We’re all very aware that summer 2020 isn’t going to be like past ones. Due to COVID-19, we’ve been having to get creative with ways to keep busy and entertained. Luckily Toronto is a big city and there are lots of ways to have some fun while still being socially distanced and safe this summer and bonus — lots of them are even free!
Here are 10 fun summer activities to do in Toronto that are all free!
There’s nothing like spending an afternoon roaming through Kensington Market. Whether you’re more into antiques, grocery shopping, or enjoying a picnic in the park, Kensington is the place.
Toronto’s Distillery District is so beautiful and charming that it almost feels like you’ve travelled to a small town in Europe. Between the restaurants and quaint stores, it’ll be easy to spend a few hours cruising around.
Another place that’s wonderful for food shopping is St. Lawrence Market. The market is known for being a foodie destination in TO and it never disappoints. Tuck into tasty baked goods, grab fresh produce, and don’t forget to get yourself a famous peameal bacon sandwich, too!
This summer is a hot one so what better way to cool off than a day at the beach? There are lots of great beaches outside Toronto but the city’s Woodbine Beach is a great option and Sugar Beach is picturesque but doesn’t have water access. Regardless of where you go, just make sure you stay socially distant!
If you’ve missed the cinema, then why not enjoy a movie at the drive-in? This summer, Downsview Park is hosting free drive-in movie screenings every Friday night that are socially distanced, safe, and fun for the whole family.
Another Toronto attraction that’s reopened is the Gardiner Museum and you can visit for free every weekend all summer long.
Head to Union Station to enjoy the Union Boardwalk that’s on from August 10 until September 25. This free art installation is presented by TD and it’s all about bringing folks together and connecting your senses to art and nature. The installation will be located at Sir John A. Macdonald Plaza on Front Street.
Go on a hike
If you’re in need of a breath of fresh air, a hike is just the ticket. There are loads of trails in the GTA and even within the city that are not only beautiful but are sure to clear your head and have you feeling refreshed.
The ROM offers free admission to all members and children under three. The museum also offers complimentary admission to the Daphne Cockwell Gallery which is dedicated to First Peoples art & culture. In addition, Wednesdays are free for post-secondary students. Indigenous people and attendants supporting folks with disabilities also receive free admission.
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