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Everyone needs a vacation at some point. It is healthy to take a break and have a breather from work and responsibilities. According to, there are great benefits to taking a vacation including better sleep and lower stress. However, if physically travelling to another destination is not financially feasible or logistically possible, there are many cool things happening in our own Liberty Village backyard.

Medieval Times

Cheer on your team’s knight, marvel at the beautiful horses, and enjoy a feast fit for a King at Medieval Times. Photo taken by Meg Marshall.

For over 20 years, Medieval Times located at 10 Dufferin St (over by Dufferin and Liberty Streets), has operated Canada’s only location. It is a two hour performance taking us back in time to the Medieval era. Beautifully trained horses, skillful knights and a neat Kingdom story, are all part of the show. A feast is served and requires guests to eat with their hands. Lots of loud cheering is required to provide encouragement for the Knights as they play in a tournament of games. Medieval Times is suitable for all ages and operates all year long. Visit them online on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

MZTV Museum

This TV is just one of many amazing pieces on display at the MZTV Museum. Photo taken by Meg Marshall.

Who knew that one of the most extensive collections of televisions was right here in our neighbourhood? It is the personal collection of Moses Znaimer, founder and creator of City TV and Zoomerplex. Expect to be awed and intrigued by the unique pieces in the museum including a TV once belonging to Marilyn Monroe, and a set made from lucite. A gem of a tour not to be missed for everyone of all ages. The MZTV Museum is located within The Zoomerplex complex at 64 Jefferson Ave. Visit The MZTV Museum online, on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to learn more about how to book a tour.

Explore Exhibition Grounds

Take a stroll through Exhibition Grounds and take in the architectural beauty of the buildings. Photo courtesy of Toronto Tourism Guide.

Exhibition Place is an amazing hub. Most notably known for key events held throughout the year like the CNE, the One of a Kind Show, and the Royal Winter Fair just to name a few. It is also the venue of many other great conventions and events throughout the year so be sure to constantly check their programming. During the nice weather, take a walk around Princess Gates and see the beautiful gardens.

Go for a Horse Back Riding Lesson

The bond between horse and rider is something that needs to be experienced, but you don’t have to go to the country to get it! Visit the The Riding Academy. Photo taken by Meg Marshall.

City dwellers that want to learn how to ride a horse don’t have to travel to the country. The Riding Academy, operated by the same owners as Sunnybrook Stables, have a riding stable located on Exhibition Grounds. It caters to riders of all levels with extremely well trained horses and instructors. The bond between horses and riders is very special and is something they can only be explained once it has been experienced. To learn more, visit The Horse Academy online, or on Facebook.

Catch a Concert

August 29 2009- Virgin Festival 09 held on the weekend in the Molson Amphitheatre at Ontario Place. Fans sit on the grass in the late afternoon to watch the show. (DAVID COOPER / TORONTO STAR)dac

The newly renamed Budweiser Stage (formerly Molson Amphitheater) plays host to many concerts throughout the summer months. With the location so close to Liberty Village, it is easy access to and from the venue so all of the parking woes can be avoided. And with our abundance of restaurant and patio options, catching a bite pre and post concert is never a problem. Acts such as John Legend, Jack Johnson, Green Day and Kings of Leon will all be playing at the Budweiser Stage. Check here for the full schedule.

Cheer on a Sports Team

Get the live experience by attending a sports game over at BMO Field to cheer on The Toronto Argos or Toronto FC. Photo courtesy of Meg Marshall.

Between Ricoh Coliseum, BMO Field, and Lamport Stadium, these venues are home to 4 of Toronto’s sports teams. Both the Toronto Argos and Toronto FC play out of BMO Field. The Toronto Marlies play at the Ricoh Coliseum (and tickets are much more attainable than trying to get them to a Maple Leaf game). Lastly, Canada’s first transatlantic sports team, The Toronto Wolfpack will be playing their inaugural season out of Lamport Stadium.

While many of these suggestions listed in this article are things we can do at any point, even when we are working, it is also just as easy to brush them aside. When on a staycation, it allows us to truly explore what great things are around us and be tourists in our own neighbourhood.

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Meg Marshall
A city gal at heart but with a soft spot for the country. If not out shopping for the next coveted fashion piece or checking out one of Toronto's delicious eateries, Meg can be found riding her horses.

Meg Marshall

A city gal at heart but with a soft spot for the country. If not out shopping for the next coveted fashion piece or checking out one of Toronto's delicious eateries, Meg can be found riding her horses.

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