Animal Encounters - 5 Fun Petting Zoos and Farms
It's Spring so grab your kiddos (and a camera) and head out to visit the baby animals! Get ready to encounter some animal fun of the cute kind! If you’re looking for petting zoos and farms where you can get up close to the animals, check out the following sites to visit in and around the Toronto area.
5 great sites where kids can connect with animals this Spring...
Brooks Farm in Mount Albert
122 Ashworth Road, Mount Albert
Brooks Farm located just north of the city offers 10 acres of outdoor fun. With so much to do, kids of all ages are guaranteed to have a blast! Kids can visit with the farm animals and in addition to that, there are train rides, zip lines, tire horse swings, sandbox fun, bouncing ponies, a playhouse and slide, a pirate ship, an animated Singing Chicken Show, a corn maze, Rusty's Forest, Straw Pyramids and Jumps, Spider Mountain Look Out, duck and pig races, a chip truck, and much more! The Barnyard Playland opens early May. Admission is $8 per person. Kids 2 and under are free.
Far Enough Farm on Centre Island
Far Enough Farm
Centre lsland, Toronto
This quaint working farm is one of the most unique animal farms located just minutes from Toronto's downtown core. Originally established in 1959, Far Enough Farm is a longstanding Centre Island staple located at the heart of Centreville Amusement Park. Visiting is a treat for kids of all ages (and parents, too!) There are over 40 different species of farmyard animals featuring mini pot belly pigs, alpacas, cows, sheep, goats, horses, and more, with many exotic birds. New animals arrive at the farm throughout the Spring and Summer seasons. Guests are welcome to stroll around the the farm and visit with animal friends, learn about the different species, play new fun farm games Milk the Cow and Test Your Strength, pet the animals and meet the farmers. Admission to Far Enough Farm is free.
High Park Zoo in Toronto
High Park Zoo
High Park, Toronto
Toronto's largest public park is home to a unique and wonderful animal attraction that is open year round. The High Park Zoo allows kids to experience, appreciate, and learn about animals. Although small, the zoo is home to over 45 animals that represent 11 different species of mammals and birds. Nine paddocks showcase a variety of animal species from around the world including bison, llamas, peacocks, reindeer, highland cattle, wallabies, emus, and sheep. Other roaming animals you may spot include squirrels, racoons, groundhogs, foxes, and skunks. The Zoo is open every day from 7:00 am to dusk. The Llama Pen is open weekends and statutory holidays 11:00 am to 2:00 pm (April until the end of October). Admission to High Park Zoo is free.
Lionels Petting Zoo in Stouffville
Lionels Petting Zoo
11714 McCowan Road, Stouffville
Lionels Petting Zoo is unique to York Region. Animals that can be seen or touched are sheep, goats, pigs, cow, donkeys ponies, deer, llama, alpaca, rabbits, chickens, ducks, geese, turkeys, pigeons, pheasants, peacocks, and a various times throughout the year, you may spot babies. The animals at Lionel's Petting Zoo are curious and friendly and are a big hit with kids of all ages. The petting zoo is open to the general public from May to December. You may feed the animals but ONLY mini carrots, cut celery, lettuce, and/or bread can be brought to feed them. There is no admission charge to visit the farm, however donations are greatly appreciated.
Riverdale Farm in Toronto
201 Winchester Street, Toronto
The Riverdale Farm is a quaint little farm, located right in the heart of downtown Toronto, in the Cabbagetown community. Kids can see many farm animals, including cows, horses, donkey, sheep, goats, pigs, chickens, turkeys, ducks, geese, rabbits, and farm cats. Visit the farm animals and chat with the farmer during daily chores. The farm features a historic working farm, scenic pathways, programs and seasonal events, pig and poultry barn, historic Francey Barn, Simpson House, Meeting House, the "Residence," Old Zoo Ruins. Admission to Riverdale Farm is free.