It's said that the best things in life are free. If you live in Toronto, you definitely know this is true. For those of us in relationships, going out on regular date nights in this city can seriously add up. Whether it's the cost of a dinner out or tickets to a movie, it can seem impossible to do date night inexpensively.
Luckily, if you look hard enough, the city actually has a number of free things to do that can still add some romance to your evening. From gazing at the stars from an astronomy tower to embarking on a ghost tour of the city, here are 18 free date ideas for couples who are broke.
1. Go star gazing at U of T
On the first Thursday of most months, free tours are offered by the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Toronto. Tours start at 8:10 p.m. in winter and 9:10 p.m. in summer.
2. Catch some art at the Art Gallery of Ontario
The AGO offers free admission to their collection art galleries every Wednesday from 6-9pm.
3. Go tobogganing in Riverdale Park.
The park offers a massive hill to slide down with unparalleled views of the city.
4. Go skating at Nathan Philips Square.
The rink is open daily from 9 AM to 10 PM.
5. Watch a free screening at the TIFF Lightbox.
TIFF offers free screenings and programming regularly.
6. Wander through Evergreen Brickworks.
Evergreen Brickworks is a sustainable public space that offers regular workshops and festivals, as well as walking paths and tours of the facilities.
7. Go for a free walking tour of Saint Lawrence Market.
The Tour Guys is a Toronto tour group that offers free walking tours of various areas of the city. While the tours are free, tips are definitely appreciated!
8. Go for a live taping of a TV show.
Toronto is home to a number of live TV shows, from The Marilyn Denis Show to The Social and more. Admission to the tapings are always free and sometimes you end up walking away with freebies!
9.Go for a winter hike through High Park.
High Park is Toronto's largest public park, with a number of winter friendly hiking trails.
10. Check out the Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery.
Located on Toronto's waterfront, admission to this unique gallery is always free.
11. Go on a self guided tour of the city's graffiti.
This city is home to some incredible street art, all of which are free to check out.
12. Visit the animals at Riverdale Farm.
With 7.5 acres of land, Riverdale Farm is home to wooded areas, ponds, vegetable gardens, and farm animals! Open year round, admission to Riverdale farm is always free.
13. Spook yourselves with a self-guided ghost tour of Toronto.
The Toronto Ghosts and Hauntings Research Society has been compiling the city's best ghost stories for over 20 years. Their website offers a detailed tour that brave Torontonians can embark on for free.
14. Escape the cold at the Cloud Gardens.
The Cloud Gardens Conservatory is a small park with an award winning design. Complete with a small greenhouse, the Cloud Gardens are truly a tropical oasis within the downtown core.
15. Browse through the eclectic Leslieville Flea Market.
Free to browse, the Leslieville Flea Market is a curated, monthly market selling antiques and vintage goods.
16. Go to a live concert at the Drake.
The Drake's concert venue often offers live music without cover.
17. Go for a brewery tour of Amsterdam Brewery.
Amsterdam Brewery offers regular free tours of their brewery, which includes a free tasting!
18. Get out your green thumb at Allan Gardens Conservatory.
This beautiful indoor conservatory is free to explore.
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