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Erin Schwartz, August 31 2021

What to do in Waterloo With No Car

While staying in one of the university residences or other housing accommodations around Waterloo, there are lots of things to see and do that can be accessed by just walking around town, no vehicle needed! 


Enjoy the beauty of nature in the heart of Waterloo at Waterloo Park. Nestled between Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Waterloo with a lake, animal farm, sports fields, and trails, Waterloo Park is the perfect place to spend a summer’s day. Grab a blanket, some snacks, a frisbee, and enjoy a beautiful picnic in the park.  

Next, you can head to Uptown Waterloo for shopping and great eats. Not a fan of shopping? Consider stopping by the Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery to see some amazing art, and even take some home. You are able to spend all day in Uptown Waterloo exploring the many boutiques, thrift stores, and cafes. Some of the best local cafes include Princess Cafe, Seven Shores, Amora Cafe Bar, and there are many more hidden gems around the city.  

For dinner, how about trying out one of the many local restaurants? Some of our top picks include Beer Town, Famoso Neapolitan Pizzeria, Red House, and Bauer Kitchen. If you are craving a sweet treat for dessert, you cannot miss a scoop from Four All Ice Cream! They make unique handcrafted ice cream, locally sourced ingredients with delicious vegan and gluten-free options. There is truly something for everyone! 


For the best Waterloo night-life experience, head on over to King Street, the main strip in Uptown Waterloo for pubs, clubs, and bars. Not into the bar scene? Enjoy a movie at the Princess Theater, play board games with friends at Games on Tap, a board game café, or have fun playing old-school arcade games at the Pinup Arcade Bar!  

There is so much for you to see and do in Uptown Waterloo without needing a vehicle to get around. Just steps away from the universities there are many diverse experiences so that no one will miss out on the amazing things that the city of Waterloo has to offer.   

**Disclaimer: some of these attractions may be unavailable or have some restrictions in place due to the Covid-19 pandemic**  

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Erin Schwartz

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