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5 cost-effective things to do in Toronto

If you’re living your best life renting in Toronto, but want to stick to your budget, you don’t have to forgo having fun around the city. While “The Six” is famous for many major attractions, festivals and events – you can’t always afford to do it all.

See another side of the 416 by checking out some lesser known, but totally awesome, things to do in Toronto that won’t break the bank.

1. Enjoy some laughs at Bad Dog Comedy Theatre

Located in the trendy Bloor Street West neighbourhood, Bad Dog Comedy Theatre is a great place for affordable entertainment. Catch an improve show, interactive performances or some straight up comedy. Tickets range from 10 to 15 dollars – which is a steal for Toronto. The theatre is near Ossington station, so it’s easy to get to using the TTC.

2. Express yourself using the art of dance at Dance Life Studio

Dance Life Studio, located on the second floor at 593 Yonge Street (at Wellesley), offers drop-in adult dance classes for those who just want to move their body in a non-judgmental environment. You can pre-purchase classes that you can use for any of the drop-in classes available at the studio. Dance is a great form of exercise and the perfect way to express yourself. Many classes are taught at a beginner level, so there’s no need to be embarrassed if you’re trying it out for the first time. Drop-in for hip-hop, K-pop, jazz funk, R&B, and dancehall classes and more. Prices range from 12-17 dollars for one class to 200-280 dollars for 20 classes.

3. Reach for the stars with an astronomy tour at the U of T Planetarium

You can visit the whole universe without even leaving Toronto! The University of Toronto is proud to house the Dunlap Institute for Astronomy & Astrophysics. Visit the GeoDome Theater to see a show presented by a real astronomer. The GeoDome is equipped with a 4K digital projector and uses some of the best planetarium software available. Watch, learn and ask questions. Tickets can be purchased in advance online for the very affordable price of $10 per person.

4. Discover beauty and nature in Toronto at Guild Park

Whether you want to take a walking tour with your partner or explore the beautiful gardens in Guild Park solo, the park offers visitors a wide variety of events and activities. There are movie nights, theme parties and seasonal activities you can partake in with friends or as a fun date night activity! Get yearlong access for the low price of $10 or enter for free for a single visit. The park is located at 201 Guildwood Parkway, along the famous Scarborough Bluffs.

5. Get competitive at the Riddle Room

If you’re tired of staying home in your apartment every night, but have no desire (or the funds) to visit the trendy clubs and bars in the city, try something different at the Riddle Room at 579 Yonge Street. Enjoy the café – filled with more than 200 board games and video games available for your entertainment. They are free to use, as long as you’re a paying customer. If you want to take it to the next level, book a slot in one of the escape rooms! The escape rooms cost $20 on weekdays and $25 on the weekend.

If you rent in Toronto, or are thinking of renting in Toronto, you can enjoy these unique activities and places (and more) without cutting into your budget. There is something for everyone in the city, so get out an explore.

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