Turn your trip to Toronto into jam-packed days of discovery by enjoying some of these fun, cheap things to see and do.
Bond Place Hotel , close to Dundas Square.
Hotel Victoria Downtown, excellent location.
Super 8 Downtown Toronto, comfortable and value-packed.
Holiday Inn Express Toronto – Downtown, free hot breakfast bar.
If you have your heart set on seeing the CN Tower, the Royal Ontario Museum, Casa Loma, the Toronto Zoo and Ontario Science Centre do them all on the cheap by getting yourself a Toronto CityPASS.
This is an awesome thrifty thing to do—you’ll save over 40% on the combined, regular admission price for these five attractions.
Whether you’re travelling alone, as a couple or as a family it’s hard to beat the value of the Toronto CityPASS. To learn more about what the Toronto CityPass has to offer, check out the short video below.
Visit the Toronto Groupon page and you’ll find savings of anywhere from 40-90% on tours, boat cruises, theatre tickets, comedy clubs, activities, events, dinner spots and accommodations.
The Groupon Toronto page is a smart place to check out when you’re first planning your trip and even when you’re in the middle of your Toronto visit because new deals get added weekly and even daily many times.
Even on a warm, summer night in Toronto you can still get chilled. How? By taking the Original Haunted Walk of Toronto tour. Every city has its past and that past usually includes scandalous, scary stories. Toronto is no exception. Yes, Hogtown is haunted!
Embark on the Original Haunted Walk of Toronto tour you’ll discover that Toronto has its fair share of skeletons in its closets too. Follow your lantern-carrying, knowledgeable guide as they recount true tales of ghosts, graveyards, hangings and haunts in Toronto the good.
By night’s end you’ll know all about Toronto’s dark past of unsolved mysteries and terrifying encounters.
Whether you’re travelling as a couple, a family or with a group, the Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament Toronto makes for a fun night out.
Winner of a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, the Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament Toronto takes you back to the days when knights clashed to see who would be deemed worthy of being called the Kings Champion.
As you devour your four-course meal (without the use of utensils, of course) and enjoy a libation, various events take place in the arena before you; displays of falconry, horsemanship, weaponry and, in the ultimate determiner of full-on manly-man knightliness, jousting on horseback.
For hockey nuts, no visit to Toronto is complete without heading to the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Displays to see include over 30 NHL goalie masks, jerseys and equipment worn by the game’s stars, a replica of the Montreal Canadiens dressing room, the Stanley Cup and other trophies, interactive games and more. Adult admission for this fun, cheap thing to do is $17.50, $11 for kids 4-13.
The stadium has over 50,000 seats so even on game day you shouldn’t have any trouble getting an affordable ticket for this fun thing to do unless it’s Opening Day or a do-or-die series with a divisional rival such as the New York Yankees or the Boston Red Sox.
Want to score an awesome souvenir? If you can, get to the ballpark early so you can take in batting practice. Head to the outfield seats. More than likely a homerun ball will come your way or a player or coach will toss a ball up to you.
One last things, because the Jays play in a stadium with a retractable roof, you never have to worry about getting rained on either.
Ready to explore Toronto from the high seas, well, actually Lake Ontario? Organize your mates and head to the city’s downtown waterfront to set sail on the Tall Ship Kajama.
This Toronto Tall Ship Boat Cruise is a two-hour excursion aboard a 165-foot, three-masted cargo schooner.
The first half hour of this TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence winning adventure is a Captain-led tour of the ship where you can learn the history of the vessel and ask questions.
But this cheap, fun thing to do isn’t just educational. It’s interactive too.
After the Kajama has taxied out to open water, passengers are invited to assist the crew in raising the sails.
Once the sails are hoisted it’s time to kick back with a cold beverage from the fully-licensed on board bar and enjoy the ride and the beautiful view of the city from the waters of Lake Ontario.
Feel like exploring the ship further? No problem. You’re more than welcome to stretch your sea legs and walk around the deck.
And don’t be surprised if you start singing along with the ship’s crew as they serenade the passengers with sea-faring ditties while coiling the ropes.
Who doesn’t like food and fun on vacation? Experience both by booking an evening on the Mariposa Cruises Toronto Dinner & Dance Cruise.
This cheap, fun thing to do is a great value as it allows you to combine good eats with a wonderful outing. Mariposa Cruises is also a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence winner.
The three-hour cruise is perfect for couples or as a fun night out if you’re visiting the city with friends. It begins with a bountiful buffet dinner.
Bring your appetite as the spread on the Toronto Dinner & Dance Cruise features plenty of palate-pleasing options to choose from including the catch of the day. (Be sure and leave room for dessert too, it will be hard to have just one!) There is also a cash bar on board so you can enjoy your favourite beverage with dinner.
As you partake in your meal you’ll get to savour views of the city’s skyline and Toronto’s picturesque inner harbour.
Afterwards make your way outside to the deck so you can watch the sun set and witness the city’s lights taking over the night sky. Pause your conversation to drink in the romantic view, then make your way to the dance floor to bust some moves and burn some calories to some righteous tunes spun by a professional DJ.
Toronto is one of the most diverse cities in North America, if not the world. A cheap, fun way to get a taste of a few of the city’s different cultural areas is to take a neighbourhood walking food tour.
The Kensington Market neighbourhood is a great example of the diversity of cultures that inhabit the city. Established back in the 1920s, this area used to be a Jewish neighbourhood. Almost a hundred years later, it is distinctly different with a cornucopia of cultures calling it home, including people from European countries, the Caribbean, the Middle East, South America and Asia. See for yourself by going on the affordably-priced Kensington Market – Toronto’s Neighbourhood International Food Tour. Learn about this incredibly eclectic Toronto neighbourhood and sample foods from 6 countries from 5 continents.
Toronto is home to one of the largest Chinatown’s in North America. There is so much to explore and discover here but where do you start? Make it easy for yourself by taking the Old Chinatown Food Tour. Led by a professional guide, this tour will teach you about the history of the people, the area and Chinese herbal medicine; you’ll pop into shops; and visit restaurants where you’ll taste authentic Chinese foods and be coached in Chinese dining etiquette.
Toronto’s Greektown on the Danforth is the largest Greek neighbourhood in North America. Many of the scenes from the hit movie “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” were filmed here. Another notable facts is that Toronto’s Greektown has one of the highest concentrations of restaurants per kilometre in the world. If only there was a food tour you could take to discover them. There is! The Culinary Walking Tour of Greektown is a wonderful way to sample the culture and flavours of this popular Toronto neighbourhood. The guide is a professional chef who will introduce you to the local history and Greek delicacies, many of which have been passed down from generation to generation. Opa!
Up for something truly fun and different for dinner while visiting Toronto? Make reservations at O.Noir, Toronto’s only dine in the dark restaurant. Book your table at this fun thing to do and enjoy a delicious three-course meal in total darkness and gain a better understanding of what life as a blind person would be like.
At O.Noir no cell phones, light up watches, or cigarette lighters are permitted to ensure the entire two-hour dining experience remains free of the intrusion of light.
Prior to entering the restaurant the O.Noir hostess comes around to ask you for your dinner selection from the menu, or, if you’re truly into the spirit of the night, you can opt for the surprise starter, entrée and dessert, and really put your senses to the test as you try to guess what you are eating.
Another unique aspect of O.Noir is that the entire wait staff is visually impaired. You’ll marvel at their ability to lead you to your table and flawlessly navigate their way through the dining area, which holds up to 120 people, to bring your party’s drinks and meals.
O.Noir is very popular and fills up fast, so plan ahead and be sure to make a reservation a few days before your visit. THRIFTY TIP: If you’re planning to dine in the dark at O.Noir on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday night, you can usually save with a Groupon deal. Just go to the Groupon Toronto page and search for “O.Noir”.
If you love design a wonderful, cheap thing to do in Toronto is to spend an afternoon at the Design Exchange, Canada’s only museum that’s focused entirely on design excellence.
Explore and admire many design disciplines including furniture, architecture, interior and industrial design, digital design, graphics and fashion.
The museum’s collection offers lots of cool stuff to see, including products, projects, themes and features on designers themselves. Plus, there are thought-provoking, rotating exhibitions and the space itself is an inspiration too. Admission is $15 for adults.
The MZTV Museum of Television is like a specialty channel dedicated to the evolution of the TV. Not only is this thing to do in Toronto, cheap–it’s fun too.
Every where you look are funky televisions from days gone by. See veneered and bakelite sets, rare ones like the Baird Televisor—you may even spot your parents’ first boob tube! Some great memorabilia from TV shows gone by, too. Check out this museum for just $6 per adult.
Did you know that Toronto is home to its own medieval castle?
Casa Loma is a unique cheap thing to check out in Toronto. Built in 1911, it took three years to construct and cost $3.5 million. Among the features of Casa Loma are grand halls, secret passageways, stairs to the tower tops, a wine cellar, stables, five acres of beautiful gardens and more.
Naturally, it’s incredible opulence and architecture has made it a favourite location for the film industry. Movies such as as X-Men, Chicago, The Tuxedo, The Pacifier, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Warehouse 13, Twitches Too and Strange Brew have been shot here. Admission to see this place is around $20 for adults and $15 for kids, but if you purchase a Toronto CityPASS, admission is about half price.
On a beautiful, sunny day a fun, cheap thing to do in Toronto is to escape the downtown core by venturing to the City’s waterfront, hopping on a ferry and heading over to Centre Island.
Rent a bike and explore the island. Prefer to paddle? You can rent a canoe or kayak too. Relax on the beach. Want to work on your overall tan? Make your way to Hanlan’s Point where you’ll find a clothing optional beach. Don’t forget your picnic, but if you do, there are concession stands and restaurants to satisfy your hunger.
Access to the island is free, with your ticket on the ferry boat being a very reasonable $6.50 for adults, $4 for seniors/students (15-19 with a student card), $3 for children, while kids 2 years old and under ride for free.
Bring a blanket, some bug spray and a significant other and snuggle on the hillside as the Canadian Stage presents a production of Shakespeare in beautiful High Park.
As dusk settles in the actors take the stage, presenting one of Shakespeare’s classics in a picturesque park setting under a canopy of stars. Entry to this cheap thing to do in Toronto is pay-what-you-can.
Once in a while, everyone could use a good, cheap laugh. If you’re visiting Toronto, you can satisfy your sense of humour and your desire to save a few bucks at the same time.
Stand up comedy, sketch comedy, improv, amateur nights—you’ll find a variety of affordable comedy to see, happening across the city, on almost any given night.
For example, every other Saturday night the Korean Cowboy–a Korean Fusion bar and restaurant–hosts Cowboy Comedy. Enjoy a night of laughs featuring six comics, including a professional headliner. The cost is very affordable–it’s just a $10 cover charge to get in, and if you use the promo code “FUNNY” your ticket will be half price! How’s that for cheap laughs?! You can also order food and drinks while enjoying the show.
Even when you’re visiting a city for the first time, sometimes you just want to kick back and relax at a movie. Luckily for you that’s one of the cheap things to do in Toronto. For roughly half the price of a regularly priced flick, you can see a new-release movie at the Rainbow Cinema on Front Street downtown. If you’re in the mood for something a little more adventuresome, the TIFF Bell Lightbox shows experimental films on their free screen.
In the mood for something fun, cheap and different to do in Toronto? Then you’ll love the Snakes & Lattes Board Game Café. Pay your $5 cover charge, order something to drink (they start at around $2) and pick a board game from the over 2,300 games that line the shelves.
If you’re visiting Toronto between the months of November and March, one of the fun and cheap things to do is to lace them up and go for a pleasure skate under the arches of a Toronto icon–Nathan Phillips Square.
In the wintertime the Square’s reflecting pool is frozen, becoming a giant skating rink in the centre of the city. Rent a pair of skates and step onto the ice for free.
Prefer gliding across the ice to the sound of the latest beats? Hit the ice at DJ Skate Nights at the Harbourfront Centre where you can skate overlooking Lake Ontario and groove to the sounds spun by the some of the City’s hottest DJs. Admission to the ice is free and skates can be rented for a nominal fee.
A great way to do cheap things in Toronto is to start by checking Groupon, the money-saving website that features local discounts in 150 cities. Visit the Toronto Groupon page and you’ll find savings of anywhere from 40-90% on tours, boat cruises, theatre tickets, comedy clubs, activities, events, dinner spots and accommodations. The Groupon Toronto page is a smart place to check out when you’re first planning your trip and even when you’re in the middle of your Toronto visit because new deals get added weekly and even daily many times.
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