Get a taste of rural life at Riverdale Farm, a verdant 3 hectare (7.4 acre) space that a host of rare pioneer-breed animals call home. Meet the resident farm animals, and amble through the array of lush vegetation, flower gardens, and butterfly houses. Observe the 19th-century barn, a rare example of a Pennsylvania Bank Barn, strategically built into the side of a hill. View the ruins of Toronto's first zoo, which operated here from 1894-1974. Bring younger members of the family for encounters with cuddly creatures and leisurely romps through the gardens. Public transport to the farm is limited; drive if you can and park on site. By using our Toronto road trip planning app , you can arrange your visit to Riverdale Farm and other attractions in Toronto.
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What a fabulous place to come unwind, and see some lovely animals! Super fun to stroll around, and then walk Parliament Street for lunch! more »
Riverdale Farm has lots of trees and vegetation. The trails offer a nice opportunity to walk around the property and listen to the birds. There are cows, horses, sheep, goats, pigs and chickens. I thi... more »
It's cute and free/by donation. There are horses, cows, pigs, chickens, goats, sheep, rabbits and chickens. It's a Toronto staple and I am very glad it's still operating considering there is always a fight for funding. Please make a donation!! Sometimes you'll get lucky and you'll see a tiny baby animal!
Sadly I can only give this an average rating. It is much beloved but I don't know why. There are not many animals. They usually are taking shelter far from the fences. It's 'free' but there is a donation box at the entrance making you feel guilty if you walk in. I have tried taking my 2 and 4 year old there three times and they have never enjoyed it. And, bizarrely, the park next door has no playground. It has a wading pool open only 2 months a year. So there is no fallback if the kids don't enjoy the animals. The 'far away' free zoo on Toronto island is far better. My kids always enjoy that. I give them an 'A' for effort. The staff is nice but there is not much there there - especially given how so many parents and teachers give it such high praise.
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