With springtime at our doorstep, we’re ready to head outside and soak it all in. Want to enjoy the gorgeous weather without breaking the bank? We know just the spots to do it. From outdoor activities to walking tours to exciting events, there are plenty of ways to have fun in the sun.
Here are 16 of the best free things to do in Toronto this spring.
Editors Note: Due to the ongoing effects of COVID-19, provincial and city guidelines are continually changing. Please double check business closures and restrictions before proceeding.
HISTORICAL BUILDING WALKING TOUR
In a city like Toronto, there’s tons of incredible history baked in. If you’d like to take an afternoon to explore it, you’ve got to check out this self-guided walking tour. You just download an app and you’ll be guided through amazing spots like Gooderham, Daniel Brook Building, Massey Hall, and more. It’s great for getting to know Toronto’s heritage.
Where: Check it out online
TORONTO WATERFRONT WALKING TOUR
Less into history and more into stunning lakefront views? We don’t blame ya! The same company has also got a fabulous tour available of the waterfront. From the Harbourfront Centre all the way to Billy Bishop, there are tons of lakeshore sights that are yours to explore.
Where: Check it out online
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ART AND ARCHITECTURE
This last walking tour is for all you architecture nerds out there. There’s no denying that Toronto is home to some of the most insane buildings out there. If you’d like to do a little deep dive on all that, as well and walk by some of the incredible sights in person, this is the tour for you. Just download the app and these spots are yours to discover.
Where: Check it out online
EXPLORE KENSINGTON MARKET
From food joints to vintage shops to amazing street art, a trip to Kensington Market is a must this spring. When you stop by here you really get to choose your price point. Of course, the area is free to walk around, but if you do opt to shop these vendors are usually pretty darn cheap.
Where: Kensington Market, Toronto
CHECK OUT SOME STREET ART
Want even more street art than Kensington Market has to offer? There are plenty of spots around town to scratch that itch. From the iconic Graffiti Alley to lesser-known spots, Toronto’s art scene is always on fire.
Where: Find our favourite spots here
GUILD PARK AND GARDENS
This hidden gem requires a trip out to Scarborough, but trust us it is worth the commute. The scenic and historic park is chock full of incredible sculptures and pieces of art. Plus, beautiful gardens to round the whole spot out. It really is a wonder that the place isn’t talked about more!
Where: 201 Guildwood Pkwy
HIGH PARK CHERRY BLOSSOMS
This one’s the most obvious choice when it comes to spring. Can you imagine Toronto without this staple activity? We sure can’t. As long as COVID-19 regulations allow it, be sure to stop by the iconic outdoor attraction once peak bloom hits.
Where: High Park, 1873 Bloor St W
Last spring and summer, ActiveTO was the weekend spot to hit. Getting outdoor and getting active was never so easy thanks to the routine road closures to make room for pedestrians. This year, the program is coming back and we cannot wait. There’s no word yet on the official start date, but it should be coming our way soon.
Where: Find specific road closures here
SUNSET AT RIVERDALE PARK
There’s something about warm spring evenings that just make us smile. Watching the sunset over the incredible view this spot offers provides a pretty well perfect springtime experience. This designation is great for a picnic or a date.
Where: 550 Broadview Ave
HIT A DOG PARK
You can’t enjoy the warm weather without your furry friend in tow! There are tons of amazing dog parks around the city for you and your pup to explore. It’s a great way to get outside. Plus, of course, it’s free.
Where: Check out our favourites here
SATURDAY FARMERS MARKET
The change in season brings a whole host of amazing new produce to explore at the Farmers Market. Every Saturday this spring, you can head over to the Brickworks to explore their gorgeous artisanal goods and seasonal food. We recommend squeezing in a little hike of the park while you’re there.
Where: Evergreen Brickworks, 550 Bayview Ave
LEASLIEVILLE FLEA MARKET
Another great market for a little springtime window shopping is the Leslieville Flea Market. This spot has a few exciting dates coming up this season that you won’t want to miss. There’s the Mother’s Day Market at the Distillery District, an outdoor market at Ashbridge Estate, plus a few dates at the Stackt Market. We’ll see ya there!
Where: Find your nearest location and full schedule here
SPRING COUNTDOWN AT THE BENTWAY
This next pick is crazy cool. Literally. Right now at The Bentway, you can check out an amazing, natural spring countdown. There’s a giant block of ice on display that’s slowly melting as we move into spring. In the middle of the block, an iconic spring/summer symbol is frozen inside. You’ve got to check this thing out while it’s still around.
Where: The Bentway, 250 Fort York Blvd
From now until the middle of April, you can walk or drive along Queen St East to enjoy a ton of beautiful light displays. The Beaches area has pulled out all the stops this season to welcome spring in the best way possible. Who doesn’t love a good old outdoor art display?
Where: Queen Street East from Neville Park Boulevard and Coxwell Avenue
When: March 13th until April 11th
GO ON A SPRING HIKE
Exercise and connection with nature all wrapped up in one. Who doesn’t love a spring hike? When you need an escape from the concrete jungle, be sure to hit these amazing trails and pathways hidden throughout the city. They’re just what you need to get into the season.
Where: Check out our favourite routes here
HIT THE BEACH
Okay, we may be jumping the gun a bit on this one. But if you’re as pumped for summer as we are, then any hint of warm weather will have you running to Toronto’s beaches. Right now, you can enjoy a breezy afternoon soaking up the sun. These spots make for beautiful outdoor walks.
Where: Check to Toronto’s best beaches here
So get out there and enjoy all the amazing free things to do in Toronto this spring. We know we’ll be checking off everything on this to-do list!
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