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12 Best Things to Do in Richmond Hill

12 Best Things to Do in Richmond Hill

Looking for fun things to do in Richmond Hill, Ontario?

As someone who grew up here, I was always trying to get out of it.

Now that I’m a bit older, I appreciate the peacefulness of the suburbs, and Adam and I even plan on moving out of the city in the next few years!

Funny thing – Adam and I both grew up here, but we didn’t actually meet until we were in university at Ryerson.

Whether you’re in the mood for scenic views or doing actual activities, you’ll definitely enjoy one of these attractions and things to do in Richmond Hill.

If you’re looking for date ideas instead, check out my post on cute date ideas in Richmond Hill!

Here are some of the best and most fun things to do in Richmond Hill, Ontario!

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Fun things to do in Richmond Hill


Food hop at the Street Eats Market

Catch the Street Eats Market at Hillcrest Mall from Thursdays through Sundays!

It’s basically a weekly food truck festival, and you can do either walk-ins or curbside pickup.

They’ve got plenty of food and desserts, with local vendors offering all kinds of diverse cuisines.

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Grab lobster rolls from Buster’s Sea Cove or jerk chicken from Jerk Brothers!

If you’re in the mood for a sit-down spot, you can also visit one of the best restaurants in Richmond Hill instead.

The Street Eats Market also has a location in Scarborough, and they’ll be opening locations in Vaughan and Burlington this summer!

LOCATION: 9350 Yonge St, Richmond Hill, ON | Website


Hillcrest Mall in Richmond Hill, Ontario

Shop local at the Hillcrest Farmer’s Market

The Hillcrest Farmer’s Market happens outside Hillcrest Mall every Sunday from spring through summer.

Shop all kinds of goods, including fresh produce and homemade products!

Afterwards, you can enjoy the AC inside Hillcrest Mall and do a ‘lil shopping.

They did some huge renovations in the last couple of years, and it’s definitely not the Hillcrest Mall I grew up going to – they even have a beautiful new wing with a bunch of popular stores like Sporting Life and H&M!

LOCATION: 9350 Yonge St, Richmond Hill, ON | Website


Neon sign at Chatime Richmond Hill

Grab bubble tea

Oh, how I love my bubble tea.

Richmond Hill has a large Asian population, so of course you’re bound to find plenty of awesome bubble tea spots.

I grew up visiting Destiny, Ten Ren’s, and Go for Tea a lot, and a lot of popular bubble tea chains from Asia have popped up over the years!

Check out one of these awesome BBT places in Richmond Hill:

When Chatime first opened up in Richmond Hill, I literally had it every single day for the whole summer lol.

If you’re looking for even more sweet treats, check out my post on the best dessert places in Richmond Hill!

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Go thrift shopping

Maybe go pop some tags with the $20 you’ve got in your pocket.

One of the best parts about visiting the suburbs is going to the thrift stores around there, because they’re not as visited as more populated places like downtown!

Richmond Hill has both a Value Village and Salvation Army Thrift Store, both down the street from one another.

Value Village is just south of Yonge & Elgin Mills, and Salvation Army is a bit north of there.

I always love checking out thrift and vintage stores in Toronto, but it feels like you find the hidden gems in the suburbs!

There’s also a Plato’s Closet in a plaza by Leslie & Elgin Mills, which typically has more women’s clothing!


Hike at Oak Ridges Trail

Looking to do a little hiking?

The Oak Ridges Trail is a simple hike that loops around Bond Lake, and it offers up gorgeous, scenic views you wouldn’t expect to see in suburbia.

You can access the trail year-round, but I personally think it’s the most beautiful during the fall with all the leaves changing!

There are also some abandoned buildings along the trail, which is pretty cool for photos.

LOCATION: Oak Ridges Trail, Richmond Hill, ON | Website


Golf at the Richmond Hill Golf Club

Golfing is a safe and socially-distant activity you can do with all your friends.

Try your hand at golfing at the Richmond Hill Golf Club, and see who’s the better golfer!

Rates range from $60 to $112 depending on the dates and times you visit, and equipment rentals are extra.

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Also, if you visit during in-season weekends, you can get free breakfast before 10:30 AM, which is pretty sweet.

LOCATION: 8755 Bathurst St, Richmond Hill, ON | Website


Flowers at Richmond Green in Richmond Hill

Stroll through Richmond Green

Richmond Green is definitely the most beautiful park in Richmond Hill, and it’s literally gorgeous all year-round.

There’s even a little waterfall in the park, and plenty of gazebos you can have a picnic lunch in.

Visit during spring to check out the fresh blooms and stop by during the fall to peep out all the autumn foliage!

They host all kinds of events here, from Canada Day to Ribfest, where you can enjoy all of the carnival things like great food and rides.

I used to visit every year in high school with my friends!

If you’re visiting in the wintertime, you can also bring a pair of skates and do some skating here.

LOCATION: 1300 Elgin Mills Rd East, Richmond Hill, ON | Website


Sunset at Lake Wilcox in Richmond Hill, Ontario

Picnic at Wilcox Lake

Fancy a little sunset watching and picnicking?

Pack along a picnic dinner and watch the sunset over Wilcox Lake, or even do some fishing or canoeing.

You can also skate over the frozen lake during the winter, but be super careful!

LOCATION: 55 Olde Bayview Ave, Richmond Hill, ON | Website


Gaze at the stars at David Dunlap Observatory

In the mood to go star gazing?

The David Dunlap Observatory is a heritage site in Richmond Hill, and it’s definitely one of the coolest and most unique things to do in town.

The giant telescope here is actually the largest in all of Canada!

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The building itself is also pretty Instagram-worthy if you’re looking for that.

LOCATION: 225 East Beaver Creek Road, Richmond Hill, ON | Website


See a performance at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts

The Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts is where you’ll find all the live shows and performances.

I watched shows here back in elementary school, and I even volunteered here for Rogers TV once in high school.

Whether you’re looking for concerts or stage performances, here’s where you’ll find it in Richmond Hill!

It’s located right along Yonge Street, which is sort of the “downtown” of Richmond Hill!

LOCATION: 10268 Yonge St, Richmond Hill, ON | Website


Read at the Richmond Hill Library

The library is just down the street from the performing arts centre, located right at Yonge & Major Mackenzie.

Borrow a book and spend a couple of hours reading, or just get some creative work done in a quiet space!

It’s a great spot to just relax and chill if you’re looking to get outside of the house and do something.

There’s free wi-fi here, so there’s that 😛

LOCATION: 1 Atkinson St, Richmond Hill, ON | Website


Watch a movie at SilverCity

Instead of just watching Netflix at home, it’s sometimes just more fun watching movies on the big screen with some overpriced popcorn!

Watching movies at SilverCity used to be the “it” weekend activity when I was growing up, because there really wasn’t much else to do.

I remember coming here as a kid and playing all the arcade games before heading into the theatre!

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Aside from Laser Quest and Putting Edge, this is where all the kids had their birthday parties.

LOCATION: 8725 Yonge St, Richmond Hill, ON | Website


Fun things to do in Richmond Hill:

  1. Food hop at the Street Eats Market
  2. Shop local at the Hillcrest Farmer’s Market
  3. Grab bubble tea
  4. Go thrift shopping
  5. Hike at Oak Ridges Trail
  6. Golf at the Richmond Hill Golf Club
  7. Stroll through Richmond Green
  8. Picnic at Wilcox Lake
  9. Gaze at the stars at David Dunlap Observatory
  10. See a performance at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts
  11. Read at the Richmond Hill Library
  12. Watch a movie at SilverCity

These were some of the best and most fun things to do in Richmond Hill – hopefully you found something that caught your internet!

Have you done any of these activities? What are the most fun things to do in Richmond Hill in your opinion? Let me know on Twitter or Instagram!

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