Local Summer Fun – Toronto

Everybody’s summers are looking a little different this year! With borders being closed, travel restrictions, and social distancing measures still in effect, families are having to reevaluate their summer vacation plans. Fortunately, we’ve been doing some research as well and have put together a list of a few fun, family-friendly activities and events going on in your cities this summer.


Go on an African Lion Safari

Experience an African safari from the comfort and safety of your own vehicle! As of June 9th, African Lion Safari’s Game Reserves are open to the public. Hop in the car and drive along the 9 kilometers of trail to view exotic birds and animals just outside of the city. 


Spend a day at the beach

It’s easy to practice social distancing outdoors! Check out one of Toronto’s many beaches along Lake Ontario, including 10 beaches that are currently open for swimming. Just remember to bring your sunscreen!


Visit the Dinosaur Park

Take a trip back to prehistoric times at the Indian River Reptile and Dinosaur Park Drive-Thru Dinosaur Park! From now until July 12th, the park is offering a drive through dinosaur experience with all proceeds from ticket sales going towards funding the not-for-profit sanctuary and charity for rescued and abandoned reptiles. 


See a movie at a drive-in theatre 

Cinemas may still be closed due to COVID-19, but that doesn’t mean your family can’t enjoy a movie night out. Toronto has 6 drive-in movie theatres showing films, concerts, and festivals all summer long!


Go on a zoo drive-thru at the Toronto Zoo

The Toronto Zoo is now offering a Scenic Safari. Your family can tour the zoo from your own vehicle and listen to the Zoo Keeper commentary to learn about the animals as you go. They even have a printable Scenic Safari Bingo available to play while you drive along.


Visit a nature park

Take a nature walk in one of Toronto’s beautiful green spaces. There are many parks, forests, and botanical gardens to explore this summer. A few recommendations are Colonel Danfroth Park, Edwards Garden, and Tommy Thompson Park. 


Go canoeing or kayaking

Hop in a canoe or kayak and paddle along one of Toronto’s many river systems, lakefront beaches, or streams. There are many rental places open throughout the city and even more bodies of water to explore!

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