Free Outdoor Places

 

UPDATED! I have put together a list of FREE Outdoor Parks, Splash Pads, Beaches, Farms & Zoos. Please note that some places may charge for parking. I chose the most unique looking parks and splash pads to list. Some of them I have not yet visited but I plan to take my children to as many as I can.  If you are going to plan a beach visit, make sure to check online that it is safe to swim. I hope you enjoy and save lots and lots of money while still having a great time with your kids.


 

**FREE PUBLIC PARKS & SPLASH PADS**

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*MEANDER PARK (Richmond Hill)
Alpaca Drive (Jefferson Side Road & Bathurst)

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Playground
Zip lining
Picnic Area

http://www.richmondhill.ca/subpage.asp?pageid=parks_list

 

*ROUGE CREST PARK (Richmond Hill)
147 Rothbury Road

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Unique enclosed 4 story play structure on a foam bottom.
Small playground for little kids.
Hammocks
Splash Pad
Basketball Court

https://m.yelp.ca/biz/rouge-crest-park-richmond-hill

 

*LAKE WILCOX PARK (Richmond Hill)
13292 Bayview Avenue

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This park has a large playground with a foam bottom.
There is also a splash pad.
Lots of picnic areas
Public bathrooms on site.

The park is located on the lake front. You can view the beach but the water is unsafe to swim in.

http://www.richmondhill.ca/subpage.asp?pageid=lake_wilcox_park

 

 

*KIDSTOWN WATER PARK (Scarborough)
3159 Birchmound Road

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Kidstown is the only water park operated by the City of Toronto.
It is one of Scarborough’s most popular outdoor aquatic facilities for preschool and grade school children. It offers a variety of water features, including a tipping bucket, spray rings, squirting aquatic animals, a slide, wading pool, splash pad and so much more.
Playground on on site.

416 396-8325
http://www1.toronto.ca/parks/prd/facilities/complex/352/

 

*EARL BALES PARK (North York)
4169 Bathurst Street

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2 playgrounds
Splash pad
Walking and bike trails
Picnic areas
Fire pits

http://www1.toronto.ca/parks/prd/facilities/complex/337/index.htm

 

*JAMIE BELL ADVENTURE PARK (Toronto)
High Park Blvd.
(Entrance from Parkside Ave.)

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Jamie Bell Adventure Park is located by the Duck Pond, close to the High Park Blvd. entrance from Parkside Ave.
FREE Zoo & Wading Pool

http://highparktoronto.com/playground.php

 

*KEW GARDENS (Toronto)
2075 Queen St East

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Fun large tree house style playground
Wading Pool
Short walk to the beach

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kew_Gardens_(Toronto)

 

*CORKTOWN COMMON PLAYGROUND (Toronto)

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Cool playground
Very high slide,
Sheltered pavilion
Splash Pad

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corktown_Common

 

*LITTLE NORWAY PARK (Toronto)
Bathurst Street and Queens Quay

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Wading pool,
children’s unique playground
many walking paths through gardens.

http://www1.toronto.ca/parks/prd/facilities/complex/128/index.htm

 

*DUFFERIN GROVE PARK (Toronto)

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The Wading pool
The Sandpit
an oval of sand about 20 feet wide by 40 feet long, ringed by big wooden logs. It was put into the park in 1993.
Playground

http://dufferinpark.ca/play/wiki/wiki.php

 

*NESHAMA PLAYGROUND/ORIOLE PARK (Toronto)
Chaplain Crescent
Near Davisville and Yonge

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Saucer Swing
Large musical chimes
Spider web spinner that moves in circles
Water table
Splash Pad

http://wx.toronto.ca/inter/it/newsrel.nsf/11476e3d3711f56e85256616006b891f/b6f7cd1c7c8fb02585257a44003ee64b

 

*WITHROW PARK (Toronto)
Carlaw (Major Intersection: South of Danforth at Carlaw)

Withrow Park

Ball diamonds
Sports field,
Two outdoor tennis courts
Volleyball court
Dog off-leash area
Wading pool
Children’s playground
Sandbox

http://www1.toronto.ca/parks/prd/facilities/complex/306/

 

*MONARCH PARK  (Toronto)
115 Felstead Avenue

Monarch Park outdoor pool

Swimmimg Pool with water slide
Wading Pool
Playground
Off-leash dog park

http://www1.toronto.ca/parks/prd/facilities/complex/145/

 

*VALLEYRIDGE PARK (Oakville)
2524 Valleyridge Drive

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Soccer Field
Playground
Splashpad

http://www.oakville.com/directory/parks/valleyridge-park

 

*PIER 4 PARK (Hamilton)
64 Leander Drive

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There’s an 80-foot tugboat play structure that is oriented to provide children with a full view of the water.
Playground
Splash Pad
Marina
Picnic area

http://www.hamilton.ca/parks-recreation/parks-trails-and-beaches/parks-listing

 

*EXHIBITION PARK (Guelph)
70 Division Street

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Playground with unique design
Wading pool
Tennis Courts
Soccer field
Baseball fields

http://guelph.ca/exhibition-park/

 

*LAKEFRONT PROMENADE PARK (Mississauga)
800 Lakefront Promenade (off of Lakeshore Road East, east of Cawthra Road)

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Boardwalk
Marina
Walking Trails
Playground
Splash pad
Fishing areas
Licensed out door patio and grill.

http://www.mississauga.ca/portal/residents/parks?paf_gear_id=9700018&itemId=300020

 

*CHINGUACOUSY PARK (Brampton)
9050 Bramalea Road
Central Park Drive & Queen Street East

Chinguacousy Park

Free Admission
Free Parking (​500 parking spaces on site)
Picnic areas
Beach Volleyball Courts
Tennis Courts
​Tropical Gardens/Greenhouse
Playground: FREE
Splash Pad: FREE
Barn Walkthrough: FREE
Petting Zoo: $1 per person
Mini Golf: $3.90 per person
Paddle Boats: $9 for 30 minutes
Merry Go Round: $3 per person
Train Rides: $5 per person

http://www.brampton.ca/en/residents/Community-Centres/DMG-Chinguacousy-Park/Pages/Welcome.aspx

 

*ROCKET SHIP PARK (Whitby)
Twin Streams Road

Rocket Ship Park

(Personal Photo: Courtesy of Entertain Kids reader Colleen Morris)

Playground
Soccer Field
Basketball Court
Splash Pad

*Personal photo by Colleen Morris

https://m.facebook.com/profile.php?id=209264309111580&refsrc=http%3A%2F%2Fca.search.yahoo.com%2Fsearch%3B_ylt%3DA2KLj9GofNRTO18AwSTtFAx.&_rdr

 

*MADOC SKATEPARK (Madoc/Near Bellville)
11379 Highway #62, RR#5

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•Large skate park
•Junior skate park for beginner levels
•3 Level high playground
•Splashpad
•Skateboards, helmets, and bikes are available to rent

http://www.ruralroutes.com/5184.html

 

*THE ROC (Keswick)
26479 Civic Centre Road

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Free Amenities
Basketball Courts
Beach Volleyball
Bike Park
Nature Trails
Tennis Courts
Playground
Splash Pad
Pioneer Village

Added Costs
Rock Climbing
Zipline
High Ropes

http://www.georginaroc.ca/pricing.aspx

 

*SUNSET PARK (Collingwood)
A Huron Street

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Lakefront View
Playground: Enviro-park
Volleyball courts
Access to waterfront trails
Washroom facilities
http://www.collingwood.ca/parks/descriptions

 

*RIVERDALE ADVENTURE PARK (Alliston)
Fletcher Crescent

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Adventure Playground
Splash Pad
Forest Trails
Picnic Area

http://newtecumseth.ca/residents/parks-recreation/pools-parks-playgrounds/

 

*CANTARA PARK (Sarnia)
1200 Lake Chipican Drive

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Beach
Swimming
Playground
Animal Farm
Work out stations
Choo choo train ($2 per person or $5 for a family of four)
Picnic Tables

http://www.sarnia.ca/things-to-do/parks-trails-and-gardens/canatara-park

 


 

**PUBLIC BEACHES**

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*INNISFIL BEACH (Innisfil, ON)

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Free admission
Parking:
$3 per hour for parking
$15 per full day for parking
Kids playground
Picnic benches
Public washrooms
No Dogs

http://www.innisfil.ca/i-want/contact-town-general-concern

 

*CENTENNIAL BEACH (Barrie, ON)
65 Lakeshore Drive

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Features: Sandy beach, Lifeguard, Washrooms, Accessible playground, Mini golf, Beach volleyball, Food concession, Parking lot, Walking distance to downtown, Paved 4-season multiuse recreation trail that is part of the Waterfront Trail and the Trans Canada Trail, Dogs are not permitted on waterfront parks.

http://www.barrie.ca/Living/RecreationFacilities/Pages/Beaches.aspx

 

*J,B. TUDHOPE PARK (Orillia)
450 Atherly Road

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Accessible playground
Splash pad
Swimming beach
Beach volleyball courts
2 lit baseball diamonds
Flower gardens
Picnic tables
Trail
Washrooms and fountains

http://www.ontarioslakecountry.com/listing/jb-tudhope-park#sthash.1fT6zplG.dpuf

 

*COUCHICHING BEACH (Orillia)
140 Canice Street

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Playground
Swimming beach
Icecream Store
Mini Train Rides (There is a small fee for the train)
Trail

http://www.orillia.ca/en/livinginorillia/communityparks.asp

 

*BLUE WATER PARK (Wiarton)
402 William Street

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•Camp ground
•Picnic area
•Outdoor swimming pool
•Beach
•Playground
•Trails
•Historic train station

http://www.touristtown.ca/mobile/listingdetail.html?listing_id=1064&category=75&parent=5&cat=Things%20to%20Do&subcat=Wi-Fi%20Available®ion=6

 

*ROGERS COVE (Peterborough)
131 Maria Street

Lifeguards at Beach

•Trans Canada Trail
•Playground structure
•Washroom facilities
•Splash Pad
•Supervised Beach (in the summer)

http://www.peterborough.ca/Living/Recreation/Peterborough_Parks/Rogers_Cove.htm

 

*COBOURG BEACH (Cobourg)

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Kids Playground
Splash pad
Board walk
Free Parking on Side Streets on Weekends

http://www.cobourgtourism.ca/index.html?devicelock=desktop

 

*RIVERSIDE PARK (Guelph)
709 Woolwich Street

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Children’s playground
Antique carousel (extra charge)
Pedal Boats (extra charge)
Miniature train rides (extra charge)
Horse pits
Giant chess/checker game
Sand beach area
Trails
3 baseball diamond
Picnic shelters

http://guelph.ca/seasonal/rides-at-riverside-park-carousel-miniature-train-and-paddle-boats/

 

*BEACHWAY PARK AND PAVILLION (Burlington)

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The Beachway Park Pavilion and multi-use trails provide a 2 km route from Spencer Smith Park to the canal. The pavilion provides change rooms, outdoor showers, seasonal concession facilities featuring the Snack Shack and year round washrooms. Amenities at the beach include the pavilion, parking, a pay phone, a playground, and lots of sun, sand, and water.

www.cms.burlington.ca

 

*LAKESIDE PARK (St. Catherine’s)
1 Lakeport Road

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Heritage Carousel (5 cents per ride)
1,500 feet of sandy beach
Picnic area,
Concessions
Playground
Dressing area and washroom

http://www.stcatharines.ca/en/

 

*BEACHFRONT PARK & MILLENNIUM SQUARE (Pickering, ON)
Southern end of Liverpool Road or Alex Robertson Park at the southern end of Sandy Beach Road.

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Splash pad play area
Children’s Park
(9:00am-9:00 pm, weather permitting)
2 beach volleyball courts
(nets hung daily during summer months)
Swimming Allowed
Public washrooms (9am-9pm)

http://www.pickering.ca/en/discovering/beachfrontparkmillenniumsquare.asp

 

**To find out if the lakes are safe to swim in, go to www.theswimguide.org and in the search box type in the name of the beach.


 

**FARMS & ZOOS**

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*RIVERDALE FARM (Toronto)
201 Winchester Street

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This park features: Historic working farm, scenic pathways, programs and seasonal events, pig and poultry barn, historic Francey Barn, Simpson House, Meeting House, the “Residence”, Old Zoo Ruins.

http://www1.toronto.ca/wps/portal/contentonly?vgnextoid=a4f8dada600f0410VgnVCM10000071d60f89RCRD

 

*LIONEL’S FARM (Stouffville)
11714 McCowan Road

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Some of the animals that can be seen or touched are sheep, goats, pigs, cow, donkeys ponies, deer, llama, alpaca, rabbits, chickens, ducks, geese, turkeys, pigeons, pheasants, peacocks, and a various times throughout the year, many will have babies by their side. Our animals are curious and friendly and are a big hit with kids of all ages.
You can bring your own food to feed the animals: mini carrots, cut celery, lettuce, and/or bread.

Update: Lionel’s Farm is now $2 Per Person

http://www.lionelsfarm.com/petting-zoo/

 

*PINE FARMS ORCHARD (King City)
2700, 16th Sideroad

Pine Farms

This is my favourite place to pick apples. They have a small park, a few little animals, and a store filled with the tastiest food.
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Pine-Farms-Orchard/176480305709285?fref=photo

 

*WATSONS FARM (Bowmanville)
2287 Regional Hwy 2

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Small Place
Tractor to climb on
Hay Jump
Teepee
Slide
Wagon Rides are offered during strawberry or apple picking seasons

http://www.watsonfarms.ca/

 

*FARMER’S PANTRY (Collingwood)
788030 Grey 13 Road

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There are animals that you can feed grass to from outside the fences.
To enter the property and feed the animals is free, but if you want to mini golf and go into their cages then it is $7 per person or $25 for a family of four.
There is rapsberry picking in the summer and apple picking in the fall.

http://www.farmerspantry.com

 

*THE BIG APPLE (Colborne, ON)
Off highway 401 at exit #497

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Picnic Grounds
Train Rides
Shuffle board, Bocce Ball & Ping Pong Tables
Mini Putt Golf
Large Apple Observatory
Animal Land (Chickens, Goats, Donkeys, Rabbits)
Country Store & Restaurant full of food and baked goods

http://www.thebigapple.ca/petting_zoo.asp

 

*RIVERVIEW PARK & ZOO (Peterborough)
1230 Water Street

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The zoo features 27 exhibits, with over 48 species, including Yak, Camel, Wallaby, Emu, Macaw, Squirrel Monkey, Cougar, Plated Lizard, Meerkat and more!
The park covers 55.5 acres and is the largest and most diversified playground in the city. It also features equipment for physically-challenged children.
With a splash pad, frisbee golf course, walking trails, a miniature train ride, and beautiful gardens we have something for everyone.

http://www.peterboroughutilities.ca/Park_and_Zoo.htm

 

*THE DUTCH MILL (Dundas)
533 Millgrove Road Side Road

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There is a giant market that carried everything and a restaurant on site.
Free Petting Zoo
Free Park

http://www.thedutchmill.ca

 

*HAPPY ROLPH’S ANIMAL FARM (St. Catherine’s)
650 Read Road
(Corner of Read Rd. and Northrup)

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Animal viewing area
Large playground
Picnic area and pavilion
9/11 Memorial Walkway Trail
The animals will be at Happy Rolph’s from Victoria Day weekend until Thanksgiving weekend.

http://www.stcatharines.ca/en/playin/HappyRolphs.asp