Now that summer is here, many people like to spend their weekends out of the city, but not everyone has that luxury. If you’re stuck in Toronto, on a beautiful weekend, and you’re wondering what to do we got you covered.
1. Hit the Beach
Toronto has over 10 designated beaches along the lake shore; whether you drive or take the TTC getting to one of these beaches is a breeze. Why spend two to three hours stuck in cottage traffic to visit a beach when you have so many options right here in the city. Spend the day at Woodbine Beach with friends, play a match of beach volleyball, or take your pooch to Cherry Beach for a fun day at leash-free beach. Be sure to visit the city of Toronto website for daily swimming condition updates.
|Volleyball at Woodbine Beach|
2. BBQ at the Park
Toronto has plenty of parks around the city, that offer a picnic or BBQ area. Plan a day at the park with friends or family, have everyone bring food and drinks. Set up activities, like soccer, volleyball or tennis match, or even a water balloon fight. Be sure to arrive early to get a great spot under a tree for some natural shade. Or set up a portable canopy above your picnic tables, and if you have small infants that still nap during the day maybe pitch a small tent in which they can sleep. Fill up your coolers with lots of icy and plenty of water, remember to always wear sun protection when outdoors. Also, since it has been a rainy summer, there are plenty of mosquitos around wooded areas so don’t forget to use bug repellent.
|Family BBQ at High Park|
After spending the morning organizing and cleaning your apartment, head out for a night in the town. Have dinner at your favourite restaurant, or try a new spot. Enjoy drinks or dessert on the patio while taking in the beautiful summer breeze. There also a couple of clubs in the city that have large outdoor patios if you’re in the mood for dancing. Take advantage of the Summerlicious menus and try out new places around the city for a relaxing night in the town.
|Patio Season is OPEN!|
Toronto is such a large city, there is plenty to see and do on any budget. Get a day pass for the TTC and explore the city, take a stroll through Roncesvalles Ave and indulge in this Artsy neighbourhood while enjoying some local favourites. Or shop and dine in Little Italy, enjoy the delicious pizzas and gelatos. Take a tour of Casa Loma, this beautiful castle reminiscing of Europe right in the heart of Forest Hill. Cheer on your team, Toronto FC at BMO field or the Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre. Take a stroll along Philosopher Walk or King College Circle, exploring the beautiful architecture of the University of Toronto or Queens Park. Shop at the Eaton Centre, or enjoy the live entertainment in Yonge and Dundas Square. Need to entertain the kids, head out to Center Island for the day, enjoy the rides, rest at the beach or head up to Wonderland for the day and visit SplashWorks. It doesn’t matter where you go in the city; there is something fun for everyone to do!
5. Street Party
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|Casa Loma, Forest Hill|
5. Street Party
Why host a party in your apartment when every weekend Toronto hosts a street party? From Salsa on St. Clair, to the Rib Fest, Jazz Fest or Taste of the Danforth, there are plenty of parties going on around the city, take in some culture, and enjoy some food or just hang out with friends. With live music and entertainment, and great dining options, you’ll be returning every year. Toronto also hosts the ever so popular Caribana Weekend, and Pride Parade. These popular events lure in hundreds of visitors from all over city, be sure to check them out. Many of these events run all day and into the late hours of the nights, so feel free for it to cool down before heading out.
|Salsa on St Clair|