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Mississauga is known for its vibrant art, historic villages, recreational parks and shopping centres. It is also home to the Toronto Pearson International Airport, Canada's largest and busiest airport, making it easily accessible to both domestic and international visitors


Best time to go

Then the best time to visit Mississauga for you would be April. The relevantly high humidity during this month makes for pretty chilly afternoons too. 45 is what the day feels like except the nights when the temperature falls! Expect an average precipitation of 77.86 mm.


Fun city facts and activities

    Not so long ago, Mississauga residents craving craft beer, wanting to catch a hockey game or itching to hit up a food festival needed to hop in a car to Torontothats no longer the case, as all that and more can be found within Mississaugas own borders. Despite an abundance of strip malls and other hallmarks of the suburbs, Canadas sixth biggest city offers plenty of play space for family outings, food crawls and natural greenery. From progressive art hubs to ultra-traditional afternoon tea and top-notch restaurant experiences, diversions that suit both hipsters and historians are ready for exploration. Here are the very best things to do in Mississauga.
City facts

Neighborhoods to explore

    Port Credit
    University of Toronto at Mississauga
    Creditview. Population
    Central Erin Mills. Population

Food Specialties

    Mississauga might be best known for its shopping offering and chunky, chunky airport, but hungry visitors are in for a delicious surprise. The nooks and crannies of Torontos neighbour are filled with international restaurants of all kinds, from humble mom-and-pop shops to top-drawer fine dining. Mississaugas food scene is getting more and more attention all the time, and the proof is in the pudding. Well, in this case, the proof is in the delicious delights that come flowing out of the citys kitchens, but you get the idea.

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Free or cheap things to do

1. Take a guided tour of the Hershey Centre. Learn about the history of the centre, its architecture and its past events.

2. Visit the Living Arts Centre to watch and participate in special performances, exhibitions and workshops.

3. Visit the Erin Mills Town Centre and explore the unique shops and eateries.

4. Take a self-guided walking tour of the city centre and discover its hidden gems.

5. Visit the University of Toronto's Mississauga campus and explore the modern architecture.

6. Visit the Bradley Museum, a historic 19th century home with a picturesque setting.

7. Explore the many trails in the city and enjoy the natural beauty of the region.

8. Experience the thrill of an escape room and test your problem-solving skills.

9. Take a cooking class at The Cookery and learn to make delicious dishes.

10. Visit the Rattray Marsh Conservation Area

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Kid friendly

Fun things to do in with kids

Free or cheap things to do

1. Stroll through greenhouse gardens at Centennial Park
Just outside of Mississauga is Centennial Park, a spacious public park in Toronto with a ton of kids activities. You can explore the Centennial Park Conservatory, with multiple glass greenhouses brimming with lush gardens and fragrant blooms. There are many different sports facilities to enjoy at the park, including the Central Park Pan Am BMX Centre.

2. Learn about the life of a historic local family at Benares Historic House
Kids activities in Mississauga include exploring heritage sites like the Benares Historic House. Originally built in 1857, the Georgian-style estate housed 4 generations of one family and retains most of its original furnishings and artifacts. You can check out exhibitions about the families who lived in the Benares house and get a glimpse of what life was like in this region during World War I.

3. See King Tutankhamuns burial treasures at The Egyptian Museum
The Egyptian Museum in Mississauga explores the history and culture of Egypt, from the past 7,000 years. In the museums main exhibition hall, you can see a full replica of King Tutankhamuns burial treasures, as well as other artifacts from Ancient Egypt. You can explore collections of Coptic Antiquities, including the famed elaborate textiles from this period of Egyptian history.

4. See springtime cherry blossoms in Kariya Park
Kariya Park is a Japanese inspired garden, providing a serene greenspace in the middle of the city. This cozy park provides unique things to do in Mississauga with kids, especially in Spring when the parks cherry trees burst with pink cherry blossom blooms. You can explore the parks Japanese-inspired architecture and water features and picnic in a covered gazebo. Kids especially love watching the antics of the local duck population that calls Kariya Park home.

5. Stroll down the boardwalk through Rattray Marsh Conservation Area
The Rattray Marsh Conservation Area is a beautiful place to stroll with kids and do some wildlife spotting. The areas wetland ecosystem supports a variety of native and migrating birds and other local wildlife. Boardwalk trails cross the marsh, leading to a natural cobble beach on the shores of Lake Ontario. The Rattray Marsh Conservation Area is free to enjoy, though most parking in the area is metered. Remember to stay on the trail, and dont feed or disturb wildlife, as this is a fragile marsh ecosystem.

6. Learn about the history of Sikh Canadians at Sikh Heritage Museum of Canada
One of the fantastic cultural museums you can visit in Mississauga with kids is the Sikh Heritage Museum of Canada. This museum explores and celebrates the culture and heritage of Sikh Canadians, spanning over 200 years of Canadian history. Permanent and rotating temporary exhibits at the Sikh Heritage Museum range from collections of art and cultural artifacts to exploring the stories, lives, and contributions of Sikh soldiers to wars throughout history.

7. Play in a battle royale at Battle Archery and Nerf Mississauga
One of the unique Mississauga attractions for kids is Battle Archery and Nerf Mississauga, with their creative Nerf and medieval-style games. In Medieval Archery Tag, players are trained and equipped with safety equipment, bows and arrows, and various foam weapons and shields. Referees oversee the ensuing archery tag battle royale for safety and fun. In Nerf Wars, players choose their weapons from a massive wall of Nerf blasters and gear up in safety equipment. Players are divided into two teams, with a referee overseeing the battle.

8. See colorful spring blooms in the Brueckner Rhododendron Gardens
The Brueckner Rhododendron Gardens is one of the only designated public gardens in Mississauga, and a great place to explore with kids. Though the gardens are beautiful year-round, visitors in springtime will be able to enjoy a massive display of colorful blooms, typically ranging from early May to late June. The gardens feature beautiful wooded walking trails among azaleas and rhododendrons, along with white pine trees, shrubbery, and perennials. The gardens offer free parking, as well as family-friendly facilities.

9. Get your skate on at Scooters Roller Palace
If youre in Mississauga with kids, theres probably no activity more wholesome than strapping on some skates and enjoying a vintage roller rink. Scooters Roller Palace is everything youd think of when picturing an old-school roller rink, complete with disco lights, fun pop music, arcade games, a concessions stand, and that crazy neon carpeting you only see in skating rinks. All ages and experience levels are welcome at the skating rink, so get ready to skate, dance, and probably fall a couple of times on the rink.

10. Navigate a labyrinth at Marie Curtis Park
Marie Curtis Park is a great spot for kids activities in Mississauga. This spacious public park is just off Lake Ontario. It offers a great mix of landscapes and wildlife watching opportunities, from wooded forest walking trails to creeks and meadows, marshland, and sandy beaches on the lake. A large childrens playground and labyrinth are popular year-round, along with a summer splash pad and wading pool. Lake Ontario offers a swimming beach at Marie Curtis Park but check with the city for water safety levels before swimming.

11. Explore historic locations along the Waterfront Trail
There are a ton of interesting things to check out with kids along the Mississauga Great Lakes Waterfront Trail, a continuous trail that runs past Lake Ontario. The Mississauga portion of the Waterfront Trail passes various public parks and natural areas, historic sites, and family-friendly attractions. You can explore the trail in sections to suit your interests and your childrens ages, and stop along the way at places like the historic Port Credit Village, collections of heritage homes, and some of the only remaining coastal wetlands along Lake Ontario.

12. Play glow in the dark mini golf at Glowzone 360
For many kids, theres probably nothing cooler than a glow in the dark, blacklight mini-golf course like GlowZone 360. You can play through a challenging 18-hole crazy golf course under glowing blacklights, a great all-weather activity in Mississauga for kids. GlowZone 360 also offers a laser tag course and a full arcade, with package deals available if you want to enjoy all 3 attractions.

13. Explore a unique soft play space at Kidsapia Inc
Kidsapia is a unique Japanese soft play space, located in the Erin Mills Town Centre. Kidsapia blends kid-friendly visual appeal with movement, creating spaces that enrich and stimulate through play. Children must be under 4-feet tall to play in the center, and virtually all of the play spaces in Kidsapia can be enjoyed by toddlers and younger children. Socks are mandatory for all kids and adults in the space. A concession stand is available in-house, and plenty of seating.

14. Ride the carousel at Fantasy Fair
Fantasy Fair is a great spot for toddler activities in Mississauga, a small indoor amusement park located in Woodbine Mall. 12 full-size rides and various attractions are available in the park for toddlers and younger children, ranging from a Ferris wheel and carousel to spinning teacups and a soft-play obstacle course. Indoor attractions make this a good all-weather activity, and an adjacent food court is available for snacks and refreshments.

15. Play in a castle at Paul Coffey Park
Paul Coffey Park is a spacious public park in Mississauga, near highway 427 and the 407. An accessible playground provides a great environment for imaginative play, with a castle-themed climbing structure and a fantasy dragon sculpture to play on. Youll also find plenty of scenic walking trails to explore, lots of open green space to run around, and seasonal splash pads to cool off during the warmer months. Parking is free at Paul Coffey Park but may have limited availability on weekends and holidays.

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City data and FAQ 

Is Mississauga worth visiting?
Ive been there several times. To me its a large urban city near Toronto which has a lot to see. There is no harm in driving that short distance on the QEW and check it out. Theres one building in Mississauga City Centre that has a twist design like a leg which the locals call The Marilyn Monroe building. Our Canadian Hq used to be there.
Phil Henning - Former Director of Global Physical Security (20052017)

Having lived there for 30 years, and enjoyed myself immensely building my little Gothic/Tudor castle.
George Griffin Powers - Former Vice-President
Streetsville is a lovely little old village stuck smack dab in the middle of a new suburb. It has a lovely mix of little shops and restaurants. Square One Shopping Centre is one of the largest in Canada, and has managed to avoid the malaise that has affected many of the shops in the GTA. Its gone a little upmarket from its beginnings in the 1970s, and its even easy to get to by transit as its a major hub for MiWay, Mississaugas bus system. For the big box shopping experience, the Heartland Centre is also a shopping mecca with pretty much every large retailer you can think of from Costco to Walmart. However, you will need a car to navigate it as both Mavis and Britannia are busy arterial roads. The Dixie Outlet Mall took an otherwise defunct shopping centre and turned it into a destination. Fake bargain hunters go to Buffalo but real ones go here. There are also lots of other discount retailers on the North and South Service Roads of the Queen Elizabeth Way near Dixie, so its kind of ground zero for bargain hunters. Mississauga also has some lovely parks along the lakeshore and the Port Credit River. This is Rattray Marsh in the southwest corner of the city.
Steven Haddock Lives in Toronto, ON (1959 Present)

What is Mississauga famous for?
Mississauga is known for its vibrant art, historic villages, recreational parks and shopping centres. It is also home to the Toronto Pearson International Airport, Canada's largest and busiest airport, making it easily accessible to both domestic and international visitors.

Is Mississauga a nice place to live?
Mississauga is a great place to live with strong communities, a wide selection of excellent housing, shopping and great schools. There is an active cultural life with galleries, theatres, art centres, concert halls and museums.

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