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10 Places You Should Explore In Downtown Toronto

New to Toronto? Have some spare time between classes? Here are some cool places to check out! Written by Jessica Lam on behalf of RU Student Life. Cover photo from one of your fellow RAMILY - @rizki_robillard on Instagram.

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1. Yonge-Dundas Square

You pass by Yonge-Dundas Square all the time, but have you ever taken the time to sit down at the "Make Out Here" bench? Occasionally, you might even find the Toronto Batman...

2. Graffiti Alley

For all you artsy folks, head a 'lil south of the Queen and Spadina intersection and you'll find Graffiti Alley. If you head even more west to West Queen West, you'll find a lot, lot, lot, lot more graffiti...

3. Distillery District

If you love the look of historic buildings, pay a visit to the Distillery District. You can even pretend to be a tourist and take a segway tour. Also, don't forget to try the AMAZING red velvet macaroons at Brick Street Bakery.

4. High Park

High Park is the largest park in Toronto. If you're looking for a cute date place, this is it. There's a hiking trail (for you adventurers), a waterfront, and a zoo (with free admission!). To get there, all you gotta do is take the green line west and get off at High Park Station.

5. Kensington Market

Kensington Market is the cool, vintage-y part of the city. Check out all the vintage shops, have a coffee, and enjoy the urban scenery.

6. Harbourfront

Get a really pretty view of Lake Ontario. Don't forget your sunglasses.

7. Toronto Islands

Summer may be over, but that doesn't mean you can't visit the Toronto Islands anymore. Pay a small fee for the ferry, then have a nice picnic or just explore the island.

8. The Beaches

You probably won't want to swim in Lake Ontario (especially in this weather), but you can still have bonfires or just chill out in the sand!

9. ROM and AGO

Take advantage of student discounted tickets and check out the Royal Ontario Museum and the Art Gallery of Ontario. Just don't touch anything you're not supposed to.

10. CN Tower

Don't even lie, you've taken photos of the CN Tower, whether it be photos of the skyline or photos up-close. Why not try the 360 Restaurant at the top of the tower? The food is crazy expensive, but at least you get a gorgeous view of the city (totally worth it)... If you're a thrill-seeker, try out the Edge Walk at the CN Tower.