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Riverdale Farm, Toronto

(4.3/5 based on 120+ 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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  • Taken my kids and other kids for years for the animals and the crafts. Worth a visit and have a quick coffee and snack while there. Staff friendly and petting area great.  more »
  • Its a warm winter season but should the snow return the area surrounding Riverdale Farm is one of the best Toboggan Runs in all Toronto. A great place to take small kids on a winters day looking at du...  more »
  • Riverdale farm is easy to get to and is a great place to visit in the summer. The petting zoo is getting a bit old but its still great for kids under 6 to see and pet some of the animals. Its free and...  more »
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  • Well to start this family friendly Farm/Park is free to the neighborhood and to any person residing in Toronto well maintained clean then even added a food court if you and your family wishes to grab a quick bite a good variety of animals and beautiful scenery. Would recommend to you and your family for a nice day out on the weekend enjoy
  • As a tourist attraction, there isn't really much to see - there are some animals, and during festival events, there are activity stations which school age children seem to enjoy. However; it is also completely free. There are no admission costs, corporate sponsorships or any cash grabs to take away from the experience. As a low cost outing for young ones to see animals, it is tough to beat and is one of the best public parks in the city.
  • One of my favourite places in the city. Underutilized. Great place for young kids & its free. The only thing missing is a lunch/snack place within the farm. The cafe serves cookies, drinks and sometimes other food, but not enough to rely on for grabbing lunch or feeding a snack to a kid. There is a private cafe, with outdoor seating only across the street from the park, open seasonally. Also tonnes of picnic table within the farm if you pack a lunch.
  • It is a small little farm with a few animals. It is great that I can peacefully walk though with my coffee and enjoy the scenery and the farm animals in the middle of downtown Toronto. It is free to walk through but there is a donation box outside if you want to support the farm in the city
  • An amazing gem in our city! We come here as a family quite often. Our kids love it. Today, my son who is 2 years old an incredible experience with farmer Michelle. Michelle was so terrific with him. letting him help her with sweeping. She was incredibly patient and talked to him about the animals and the tractor. He was her little shadow for the morning. Thank you.