The Greater Toronto Area is slowing emerging from lockdown and we’re loving this newfound ease-back-into-it freedom.
While things aren’t quite yet back to normal, zoos and animal attractions are welcoming guests with some new guidelines in place. When the kids ask to go see the animals ... here's where to go!
Expect some restrictions still in place, and advanced ticket purchases are required for most destinations. Information and rates are subject to change so always check websites before heading out.
- 5651 River Road, Niagara Falls, ON L2E 7M7
- Open daily from 9:00am-5:00pm
- Adults $16.95 and Kids $12.95 if purchased online (save $2)
Bird Kingdom is the World’s Largest Free-Flying Indoor Aviary. Discover hundreds of tropical birds as you explore the pathways throughout the multi-level rainforest. Meet friendly parrots and exotic animals at Bird Kingdom’s Animal Encounters. This world class attraction is located a 5 minute walk from Niagara Falls and is open all year.
Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory
- 2500 Kossuth Road, Cambridge, ON N3H 4R7
- Open daily 10am to 5pm except Mondays
- Adults $20.00, Seniors $15.00, Kids (3-12) $8.00, 2 & Under FREE
Take a stroll through lush and tropical gardens where you will discover 1000's of free-flying butterflies. There are over 100 different varieties of tropical plants, waterfalls, streams, reflecting pools, tropical finches, Chinese painted quails and red-eared slider turtles to see!
Far Enough Farm at Centreville
- Centre Island, Toronto, ON
- Hours vary; check website
- Grounds Admission - $8.85
Far Enough Farm is a small farm and petting zoo located within Centreville Amusement Park. A wide variety of animals are always ready for up close and personal contact. This unique petting farm is located just minutes from Toronto's bustling downtown core, and provides city-dwelling children and visitors the opportunity to get up close and personal with over 40 different species of farmyard animals and exotic birds. Everyone is sure to find a new friend. Admission to the farm used to be free however in order to monitor capacity limits and to conduct guest screening, the park is now gated and requires grounds admission.
High Park Zoo
- 1873 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6R 2Z3
- Monday to Sunday: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- Free admission
Established in 1893, High Park Zoo is Canada’s oldest zoo, originally housing a deer pen and an aviary. The small zoo features Barbary Sheep, Bison, Capybaras, Emus, Llamas, Mouflon Sheep, Peacocks, Reindeer, West Highlands Cattle and Yaks. Reservations are not required and visitor capacity will be reduced. Indoor exhibits reopen on July 26 and the llama pen remains closed due to construction. The llamas are being relocated to a different part of the zoo which will open in 2022.
Jungle Cat World
- 3667 Concession Road 6, Orono, ON
- Open 7 days a week - 10am to 5pm
- Adults $20, Teens $15 and Kids $10.00
Since 1983, Jungle Cat World Wildlife Park has been offering visitors the unique opportunity to see and experience wild species, many threatened with extinction, in an up-close and personal environment. No walk-in traffic is allowed.
- Locations in Vaughan and Whitby
- Open from 10am to 6pm, daily
- Adults $17, Seniors $14, Kids $12, Infants 0-1 Free
Reptilia is a State of the Art facility where you’ll find over 250 animals on display throughout the zoo. Although reptiles are their specialty, watch out for colourful amphibians, and fluffy arachnids as well. Throughout the day get to know the animals even better by attending scheduled shows, tours and scheduled feedings! Guests are highly encouraged to purchase tickets in advance to avoid capacity limits.
Ripley's Aquarium of Canada
- 288 Bremner Boulevard, Toronto, ON M5V 3L9
- Reopens on Saturday, July 24, 2021
- For tickets, see website
Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada is the newest and most anticipated attraction in the heart of downtown Toronto, next to the CN Tower. The 135,000 sq. foot (12,500 sq. metre) thrilling interactive attraction is an immersive adventure showcases more than 16,000 marine animals and over 450 species...
Riverdale Farm Zoo
- 201 Winchester St., Toronto, ON M4X 1B8
- Open Monday to Sunday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., except holidays
- Free admission
Don’t let the location fool you. The Riverdale Farm is a perfect example of a turn of the century Ontario farm, and it allows visitors to experience life on a farm and gain appreciation for a rural environment. Kids can see many farm animals, including cows, horses, donkey, sheep, goats, pigs, chickens, turkeys, ducks, geese, rabbits, and farm cats.
- 361A Old Finch Avenue, Toronto, ON M1B 5K7
- Hours: Monday to Wednesday: 8:30am–7pm, Thursday to Sunday: 8:30am–9pm
- Adult $27.99, Senior $23.15, Child $18.30
The Toronto Zoo is Canada's largest Zoo, home to more than 5,000 animals, representing 450 species. The Toronto Zoo is committed to fighting extinction and connecting people to wildlife. There are over 10 km (six miles) of walking trails. At 287 hectares (710 acres), the Toronto Zoo is one of the largest Zoos in the world!
More to Explore
African Lion Safari
- 1386 Cooper Road, Cambridge, ON N1R 8B2
- 1-800-461-WILD (9453)
Your day of family adventures at African Lion Safari begins as you set out on a "trek" along 9 km of safari trail in your own vehicle or aboard a Safari Tour Bus. Visitors get closer than they ever imagined to over 1,000 exotic bird and animals that roam freely throughout seven large Game Reserves.
Elmvale Jungle Zoo
- 14191 County Rd. 27, Elmvale, ON L0L 1P0
Discover an exciting and educational outdoor adventure. See majestic lions, tigers, jaguars, monkeys, and lemurs. More
- 11714 McCowan Rd., Stoufville, ON L0H 1L0
A unique outdoor petting zoo, a play barn which includes an eating area, a play castle, rock climbing wall, as well as pony and hay rides. There is a small admission fee to access the farm. More
Oshawa Zoo & FUN FARM
- 3377 Grandview St North, Oshawa, ON L1H 8L7
Oshawa Zoo and Fun Farm is a clean, green, interactive mix of friendly exotic and domestic animals. Features over 40 species of friendly and tame birds and animals and 22 fenced acres, picnic area, refreshment and animal food kiosk. Feeding and petting opportunities. More
Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory
- 2405 Niagara Parkway, Niagara Falls, ON L2E 3E8
This attraction features over 2,000 colourful tropical butterflies floating freely among lush, exotic blossoms and greenery. More
Mountsberg Conservation Area
- 2259 Milburough Line, Campbellville, ON
Mountsberg is the ideal destination for families. The Raptor Centre building and The Mountsberg Barn are currently closed. The horses can be seen in their outdoor enclosures. The donkeys, sheep, and goats can be seen in their outside enclosures, weather permitting, until approximately 3pm each day. More
Riverview Zoo and Park
- 1300 Water St., Peterborough, ON K9J 6Z5
The park covers 55.5 acres and is the largest and most diversified playground in the city with animals, a splash pad, and more. Riverview Park and Zoo is temporarily closed as a COVID-19 safety measure. The playground, park trails and disc golf park are open to the public. Picnic Shelters will be available as of August 1 by reservation only. More
- 2821 Stevensville Road, Fort Erie, ON L0S 1S0
Safari Niagara, a 150-acre, nature park, invites you to spend the day with more than 750 animals of native and exotic mammals, reptiles, and birds. More
Twin Valley Zoo
- 84 Langford Church Rd, Brantford, ON N3T 5L4
Built on 25 beautiful acres in Brant County, Brantford Twin Valley Zoo is a great place to observe a collection of native and exotic animals maintained in natural surroundings. Come visit the animals, bring along your lunch and enjoy a picnic area, and take a stroll on a short nature trail in 5 acres of woodland. More