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.
Riverdale Farm Reviews
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.
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