In spirit of warmer weather, I thought I’d do a little list of some cute summer date ideas in Toronto!
Although they’re oh-so-short here in Toronto, I look forward to every summer.
During the summer the city bustles with activities, festivals, and so many new desserts to try, and everything just becomes so lively.
Whether you’re going on a first date or a date with your beau, there are plenty of awesome things for you to do in the city.
Here are some unique and fun date ideas to go on in Toronto this summer!
Summer date ideas in Toronto
1. Explore a new Toronto neighbourhood
Spend a day being a tourist and exploring a new Toronto neighbourhood you’ve never been to before.
It’s always fun to visit new places – it’s like traveling, but in your own city!
And what’s a cuter summer date idea than wandering around the city hand-in-hand with your S/O?
2. Café hop at Toronto’s best coffee shops
Sure, you could sip on lattes and chit chat, but why not go café hopping and hit up a few Instagrammable Toronto coffee shops instead?
Toronto is filled with adorable cafés, and café hopping makes it easier to cross a bunch off your list at once.
Adam and I did this for my 21st birthday in Kensington Market and it was a fun day.
Here are some ideas for your café hopping day:
- Financial District (Versus Coffee, Dineen Coffee Co., Boxcar Social, Maman)
- Fashion District (Dark Horse Espresso Bar, Strange Love Coffee, Quantum Coffee, Calii Love)
- King West (Forget Me Not Café, Jimmy’s Coffee, Oretta Café)
3. Go museum or art gallery hopping
Pretend to be cultured and check out some of the coolest Toronto museums and art galleries.
You can take cute couple photos together with the art, or just wander around and take it in.
Maybe it doesn’t sound super exciting, but you’ll be surprised at how much fun it is!
You can hit up some of these museums and galleries:
- Royal Ontario Museum (ROM)
- Gardiner Museum
- Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO)
- Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery
- Aga Khan Museum
4. Do goat yoga at Black Creek Pioneer Village
Step back into the 1800s and head over to Black Creek Pioneer Village for a unique summer date.
Impress your S/O with a yoga session while cuddling some adorable baby goats.
There are also other fun activities you can do at Black Creek Pioneer Village like escape games and axe throwing!
LOCATION: 1000 Murray Ross Pkwy, North York, ON
5. Wander around the Harbourfront
Walk hand-in-hand along the beautiful Harbourfront.
Soak up the sun at Sugar Beach, check out the art at the Power Plant Gallery, or check out a festival at the Harbourfront Centre!
If you’re looking for more fun things to do in the area, I’ve got a blog post all about the best things to do at the Harbourfront.
I’ve also got a blog post all about the best Harbourfront restaurants!
6. Take in the view from the Toronto Islands
Rent a surrey bike and roll around the Toronto Islands, pack some sandwiches and have a romantic little picnic, or gush over the cute farm animals at Centre Island.
There’s so much to do on the islands, and it’s definitely something to add to your list of cute summer date ideas in Toronto!
If you’re interested in doing a guided tour together, you can also do a fun 3.5 hour bike tour of the Toronto Islands.
You’ll get to ride all around the islands and learn about its 200 year history alongside other tour attendees!
It also includes your ferry tickets, bicycle and helmet, plus water and snacks, which makes life (and planning) a little easier.
7. Go on a boat cruise
Doing a summer cruise is one of the cutest date ideas you can do in Toronto.
Adam and I did a fun salsa dancing cruise on the waterfront a couple of years ago, where we got to eat good food while learning how to salsa dance!
You can find all kinds of fun cruises at Toronto’s Harbourfront, including themed ones, and these are a few fun options you can try:
The Toronto Harbour Tour is a 1-hour narrated boat cruise that takes you around the Toronto Harbour and the Toronto Islands, and they even make stops at the islands during the summer months – it’s the perfect tour if you’re looking for something short and sweet.
If you’ve always wanted to live your sailor dreams, the tall ship boat cruise is a fun 2-hour experience that includes a tour of the vintage 1930s ship, sailing along the coastline (while helping the crew if you’d like!), and even firing out of the ship’s cannon.
And if you really want to take your time enjoying the romantic Toronto skyline, the 3-hour buffet dinner cruise includes a full-on buffet dinner and cash bar, and you can dance the night away to beats from a live DJ.
LOCATION: 207 Queens Quay West, Toronto, ON
7. Bike the Waterfront Trail
Looking for a fun day date idea in Toronto during the summer?
The trail actually extends from Mississauga to Scarborough, but you can start and end wherever you please.
Some highlights of the Waterfront Trail downtown are Humber Bay Park, Trillium Park, Harbourfront, and Sugar Beach!
If you’re looking for other fun trails to bike along, I’ve got a blog post all about the best Toronto bike trails.
9. Watch Canada Day fireworks at Woodbine Beach
Pack a beach towel and some snacks and head over to Woodbine Beach to watch the annual Canada Day fireworks.
Snuggle all you want, but don’t be that one couple if ya know what I mean!
LOCATION: 1675 Lake Shore Blvd. East, Toronto, ON
10. Stroll around Allan Gardens
What could be more romantic than wandering around a luscious garden filled with florals and greenery?
Allan Gardens is by far one of the most beautiful places in the city, and it’s perfect for taking your date.
Afterwards, you can grab some ice cream at one of Toronto’s best ice cream spots to cool off.
LOCATION: 160 Gerrard St. East, Toronto, ON
11. Grab a sweet treat at one of Toronto’s best ice cream spots
The sweetest thing you can do is take your date out for some sweet treats at one of the tastiest Toronto ice cream spots!
I pretty much crave ice cream every single day in the summer, and I love that new dessert spots are always opening up in Toronto.
Grab an ice cream waffle at Bang Bang on Queen West and head to Trinity Bellwoods, or pick up Asian-inspired ice cream at Wong’s and chill at Riverdale Park.
Make it even more romantic and share a cone 😉
If you’re looking for more awesome ice cream spots, check out these other posts:
- Into soft serve ice cream? Stop by one of the best soft serve ice cream spots in Toronto!
- More of a gelato lover? Hit up the best gelato spots in Toronto.
- Searching for vegan ice cream? Visit one of these vegan ice cream spots in Toronto.
- Grabbing a pint to take home? Here are some of the best ice cream pints in Toronto!
12. Watch the sunset over the Toronto skyline
Pay a visit to Humber Bay Park, Trillium Park, or Riverdale Park and enjoy the picturesque sunset over the Toronto skyline.
Stay and watch the stars, or hit up a cocktail bar afterwards for some romantic dranks.
Cute summer date ideas in Toronto:
- Explore a new Toronto neighbourhood
- Café hop at Toronto’s best coffee shops
- Go museum or art gallery hopping
- Do goat yoga at Black Creek Pioneer Village
- Wander around the Harbourfront
- Take in the view from the Toronto Islands
- Take a cruise with Mariposa Cruises
- Bike the Waterfront Trail
- Watch Canada Day fireworks at Woodbine Beach
- Stroll around Allan Gardens
- Grab a sweet treat at one of Toronto’s best ice cream spots
- Watch the sunset over the Toronto skyline
These were just a few cute and fun summer date ideas in Toronto!
Be sure to check out some local tours as well, if you’re looking to do some fun and unique activities.
If you’re looking for even more fun things to do in Toronto, you might enjoy these posts:
- Bored and looking for a general list of things to do? Peep out these fun things to do in Toronto or these free things to do in Toronto.
- Into more active activities? Try out one of these awesome water activities in Toronto!
- Searching for cute date ideas in Toronto? Check out my date ideas during winter or fall, or my Valentine’s Day date ideas.
- Looking for more seasonal activities? Check out my posts on things to do in Toronto during the winter, spring, or summer.
- Visiting during the holidays? Here are festive things to do in Toronto!
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