As summer draws to a close it is the perfect time to get out and enjoy what Toronto has to offer. With events like the CNE and the Blue Jays dominating the MLB there are plenty of family activities to celebrate the end of the summer.
Relax at one of Toronto’s Beaches.
Grab the kids and head to the beach for a day of fun in the sun. Now there are a variety of beaches to choose from, both on the mainland and the Toronto Island; each with its own qualities. Some of the more popular and family friendly beaches include Woodbine in the appropriately named ‘Beaches’ neighbourhood and Ward’s Island beach. Woodbine is a three kilometer stretch of sand along Lake Ontario where you’ll find volleyball courts, a skate park and even a pool. It’s also close to Queen St. East where there are plenty of great restaurants to grab a bite. Ward’s beach on the island has volleyball courts and disc golf to keep even the busiest of kids occupied. Before things get crazy with back to school, relax and enjoy the incredible weather. Don’t forget the sunscreen, oh and be aware there is one nude beach on the Toronto Island, don’t confuse it with Ward’s beach.
Spend the day at Wonderland.
Canada’s Wonderland has approximately 3.5 million visitors every year, and there is no reason you and your family shouldn’t be in that count. A trip to Wonderland will need a full day because it is the largest theme park in Canada. There are rollers coasters for the thrill seekers in the family, there are mild rides for those who are not too fond of the combination of heights and high speed. Wonderland even has KidZville for the little ones. Grab the family and head over to Wonderland for a fun-filled day, don’t forget your bathing suits as they also have Splash Works which is full of water works and water rides.
Head to the EX (CNE).
Let’s go the X! Nothing culminates a summer in Toronto like the Canadian National Exhibition.This event has been taking place in Toronto for over 130 years and has become a yearly event for most before heading back to school in the fall. The annual 18 day carnival brings together millions of people as they enjoy the many shows and attractions. Over the years the different and extravagant foods such as garlic snow crab fries, coffee and donut milkshakes, corn flakes fried chicken have stolen the spotlight. Bring the family to the X and enjoy the last few days of summer, the kids will have something cool to write in their journal on their first day back at school.
Cheer on Toronto’s sports teams.
The Blue Jays are red hot right now and if you weren’t a fan before then now would be a good time to start. You can grab reasonably priced tickets for upper deck seats and let’s be serious, that is where all the fun happens. A couple hot dogs, some cold drinks and rooting for the home team is a great way to spend an afternoon. If baseball isn’t your sport, both the Toronto FC and Toronto Argos are gearing up to make playoff runs to bring home titles for the city. Even if you aren’t a huge sports fan, experiencing the atmosphere is well worth the trip.