When you're living in the GTA it's incredibly easy to go without owning a vehicle because of the array of public transit options available, especially if you're a student. But sometimes this can keep you from being able to go to some attractions because transit simply doesn't serve them. The question of "how can I have a great day without a car" is exactly why I'm writing this post — illustrating exciting attractions you can access without the use of a car.
Dundurn National Historic Site
You'll be able to learn about how people in the city of Hamilton lived over 150 years ago and wander some beautifully landscaped gardens. Unfortunately you're unable to wander through the castle by yourself because of how fragile some of the displays are, but a tour guide will be more than happy to answer any of your questions as they tell you about the history of the house and family that resided there. The castle is open from 12-4 on Tuesday to Sunday and admission will cost you $11.50 for adults. You can save 20% if you purchase tickets online.
Royal Botanical Gardens
These gardens are located on the border of Hamilton and Burlington, which would make a great first stop for someone coming from Toronto. The gardens are open from 10-8 p.m. except for holidays and cost $16 for adults and $13 for students.
Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum
The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum is located right at John C. Munro airport on the outskirts of the city. Here you'll learn about the history and background information of some airplanes, plus you'll get a good view of the surrounding airport. The museum is open 9-5, 7 days a week and admission will cost you $13.
HMCS Haida National Historic Site
Though decommissioned from the Navy in 1963 because it was deemed obsolete, the ship still floats today in the harbour for all to explore. You'll be amazed how the whole crew managed to live in such a tight space as you explore your way through the whole ship. Plus, as part of the Canada 150 celebrations, admission is free when you present your pass.
Art Gallery of Hamilton
At this gallery you can see Joseph Hartman's exhibit, titled "The Artist's Studio." Spanning almost five years of work, these photographs are behind-the-scenes looks at the art studios of famous contemporary artists. This exhibit shows us a portrait of the artist and details the intimate space in which they work. There's also a few other galleries, including The Awareness Series and Drawing Life. Admission is $10 and the gallery is open Wednesday and Friday from 11-6, Thursday from 11-8 and from 12-5 on Saturday and Sunday.
To get around the city, the bus costs $3 cash or $2.30 on a Presto card, which you can also use to save more money if you take the GO Train to the city.