Animal Adventures for the Family!
Have fun with some of nature's most amazing creatures!
You don't have to go far to indulge in some one-on-one time with your kids and some furry, feathery, slimy, or swampy creatures. Let's face it… nothing makes an outing complete unless there's an animal factor to it. Here are several animal destinations in the Greater Toronto Area. You'll find tons of critters to keep kids delighted.
AFRICAN LION SAFARI
The entire family will embrace all animals big and small at African Lion Safari where more than 1000 animals of over 100 different species roam freely. The visitor is caged in the car (or tour bus), while the animals wander in 5 to 50 acre reserves. Come nose to nose with the likes of a baboon, white rhino, ostrich, aoudad, eland, giraffe and many other exotic and native species. And if the kids themselves feel like monkeying around, the Jungle Playground will let them channel all that energy. The Misumu Bay Wet Play area provides a natural reprieve or relax and enjoy a cruise aboard the "African Queen" boat. Discover thrilling mammal and bird performances with Birds of Prey flying demonstration, Parrot Paradise show, and Elephant Round-Up.
African Lion Safari
1386 Cooper Road,
Cambridge, ON, N1R 5S2
Everybody loves a day at the Toronto Zoo. Ranked as Canada's premier zoo and one of the world's largest zoos, it is particularly noted for its interactive education and conservation activities. Visit six zoogeographic regions: Indo-Malaya, Africa, the Americas, Australasia, Eurasia, and the Canadian Domain. Animals are displayed indoors in tropical pavilions and outdoors in naturalistic environments, with viewing at many levels. The fun factors for kids include the Discovery Zone, featuring the Kids Zoo, a dynamic, interactive children's wildlife experience; Splash Island, an exciting 2 acre water play with Tipping Buckets; and the 750 seat Waterside Theatre, home to many exciting children's and family entertainers.
Meadowvale Rd and Hwy. 401
Toronto, ON, M1B 5K7
RIVERVIEW PARK & ZOO
A family favourite, the Riverview Park & Zoo in Peterborough attracts about a quarter of a million visitors a year. And no wonder - the zoo features 27 exhibits, with over 40 species, including yaks, camels, wallaby, emu, parrot, colobus monkey, squirrel monkey, cougar, plated lizard, and meerkat. The park covers 55.5 acres and is the largest and most diversified playground in the city including a water splash pad. During your visit, hop on a 15-minute ride on a vintage miniature train and see the Riverview Miniature Village. Grab a picnic and settle in the large picnic area along Otonabee River. The best part? Park admission and parking are free.
Riverview Park & Zoo
1230 Water Street
JUNGLE CAT WORLD
Jungle Cat World is home to many species of different animals, but the main attraction are exotic cats from around the world. You can expect to see lions, Siberian tigers, leopards, cougars, and you'll discover some of the smaller cats - bobcats, lynx, servals, and caracals. The wildlife park is located on 15 picturesque acres in the Municipality of Clarington in historical Orono, just 45 minutes east of Toronto.
Jungle Cat World Wildlife Park
Address 3667 Concession Rd. 6
Orono, ON, L0B 1M0
For the child who is fascinated by creepy, crawly creatures scurry over to Reptilia, GTA's unique zoo of live reptiles. Reptilia has the largest crocodile and the largest venomous snake in Canada. Catch a glimpse of the 20 ft long pythons, Reggie and Diaga, along with new specimens Induna and Nandi, Reptilia's Nile crocodiles. All exhibits include an informative sign that provides detailed information about the animals on display. You will also find the answers to your reptile and amphibian questions on the signs as you travel through the zoo. And don't miss the Croc Feedings since they only eat every two weeks. The Repitilia website provides a schedule of feeding times. Apart from seeing the crocs and snakes, the zoo features a large collection of other reptiles and amphibians. Reptilia is located in Vaughan.
2501 Rutherford Road
Vaughan, ON, L4K 2N6