Exams are done and summer is finally here! Time to kick back and have fun for a while because the next school year is just around the corner… time flies when you’re having fun. (Please excuse my lame attempt at being funny.)
When we think of summer, we think of hanging out with friends and family, going out, catching up, and socializing. We are preoccupied with trying to find people to spend the summer with, but once in a while, it’s good to reserve a few days for “me time.”
Don’t be afraid of looking “lame” or “lonely” because really, what are the chances that a stranger will think that? And if they do, what are the chances of you seeing them again? In any case, some alone time is good for the soul and, contrary to popular belief, can be fun! So here are a list of 10 things you can do alone in Toronto.
1. Take a trip to the ROM.
If you have a thing for learning about all sorts of random things, visit the Royal Ontario Museum. The ROM has a wide selection of galleries and exhibitions that you can choose from. Learn about a variety of things from history to art to dinosaurs to other cultures. Current exhibits include “Out of Depths: The Blue Whale Story” and “Art, Honour and Ridicule: Asafo Flags from Southern Ghana.”
2. Take a trip to the AGO.
If you have a knack for art, or just appreciate art in general, the Art Gallery of Ontario is the place for you. Take your sweet time reading about and admiring the detail in the art piece without feeling pressure from anyone to hurry along and possibly find some inspiration for art of your own!
3. Take a stroll in the Allan Gardens Conservatory.
Established in 1858, this conservatory houses a variety of beautiful flowers you’ll just have to see, including 6 greenhouses which house plants from all over the world. The best thing is that admission is FREE. Bring a camera and go crazy with the flower photography!
4. People watch at High Park.
Pack some food for a one person picnic and enjoy the sun! If you get bored of people watching, there are so many other things to do! Bring a book, or bring out the photographer in you and snap pictures as you wander.
At the heart of Toronto, the shopping options are endless. From the Eaton Center to Bloor-Yorkville, you can definitely find a way to treat yourself to some new clothes or goodies.
6. Visit the Toronto Islands.
Ride a big ship and enjoy the breeze as you go on over to the islands. Again, pack some food for a one person picnic and enjoy the grassy islands. Visit the many beaches, or rent a bike for a few hours and explore. If you’re not too afraid of the smell, visit the animals in Far Enough Farm at Center Island. Make sure you remember to take pictures of Toronto’s beautiful skyline!
7. Soak in the sun at Sugar Beach.
Toronto’s own beach in the city, how cool?! What else is there to say other than go check it out this summer!
8. Explore the city on your bike.
Go see places you’ve never seen before, and go as far as you’d like; the great thing about this is that you get that much needed exercise you’ve been putting off (you and me both). An alternative to lugging your bike around is using the bikes located around the city provided by Bike Share Toronto.
9. Swing at your neighbourhood park.
Relive your childhood and have a relaxing day at the park. Soak in the sun and take in all the fresh air. One of my favourite things to do is to swing as high as possible on the swings. I get that feeling similar to being on a roller coaster– you know what I mean?
10. Stay home.
What better way to get me-time than to be in the comfort of your own home, chilling in your PJs? Sing and dance your heart out or binge watch TV shows, vlogs, or my personal favourite, find the saddest movie possible and bawl your eyes out. I recommend The Light Between Oceans, A Royal Affair, and The Young Victoria.
What do you like to do in Toronto during summer? Let us know in the comments!
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