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Things to do in Oshawa this summer

By Krista Holder

It's that time of year! Summer is the time to kick back, rejuvenate and have fun. Some of us are staying in Oshawa for the summer months, and if that’s you, you might be wondering "what on earth am I going to do here this summer?" If you're looking for something to do on your dull days, you have come to the right place! Here is a guide of activities in Oshawa you can do all summer long.

Geocaching

What is Geocaching, you may ask? In a nutshell, Geocaching is an outdoor treasure hunt that happens all around the world. To play, participants download the Geocaching app and/or a GPS device to search for geocaches and to navigate cleverly hidden containers called geocaches. Once you find a geocache, open it up and sign the logbook. You may also discover some trade or swag items (small toys, keychains, and trinkets) inside the geocache. Searching for these little gems around the city can make for an exciting adventure.

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Tree-top trekking

Treetop Eco-Adventure Park

The Treetop Eco-Adventure Park is a zip line and aerial park. The park has 5 zip lines and 60 treetop obstacle courses. Channel your inner Tarzan or Indiana Jones on the high ropes suspension bridges, swinging ropes, barrels and log swings. Treetop eco-adventure Park also offers Ontario tech, Durham College and Trent students a 10% discount! What a deal!

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Strawberry picking

Linton’s Farm Market

Become a farmer for the day! Enjoy picking your own strawberries and raspberries at various farms all over the GTA. It's a great experience, and you will be supporting the local farmers when you buy directly from them, not to mention how fresh the produce will be. Check in ahead of time to make sure that the fruit that you’re looking for is in season.

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Hiking

Recreational Trails and Natural Areas in Oshawa

The benefits of hiking are endless. In Oshawa, there are many natural areas and hiking trails that are waiting to be explored. Go with a friend or go on an adventure by yourself, hiking is Great exercise, and it allows you to get in touch with nature.

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Escape room

Oshawa Escapes

Think you're great at solving puzzles and riddles? Well, an escape room might be the right activity for you. Go through the room and find the clues that could potentially lead to your escape. There are many scenario rooms that you can choose from like solving a murder, helping the innocent, or escape the crime scene before you get caught.  Grab a group of friends and see if you can escape the room on time.

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Archery

Archery 2 You

Ever dreamed of being in the hunger games? This is your chance to release your inner Katniss and try archery. This place offers you the opportunity to learn archery through lessons. Experience the thrill of playing archery tag and a chance to practice your developing skills with time on the archery range.

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Paintballing

Sector 57 Park

With 95 acres of uniquely themed playing fields, outdoor paintballing must be added on to your summer bucket list. Fight in a team or fight against others in the area. Blow some steam off from the school year and try paintballing.

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Board game café

Brew Wizards

Brew Wizards is the perfect place for some friendly competition with your friends. This board game café has close to 400 games for you to choose from, so there is definitely a game for everyone. Brew Wizards has 16 craft beers on tap and a wide variety of fair trade coffees, teas and select food items. This is a great hangout place for the summer months.

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Laser tag

Battle City Tactical Laser Combat

This is not your traditional laser tag. Battle City has futuristic military battle guns, realistic game-based missions and ultimate social user experience that will keep you wanting more. By merging innovating gaming concepts with powerful hardware and software, Battle City redefines thrill-seeking activities and creates a live gaming experience.

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Rollerblading

Coachlite Roller Gardens

Coachlite roller gardens have a state-of-the-art Roller Skating and Roller Blading facility. Beginners, intermediate or advanced skaters of all ages are welcome. Bring a friend or more for even more enjoyment. This roller rink also has a comprehensive range of Music so you can bop along while you skate.

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Botanical gardens

Oshawa Valley Botanical Garden

The Oshawa Valley Botanical Garden is a network of parks and gardens in Oshawa. With stunning gardens, architectural features, serene water features and winding pathways, the scenery of the Oshawa Valley Botanical Gardens is second to none. This is the best place to take your next Instagram banger.

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Art gallery

Robert McLaughlin Gallery

The Robert McLaughlin Gallery is a vibrant and engaging art gallery that is dedicated to sharing and protecting the stories of our communities through art, shared authority, education, and engagement. The gallery features a collection of work with five different galleries that are always changing. The gallery is a meeting place for exploration and experimentation, a place where art, artists, and the community come together.

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Go to the lake

Lakeview Park

Nestled along the shore of Lake Ontario, Lakeview Park is the perfect place to go on a Sunday afternoon. Lakeview Park has a beach, sports field, Community Park and more. Pick a day to go on a picnic and enjoy the clear blue sky.

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Bowling

Neb’s Fun World

Neb's Fun World has you covered for everything fun related. They have bowling, rides, virtual reality games, arcade games and More! This is the perfect one-stop shop for all of your entertainment needs.

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Parkwood Estate

Parkwood Estate

Travel back in time and immerse yourself in the beauty and history of this National Historic Site. Parkwood estate is one of Canada's last grand estates. Parkwood has daily site experiences, a variety of unique learning opportunities, and events.

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