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Free Things To Do In Toronto

Toronto is a huge city in Canada that’s known for its towering skyscrapers, eclectic city life, as well as plenty of vast open green spaces too.

If you’re travelling to the Canadian city on a budget but you’re not really sure if there’ll be anything you can do for free, then fear not as we have just the list for you!

Check out the 10 best free attractions in Toronto in our detailed guide below, as well as the top paid attractions and activities in Toronto if you decide you want to splash out a bit too!

Free Attractions in Toronto

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The Beaches

Aptly named, the Beaches is a neighbourhood in Toronto that stretches out across a long body of water.

Not only can you hang out on the actual beach where you can enjoy building sandcastles with the kids or enjoying a scrumptious ice cream while sunbathing, but you can also take advantage of the numerous other free attractions at the Beaches.

Take a leisurely stroll along the boardwalk or spend some time taking pictures of the...

Skip the Line: Ripley's Aquarium of Canada Ticket in Toronto

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  • It is a ticket that gets you fast-track entry to Canada's largest indoor Aquarium
  • An opportunity to learn many things about the animals on display at the Aquarium
  • This tour takes you to the heart of Toronto where the Ripley's Aquarium of Canada is located
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Nathan Phillips Square

This incredible urban plaza within the city centre of Toronto is named after the mayor of Toronto from 1955 to 1962; Nathan Phillips.

The square is home to the Toronto City Hall whose podium roof has been transformed into a beautiful public garden that offers great views of the city, as well as a tranquil haven away from the bustling streets.

Nathan Phillips Square is the ideal place in Toronto for the whole family as...

Skip the Line: Royal Ontario Museum Ticket

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  • The tour grants you express entry into the Royal Ontario Museum
  • It is a ticket to see Canada's largest museum of art, culture, and nature combined
  • The musuem offers world-class art collections from mummies, to Chinese artifacts and so on
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St. Lawrence Market

St. Lawrence Market has received the title as one of the top 25 best markets in the world so it’s safe to say that a visit to this prestigious market hall needs to be on your Toronto bucket list.

Inside the market, you’ll find a plethora of different food stalls and vendors, as well as professional fishmongers, butchers and bakers, all selling their delectable goodies.

St. Lawrence Market is a great place to eat in...

Hockey Hall of Fame Admission Ticket

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  • It is an express entry tour of one of the worlds famous sporting events Hocky
  • It is a tour that takes you through the greatest collection of Hockey artifacts in the world
  • It is an opportnity to take photos standing next to the Holy Grail of Hockey the Stanley Cup'
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Kensington Market

While the naming of this free attraction in Toronto might confuse you somewhat, unlike the St. Lawrence Market, Kensington Market is actually just a neighbourhood and collection of stores in Toronto.

Situated in close proximity to Chinatown, Kensington Market allows you to explore the delights of Chinatown while experiencing the hip and happening vibes of its own streets too.

Kensington Market is a great place to pick up some...

LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre Toronto

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  • This is a a LEGOLAND discovery tour for families to experience
  • It is 3-hour tour where you and the kids get to build and learn from this LEGO Kingdom
  • This tour shows you some of Toronto's most famous attrcations in LEGO
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Harbourfront Centre

The Harbourfront Centre is one of the best free attractions in Toronto that the whole family can enjoy.

If you want to step away from the bustling streets for a while, but still take in the views of the towering skyscrapers, then the Harbourfront Centre is the perfect place to do so.

It’s a cultural organisation that sits on the waterfront and offers numerous free attractions and activities that the whole family can...

Skip the Line: Bata Shoe Museum Admission Ticket

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  • This is a tour of North Amarica's famous shoe musuem
  • A windown of opportunity to see tons of shoe artifacts in the thousands
  • It takes you through over 4,500 years of shoe making history
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Yonge-Dundas Square

Often compared to the likes of Times Square in New York City, Yonge-Dundas Square is a lively and vibrant area within the city centre of Toronto.

There’s also plenty of free events and shows hosted in Yonge-Dundas Square, you’ll just need to remember to check the website before travelling to Toronto to see which ones suit you!

The shining neon lights of the billboards in Yonge-Dundas Square definitely feels very...

Museum of Illusions Admission in Toronto

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  • This is a ticket to the musuem of illusions in Toronto
  • It is an amazing experience with lots to see
  • A way to learn more about illusions and how it works
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Distillery District

Toronto’s Distillery District is the place to be in the city if you’re a huge fan of architecture, history and of course, booze!

If you’re visiting Toronto over the festive period, then you’ll likely see the Distillery District playing home to the annual Toronto Christmas Market.

However, the Distillery District is also renowned for its historic pedestrian-only streets and archaic architecture all...

Niagara Falls Private Tour for 4 Passenger

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  • What better way to experience Niagara Falls than with exploding fireworks high above the thundering waterfall. While the fireworks schedule varies depending on when you’ll be visiting and is weather dependent, with any luck you’ll be able to catch a glimpse of the breathtaking display.

    Just 2.5 kilometres north of the Botanical Gardens,...read more
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Yorkville

For another exclusive and unique neighbourhood in Toronto, but one that has a slightly more upper-class and “posh” vibe about it, make sure you have Yorkville on your list of things to see and do in the city.

Yorkville is a more luxurious area of Toronto and is known for housing many designer shops and named brands.

It’s an incredibly popular place for the world’s biggest celebrities to visit during the...

Exclusive Toronto Speakeasy Tour

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  • With a knowledgeable guide explore the exclusive cocktail bars and speakeasies of Toronto. Including a sophisticated secret high-rise oasis with a breath-taking view of the City and delightfully-infused cocktails, an underground speakeasy in a 19th century building where the Manhattans are always served ‘perfect’ and a film-set inspired...read more
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Riverdale Farm

If you’re feeling a little tired and worn out from all the urban life and busy city streets, then a visit to Riverdale Farm is just the ticket for you!

Riverdale Farm is a lush 7+ acres of land in downtown Toronto and is a place in the city that kids and adults alike are sure to enjoy.

At Riverdale Farm, you can spend some time with various farmyard animals such as pigs, cows, chickens, horses, sheep and much...

Art Gallery of Ontario Admission

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  • As of May 25th visitors 25 and under are free – all year, anytime.

    With a collection of more than 95,000 works of art, the Art Gallery of Ontario is among the most distinguished art museums in North America. From the vast body of Group of Seven and signature Canadian works to the African art gallery, from cutting-edge contemporary art to...read more
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Unfortunately, many of Toronto’s galleries and museums aren’t free or operate on a “pay what you can” basis.

However, if you don’t want to pay entry fees into galleries, but you also don’t want to miss out on the culture either, then you’re in luck as the Market Gallery situated in St. Lawrence Market is free of charge every single day!

The Market Gallery offers various collections and...

Parks Canada - Discovery Pass

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  • The Discovery Pass is your gateway to Canada’s history, nature, and adventure from coast to coast to coast. Discover world-famous Banff and Jasper national parks, or connect with the stories of Canada at national historic sites like the Fortress of Louisbourg and L’Anse-aux-Meadows. No matter where you go, get ready for exciting new...read more
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FAQs about Free Things to Do in Toronto

There are many things you can do for free in Toronto like booking free entry into some Toronto museums, joining locals to do some free activities and others. This allows you to have fun and relax on a budget or save for further experiences on your trip.

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