Free & Cheap Things to Do: The “Summer’s End” Edition

beachIt’s the last week of summer vacation, so head outside and explore Oshawa with your kids! Here are a few ways to wile away the hours before they’re back in school:

Lakeview Park Beach: Every kid deserves to spend a summer day at the beach, so grab the buckets and shovels and beat the heat with a dip Lake Ontario.  It’s free, there are chip and ice cream trucks nearby, and the beach is supervised by City of Oshawa lifeguards between 11:30 am and 6:30 pm, right up until September 7.

Oshawa Valley Botanical Gardens:  Winter is coming, folks.  And pretty soon, the master-planned gardens that flank the Oshawa Creek from Adelaide to Gibb Street will be slumbering under a foot (or two) of snow. Before they’re gone, take a walk or family bike ride through the gardens, past the water and architectural features, and make a stop for playtime at the children’s playgrounds along the way.

Parkwood Estate:  Explore the gracious grounds of Oshawa’s historical gem – there are sunken gardens, hidden paths and bubbling fountains to discover – plus entrance is free.  Tours of the Estate run daily for an additional fee.

Bike trails:   Hit the road on one of Oshawa’s bike trails for a family ride.  There are 27 kilometres of bike and walking trails to enjoy while the weather is still warm, including the Waterfront Trail and the Joseph Koldozie Oshawa Creek Trail.  Not a seasoned biker?  Read our etiquette guide to Oshawa’s bike trails before heading out.

How are you spending the last week of summer vacation?  Share in the comments!

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