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Riverdale Farm, Toronto

4.4
#12 of 81 in Outdoors in Toronto
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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  • This farm is located in the city of Toronto, which is fantastic. A place to visit, walk and see some animals.
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  • Leave your pets at home, but bring the kids! Goats, pigs, and, of course, cows and horses in abundance with explanations on care and feeding. Riverdale Farm gives city kids a chance to see what life w...  more »
  • In the Cabbagetown neighbourhood of downtown Toronto, one finds the Riverdale Farm. This is a farm with horses, cows, pigs, sheep, goats, ducks, etc. There are programs for children and a shallow spla...  more »
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  • This farm has charm. I grew up going to this farm. Back in the day, this place had plenty of animals to see. Not so much any more but still a great place to bring a child. Spending the day with my child was a pleasure. Walking around was an adventure and in the summer time, the wade pool outside the gates of the farm is a lot of fun. Riverdale area is beautiful because it is in the heart where diversity lives and has little villages where you can explore a variety of culture food and other interesting things. The Farm has been there for years. It was actually where the Metro Zoo was. Fun fact, it still has some buildings where they housed zoo animals. A lot of history lives at the zoo.
  • Nice, quiet place to visit. We went to fill some time in Toronto. A lot was closed due to season/construction making the visit a little less fun. However considering it’s free and parking is free I’d say it’s worth a short visit if you are in the area. I’d come back in the summer and likely bump my review to 4* when I see the place fully opened.
  • Always a fun little place. A farm in the middle of North Americas 4th largest city. Not to many animals but it is March. Lots more in the summer. Enjoy
  • We have been coming with our children for many years. A small place, perfect for the younger folks, who don't need anything fancy. A couple of horses and cows, a bunch of sheep and goats, and many chickens. Entrance is free, though they appreciate donations, and on the street parking is ample and free. Just a heads up, there is lots of construction now, (January 2018) so it is muddy, and not everything is accessible.
  • Filled with many different groups of people checking out the animals. Has rabbits, chickens, pigs, geese, horses, cows, sheep and a big ol' turkey. The farm is often open on Holidays and is totally free of charge. Note for dog owners, they cannot allow dogs into the farm area, but there is a lovely park surrounding the farm.
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