15+ Fun Things To Do In Toronto This Summer 2024

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Outdoor Adventures

1. Center Island 

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Centre Island, the heart of Toronto’s island trio, beckons with a vibrant mix of activities. From thrilling rides to peaceful picnics, it’s a haven for all ages.

Your adventure begins with a scenic 10-15 minute ferry ride from the Jack Layton Ferry Terminal. Take in the stunning Toronto skyline and watch planes dance overhead – the perfect prelude to a day of island fun (check the Toronto Islands ferry schedule for timings).

Upon arrival, grab a map from the information booth to navigate your day. Feeling peckish? Pack a picnic basket and head to Helena Point. Here, vast open fields provide the ideal spot to fire up the grill (charcoal BBQs only, permits required for groups exceeding 25).

Rent a bike – solo or tandem – and explore the island at your own pace. Pedal your way to Centreville Amusement Park for a dose of adrenaline-pumping rides, or visit the petting zoo for a heartwarming encounter with furry and feathered friends.

2. Distillery District  

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Located in Old Toronto, the Distillery Historic District is a must-do for anyone visiting the city. Walking around the pedestrian-only cobblestone streets lined with beautifully restored 19th-century buildings makes you feel as if you’ve been transported to a European city.

Enjoy a coffee and a pastry at Balzac’s or grab a bite to eat at one of the many other restaurants and cafes. We would recommend getting your drink on at El Catrin and their award winning Margaritas. 

The Distillery District also hosts a bunch of cool events throughout the year, from the popular Lavazza Inclucity Festival to the Prohibition and Spirits Tour. Check here for a full list of events and schedules.

3. Cabbagetown 

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Immerse yourself in Toronto’s history and charm in Cabbagetown. This picturesque neighbourhood boasts Victorian-era homes and a vibrant art scene. Explore galleries, cafes, and unique shops along tranquil streets.

Just steps away lies Riverdale Park, a sprawling green oasis. Stroll through gardens, meadows, and forests, or rent a bike for a scenic ride. Relax by the pond, have a picnic in the sun, or visit Riverdale Farm to meet friendly animals. Cabbagetown and Riverdale Park offer a delightful escape in the heart of the city.

4. Open Doors Toronto

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Imagine exploring the grand halls of a historic government building, marveling at the intricate details of a restored church, or even stepping into a private residence steeped in history. Doors Open Toronto makes it all possible!

Toronto Classics

5. Casa Loma

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Towering over Toronto, Casa Loma is a must-see for history buffs and architecture lovers alike. This majestic Gothic Revival castle, once a lavish private residence, now offers a glimpse into a bygone era. Wander through grand halls, explore secret tunnels, and soak in stunning city views. Don’t miss the onsite exhibits, including the Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada Regimental Museum. 

If you want to experience a bit of a thrill we recommend you check out the Casa Loma escape rooms.

6. CN Tower 

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Toronto’s crown jewel, the CN Tower, pierces the sky at a staggering 553 metres (1,815 ft). This iconic landmark offers unparalleled city views and a variety of ways to experience them. Take in breathtaking panoramas from the Lookout Level, or test your courage with the thrilling EdgeWalk – a hands-free walk around the exterior of the tower. Enjoy a fine dining experience with a revolving view at the 360 Restaurant, or simply marvel at the tower’s engineering marvel from below.

7. ROM

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Dive into a world of art, culture, and nature at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), a Toronto treasure trove. This world-renowned institution boasts a staggering 13 million objects, spanning continents and centuries. Explore dinosaur bones, marvel at ancient artefacts, or get lost in breathtaking artwork. The ROM caters to all interests, with dinosaur galleries for kids, fashion exhibits for trendsetters, and mummies for history buffs. Don’t miss the iconic Michael Lee-Chin Crystal, a modern architectural marvel that complements the ROM’s historic building. Whether you’re a curious explorer or a seasoned museum-goer, the ROM promises a captivating journey through time and cultures.

8. AGO

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Toronto’s Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) is a haven for art enthusiasts. Housing over 90,000 works, the AGO boasts an impressive collection spanning centuries and continents. Immerse yourself in iconic Canadian and Inuit pieces, delve into European masterpieces, or be captivated by contemporary art.

The Frank Gehry-designed building itself is a work of art, with its modern curves and striking presence. Explore diverse exhibits, from renowned artists like Picasso and Van Gogh to thought-provoking contemporary installations. Take a break at the award-winning AGO Bistro or grab a coffee at the Galleria Italia Espresso Bar to fuel your artistic exploration. The AGO offers something for everyone, making it a must-visit for any Toronto adventure.

Foodie Attractions 

9. St.Lawrence Market 

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Indulge your senses at St. Lawrence Market, a Toronto foodie paradise. This historic market, dating back to the early 1800s, boasts over 100 vendors offering a symphony of flavours.

Stroll through the bustling market, taking in the sights and smells of fresh produce, artisan cheeses, and tempting baked goods. Sample exotic fruits, discover local delicacies, and chat with friendly vendors passionate about their products.

The market isn’t just for gourmands. Browse unique handcrafted items, find the perfect souvenir, or simply soak up the lively atmosphere. On weekends, the market transforms with a vibrant farmers’ market offering seasonal delights and a Sunday antique market for treasure hunters.

Whether you’re a seasoned chef or a curious explorer, St. Lawrence Market offers an unforgettable experience. It’s a must-visit for anyone seeking a taste of Toronto’s rich culture and culinary scene.

10. Union Summer

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Union Summer brings the vibrancy of Toronto to life at Union Station! This free summer event series (typically runs from June to August) offers a delightful mix of experiences right in the heart of the city.

Savour delicious eats from a rotating selection of Toronto’s top chefs. Sample gourmet fare and quench your thirst at the licensed bar, all while soaking in the bustling atmosphere.

Unwind to free live music performances throughout the summer. From bluesy Mondays to lively weekend concerts, there’s something for every musical taste.

Catch free film screenings or other exciting events happening throughout the season. Union Summer offers a fun and accessible way to experience Toronto’s cultural offerings.

11. Summerlicious

Craving a culinary adventure? Toronto’s Summerlicious festival returns July 5th to 21st, 2024! Indulge in prix-fixe menus at over 200 restaurants, offering delicious three-course lunches and dinners at special prices. Explore diverse cuisines, celebrate local favourites, or discover something new. Mark your calendars and get ready to tantalise your taste buds!


12. Catch a Blue Jays Game

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Cheer on Toronto’s baseball heroes, the Blue Jays, at the iconic Rogers Centre! Witness heart-pounding plays, electrifying home runs, and the electric atmosphere of a passionate Toronto crowd.

Grab a hot dog and a drink, enjoy the lively entertainment between innings, and soak up the city skyline views. The Rogers Centre offers a fun-filled experience for all ages, making it a great outing for families and friends.

Whether you’re a die-hard fan or a casual observer, attending a Blue Jays game is a quintessential Toronto experience. Check the schedule and grab your tickets to cheer on the home team!

We recommend popping over to The Pint for bottomless mimosas for a pre before the game from 12am – 3pm.

13. Toronto Indy Race

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Gear up for high-octane thrills at the Toronto Indy Race, also known as the Ontario Honda Dealers Indy Toronto!  This annual motorsport festival roars to life every July at Exhibition Place.  Held on a temporary street circuit, the race features IndyCar Series machines battling it out for chequered flag glory.  Witness heart-stopping wheel-to-wheel racing, feel the thunder of the engines, and soak up the electric atmosphere. Beyond the main event, the festival offers a full weekend of entertainment, including support races, interactive displays, and delicious food options. So mark your calendars for July and experience the adrenaline rush of the Toronto Indy Race!

14. Hockey Hall of Fame

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Although our Leafs were yet again snubbed Hockey fans can rejoice as The Hockey Hall of Fame, located right here in Toronto, is a pilgrimage site for ice hockey enthusiasts. This legendary museum houses the holy grail of hockey – the Stanley Cup – alongside a treasure trove of artefacts, exhibits, and interactive experiences. Immerse yourself in the rich history of the sport, celebrate hockey heroes, and even step onto a replica NHL ice surface. Whether you’re a die-hard Leafs fan like us or simply appreciate the game’s legacy, the Hockey Hall of Fame is a must-visit.

15. The Canadian Championship

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The Canadian Championship is in full swing, with teams battling it out for domestic soccer glory and a ticket to the CONCACAF Champions League! Witness the passion and skill of Canada’s top professional clubs as they vie for the coveted Voyageurs Cup.

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