Free or Cheap Things to do in Toronto

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July 11, 2011
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Heart of Toronto

Toronto is Canada’s largest, coolest and most multicultural city. It’s a city of endless possibilities, so you might think you need to spend a lot of money to see it all. Not at all! There are so many very cheap or free things to do in Toronto, and here are the top 5 favourites from all the staff at Toronto Hostel:

Tour Guys’ Free Toronto Tour

Tour GuysWelcome to Toronto – now what to see first? We recommend taking the free tour of the downtown core offered by the Tour Guys. It’s an awesome introduction to our city and its history. The guides are really funny and friendly and will teach you a lot in a short amount of time.  Tours run three times a day, every day except for Mondays during the summer. During the off season, tours run on Friday and Saturday.

Royal Ontario Museum

Royal Ontario MuseumDinosaurs, Egyptian mummies, Indigenous Art and the Bat Cave – There’s a lot to see in this awe-inspiring museum. But choose wisely because on every 3rd Monday evening, the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) is free for just a few hours! Or, if you’re a full-time Canadian college or university student, you can enjoy free admission on Tuesdays.

Art Gallery of Ontario

After the free hour at the ROM, the Art Gallery of Ontario is the perfect stop to complete a mini culture tour in Toronto. On Wednesday evenings from 6:00 to 8:30pm admission to the gallery’s permanent collection is free. Here you can take in the world’s largest collection of Canadian art as well as works from across the globe. In fact, just a walk through the newly transformed building is worth the visit to the gallery.

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Dream in High Park

If you love Shakespeare, you will adore the Dream in High Park, an outdoor theatre experience that takes place each summer. Grab a blanket, bring a picnic, and enjoy the works of the Bard under a summer starry sky in Toronto’s largest public park. Admission is PWYC (Pay What You Can). If you have time before the show starts, visit the small High Park Zoo and snap some pictures of the llamas and baby deer!

Outdoor Concerts

There always seems to be a music festival going on in Toronto covering all musical tastes- jazz, blues, international, indie, country, hip hop, and much more! And with these festivals comes many free concerts. Not sure what to do one evening? Take a walk past Yonge and Dundas Square or the Harbourfront Centre and there is bound to be a show on. It’s an awesome way to discover Canadian artists. But many big-name international acts have given free shows in the city too, like Cyndi Lauper, Aretha Franklin, Devo, The Pharcyde and more.

HI Toronto Hostel

These are just some of the free things we at HI-Toronto can recommend in our city! If you would like to know more about what’s going on in Toronto during your stay, check out our HI Toronto Facebook page or become a Twitter Follower and send us a tweet! Or better yet, just ask any of our staff when you check-in; we are a wealth of information!

The HI-Toronto hostel is located in the heart of downtown Toronto. We can accommodate up to 150 guests per night in a mixture of shared and private room styles. Groups are also welcome!

To Book Toronto Hostel online or to read some of our Customer Reviews and Tips, please visit the HI Toronto Hostel page here.

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The ROM’s Free Access Program – Listings Change
Please note – effective October 27, 2011: In order to significantly lower prices every day of the week for all visitors, the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) has discontinued its Wednesday free two-hour period. Resources will be redirected to serve those who require free access most. The ROMCAN program (ROM’s Community Access Network) has increased its free admission provided to marginalized community groups by 50 per cent to 75,000 free admissions.

By discontinuing the Wednesday program, the ROM can now offer greater affordability to all visitors by reducing admission prices every day of the week. Effective immediately, the Museum now offers general admission at more than a third off the previous rates, as well as discounts on feature exhibitions. Adults, seniors, students and families will all benefit through significantly lower every day rates.

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I’m planning on visitng torono this Arpil and while doing some research about things to do while we’re there., i noticed there is a new legoland play center opening in march. –

Has anyone been to one of these before? My son is 4 and i just wanted to know if it would be any good and worth the money. It’s not the cheapest thing but i was looking at the annual pass and if i was to buy that, it looks like it would be good value for money.

Any tips appreciated!

WOW just what I was searching for. Came here by searching for
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