Toronto is overflowing with things to see and do — and many attractions offer free or discounted admission.
- Of course, it’s free to roam around Toronto’s neighbourhoods, such as Chinatown, Kensington Market, St. Lawrence Market, The Beach, Bloor-Yorkville, Harbourfront, The Village, Little Italy, Gerrard India Bazaar, etc., plus the subterranean Toronto PATH.
- The permanent collection of the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) is free on Wednesdays from 6 to 8:30 PM (regular prices: $19.50 for adults, $16 for seniors).
- The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) offers discounted admission ($10 for adults, $9 for seniors) to its permanent collection on Fridays from 4:30 to 8:30 PM (regular prices: $16 for adults, $14.50 for seniors).
- Save 15% off CN Tower general admission (regular prices: $32 for adults, $28 for seniors) by buying tickets online at least 24 hours in advance. CN Tower also has discounted rates for CAA/AAA and Air Miles members.
- T.O.TIX, located at Yonge-Dundas Square, sells half-price and discounted theatre tickets, as well as full-price and discounted advance tickets. (Matinee tickets are sold the day before.) Options include theatre, dance, opera, concerts, comedy, sporting events, and more. (Discounts are great, but take our advice: if there’s a show you really want to see, don’t risk missing out — buy regular-price tickets well in advance of your trip.)
- The Textile Museum of Canada offers pay-what-you-can admission on Wednesdays from 5 to 8 PM (regular prices: $15 for adults, $10 for seniors).
- The Bata Shoe Museum has pay-what-you-can admission every Thursday from 5 to 8 PM (regular prices: $14 for adults, $12 for seniors).
- The Gardiner Museum offers half-price admission on Fridays from 4 to 9 PM (regular prices: $12 for adults, $8 for seniors).
- Pay regular admission at the Museum of Inuit Art ($5 for adults, $3 for seniors), and get two-for-one admission at the Bata Shoe Museum (see above), the Gardiner Museum (see above), and the Design Exchange (regular prices: $10 for adults, $8 for seniors). This offer is valid for seven days, including the day of purchase.
- Another option is the Toronto CityPASS, which includes admission to the CN Tower (and Tower Experience), ROM, Casa Loma, Toronto Zoo, and Ontario Science Centre. (If you visit all five, you’d save over 40%.)
- The CBC Museum is always free (closed on weekends).
Ryerson University’s Ryerson Image Centre is always free (closed on Mondays).