Toronto is infamously expensive, but that doesn't mean you can't have fun in this city for cheap! Whether you love live theater or you're obsessed with art and music, you can find it for free or cheap as long as you know where to look.
These are the most fun things to do in Toronto for little to no money!
As inland as Toronto is, many people forget that it has gorgeous expanses of sandy shores. Although this white sand was brought in, and the beaches are manufactured, they're still one of the most exciting parts of the city!
For free, you can frolic in the tide and enjoy soaking in a little sunlight while you're in town. There's a large push to keep these waters clean and keep the beaches clear, so you'll get to enjoy a coastal day without having to see all the litter other beaches saddle you with!
City life is rough and constant: but you can take time to breathe and get away from it all. The Allan Gardens are an attraction that allows you to walk through gorgeously cultivated and grown plant life.
Species from around the world are grown and watered here, and their placards inform visitors on why each of them matters. This is a great place to visit if you can pack a meal; picnics here are legendary.
Snakes and Lattes
Although this option isn’t free, a latte can cost less than six dollars! Snakes and Lattes is a board game-themed coffee shop that offers a great mix of whimsy and caffeine.
Locals love the friendly staff and great snack foods, while vacationers like the chance to sit for a moment and have some fun.
Free Outdoor Movies
If you’re looking at real estate in Toronto, you might experience some major sticker shock at the prices. Balance that out by taking advantage of the free outdoor movies at Harbor Front, Yonge, and Dundas Square to save some money!
Screenings are shown weekly and allow you to enjoy films that range from oldies to newer favorites. Every film is chosen ahead of time and advertised, so you can pick which ones you're most interested in or enjoy a full range of movies by showing up to all of them!
St. Lawrence Market
St. Lawrence Market isn't free if you fall in love with the things for sale, but if you enjoy window shopping, this is a fantastic place to go! Smaller retailers mingle with larger ones here and offer unique foods, goods, and experiences.
Looking through the huge selection can be a lot of fun, and it's even better if you set a tiny budget for yourself. You'll be surprised how much you can get for just ten dollars!
Enjoying the Street Art
The street art in Toronto is legendary. Creative and unlike any other scene, the Toronto street art scene isn’t organized by anything other than a need for bright colors and loose form.
If you have an afternoon, and some good sneakers, consider going for a walk around the city and seeing what art you can spot!