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Riverdale Farm, Toronto

Categories: Farms, Tourist Spots
Inspirock Rating:
4.3/5 based on 110+ reviews on the web
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. To visit Riverdale Farm and get the most from your holiday in Toronto, create itinerary details personal to you using our Toronto trip builder.
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  • We accidentally stumbled with a friend in search of two cemeteries at this wonderful place. Little farm is a wonderful place for children and families. Stinks a bit, but it smells of the village.
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  • This place is great for young children. The face it is hidden in Toronto is a bonus. Go early to avoid lineups and the crowds. 
  • 7.5 acres in the middle of the city, Cabbagetown area of Toronto. A perfect little gem to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, perfect for a walk, visit the farm animals that live there an...  read more »
  • It's awesome to know this still stands. Happy the city didn't remove it. It's nice to know that in the middle of everything in Toronto this farm is still around, it's a great place to bring the kids for a few hours. There is a wadding pool for younger kids just out front of the farm, and a fairly nice park. Great to see the animals, and have the kids learn about the farm. A great piece of history for the city of Toronto, a must visit for at least a couple of hours.
  • Literally a farm within the heart of the city. One of Toronto's more unique attractions. Entrance is totally free and they have a wide range of animals is all of which are super well cared for. Excellent place for kids!
  • Only reason I am giving this place 2 star is because the name is "Riverdale Farm" , if it was Riverdale Park or a Riverdale walking trail its a perfect 5. I am disappointed only because I went to that place with two of my toddlers and all we could see was 2 horses couple of cows and some chickens. Try Lionels farm, my favourite, it used to be free but I guess its 2$ per person, bring lettuce, carrots etc from home and feed the animals. Kids love it.
  • 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 and no playground. So there is no fallback if the kids don't enjoy the animals. The 'far away me free zoo on toronto island is far better. My kids always enjoy that. Riverdale farm ranks equally worth the 'zoo' at high park. It bores them equally. 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.
  • Lots of fun for families with small children. Lots of animals to see and places to explore. Plenty of trials to run and enjoy the weather. My 2yr old loved it! Super toddler friendly.
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