How often do you just explore Toronto? The city has so much to offer, from events to monuments to areas of interest; there’s always a hidden gem you haven’t seen yet. Here are our top choices for tourist spots for those who want to be a tourist in their own city this summer.

Shakespeare in High Park

One of Toronto’s favourite summer traditions in High Park spanning over the last 37 years. Until September 1st, High Park hosts two adaptations of Bard’s most popular and enduring works. This summer’s plays include “a comedic tale of love and desire, Much Ado About” and “the timeless story of morality and power, Measure for Measure”. Join families and friends this summer and spend time in the park experiencing the arts.

The Dog Fountain

Dog lovers rejoice! Located just beyond the flat iron building in the St. Lawrence Market neighbourhood, a massive fountain dwells featuring a pack of dog statues spouting water into the fountain. You won’t be the only one who loves it; bring your furry friends! You will see plenty of fellow dog owners with their pets enjoying the scene of splashing in the water, or posing for a photo opportunity.

Trinity Bellwoods Park

This beautiful park is among one of the most popular summer spots for Torontonians. As you arrive to spread your picnic blanket, you will realize you will have neighbours in very close proximity. Bikes, dogs and sunglasses. Seas of people flock to Trinity Bellwoods Park for it’s large green space among the dense city surrounding its perimeter.

Ripley’s Aquarium

Venture down to the core of the city, where you will find Ripley’s Aquarium at the foot of the CN Tower. A perfect getaway on a rainy day as you stroll through the long glass hallways while menacing sharks and schools of fish swim all around you. You may hear the “Jaws” theme song playing in your head. Conversely, you will be enchanted by the psychedelic colours of the various types of jellyfish, or the sea creatures you never knew existed. Bring your family, friends, or spend an afternoon with your significant other.

Toronto Islands

A 15-minute ferry ride from the downtown core and you’ll find yourself at what feels like travelling to a far-away destination. Filled with parks, beaches and an amusement park, you will escape the city life and find yourself in a modern island oasis. Visit Centre Island for family time. Explore the bays in a canoe. Bring your bicycle or rent one at the island. Pack a lunch for a lovely picnic in the grass. Endless possibilities to explore and feel like a tourist.

Toronto’s Bike Trails

Pump up your tires, oil your chain and strap on your helmet. If your street bike is all tuned up, and you’re looking for spectacular views, try Tommy Thompson Park, the Toronto Central path alongside the boardwalk, or Trillium Park and William G. Davis Trail for a paved path that snakes along the water.

For those off-road types, you will be compelled by trails like the 10 km Don Valley trail, and the Scarborough mixed trail along the waterfront, with bumpy and hilly sections.

If you’re looking to get into nature and be surrounded by greenery, Taylor Creek Trail or Crothers Woods are among the most natural settings.

For more paths and trails, take a look at this city map:

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