Toronto has so much to do, but sometimes it's nice to escape the city and explore some of the beautiful surrounding areas. You don't need to go far to find fun places to spend the day. These spots are all less than two hours away, so you can be back by dinner. Hop in your car and embark on some day trips near Toronto.
Take advantage of the warm weather by visiting some gorgeous spots near the city.
You and your friends can spend the day wandering through lavender fields, exploring caves, or soaking up the sun on a sandy beach.
August is blueberry picking season, and you'll feel anything but blue at this berry orchard.
Pick the day away and enjoy some blueberries during the car ride home.
Puddicombe Estate Farms also offers pick-your-own berries, and you can visit the winery for a boozy drink afterwards.
You can even ride a train through the blooming orchards.
Due to certain restrictions, some spots require booking in advance, and hours may change.
It's a good idea to check the website or call before visiting for the latest news and information.
Start planning your next adventure to these perfect city escapes this summer.
Wander Through Rockwood Conservation Area
Price: $7.50 per adult
Address: 161 Fall St. S., Guelph/Eramosa, ON
Why You Need To Go: Escape to this little paradise filled with towering limestone cliffs, historic ruins, blue waters, and more. Due to limited entry, the park may close early if capacity is reached.
Sip The Day Away At Puddicombe Estate Farms
Address: 1468 #8 Hwy., Hamilton, ON
Why You Need To Go: This scenic farm is the perfect spot to sip wine while enjoying the fresh air. You can also pick fresh berries and enjoy a train ride through the orchard.
Picnic In A Lavender Field
Price: $10 per person
Address: 7484 6/7 Sideroad Nottawasaga, Creemore, ON
Why You Need To Go: Pack a picnic and relax in the fields of lavender at Purple Hill Lavender Farm. You must purchase a ticket from the website before visiting.
Splash In Crystal Waters At Trout Lake Quarry
Price: $12 per adult
Address: 51 George St., Innerkip, ON
Why You Need To Go: This turquoise swimming hole is the perfect spot to cool off in the summer sun.
Lounge On A Sandy Beach
Price: Prices vary
Address: 26071 Park Rd., Jacksons Point, ON
Why You Need To Go: With a stretching sandy beach and grassy picnic areas, you'll want to spend all day at Sibbald Point.
Get Your Blueberry Fill
Price: $3.30 per pound
When: Opening August
Address: 3337 Concessions Rd. 3, Newcastle, ON
Why You Need To Go: Enjoy blueberry fields forever at Wilmot Orchards' pick-your-own fruit farm.
Explore A Real-Life Jurassic Park
Price: $20 per vehicle
Address: 2206 County Rd. 38, Indian River, ON
Why You Need To Go: You can drive through a park full of life-sized moving dinosaur replicas at the Indian River Reptile Zoo. Tickets are available on the website.
Take A Stroll With An Alpaca
Price: $69 per person
Address: 1166 5th Line, Port Hope, ON
Why You Need To Go: Haute Goat lets you and one other person go on an adventure with a fluffy alpaca! You can even enjoy a lunch with your new four-legged friend after.
Address: Port Hope, ON
Why You Need To Go: Spend the day window-shopping in this charming town.
We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.