Riverview Park and Zoo, Peterborough

Take the whole family out for a stroll through Riverview Park and Zoo. The zoo features over 48 species in a large park area packed with activities for kids and adults alike. Walking trails lead the way through the exhibits, and afterwards the kids can enjoy the splash pads while you try your hand at some frisbee golf. A miniature train ride offers a fun alternative to walking around the park, and the vibrant gardens are perfect for an outdoor picnic. Take a look at our Peterborough trip builder app to schedule your visit to Riverview Park and Zoo and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • A really lovely spot and I imagine it's very busy in the summer. Beautiful fall day in October and fairly quiet. Place looks well cared for along with the animals. Lots of different types including sq...  more »
  • Born and raised in Peterborough and have been going to the zoo since 1950. Now with my grandson. It has always been a wonderful place for kids but it has improved dramatically over the years. More ani...  more »
  • It’s free and a delightful place for a wonderful morning walk with the animals gently going about their business in “natural” environments. Interesting to see how another country creates a small zoo w...  more »
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  • Best place ever to bring the kids! Could easily spend a full day here! So clean, well maintained and big. Lots of places to sit down and be in the shade. The kids love to run around. The new train was so so so fun even for me! Great views and was worth the money to go across the river. The water park is fabulous. Lots of shade, however when the big kids get in there they are beyond rowdy and most you wonder if their parents are even there. It's hard for the toddlers to be around the rowdies, but if you come early enough or in a day that the kids aren't there in heaps then it's baby/toddler heaven. The many parks that lead to the entry of the zoo are absolutely incredible as well. Again, so clean, spacious, lots of places to sit and there are shady parks within the line of parks. Parking is close and we always find a spot. Great picnic sites along the water. All around no complaints! Can't beat the price 😉
  • I love this zoo. It's free, clean, has lots of animals, and for $2 you can ride the little train! It's big for a city like Peterborough, staff on site, otter feeding, water park for kids and a huge playground. Great parking, lovely sights off the decks that overlook the water and more. Well worth the visit. Very family friendly. Treats that you can purchase on site too :)
  • Wonderful small zoo. Great for young kids. The zoo has small animals and a few larger ones, gives the kids a great understanding of animal care and knowledge. The park also contains a miniture train ride across the river, great park and splash pad. Great for a short day trip with enough activities to keep little ones busy.
  • Everything free.. So you might not find a parking spot or one close and the quality of exhibits are sometimes rough. I wouldn't care but I felt some animals needed far more room to roam than they were given, specially the cats. Other than that it was a decent zoo even with a splash park for the kids.
  • The zoo is free, fun and educational. Great walking paths that lead down to the river. Lots of free parking. Giant playground, looks like it's fun but I'm too old. Little splash pad that is fenced and treed in. There is a decent number of animals. Be sure to check out the daily otter feeding.

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Peterborough tourism relies heavily on the surrounding nature, so most of its accommodations sit outside the city center itself. Your best bet is to look for one of the mid-range inns lining either bank of the Otonabee River, where you'll have easy access to the city's pleasant parks. If you want something with a bit more character, look for private vacation rentals offering river views.
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