Who said you had to break the bank for a romantic outing with that special someone? Certainly not us. With these amazing free and cheap date ideas in Toronto, you can keep your wallet AND your significant other very happy.

Here are some of the best budget-friendly ways to make romantic memories this summer.

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WALK THROUGH TRILLIUM PARK

 

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This spot is the perfect place for a romantic walk. It’s got great views of the city skyline. Plus, loads of green space to explore. A section of the park is even called the “Romantic Garden.” We recommend timing your date with the sunset so you can really amp up those lovey-dovey vibes.

Where: Ontario Place, 955 Lakeshore Blvd
Cost: Free

BIKE AROUND THE CITY

 

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They say getting active releases endorphins, which boost the happy chemicals in the brain. So you’re basically using science to get your date to like you with this next idea. Pick up a bike from Bike Share at one of over 600 stations around Toronto and take a little tour of this city we call home. You can check out all the beautiful views all around Toronto or just explore your favourite neighbourhood.

Where: All over Toronto
Cost: $1 to unlock + $0.12/minute for classic bikes or + $0.20/minute for e-bikes

STOP BY THE TORONTO OUTDOOR PICTURE SHOW

 

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Is your ​date a film buff? If so, this pick is sure to impress. Starting June 22nd until the end of August you can catch FREE classic films and Canadian shorts under the stars at the Toronto Outdoor Picture Show. Bring a blanket, sit in the park, and enjoy the show in this cozy and romantic setting.

Where: See locations
When: June 22nd to August 27th, 2023

TAKE A TRIP TO RIVERDALE FARM

 

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If your date loves animals, Toronto’s historic Riverdale Farm is a must. Stroll among the charming homes and barns on the farm’s grounds and then pay a visit to the horses, cows, pigs, ducks, goats, and sheep that call it home. You’ll feel as if you’ve been transported from the city to the quaint countryside. Visiting is free, but there are many ways you can help support this special place.

Where: 201 Winchester St
Cost: FREE

EXPERIENCE ALLAN GARDENS

 

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There’s something super romantic about strolling through an indoor conservatory full of blooming plants and flowers. Plus, as the weather gets colder it’ll be extra nice to experience some greenery. So take your date to the gorgeous Allan Gardens! They’ve got loads of benches to sit on and enjoy the surroundings. Plus, a pond full of turtles to brighten your mood.

Where: 160 Gerard St E
Cost: Free

PERUSE A FARMER’S MARKET

 

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Take a morning stroll through a gorgeous display of fresh plants and produce. The Evergreen Brickworks hosts its weekly farmer’s market every Saturday from 8 AM to 1 PM. Here you can enjoy the luscious displays of fruits, veggies, and more. Plus, when you’re done you can take a scenic walk through the surrounding grounds.

Where: Evergreen Brickworks, 300-550 Bayview Ave
When: Saturdays from 8 AM – 1 PM

GO FOR A PICNIC

 

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If you end up picking up some of that delicious fresh produce at the farmer’s market, take it to a nearby park for a picnic. Toronto’s got some seriously gorgeous public parks and gardens that are perfect for spreading out a blanket, getting comfy, and spending a day snacking in the sun. And if you’re heading to Trinity Bellwoods, you can stop at the nearby Nadège ice cream and sorbet shop for a tasty cone.

Where: Check out our favourite parks here

VISIT THE AGO

 

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If you’re 25 or younger, this is a great FREE date option. Appreciate all the beautiful art (and the stellar architecture) at the Art Gallery of Ontario. The quiet halls and picturesque landscape make it the perfect place to get to know someone and figure out if they have good taste in art. That could be a relationship dealbreaker, right?

Where: 317 Dundas St W

GO ON A ROLLER SKATE DATE

 

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Travel just outside of the city to Scooter’s Roller Palace in Mississauga, an indoor rink that’ll make you feel like you’re in an ’80s time warp. Glide under the multicoloured lights hand in hand as the live DJ spins hits and then refuel with some snacks from the concession stand. Don’t know how to rollerblade? No problem! They host skating lessons every Thursday starting at 7 PM.

Where: 2105 Royal Windsor Dr
Cost: Starting at $14+HST

EXPLORE KENSINGTON MARKET

 

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Spend an artsy afternoon exploring the shops and cool sights at Kensington Market. There’s plenty to see and do in this famously eccentric part of town, especially during Kensington’s monthly street fest series, Pedestrian Sundays. Plus, there are a ton of amazing (and cheap) restaurants to stop by for a snack. We recommend climbing to the top of the parking garage at 20 St Andrew St and enjoying the beautiful view of the city.

Where: Kensington Market, Toronto

SCARBOROUGH BLUFFS

 

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This ever-popular destination makes for a wonderful and cost-free afternoon date. You can pack a picnic, hike around the area, or just hang out on the beach all day. There are also some incredible views from the top of the bluffs but please obey the signs. The risk of getting hurt or a ticket is not worth it, not to mention making yourself look silly in front of your date.

Where: 1 Brimley Rd, Scarborough
Cost: Paid parking onsite

We hope you enjoy these amazing cheap date spots! We challenge you to try out all of them. Let us know which spot is your favourite!