The High Park is an ancient beautiful natural preserve that offers a pond, wooded areas, trails, open picnic areas and numerous recreational facilities for the entire family. Baseball, swimming, skating, and tennis are just some of the activities that families or groups of friends can indulge in and bond over. You can also watch a play at the outdoor theatre during the annual Dream in High Park, tour the greenhouse, or visit the park's zoo. Each of the attractions has its own specific phone number and opening hours.
Riverdale Park East is a great place to escape to, if you wish for some fresh air to breathe without leaving the city. This park area makes for a great day out with friends or family as there are a gamut of activities for everyone to pick from. Sports enthusiasts can enjoy a game of baseball or football, while kids can run around at the playground. The ice rink is ideal for skating as well as ice hockey, while a swim in the outdoor pool is quite refreshing. All this activity is bound to leave you hungry; lay down for a meal in their picnic spot, and take a small hike along one of their many trails.
Toronto Parks run the Allan Gardens, one of the oldest parks in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. This park area consists of a greenhouse, a playground and two fenced areas for unleashed dogs. The sections in the greenhouse are the Tropical House that has a waterwheel, rain tropical plants and exotic flowering plants. The Cool House has a waterfall, pond and citrus trees. The Palm House has bananas, bamboo, Screw Pine and the Cactus House. The garden is open all year round. Shows begin on the first Sunday of December when the garden has wagon rides, carolers, stands selling apple cider and cookies and the shows go on till end December. Spring brings in the blossoming season for several plants in the Cool House during Easter. The Fall show is held in the first weekend of November. Allan Gardens is a favorite spot for events like weddings and other celebrations.
Trinity Bellwoods Park has something for everyone. However, the most important feature of the park is the presence of white squirrels. The White squirrel is an albino squirrel that is found amid the trees of the park. There are the eight outdoor tennis courts, as well as the outdoor skating rink, among other things. For the children, there is a playground, as well as a wading pool to entertain them. The pet-owners will not be left disappointed either, for the park has an area known as the dog bowl, which is a leash-free zone. The park is also the site for many cultural events, including live theater & book fairs.
Getting to this amusement park on Centre Island (one of the Toronto Islands) is almost as exciting as the park itself. The only way to arrive is by the Centre Island Ferry, which leaves from Bay Street and Queen's Quay every 15 minutes (schedule varies seasonally). Once on the island, you'll find over 30 rides and games for all ages, including a log ride, Ferris wheel, and miniature golf.
Located in the Beaches area, the Ashbridge's Bay Park is one of the most beautiful outdoor spaces within the city limits. Known for its beaches and boardwalk, this is the place summertime was made for. Walk along the waterfront and enjoy the scenic view. You can sunbathe on the beach or take a dip in the lake. You'll also find in-line skaters, joggers and cyclists along the winding Martin Goodman Trail. Facilities include a fully accessible washroom, drinking fountain, fire-pits and picnic areas. There is a public boat launch and plenty of parking available.