Things to do in Newmarket
Newmarket is a small town located in the southern region of Ontario which was formed way back in 1853 by some farming communities. This little town is surrounded by beautiful cities all around its perimeter, which makes it a perfect getaway if you are looking to travel to more than one city. The famous cities around this place are Aurora in the south, Bradford in the northwest, and Uxbridge in the east.
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Newmarket also has a well functioning and comfortable Railway management system, and it will be a perfect way to get to see the Capital of Ontario, Toronto. The train ride from Newmarket to Toronto is just an hour long. Make sure you visit the wonderful place as well and check out our post on Toronto- Cool things to do in Toronto.
Now that we have talked about the neighboring cities of Newmarket, let’s talk about the town itself. Newmarket is a town that looks straight out of a fairytale. There isn’t anything that you can not find to enjoy while you are on your trip here. From beautiful parks to historical museums, from sports events to popular live events, this city has everything that will keep you on your toes while you are there.
So now let’s jump straight into the list and find out what are the top 10 things that you can do in Newmarket.
Fairy lake park
The first destination on our list is the famous Fairy Lake which is located right in the heart of the historic downtown Newmarket. Whether you are planning your trip with your friends, your family, or your loved one, this one place has every ingredient for a perfect trip.
This park offers a variety of interactive activities for you to choose from. There are playgrounds and picnic parks for you to enjoy a relaxing time. Apart from that the park also holds live events like music and dance etc. which is the most famous attraction among the residents.
Timings: the park is open all year round. The entry is free of charge.
Things to do: camp or go for a walk alongside the lake, go for a picnic, enjoy the local events, visit the Riverwalk Commons if you plan a day trip.
Elman W. Campbell Museum
If you are wondering that natural beauty is all there is to see in Newmarket, then you’re absolutely wrong. We bring you our second pick in the city of Newmarket, which is the Elman W. Campbell Museum. It is supposed to be the first museum in Newmarket and hence has a wide variety of exhibitions from their first settlements. It is a great place to visit and delve into the history of the town while also having fun. You’ll be surprised to know that there are models of railroads and various archives that will definitely leave you awestruck.
The museum also provides various groups and community programs which is a very nice way to meet and gel with the local residents. While you’re visiting the museum you can also check out the Sharon Temple National Historic Site which is located nearby and can easily be visited in a single day. You can rent a car which is the best way to explore the destinations.
Timings: Tuesday to Saturday 10 am to 12 noon and 1 pm to 4 pm.
Things to do: visit the archive, model railroad, and Changing displays. Attend
the community programs and the Fall Lecture Series. You can check out their latest events on their website here.
Newmarket’s Riverwalk Commons
Another major tourist attraction in the city of Newmarket is the infamous Riverwalk Commons. If you are wondering that this town is all about history then you’re wrong. There is so much cool stuff to do in Newmarket that it will blow your mind. The Newmarket Riverwalk Commons is one such area. This unique space provides its visitors everything, whatever your mood is, you go to the spot and everything will fall into place.
There is an outdoor stage that hosts a number of events all year long. There is also a water feature which is open in all seasons. In the summer months, you can go swimming and fishing whole in the winter months the water freezes and it becomes an ice skating rink. Apart from that, the area is full of scenic views and vibrant colors that will etch your memory for a lifetime.
This thriving cultural space has become one of the most famous attractions among the locals and tourists in the last few years. We recommend you to definitely check this place out.
Timings: Monday to Friday 9 am to 8 pm. Saturday 2 pm to 8 pm.
Things to do: attend a live event on the outdoor stage. Some of the major events include music in the park, Winter Wonderland, and moonlight movies. Go for a picnic in the park, go swimming and fishing. Enjoy ice skating in the winter.
Magna Centre is the most perfect recreational center for everyone in the family. It has almost every facility and so many vibrant programs for all ages and for every interest. If you want to spend a fun day out with your family then this is the place for you. From Olympic-sized skating rinks to large community pools, from multi-purpose rooms to Sports Hall of Fame, this wonderful place has so much to offer that you will want to visit this place again and again during your stay at Newmarket.
There are a lot of interactive activities that go on every season and we guarantee that you will have a time of your life here.
You can find out about their latest events and activities before explaining your itinerary so that you don’t miss out on all the fun. Check out their website here for more information.
Timings: Open all days from 8 m to 4 pm.
Things to do: enjoy various sporting activities, do skating, swim, and visit the Sports Hall of Fame.
Tom Taylor Trail
No matter what season you visit the city of Newmarket, you definitely need to check out the Tom Taylor Trail for the perfect dose of adventure. This trail is part of a much larger trial, the Nokiidaa Trail which runs through Aurora, Newmarket, and into East Gwillimbury. The part of it in the Newmarket is known as the Tom Taylor Trail and it is said to be the most well maintained and beautiful trail in the entire region.
The Newmarket region is entirely paved and runs along a really beautiful lake. This trail is perfect for all ages and the most amazing part of it is that the trail is not that hard. Anyone can try hiking in this area without any fear. If you are just a beginner then this is the perfect place for you to start. Meanwhile, it also has attractive activities for kids like cycling and walking, the terrain of which is super easy.
Timings: open all-day
Things to do: go for a hike, do cycling, biking, take a walk along the lake, click beautiful photos of the picturesque views.
Live Events in Newmarket
The town of Newmarket has the most vibrant cultural and recreational activities. It hosts so many events all around the year, in every season. From Halloween to Christmas, from movie nights to special events for kids, this place has everything and more based on your interests.
The most famous place where all these events are held in the Newmarket Riverwalk Commons, which we mentioned earlier. You can book the tickets in advance and you can also find the tickets on the spot. Some events are free of cost and there isn’t any requirement before entry.
We highly recommend you to pay a visit to one of the live events during your stay in the Newmarket.
Timings: the event calendar for the entire year is updated on their website beforehand and you can select the event of your choice before planning your trip. Check out their yearly events here.
Things to do: although all of the events are absolutely magnificent and a once-in-a-lifetime spectacle, we recommend that you make sure to catch a glimpse of the Music in the park held at Riverwalk Commons and the Winter Wonderland.
George Richardson Park
There is absolutely no shortage of beauty and wonder in this beautiful town of Newmarket. One such place to immerse yourself in the beauty of flora and fauna and take in some relaxing time in the wonderful park of George Richardson. This park is located on the banks of the river Holland, which makes it a perfect getaway from your blues. Apart from the unique wildlife species and plants, there is also a variety of trees and vegetation along the river trail.
You can go for a hike and trail along the river for scenic views of the city. The special feature of the park is that there are huge areas devoted especially to sports like baseball and soccer. So if you’re there with your hang, make sure to have a game and enjoy it to your fullest.
Timings: Open all days from 8 am to 11 pm.
Things to do: go for a picnic or camp along the riverside. Play sports with your friends, go hiking, and trail along the path.
You can find out various new activities and other adventures according to your interest on their website here.
If you have read our other posts about Canadian towns, you probably must be aware that the region is very famous for its Farmer’s Market which is settled up once a week. It is a famous attraction in almost every town of Ontario. The most unique part about the market is that all its products are homegrown and organic. They offer a wide range of goods and products to shop from and this is an amazing place to try out some amazing local food and take some on your way back home.
You can also take your friends and family out for lunch or breakfast during the hours and enjoy a special farm-fresh meal there.
Apart from the great handmade products, you can also have a chat with the Master Gardeners while you are in the market to answer all your gardening questions. Also do not forget to check out the special events with the local groups.
Timings: Saturdays 9 am to 1 pm.
Things to do: shop for products, enjoy a meal with your family, enjoy the local culture and have a relaxing day, attend one of their special events.
Market Brewing Co.
For all the food and wine enthusiasts, we have come up with just the right place for you. Market Brewing Co. is a local brewery that is quite famous among its residents. Located right in the neighborhood of the main market, this craft brewery offers various samples and full pints.
While you are making your visit to the brewery do not forget to catch the live music performances on Friday and Saturday nights.
There are also a number of other events that happen on other days. Check out the full schedule before planning to visit the place to enjoy this vibrant place to its fullest extent.
Timings: Monday to Saturday 11 am to 7 pm
Things to do: try out the different beers and learn about the process of winemaking, attend one of their events.
For a complete list of the events, check out their website here.
Stellar Lane is a great place for you to enjoy a game of bowling. It is a classic glow-in-the-dark area that is full of retro vibes.
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Timings: Mondays to Sundays 10 am to 11 pm.
Things to do: book a game with your friends, enjoy meals, and join a league to add more fun to your visit.
Upper Canada Mall
If you are looking for some free things to do in Newmarket, do check out the largest shopping destination in the greater Toronto area. It is a premier shopping center with almost everything that you can possibly imagine. Even if you’re not in the mood to buy any stuff, just strolling in the complex would be a nice thing. There are food courts and various other fun stuff that you can do besides shopping. Timings: Open all days 10 am to 8 pm.
Day Trips in Newmarket
By now we are sure you have already started packing your bags and have started making your list for your vacation. In case you still have doubts we are here with our last and final pick which will definitely clear all your second guesses.
We have talked so much about the town itself but you will be amazed to know that there are so many other things that you can do in the nearby area.
Milton, a pretty little town with so much amazing stuff to do, is just a one-hour drive away from the city of Newmarket, and you can easily go there by renting a car and spending a few days there. Check out our post 12 Top things to do in Milton to find out more about this beautiful place.
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