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Riverview Park and Zoo

1230 Water St., Peterborough, Ontario, Canada
(705) 745-6866
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Ranked #2 of 15 Attractions in Peterborough
Owner description: 55-acre zoo with mini-train rides, an F-86 Sabre Jet, a kid's water play park, many animals, and...
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Owner description: 55-acre zoo with mini-train rides, an F-86 Sabre Jet, a kid's water play park, many animals, and free admission and parking.

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Peterborough, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

we love to picnic at the zoo in the summer but recently I popped in to visit the otters on a day I was in need of a pick me up. They were playful and came right up to the outdoor glass and rubbed against the glass and I felt like we were bonding. They cheered me up and the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

I've been bring my kids here for 14 years. Is you teacher asking you too medicate little Johnny or Jenny, because they won't sit still for 7 hours at a time. Your kids probably has had no exercise! Bring them here, They have a 75 foot slide with probably 200 steps to walk back up. (If that don't tire out... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

This is a great little zoo that is very well maintained. You can spend hours in the huge playground. The splash pad is a big hit with the kids. There is not a great variety of animals compared to large zoos, but it is impressive, especially considering there is no entry fee. The otter viewing area is fun. There is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

I love this little zoo - especially in the summertime - with the different playgrounds for children of all ages & a fantastic splash pat. Also - the little trainride is just fantastic - for such a small fee. Parking is free and there is a BBQ area in the park & frisbee play area.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

what a terrific park to take children and grandchildren. Wonderful Splash pad, picnic facilities, kids and adults love it. A great experience in Peterborough, Ontario..............and its FREE not too many places are free these days.

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Peterborough, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

The riverview park and zoo has always been a family favorite. Even when our daughter came home from university, she wanted to visit. There is a splash pad, slides, a train ride (seasonal), the animals of course, and even a Frisbee golf course, and all of it is free. Ok the train costs a $2, I think. Well with a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

This is the best zoo around. Everyone is welcome and it is free. The animals are well cared for and flourish in this zoo. When the ordinary person is scraping by to survive it is wonderful to find a place that parents can take their children and spend the whole day for no entrance fees or restaurant fees. You can... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Absolutely free! Great zoo, kid and family friendly for people of all ages. Spend the day at the zoo. Bring a picnic lunch or in summer visit the snack bar. Open year round, free parking, variety of children sized playgrounds, splash pool in summer, train ride will cost you a toonie! Great for all ages. Check out Meet the Zookeeper... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Lots of animals, Lots of educational playground equipment, splash pad, slides.... and a mini train...what a perfect way to spend an afternoon with children...and it is all FREE, except for a small fee if you ride the Train!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

For a free zoo, it's great. We went the first week of October so I'm sure it's very different from the summer (eg no train, snack bar closed, no one at the desk, etc). We had money out for donations but didn't see anywhere to put it which is too bad. We thought there might be a box to drop... More 

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