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“Fantastic Family Day”
Review of Toronto Zoo

Toronto Zoo
Ranked #50 of 535 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. NEW at the Toronto Zoo, visitors can now see our state-of the-art Wildlife Health Centre*. This new facility is the first of its kind in Canada and further enhances the Toronto Zoo as a centre of excellence in high-quality animal care through veterinary and reproductive sciences, nutritional physiology, and conservation and wildlife research.Exclusive to our Zoomobile tour, you can now see first-hand a glimpse into the work we do behind-the-scenes. Your Zoomobile ride-all-day wristband* or Membership Card gives you access to a viewing gallery featuring the following rooms: Diagnostic Imaging, Treatment, Surgery, Clinical Lab and Endocrinology Lab. *not included in Zoo Admission, additional fee applies. 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.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Reviewed July 6, 2013

Liked: Quick parking
You can bring your own food/drinks in
Zoo mobile highly recommended with small children

Splash Pad is AMAZING
Panda exhibit was little to no line and very informative
Carrousel was my kids favorite thing to do
Mandarin option was nice
Beaver Tails were wonderful

Dislike: some people never move from in front of the small glass exhibits so if you have a stroller its hard to see.
Some exhibits are sad to look at, as they could really use some sprucing up.
Overall was Excellent. We had an amazing time and the kids got so much out of it!

Thank Mariposa157
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Reviewed July 5, 2013

This is a great way to spend a warm sunny day in Toronto! I love seeing animals and the Greater Toronto Zoo has the most I've seen in Canada.

It's a litte hard to get there transitting from Downtown Toronto, it will take about 1 hour to 1.5 hours (Subway and Bus) but it is very little hassle and quite easy.

Definitely go during a time when you feel the weather is perfect for you and make sure you dress for it! You will be spending a lot of time outside walking because the Zoo is just so massive!

There are lots of shows to watch and almost every animal you would want to see. I highly recommend going!

Thank fromVancouverCanada
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Reviewed July 5, 2013

I have visited Toronto Zoo in June 2013 with my husband and 2 kids (3 and 7). First thing one has to take under consideration is the lenght of a travel by public transport. It took us 2 hours to get there from downtown Toronto (streetcar, subway and again streetbus), one way! So it's a all day long trip.
The Zoo itself is huge and the distances you have to walk to see any given animal, are huge. You can take a zoomobile but it's expensive as every other "attraction"-there are gift shops and restaurants everywhere and everything is very expensive. Average ice cream costs 6 dollars...
Animals are scarce and it's hard to see them at all. If you are used to European type of Zoo, expect to be disappointed. One plus were 2 giant pandas "rented" by Chinese. They will be there till 2018, so a lot of time to see them. Again you have to stand in a long queue to see them and they are packed in relatively small location, but that was kind of OK. The rest was waste of time. I regret going there instead of Casa Loma.

Thank Renata B
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Reviewed July 5, 2013

My wife and I went here as part of our It's Time for a Little Toronto package and had a great time! Even though it was late in the season, most of the animals were still outside, and it was great seeing animals that we've both only seen on TV.

One of the nicest things was that the place was DEAD! The most people we ran into was at the giraffe area during feeding time. There were perhaps 20 people there, and that was the most people I saw in one spot all day!

This was most likely due to the fact that they were having power problems when we were there. But even that didn't really effect much except the elephant doors that they couldn't open. However, the keeper let us go into the large building where they keep them which was great because we got closer than we ever could if they were in their paddocks.

Overall it was a great experience but be prepared to pay! Parking was $8 CA, and admission was $18 CA for adults, although we had vouchers.
Not to mention if you want to eat. Also, set aside a whole day for it.
We rushed through in 2 hours - and I do mean RUSHED! Take your time, bring your lunch, and enjoy it as a whole day experience!

Thank carlo n
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Reviewed July 4, 2013

We visited the zoo the day before Canada day (July 1st) 2013 with another family who also has a small kid. The place was packed and it was very hot and sunny. It was very nice until we got to the Panda Exhibit which had a 45 minute line up that turned into 1.5hrs! It was pretty ridiculous and we only got to see the male laying outside from a long distance and over numerous heads. This line and the heat drained us so be prepared and bring bottles for water, an umbrella and lots of sunscreen... and food, if you want to have a decent meal for a decent price. The zoo is very well kept and there are a lot of animals but it is a vast zoo. Don't miss the polar bears or the gorillas. Hopefully we can visit it again when the weather is more forgiving and the animals are more active. Definitely recommend it but keep in mind there are a lot of variables that can't be controlled.

Thank cvarela79
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