Summer is here, and it’s the perfect time to hit the streets and discover the best places to have a blast in our beloved city. From stunning beaches to vibrant neighborhoods, GTA has got it all! Let’s take a ride through some of the must-visit spots this summer.
Top 8 Must-Visit Spots in the GTA this Summer
1. Toronto Islands
This chain of 15 small islands located in Lake Ontario can be aptly described as the oasis in the city. The cluster is just a 13 to 15-minute ferry/boat ride from the port of downtown.
With sandy beaches, lush greenery, and breathtaking views of the city skyline, the Toronto Islands are indeed an oasis of relaxation. However, don’t forget your picnic basket and sunscreen as you set out for your perfect day of relaxation.
2. Kensington Market
If you are looking for some urban adventure, make your way to Kensington Market. This lively and diverse neighborhood is bursting with color, creativity, and a vibrant mix of cultures.
As you wander the narrow streets, you will be greeted with an array of food vendors, vintage shops, and quirky boutiques. The market is the perfect spot to grab a quick bite or hunt for unique souvenirs to remember your summer escapades.
3. Niagara Falls
There is no better way to escape the city buzz for a while than to head north to the beautiful Niagara Falls. The sight of these powerful waterfalls is nothing short of awe-inspiring.
You can take a boat tour to get up close and personal with the falls or explore the nearby parks and hiking trails for a nature-filled adventure. And remember to capture these fantastic memories on camera.
4. Distillery District
Back in the city, check out the Distillery District. This historic area is brimming with charm and character. Cobblestone streets, Victorian-era buildings, and an artsy vibe make it the ideal place to take a leisurely stroll. Plus, there are plenty of cafes, galleries, and craft shops to explore along the way.
One pro tip we can’t help but give is: make sure to visit in the evening when the district lights up – the sights become truly magical.
5. Royal Ontario Museum (ROM)
Feed your curiosity at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) with its diverse collection of artifacts and exhibits. The museum is the largest in Canada and the fifth largest in North America. In all sections of the museum, there is an impressive collection of artifacts and exhibits spanning different eras and civilizations.
Each collection offers an enriching experience for curious minds of all ages. And no matter what you are into – be it art, ancient civilizations, or dinosaurs, you will definitely find something fascinating there.
6. The Beaches
This quaint neighborhood is home to four beautiful sandy beaches and has some of the most stunning homes in the Greater Toronto Area. As a result, it is a hotspot for sunbathing, beach volleyball, and water sports.
Have a day of fun in the sun, and treat yourself to some ice cream or fish and chips at the local eateries in this charming laid-back town.
7. CN Tower
Feeling a bit adventurous? How about heading to the CN Tower in downtown Toronto? The dartlike edifice, standing at 553 feet above the ground, once held the title of the tallest freestanding building in the world for 31 years (1976-2007).
There are high-speed elevators to take visitors to the observation point at the top of the tower. Once at the top, you can walk along the outside of the tower’s main pod – suspended 356 meters above the ground!
If that is a bit too extreme for you, you can settle for a meal at the revolving 360 Restaurant which offers panoramic views of the city as you dine.
8. High Park
High Park is the largest public park in Toronto and it features several attractions such as numerous hiking trails, a beautiful lakefront, and diverse vegetation. If you want a day of relaxation amidst nature in the GTA, you can’t go wrong by visiting this area.
Enjoy a leisurely walk, have a picnic under the shade of century-old trees, or simply bask in the beauty of the cherry blossoms if you visit during the blooming season.
So, there you have it – the best places to explore in GTA this summer. From island getaways to cultural delights, there’s something for everyone in this vibrant city. Grab your friends, family, or even go solo, and make the most of the sunny days ahead.