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Toronto Zoo, Toronto

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Canada's largest animal sanctuary, Toronto Zoo shelters over 5,000 animals occupying habitats from seven different zoogeographic regions. Head to the indoor tropical pavilions to see creatures from warmer climates, and then venture to the outdoor habitats, where larger mammals roam spacious areas that mimic their natural environments. Learn about your favorite animals by attending a daily zookeeper talk, and explore exhibits dedicated to baby polar bears, rhinos, pandas, and white lions. Don't miss the award-winning tundra exhibit, designed to teach visitors about the habitats of snow geese, reindeer, snowy owls, and Arctic foxes and wolves. Check the website for available activities, events, and educational programs. For Toronto Zoo and beyond, use our Toronto tour planner to get the most from your Toronto vacation.
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  • The place is huge and offers direct access by ttc, also has ample parking space. Animal enclosures are tidy and lot of species can be found here. During winters the animals are tucked in closed enclos...  more »
  • It is a big zoo & paid parking. Lot of animals, Panda and Polar Bear - I must say to watch. you need to spend a whole day with family activities. Kids love this place.  more »
  • The zoo is super big, we went during winter time so we saw it partially and we lasted almost 3 hours to walk it. Everything is very clean and they have tons of animals to see. The rate is very afforda...  more »
  • I've been to the zoo at Easter, in the Winter and the Summer. Yes, there are less things open in the Winter, but it's still worth a visit as it's much quieter and less crowded. To be fair as well, the Admission price is cheaper in Winter ($23) than Summer ($29) to reflect this. It's one of the biggest zoos I've ever seen and very impressive in its care of animals and knowledgeable keepers. There is plenty of information on all of them and most of them seem happy in decent spaced environments. There are one or two attractions that involve queueing or going through long exhibits before you get a glimpse of the animals, such as the pandas (soon to leave for Vancouver zoo), but otherwise you are seeing animals all the time, without having to walk large distances to get to them (like other zoos such as Belfast, Northern Ireland). There is also a roundabout and several cafes around the site. The cafes are expensive but sell good, basic food, if you have a family and bring a picnic you can sit inside to eat it if it's cold. Great fun for children and adult animal lovers. Expect a few minutes waiting in queues to get in over the Summer (the longest we've waited was 30 minutes in August so be prepared if you're taking young children) but if you get there early there is no problem. You can, however, get your tickets online in advance (highly recommended) to avoid the queues. I think it's great value considering it takes nearly a whole day to go round all of the exhibits and have lunch. Highly recommended.
  • Love the zoo. We went in March. It was a little cold. Didn't bother us really it was kinda nice the zoo wasn't so busy. A lot of the animals were indoor which we could still see. But we really wanted to see the grizzly bear and moose and apparently the bear was in hibernation and the moose was not visible. Which was totally fine. But it would have been nice to have a sign saying that before we walked all the way down there and back which took about 45 minutes out of our trip.
  • The best place to go and spend the day. Massive zoo, wear comfy shoes, you will be walking a lot. Serene setting, could not have picked a better place for a zoo anywhere else. Rouge valley is absolutely stunning. Huge variety of animals, all looked healthy and well taking care of. Not overweight or underweight. Big cats were active and on full glorious display. Parking was cheap, I suspect due to winter season. Good places reasonably priced. Burger and fries combo $10. Had a lot of fun observing these wonderful animals. Exhibits are clean and large. 100% recommend this place for everyone. It will take you at least 5 hours to walked around the zoo and see all the exhibits so be sure to have lots of water and snacks so you are ready. In so great-full to have one of the worlds best zoos in my backyard.
  • I haven't been to any other world-class zoos, but even in winter this has to be one of the best in the world. We had to get in to see the now-grown baby pandas before they get sent to the Calgary zoo in March, and we weren't disappointed! In winter there's hardly anybody at the zoo, so we were able to take our time and see everything that we wanted to. No wait for the pandas, snow leopards, polar bears, lions, cheetahs, giraffes, or gorillas! It’s all too much to see in one day though. I know we'll be back even though it's a five hour drive from us in Michigan. We got a City Pass, which I highly recommend - but if you're not from the area plan on a long weekend or two normal weekends to see everything.
  • The zoo is always a great place to go, but make sure you choose the right time to go because some exhibits can get very busy. Everything is accessible, but there is a lot of walking. They do have a train that will take you through the zoo, but there is a fee for this. You can bring snacks and pack a lunch, but you can also buy food there. If you're a tourist or resident of Toronto you should definitely visit the zoo.

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