Top Five Indoor Activities in Toronto

Posted by Sophie Morgan on December 18, 2018

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The Canadian winter months can sometimes feel quite long, especially when the weather outside isn’t so delightful. Thankfully, there are a ton of wonderful indoor activities in Toronto that are perfect for when you need a break from the ice and snow.

In this #YUBlog post, I’ll be sharing my top five indoor activities to do in the city for all of you looking to enjoy an exciting day indoors. If you’ve missed the previous installment of this series, be sure to visit our “Top Five Outdoor Activities in Toronto” post for even more activities to explore!

Did you know? The York Federation of Students (YFS) offers a lot of student discounts for on and off-campus events, so be sure to check out the YFS events webpage!

Visit Allan Gardens Conservatory

A photo of the inside of a botanical garden.
Visiting a botanical garden is a great way to escape the cold winter months.

This indoor botanical garden is the perfect location if you’re looking for a break from the cold! The Allan Gardens Conservatory is home to six greenhouses, including two Tropical Houses and a Palm House full of palms, bananas and tropical vines. For a brief summer escape, I definitely recommend this destination!

Watch a Comedy Show

A photo of a line of microphones on a stage.
Attending a comedy show is a great way to wind down after a long day.

There’s no better way to relax than with a good old-fashioned laugh with your friends and family. Luckily, Toronto is home to several amazing comedy houses, including Second City, Absolute Comedy and more!

Did you know? YFS offers a student discount for Second City comedy shows.

Get Active

A photo of a woman in an archery range.
There are so many ways to stay physically active this winter season!

It can sometimes be difficult to get in your daily exercise during the winter months, so why not check out Battle Sports, a sports entertainment arena? You can also turn to York University’s Campus Recreation services and facilities where you can take advantage of a student gym membership or join intramurals. You can even go skating or swimming, or attend a specialty class!

It’s important to note that York U’s gym, the Tait McKenzie Centre, will be closed from December 22 to January 2 and the Tait McKenzie Centre Pool will be closed from December 14 to January 2.

Did you know? YFS offers a student discount for Battle Sports.

Visit Ripley’s Aquarium

A photo of two yellow fish swimming near coral.
You can explore the heart of downtown Toronto during your trip to Ripley’s.

You can view fascinating marine life right in the heart of Toronto at Ripley’s Aquarium. Here you’ll find all sorts of aquatic animals across many galleries that showcase jellyfish, stingrays, sharks and more! You can also check out the Ripley’s Aquarium groups and events webpage if you’re looking for a night out under the sea.

Did you know? You can get 10% off the General Admission ticket price if you present your Presto Card at the time of your purchase!

Visit Snakes & Lattes

A photo of people playing board games.
Snakes & Lattes has hundreds of board games for you to choose from!

One of my favourite ways to wind down after a busy term or a long week of classes is to visit Snakes & Lattes, a board game café with several locations around the city. I find this to be the perfect place to relax with a group of friends in a fun, relaxing atmosphere while playing board games and snacking on café food. I also highly recommend their Nutella latte!

If you’re looking for even more indoor events, be sure to check out Narcity’s article, “17 Indoor Activities You Can Do Around Toronto if You Hate the Cold.”

You now have a complete list of indoor and outdoor activities to enjoy this winter season in Toronto! I hope that each of these events has inspired you to explore the sights and festivities that the city has to offer.

If you have any questions about any of the destinations mentioned above, please comment below or tweet us at @YorkUStudents!

Sophie Morgan
Sophie Morgan

Sophie Morgan is a second-year Professional Writing and French Studies double major at York U. She is an avid writer, a baking enthusiast and a full-time cat-sitter. She hopes that her posts will inform and inspire both prospective and current York U students!

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