With the weather warming up and school coming to an end, summer is approaching quickly. That means that there will be plenty of beach trips, ice-coffee dates, and nights spent on patios in our near future.
But summer can also be quite costly. Since everyone wants to be out and about when the weather is nice, we can quickly see our bank accounts drain right in front of our eyes. If there is one thing that just won't do in summer, it's being too broke to have a good time.
No one wants to be the friend who misses out because they're so broke! So here are 17 fun ideas for an adventurous summer in Toronto without breaking the bank. Whether you're looking for a cool date idea or just something to do for an afternoon, nothing on this list will cost you more than $10. It's time to start exploring!
Get lost in the William Meany Maze.
After being restored and reopened in 2015, this Toronto island landmark is fun for everyone. Just pay for your ferry ticket (which is only $7.71) and explore the William Meany Maze with your friends to see who gets out first!
Hang out at the Beaches Jazz Fest.
Enjoy some free music for all of July during the Beaches 29th International Jazz Festival. With events happening every weekend, you can go enjoy the sunshine and listen to some soothing saxophone.
Visit Riverdale Farm.
Though this Riverdale Farm doesn't have Jughead and Betty running around, it does have super cute animals. You can tour the 7.5 acres to check out paths through the woods, ponds, and gardens. Plus, it's free!
Spend a day at Woodbine
Dress fancy and spend a day at the races! It's free to get into Woodbine Racetrack and the minimum bet is only $2 (that's 5 races for $10). Get a huge group of your friends to dress up with you and act boujee even though you're broke!
Check out Youth Day.
Not only is this event free, it also supports Canada's young people. Youth Day showcases art, film, music, photography and fashion in front of 40,000 people. Maybe you'll get the first glimpse of the next big Canadian star!
Get a bite at Taste of the Danforth.
This summer event is classic! Not only is Taste of the Danforth free to attend, each booth offers something different at a low cost. You're sure to find dinner and dessert for $10 or less!
Hike the Scarborough Bluffs.
Not only will you submerse yourself in nature, you'll also get one hell of a workout. Explore the Scarborough Bluffs and enjoy a nice picnic, totally free!
Explore the Botanical Gardens.
Get lost in the green without having to spend any. The Botanical Gardens are free to visit but bring your $10 bill for the cafe and shop!
See some art at the AGO.
Did you know that you can get into the AGO for free? Visit between 6:00 P.M. and 9:00 P.M. on Wednesdays and check out the amazing collections available.
Explore Toronto's best architecture during Doors Open.
To celebrate Canada's birthday, this year's Doors Open theme is "15 Decades of Canadian Architecture". You can look inside some of the most beautiful historically significant buildings in Canada at no cost.
Check out Shakespeare in High Park.
To see or not to see, that is the question. This year, Shakespeare in High Park will be putting on Twelfth Night and King Lear. Though this event is not free, it is pay-what-you-can to help support the amazing work these actors are doing.
Work on your arm at the batting cages.
If you're looking for cheap fun look no further than Diamond Beach batting cages. You'll get 20 pitches for only $3 and can enjoy the sun at the same time. What a perfect date idea!
Paddle around Natrel Pond.
For only $8 a person, you can paddle around Natrel Pond and take a break from the summer heat. Enjoy views of Lake Ontario and the boardwalk during your 15-minute ride.
Transport back in time at Gales Snack Bar.
At Gales, the highest priced sandwich is only $3.75, you'll feel like you've gone back to the 1950's at this joint! Not to mention their food is great quality for the cost. You have to try it!
Get historic at Fort York.
Fort York is a must-visit spot for any Torontonian in the summer. Costing $9 for an adult, you can tour around this historic site and learn more about Canada's history just in time for our 150th birthday.
Take a walk through Kensington Market.
Nothing is better than taking a stroll through Kensington on pedestrian Sunday's. Whether you're just browsing around, looking for a cool treat, or just want some fresh air, there is always something to see in Kensington.
Chill out at Buskerfest.
Finish off the summer with Buskerfest. This event showcases incredible talent and raises money for a good cause! What's not to love?
The countdown to summer is on! What are you looking forward to the most for summer 2017?
Go and browse our Things To Do In Toronto this summer section.