Toronto is just a hop, skip, and a jump over the border into New York State and summer is an especially nice time to visit. If it’s your first time in Toronto, looking for free or cheap things to do in a city is often times a preferred method of seeing a town, as you’ll likely see it more as the locals do, and less as a tourist. That being said, what are the best free or cheap things to do in Toronto?
During summertime, high atop most everybody’s list is a trip down to The Beaches, an east-end Toronto neighborhood with a long stretch of waterfront. It’s hot, and people enjoy a day at the beach in the sun, strolling the boardwalks, or visiting the various boutiques and restaurants along Queen Street East. Queen Street East itself is one of Toronto’s most popular attractions, so if you’re feeling energetic, walking your way down to the beaches is also a great option.
Another great option to get you out of doors a bit is to head over to Riverdale Farm, where seven acres of greenery are nestled right into downtown Toronto. This 20th-century Ontario farm-life revival museum allows you to get a glimpse of how Toronto used to be. You can walk the yard for free and mingle with the local cows, sheep, chickens, pigs, goats and even a swan and duck or two.
Hit the St. Lawrence Market. In short, Food and Wine called the St. Lawrence Market one of the top 25 markets in the world, so it’s definitely not a market to miss. It’s comprised of three historic buildings located in downtown Toronto which house an antique market, a fish market, food market, and various artisan stalls. It’s a treat to walk the aisles, even if you’re not planning on buying anything, because what is brought to light here stirs the creative and imaginative juices and puts you squarely in the middle of public life in Toronto. Not to be missed!