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Riverdale Farm, Toronto

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Farm · Tourist Spot
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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  • A total pleasure to wander here at Riverdale Farm, with it's fine gardens, array of farm animals, view over the Don Valley, and familiar farm smells ; ) The kids will definitely love it, but...  more »
  • This February being a rather mild month we took our 2 year old boy (Grandson Clarkie) to the Riverdale Farm. The boy was thrilled and we spent two hours of smiles and giggles that went by all too...  more »
  • 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 »
  • 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.
  • Such a wonderful walk. I miss it being a zoo but I understand why it is no longer. The farm is very informative as well. Good for all who go.
  • I loved going to Riverdale Farm as a child and now get to share that experience with my two boys. It's a nice way to spend the morning and the kids have fun seeing the animals. Highly recommended.
  • Beautiful place in the city. Especially enjoy it when they have the art and craft fairs around it. Wish they had a more working type farm so you could buy fresh eggs or milk...or even ride the horses. Brings back memories of the old zoo. Lucky to have this in the neighborhood.

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