Toronto Zoo

Location:  2000 Meadowvale Rd Toronto, ON M1B 5K7, Canada

Phone:  +1 416 – 392 – 5929

Hours: 9:30 am – 4:30 pm daily

Last Admission: 3:30 pm

Neighborhood: Scarborough


Home to around 5,000 animals and over 500 species, the Toronto Zoo sure is an overwhelming place at first glance. This 710-acre zoo has over 6 miles, or 10 km, of walking trails and exhibits. Though a trip to the Toronto Zoo can, at times, feel like a workout, it’s more likely to feel like an you’re on an urban safari! The Toronto Zoo is divided into seven regions: Indo – Malaya, Africa, the Americas, Australasia, Eurasia, Canadian Domain and the Tundra Trek.

Each of these regions showcases the different animals that each locale is known for. This really is a worldwide wildlife experience: animals can be seen in both indoor and outdoor environments, and the zoo offers different viewing levels (making it easier for the little ones to better see their new furry friends). To add to the different viewing levels provided, guests can be get even more exposure to the animals because of the many Meet the Keeper talks and feeding events happening throughout the day.

Just imagine how fun that would be for the kids (and some adults) to meet the zookeepers as they play with some of their favorite new animals! Some of the newest attractions at the Toronto Zoo include: the Giant panda in the newly renovated Eurasia region, for a limited time the Educational Centre is home to China loaned bears Da Mao and Er Shun and lastly, three rare white lions in the African Savanna.

Of course guests can also enjoy the usual attractions in the zoo such as the 10 acre Tundra Trek, wherein guests could be amazed by its award winning 5 acre polar bear habitat with underwater viewing area, not to mention their snow geese, reindeer, snowy owl, Arctic fox and wolves. And if that isn’t enough for you and your family, come see the Gorilla Rainforest – home to the Western Lowland Gorilla, Nassir and the Great Barrier Reef.

Toronto Zoo

Zoos were once considered to be the most common destination for educational tours but, thanks to the Toronto Zoo, they are now considered to be a popular and thrilling destination for family, friends and tourists. The Toronto Zoo provides a variety of must-see attractions. Starting with the Discovery Zone; this zone features three exciting areas that everyone can enjoy! First is the Kids Zoo, this allows the children to be able to interact and experience wildlife. Second is the awesome Splash Island.

This is a 2 acre water play area which both the kids and adults could definitely enjoy, especially during the summer time. And last but not the least is the Waterslide Theatre that provides entertainment for the family and for groups as well. So much for being just a zoo, right? Toronto Zoo could already be considered as a zoo and amusement place as well. Besides the Discovery Zone, the Toronto Zoo also has rides namely, the zoo mobile, conservation carousel, camels and ponies. And if you want to know a bit of history regarding the aboriginal worldview, don’t miss the First Nation Art Garden, which showcases artworks that are sure to amaze you.

Another great feature of this zoo are the wonderful guest services provided. Guest services provides free wheelchairs and for a small fee, strollers and wagons (perfect for those families with small children, persons with disabilities and senior citizens). In addition to that, the zoo has indoor and outdoor pavilions for resting and shade. And of course, to complete the whole tourist attraction experience, 7 gift shops and kiosks are available enabling the guest to take home a piece of memory from your unforgettable Toronto Zoo adventure.

If you’re hungry, you can go on a culinary adventure at one of Toronto Zoo’s many eateries (options range from full service dining rooms to quick-serve snack carts). In case you would need extra money to buy the whole family food and souvenirs, ATM machines are conveniently located just outside the Main entrance and next to the African restaurant.

 Toronto Zoo

Indeed, a visit to the Toronto Zoo is quite an adventure! A handy tip for guests who would visit the Toronto Zoo is to pack extra clothes, extra batteries for your camera and don’t forget to pack your energy and curiousness. The word zoo cannot sum up what this place is; it’s an overall nature experience. At the end of the day, all you could say is, “that was tiring but I can’t wait to do it again!”

Share with us your fun and exciting adventures at the Toronto Zoo. What animal did you most want to take home with you? Would you go back? If you haven’t explored the zoo yet, please stop by our page after your visit and fill us in!

Savings Tip: If you are planning a trip to Toronto, you may want to plan on buying a CityPASS: the pass grants you admission to five of the city’s biggest tourist attractions. If you are planning to visit CN Tower, Casa Loma, Toronto Zoo, Ontario Science Centre and the Royal Ontario Museum, a CityPASS will save adults $46.63 and youths $36.97 on the price of admission for all five destinations.

Regular Admission Fees:

Members: FREE

General Admission (Ages 13 – 64): $28.00 ($24.78 + $3.22 HST)

Senior (Ages 65 and above): $23.00 ($20.35 + $2.65 HST)

Children (Ages 3 – 12): $18.00 ($15.93 + $2.07 HST)

Children (Ages 2 & younger): FREE


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