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“Crappy layout” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Toronto Zoo

Toronto Zoo
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$66.13*
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Toronto CityPASS
Ranked #16 of 500 things to do in Toronto
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: The Toronto Zoo is a living centre for education and science, committed to providing compelling guest experiences and inspiring passion to protect wildlife and habitats. Did you know that your admission into Canada's premier Zoo helps support the over 5,000 animals? In addition to having award-winning outdoor and indoor exhibits, education programs, special events, daily Keeper Talks and the Discovery Zone*, the Toronto Zoo is home to Canada's only giant pandas! Don't forget to visit with Da Mao, Er Shun and her dynamic cubs-Jia Panpan and Jia Yeuyeu-before they depart March 2018. To help plan your day please visit our website and we look forward to seeing you very soon! *Seasonal schedules apply. Special events subject to change without notice.
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“Crappy layout”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 1, 2013

We were disappointed in our first ever trip to the Toronto Zoo on March 30th. Don’t get me wrong, we are used to walking a lot on vacation. Thursday we walked all over the Niagara Falls area, and then we walked all over downtown Toronto. Friday, we walked all through the ROM and then all over China town. However, the layout of this zoo and how far apart the animal exhibits are is nothing short of ridicules! To make it even worse there is virtually nothing to look at as you walk long distances between exhibits! The exhibits themselves are disappointing. The plaques merely identify what the animal is. Good luck if you have questions about the environment it lives in and what it eats etc. This zoo doesn’t want you to learn anything about the animals. They might as well post a plaque at every exhibit that says “critter”. Toronto is a city with 2.6 million people. Columbus, Ohio has only about 1 million people yet we have a much better zoo. I know the Toronto Zoo now has Giant Pandas. But the Columbus Zoo had Pandas back in 1992

Visited March 2013
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“Great zoo created like a park”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 31, 2013 via mobile

Really enjoy thus place - it's a nice stroll through a park with sighting animals -.

You also have the "train" taking you to diff parts of the park, which can be helpful .

Membership is worth it IMO as you get discount at gift shops too.

Try not to come on days like family day as it will be packed with no parking.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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“Walk on the Wild Side”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 30, 2013

Toronto Zoo is a fair bus ride but on a good weather day well worth it. This is not suitable for those unable to walk a lot, so if members of your party struggle they may need to consider bringing a mobility scooter. Strollers can manage, and there are some available to rent if needed. All areas are accessable, there is little food available on site especially out of season and what is there is very expensive so pack a lunch.

We did a loop covering the Agfrician Pavillion, the Americas and Asutralia/Asia. Balancing the walks outside with th eindoor viewing areas as when we went weather was not ideal. if you go on a good day and are up to it there are some very good longer trails you can follow as well.

The animals are given enclosures that suit them so you do not always see everything. The day we went though lots were showing off and even the baby with us enjoyed seeing the free flying birds, colourful fish and variety of larger animals. We even managed to see a whole family of white wolves having their afternoon nap.

You will need a whole day to even attempt seeing most of the zoo so be prepared. I love the zoo and it is open everyday except Christmas Day. The only drawbacks are it is a little weather permitting as long secitons are outside walks to other areas and the entry fee seems very high at the time we went it was $20 Canadian for an adult.

Visited March 2013
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Chicago
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“Fantastic Zoo”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 29, 2013

I visited Toronto Zoo on my Niagara/Toronto honeymoon(it took some convincing, but I'm betting my wife secretly wanted to go, too) and loved it. I've been to a fair number of zoos and would slot the Toronto Zoo just behind the world famous San Diego Zoo.

The zoo is very large to the point I had to skim or just pass a few exhibits towards the end, so bring your trusted pair of walking shoes. The zoo is impeccably clean and large - none of the exhibits seem outdated and all the facilities are modern.

The Zoo is broken up into "zones" a la animals of a particular continent or region; the most memorable included the vast and well laid-out African exhibit, polar region featuring Arctic wolves and polar bears, and the "Canadian" region featuring some HUGE grizzley bears. There is also a really cool Central American-themed exhibit which mimics some ancient Mayan ruins where monkeys, birds, and jaguars roam.

If there is one downside to the Toronto Zoo, it would be that many exhibits are spaced very far apart and require lots of walking and some backtracking to visit. For instance, the Canadian region seems to be very separated from the main walking area and requires a return trip to visit instead of looping to the next area. The route to the Mayan exhibit also seemed unnecessarily difficult to find. The upside is that the animals have a lot of room; the negative is that you'll be very tired by the end of your visit.

Still, Toronto Zoo is well worth checking out and one I would love to visit again.

Visited September 2012
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Toronto, Canada
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“Twins and big eyes!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 24, 2013

I loved how my little twin granddaughters were so excited to see such big animals, and big fish. Their eyes were as big as saucers and they spotted them before their father or I did. The line-up for some food was a little long but the food was well worth the wait.

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