|Melanie, Co-op Member|
|A visit to the Toronto Zoo is an amazing experience! No matter how many times we attend, there always seems to be something new to see and do. |
The animals are well cared for, the grounds are beautifully kept, and zoo staff are helpful and friendly. It's a good idea to check the schedule to see when certain animals are being fed or zoo keepers are offering chats for an enhanced learning experience.
In the warmer summer months, be sure to bring along bathing suits to enjoy the water park. It's usually quite busy, and always lots of fun. There's some shade around the perimeter but the main water park area is uncovered, so go prepared for a lot of direct sun.
There's lots of walking if you plan to cover much of the zoo, so wear good walking shoes! You might also consider taking the zoo train to cut back on some of the leg work.
The Toronto Zoo is well worth a yearly membership if you're close enough to visit more than once. Membership fees are recovered with less than two visits.
|Jennifer, Co-op Member|
|I agree with the previous member - wear your walking shoes, and go in cool weather (though the Splash area is fun, there is NO shade, so I'd rather not take my kids there to get burnt). |
This zoo was built in the early 70s along fairly revolutionary principles: give animals lots of space, group them by region, and don't worry about visitors' convenience. When it was built, there was a monorail which let you get to even the farthest exhibits.
Well, following an injury in the 80s, the monorail was shut down, and now - unless you are very lucky to go on a day when the "Zoomobile" is running (and want to pay extra unless you're a member), you're stuck walking a VERY long way to see some of the more distant animals.
And by "see," I mean "maybe get a glimpse of." The downside of very naturalistic habitats is that you may or may not see an actual animal in the exhibit.
Sadly, these two factors - distances and poor visibility of animals - make it not the most kid-friendly zoo in the world. And like all Toronto attractions, it's expensive. Parking alone is $10; admission for our family of 6 is well over $100.
Now that we're members (it was a gift), we have the liberty to come for short visits and only see a few animals. I love going in spring and fall when there are few tourists and school groups.
Stop by the moonjellies in the Barrier Reef exhibit for the most relaxing few minutes of your day!
Another tip: it's 50% off on Boxing Day!
|Jennifer, Co-op Member|
|Excellent spot... Lots and lots of room, tons of walking and well planned out routes. |
Kids get to see animals that are not native to this country.
Also have a kids section with more 'farm' type animals with rabbits, goats, pigs etc.
Nice trip to take and spend the day.
As with other places, bring your food it will save you money