Montreal is particularly bustling in the summer, with its many festivals and events. It's also the high season for tourism: tourists flock into the city to see what Montreal has to offer.\nAnd, though many tourist activities have Montrealers rolling their eyes (we're looking at you, Old Port zipline), others are actually really worth trying.\nThere's something to be said for being a tourist in your own city. Try one of these more "touristic" activities to get to know the city better and have a genuinely good time.\nAura Basilica\nWhere: 110 rue Notre-Dame W.\nWhen: 2-3 shows every evening in July, find the full schedule here.\nAura Basilica is an amazing lightshow in the Notre-Dame Basilica, one of the city's most beautiful churches. The show uses projections to highlight the beauty of the cathedral: I won't give away too much about the show, but I can tell you that it's amazing.\nView this post on Instagram Aura: a wonderful immersive luminous experience in the heart of #montreal . Don’t waste time. Run seeing it ! #aurabasilique #aurabasilica #notredamebasilica #montreal #culture #momentfactory #lightandsound #mapping #discovercanada #travelcanada #quebec #discoverquebec #explorequebec #quebec A post shared by Hugo Lavaurs (@hugo_lavaurs) on May 1, 2019 at 2:16pm PDT\nMore information.\nCité-Mémoire\nWhere: Throughout Old Montreal.\nWhen: Tuesday – Sunday, dusk till midnight.\nThis installation invites visitors to learn more about the city's history through "poetic, dreamlike and occasionally playful" characters. It's a great way to explore the streets of Old Montreal at dusk. After, stop for a drink at Philemon or l'Assommoir.\nView this post on Instagram Beautiful city sights! • • • • #citememoire #montreal #vieuxport #oldportoldtown #trees #art #artists #creative #night #evening #darksky #summertime #quebec #weekendvibes #homeatlast #justkidding #ontheroad #ferriswheel #faces #lights #perspective #artsy #beautiful #friends #gooutside #canada #itravel #destination #passionpassport A post shared by Magali (@digitalrebelle) on Aug 16, 2018 at 11:35am PDT\nMore information.\nThrowback Tours\nWhere: 350 rue St-Paul E.\nWhen: You can book a timeslot here!\nThrowback Tours is a company based in Montreal that offers historical tours of Montreal in classic convertibles. It's a new and fun way to see the city!\nView this post on Instagram #bedriven #66caddy #throwbacktours #grandprix2017 ##stop and take a pic hastag it 😇 A post shared by Throwback Tours (@throwback_tours) on Jun 10, 2017 at 3:13pm PDT\nRead our article here.\nJardin Botanique\nWhere: 4101 rue Sherbrooke E.\nWhen: Sunday – Thursday 9 – 6 Friday and Saturday 9 – 7\nThis locations draws tourists in, and with good reasons. The gardens in the summer time are actually magical: it's amazing how much care goes into tending to the plants. You can spend hours wandering through the gardens, which all have different themes.\nView this post on Instagram 3 trucs pour une soirée magique à #Jardinsdelumière au #JardinBotanique 🌙 : Réservez votre date et heure de visite, achetez vos billets en ligne et privilégiez le transport en commun ! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ******** ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 3 steps to a magical evening at #GardensOfLight at the #JardinBotanique 🌙: Reserve your date and time of visit, buy your tickets online and take public transit! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #Automne #Autumn #Saisons #Nature #Garden #Fall #feelslikefall #Beoutside #Jardinbotanique #Botanicalgarden #Espacepourlavie #Spaceforlife #Montréal #MTL #Mtlmoments #Quoifaire #TourismeMontreal #GreaterMontreal #Instatravel #travel #discover #travelblogger #lanterns #lanternes #jardinilluminé #illuminatedgarden A post shared by Espace pour la vie (@espacepourlavie) on Sep 17, 2018 at 11:40am PDT\nMore information.\nBonsecours Market\nWhere: 350 rue St-Paul E.\nWhen: Monday – Sunday, 10 am – 6:00 pm\nYou've definitely already spent a day wandering through Atwater market or Jean-Talon, but have you ever gone inside the Bonsecours market? Despite it being a hotspot for tourists, it's actually a pretty great place to buy local products.\nView this post on Instagram #montreal #canada #oldportmontreal #travel A post shared by Jorge Mendoza (@georgeberliner) on Jul 2, 2019 at 7:20pm PDT\nMore information.\nObservatoire Ville-Marie\nWhere: 1 Place Ville-Marie\nWhen: Monday to Wednesday, 11:30 am to 10:30pm,Thursday and Friday, 11:30am to 11pm Saturday, 10am to 11pm, Sunday 10am to 10pm.\nThis observatory has hands-down one of the best views in the city: see the city from 185 meters from the observatory itself, or view it as you sip a drink at Les Enfants Terribles.\nView this post on Instagram Black and white with a splash of sky . . #montreal #quebec #canada #skyline #observatory #blackandwhite #edit #lookout A post shared by Rav Sandhu (@rsandhu0) on Jul 18, 2019 at 9:15am PDT\nMore information.\nThe Clock Tower\nWhere: 1 Quai de l'Horloge\nWhen: Saturday – Thursday, 11:00am – 7:00pm\nThe clock tower is another place to get a great view of our city. Plus, climbing up to the top of the tower is a nice little bit of exercise.\nView this post on Instagram Wat-ter view 😎 A post shared by Merlyn Lobo (@merlzed) on Jul 18, 2019 at 10:04am PDT\nMore information.\nÎles de Boucherville\nWhere: 55 Île Sainte Marguerite, Boucherville.\nWhen: Monday – Sunday, 8:00am – 7:00pm\nThe Parc national des îles de Boucherville is one of Montreal's best-kept secrets. Peaceful nature, fresh air and a number of activities are at the visitor's disposal. The park is the perfect escape on a warm summer day when the heat of the city gets to be too much.\nView this post on Instagram Bouchraville 🚣🏽♀️ #mtlmoments A post shared by Bouchra (@bouatik) on Jul 18, 2019 at 5:18pm PDT\nRead our article for more information.\nOratoire Saint-Joseph\nWhere: 3800 chemin Queen Mary\nWhen: Always open.\nThis amazing church is Canada's biggest. You can see it from quite a distance, but few have ever been inside. It is worthwhile to go and take a peek, as the decor is really impressive.\nView this post on Instagram A post shared by amélie 아멜리 (@amelielnd_) on Jul 19, 2019 at 10:24am PDT\nMore information.\nThese activities are all really worth trying, though we might gloss over them as "tourist traps," they're actually a super fun way to explore the city.