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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  • This zoo is incredibly well kept clean and neat the animals are well cared for and well fed Not only is this are zoo which is very easy to walk around but the potential to interact with some of the ca...  more »
  • We were meant to visit this Zoo as part of a class trip, though with the college strike we decided to go on our own! Free admission for a smaller zoo, but it was a great way to spend a few hours. I ev...  more »
  • I am not a lover of zoos. Not keen on animals being caged, however, I do realize sometimes they have to be due to circumstances where they have been injured or lost their mothers in the wild. This zoo...  more »
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  • For a free zoo, this place is definitely a keeper! I was surprised how clean it was and how healthy looking the animals were. Kids will definitely have fun in here because they do have splash pads and decent sized play grounds for all ages. Again, did I say it was free!?! You rarely get good stuff for free and this place is definitely one of them. Make sure you give donations to keep this place going.
  • This is a great little place. The animals are limited, but considering that the zoo is free that can be excused, and the ones they have are nicely displayed and always seem happy. They have a huge playground with an awesome giant slide that goes down a big hill. There is also a splash pad and a mini train (seasonal and $2 per ride). Definitely worth a visit if you are in the area.
  • Great zoo! It is free and a great walk. There is a train for the kids that shows you a different side of the zoo. There is a splash pad to cool off. The gift shop and canteen are not too expensive.
  • Great zoo. Nice that it's free. Donation are appreciated. The kids love the park and huge slide. Also running through the splash pad.
  • Riverview Park & Zoo is an amazing spot for children. There are beautiful parks, a big playground and obviously the free zoo where you can admire parrots, reindeer, snakes, turkeys, yaks and more. The only downside is that maintenance is at times lacking. When I visited, I saw several peacocks walking around the area and even leaving the zoo which probably wasn't planned.

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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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