronto like you are a tourist is actually surprisingly fun. You can avoid the traps, and learn more about your city! The Tour Guys do free walking tours on a bunch of different routes.
The AGO isn’t the only museum free on Wednesdays! If you’re looking for something new to do, head on over to the Aga Kahn Museum between 4 to 8 p.m. for free entry. Plus, take some stunning photos outside of the museum and admire it’s beautiful architecture.
The Waterfront Night Market is full of amazing eats, and fun activities. There is free admission to the Pan Asian food festival, so you can spend even more on the tasty treats from over 150 vendors. The Waterfront Night Market is at Ontario Place from August 9-11.
Yonge-Dundas Square has a ton of great events lined up for the summer, and most of them are free. Whether it’s a concert, festival, or community yoga, there’s lots to see and do. Check out the events calendar to see what fun and exciting shows or events are coming up next.
Not down to spend money on the Jays this year? Well you’re in luck. Toronto’s other baseball team is offering free admission to home games for the year. See the team’s schedule and learn more on their website.
You know you’re an adult when Saturday mornings start to look less like a Gatorade in one hand, and a coffee in another, and more like two bags full of farmer’s fresh groceries. Here’s our guide to Farmer’s Markets in Toronto.
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