Spring has sprung and love is in the air. If you and your special someone are eager to have some fun in the sun, these outdoor date ideas in Toronto are a perfect place to start.

From outdoor thrills to romantic escapes away from the hustle and bustle, this list is bound to inspire your next date in the city.

Here are 12 of the best outdoor date ideas in Toronto to get this season off to a hot start.

Pick tulips together

Spring is here, and there’s truly no better way to welcome the new season than with a fresh-picked bouquet. This April, you can pluck your own blooms at the TASC Tulip Pick Farm located just 90 minutes outside of the city.

You can stroll among rows and rows of blooms in every colour, snap some photos, and pick your own bundle to take home.

When: April 29th to May 21st, 2023 (weather permitting)
Where: 1415 Balfour Street, Fenwick

Picnic in a colourful garden

If you want to feel like you’re a world away from Toronto without leaving the city’s borders, this is the list for you.

There are so many lush gardens in Toronto just waiting to be explored, and they’re the perfect setting for a springtime picnic date.

Some of our favourites include Kew Gardens, Toronto Botanical Garden, Rosetta McClain Gardens, and the Toronto Music Garden.

Where: See Toronto’s best public gardens here

A trip to the Toronto Islands

The best way to spend a day in Toronto is on the islands — we’re talking about Centre Island, Ward’s Island, and Hanlan’s Point.

Hop on the ferry from the Jack Layton Ferry Terminal on Queen’s Quay and spend the day biking, beach-lounging, and picnicking with unbeatable views of the city skyline.

Where: Jack Layton Ferry Terminal, 9 Queens Quay West

Race each other at the go-kart track

If you and your boo have a need for speed, this track boasts the longest ride in Ontario at 3 minutes per lap.

The outdoor track features banked turns, two long straight aways for maximum acceleration, and a Rainbow Bridge.

Challenge your S/O to some friendly competition. Whatever your skill and comfort level, you’re sure to have a good day at the races here.

Where: Centennial Park Mini Indy, 575 Centennial Park Blvd

Go on an easy spring hike

Spring is in the air, which means it’s time to bust out those hiking shoes and explore the outdoors with your S/O.

Sunshine, fresh air, beautiful views — these easy hikes near Toronto have it all. And don’t sweat it if you’re a beginner because these trails are suitable for hikers of all skill levels.

Here are the best easy hikes near Toronto that are totally worth crossing off your bucket list this spring.

Where: See the best spring hikes near Toronto

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Hit up a rooftop patio

There’s something so special about sharing a drink with your favourite person surrounded by the glow of twinkling city lights.

Whether you’re in the mood for a party vibe, a casual pub, or a sophisticated night on the town, you’re bound to find exactly what you’re looking for at these rooftop bars in Toronto and with stunning views to boot.

Where: See Toronto’s best rooftop bars

Catch the sunset at Riverdale Park

Everyone knows Riverdale Park is one of the best spots in the city to catch a sunset. The massive hill overlooking the skyline provides some of the best views in town. Sunsets = romantic, right?

You can even ramp up the already magical idea with a little takeout from a local Danforth spot. Sunset views and a picnic? Sounds pretty darn great to us.

Where: Riverdale Park East, 550 Broadview Ave

Zipline through the woods

If you and your loved one are more of the thrill-seeking type, you’ll want to hit up this top-rated attraction in the GTA.

Treetop Trekking in Brampton offers an “exhilarating adventure of ziplining, climbing, and swinging your way through the lush forest canopy,” according to the description.

You can also opt for the romantic Sunset Canopy Walk, which offers views above Brampton’s Heart Lake from 60 feet above the forest floor.

Where: 10818 Heart Lake Road, Brampton

Visit Riverdale Farm

Stroll among the charming barns and cottages at the historic Riverdale Farm, and 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, and the spring blooms will make it all the more picturesque. Visiting is free, but there are many ways you can help support this special place.

Where: 201 Winchester Street

See Toronto’s cherry blossoms

We can’t talk about outdoor date ideas and not bring up the cherry blossoms. Arguably one of the most popular activities of the season, the annual sakura bloom is a beautiful time of year for outdoor strolls and picnic.

This year, Toronto is on track for an earlier-than-normal bloom season, according to our city’s very own cherry blossom expert.

The annual bloom typically takes place from late April to mid-May and you can spot the trees at various locations around the city.

Where: See Toronto’s best cherry blossom locations

See street art together

Feeling a little more adventurous? Plan your own walking tour of the city’s best street art. There are tons of murals and insane works all over Toronto – you’ve just got to know where to look. We recommend mapping out a few of your favourites and hitting up them all in an afternoon.

Where: See Toronto’s best street art spots here

Catch a Blue Jays or Toronto FC game

Throw on your team colours and bond over your love of Toronto sports under the spring sunshine.

You can get $20 admission tickets to watch the Jays play from the Rogers Centre’s new Outfield District entertainment centre, or cheer in the stands of a high-energy Toronto FC game at BMO Field.

Where: Rogers Centre & BMO Field