No need to drop money to have a good time! Summer is nearly here and getting out of the house is a must. If you’re looking for ways to have affordable fun, we got you. From museum exhibits to some of nature’s finest creations, here are 88 free attractions to enjoy in Ontario this summer.

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St. Thomas Elevated Park

Canada’s first and only elevated park is located right here in Ontario. Spanning 30 feet wide and 850 feet long, this park has art installations and stunning views.

Where: 1 Centre Street, St. Thomas, ON

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Did you know you can check out the Senate Chamber and House of Commons for free?

There are free 40-minute tours available to book where you can learn about the history of Parliment and our Government.

Where: Wellington St, Ottawa, ON

Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens

Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens is a beautiful garden setting, home to a Butterfly Conservatory and 40 hectares (99 acres) of beautifully maintained gardens.

The gardens are open year round but are particularly stunning in the summertime.

Where: 2565 Niagara River Pkwy, Niagara, ON

ROM Free Main Floor

Starting on July 2nd and running until September 3rd, the ROM will offer free entry to its Main Floor featuring live performances, educational activities for kids, and access to the ROM’s first floor galleries.

Where: 100 Queens Park, Toronto, ON

Ottawa Art Gallery 

Ottawa’s stunning art gallery is free to visit!

Plan your visit around which rotating exhibitions are on and enjoy the stunning artwork.

Where: 50 Mackenzie King Bridge, Ottawa, ON

Riverview Park and Zoo 

Otters, Wallaby and Crocodiles are just some of the animal friends you can see at Riverview Park and Zoo!

This attraction does take donations however entry is free.

Where: 1300 Water St, Peterborough, ON

Spadina Museum 

Spadina House, also known as Spadina Museum, is a historic mansion in Toronto operated by the City of Toronto’s Culture Division.

The mansion has been preserved, holding a moment in time, reflecting the contemporary styles from the 1860s to the 1930s.

Where: 285 Spadina Rd, Toronto, ON

Brockville Railway Tunnel 

Canada’s first railway tunnel dates back to 1860 and passes half a kilometere under the city of Brockville.

The tunnel features pretty lights and takes around 20 to 30 minutes to complete if you take the time to read the information boards about its architecture.

Admission is free but donations are welcome!

Where: 1 King St West, Brockville

Which of these free attractions are you checking out first, Ontario?