With December in full swing, the cold is here to stay. While you may be dreaming of a tropical vacation to escape the snow, sometimes you just don't have the time or money to travel. Luckily, you don't even need to leave the city to escape to someplace warm. Toronto's Allan Gardens and a few other secret spots make Cabbagetown the perfect place to create your own Hawaiian adventure this winter. 

If you want to fly away to somewhere a little more tropical this winter, you can travel through Cabbagetown for a three-stop tour that will have you feeling like you are on a resort in Hawaii. 

The first stop? An oasis filled with exotic plants. Allan Gardens in Toronto is a perfect way to beat the cold and whisk yourself to a tropical land for a little while.

Did we mention that visiting this gorgeous plant haven is totally free?

You can stroll through the pathway and discover plants that reach up to the ceiling. You might even forget that it feels like -20 C outside. 

After exploring exotic plants with your friends or loved ones, you can walk on over to a closeby Tiki bar and have a few cocktails to get you in that vacation spirit.

 

Super Bargain is the perfect bar to make you feel like you're in Hawaii. It has tiki wallpaper and tropical cocktails which are the perfect fantasy getaway after your exotic garden visit. 

There, you'll find a room which used to be a dollar store, hence the name Super Bargain. They have since converted it into a Tiki bar, and it's the perfect place to grab a drink. 

After finishing up your cocktails, you can head over to the closeby Pam McConnell Aquatic Centre, which is an indoor pool to live up those resort vibes. 

So, bring your bathing suit under that parka and layers and enjoy the closest thing to an exotic vacation you can get in Toronto. 

The Aquatic Centre has a variety of open swims throughout the week, as well as a leisure pool, spa pool, Tarzan rope, diving board, and even a water slide.

After hitting all three of these spots, you're sure to feel like you've escaped the hustle of the city for the day. 

So, grab your love and see if they are up for a date idea that will for sure be one for the books. 


 31 Dates is your guide to the best December in your city. Each day we’ll debut a new winter experience and you’re invited to join us — just use #31dates and tag us on Instagram @narcitycanada.

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