Toronto Zoo
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
About
Your Toronto Zoo is committed to connecting people, animals and conservation to fight extinction and we are excited to be welcoming back you and your families. Take a drive on the WILD side and experience our Zoo comfortably from your own vehicle with our Scenic Safari Drive-Thru or enjoy our new one-way walking routes. To further enrich your visit, why not add on a Wild Encounter to get up close and personal with some of our animals! For more information, including hours of operation, please visit our website: http://www.torontozoo.com/
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Neighbourhood: Scarborough
Situated astride Lake Ontario, Scarborough is a district heavily influenced by immigration. With a number of low-rent shopping and dining options making it a highly affordable part of town, and boasting one of Toronto's largest shopping malls, the otherwise green suburban neighborhood is a good place to go for bargains and discounts. It also draws in photographers. The spires, archways, and cavernous rooms of the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Palace are filled with breathtaking art, architecture, and detailed reliefs – it’s like entering a different world, The ruins of columns and installation art at the Guild Inn makes a free-for-all exploration site, while the big-name draw for young photographers is the menagerie at the Toronto Zoo. While many visitors shirk Scarborough as too suburban, its houses are some of Toronto's most mystical and haunting architectural beauties. And for adventure lovers, it has river-rafting and some unique hiking trails.
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  • Jay J
    Osgoode, Canada17 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not happy
    Was really disappointed as most of the major animals we went to see weren’t available for whatever reason. On top of that all the rides were closed. No mention if that when we purchased full priced tickets but only got half the experience. They could have mentioned that or else we probably wouldn’t have gone. We came from Ottawa and met family from Edmonton to go to the zoo. Feel very ripped off.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written August 5, 2023
  • Czar Emmanuel
    Manila, Philippines9,564 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    It's the biggest in Canada!
    Divided into different areas (Africa, Asia, Americas, etc.), this zoo is huge and you would need the whole day to explore it. Prepare to do a lot of walking, although there's a shuttle that can facilitate your movement from one place to another. Still I say walking is the best option. It allows you to enter spaces not directly accessible to the shuttle service. Besides, it's a good exercise. I suggest that you come early since it really gets hot during summer. You may also want to use a sunblock or a parasol. Both kids and adults fond of animals will definitely love this place. Lastly, don't forget that you get a discount by presenting your PRESTO card.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written August 12, 2023
  • Heatha4357
    Goodells, Michigan10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    So much fun!
    This place was huge, the enclosures for the animals were spacious and all the animals looked to healthy. Definitely worth the trip. We spent the entire day and still didn’t see everything. It was great exercise and the animals weee very active. You will be walking a lot so make sure if you are with kids that you have snacks and strollers ready to go!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written August 22, 2023
  • Allie W
    19 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Something for Everyone
    My family loves the zoo and we try to visit any time we're near Toronto. I had a recent knee injury and was concerned with all the walking, but we took advantage of the Zoomobile, and there were wheelchair rentals available too. The animals seemed happy (except the tigers, who seemed stressed). We had a lovely time visiting the orangutans and baby Wali, and got up close and personal with a polar bear. Wish there were more gluten free options for kids, but also very happy we could bring in our own food.
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 26, 2023
  • Tilly
    Aberdeen, United Kingdom290 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice day out
    Lots of walking but cause of my health I hired an electric scooter which was just perfect. It was a very warm day and a lot of the animals were asleep and rightly so. I love orangutans and gorillas, I felt there wasn’t a huge amount of animals to see but the ones they had were very well looked after. Been to the zoo before 25 years ago obviously lots of changes. All the animals looked so healthy.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written September 10, 2023
  • beerstein
    Toronto, Canada19 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Let's go to the ZOO!!
    It's one full day of lions, tigers and bears and otters, penguins, wolves, gorillas...just to name a few. Plus there's a family of giraffe which is the best thing ever. You can walk a trail through kangaroo hoping around you. Plan for a full day and bring food if you can as it's not cheap to eat and especially healthy. There's 1 restaurant that serves bowls but it's $18 each and cold and not very big. It's definitely not freshii. The zoo is great but don't have the highest expectations in comparison to some other zoos. Some things haven't exactly aged well. The really promote the new outdoor orangutan area but there wasn't a single one out and it was a gorgeous day. They also only had 1 inside. Nothing is perfect and they make it up in quantity over quality. Still love it though so thats the reason for 4 stars. One last thing don't go on run day. They'll ruin the first couple of hours for you as they take over the place.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written September 16, 2023
  • Beth S
    South Lake Tahoe, California474 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    October had good weather, limited exhibits
    Transition period had many empty exhibits. The zoo was very spread out with significant hills. Wear good walking shoes. Many concession stands were not open, and they took cards but no cash. I've been to many better zoos.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written October 5, 2023
  • Karen1616
    557 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We're at the Zoo
    We arrived early during the week... it wasn't very busy upon arrival, so we got to experience everything up close with not to many people around.. food and drink is quite expensive so bring something if you can... we had a great time enjoying our glass wine with the rhinos... great rest stop! Worth the visit!!
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written October 9, 2023
  • Tracy R
    52 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    A day at the Zoo
    We were quite disappointed as we walked around the Zoo. We felt that it was quite expensive for the experience. Although, it’s a large site the enclosures were small for most of the animals, the zoo boasts lots of animals but we only saw a handful. There was a new Orang Utang enclosure with one that we saw, apparently it was too cold for the others to be out- but it was an indoor enclosure. We realised that it was October, and the temp would drop, but we weren’t warned about the lack of animals out. The price should have reflected this. The Zoomobile was extra.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written October 15, 2023
  • Yeti1988
    Denver, Colorado165 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth the trip
    I would highly recommend this zoo. It is well laid out and has a wide array of animals. The surrounding woods are beautiful lending to a peaceful, almost meditative experience. This place is also huge, so be prepared to walk a lot, on both flat terrain and inclines.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written October 30, 2023
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Jo Smith
Brisbane, Australia70 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
This zoo was very good. Some enclosures seemed pretty small for the number of animals in them. But it was a lovely space. Be prepared to walk though. Wear comfortable shoes.
Written June 12, 2024
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Shelly B
Cleveland, OH17 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
Toronto may be the largest zoo when it comes to land but they have a long way to be a quality zoo. They had a few great displays like the polar bears and the wolves but for the most part the animals were off display or the display was closed. Most areas were just unkept. The zoomobile doesn’t show much of the park and drops you off at distant locations. I really thought such a big metropolis would have a better zoo.
Written June 6, 2024
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AI
Nagpur District, India4 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
The zoo is good, not the best zoo.

There are different areas to explore like Americas, Canada, Australia, Africa, all have different animals from that region.

The Africa section was the best, lot of open areas and animals to see.
Other areas had less, the Indo area was not available fully as maintenance and expansion going on.
Polar bear was the best where it was swimming and entertaining the visitors.
To reach Canada section it requires lot of walking.
It will take an entire day to cover full zoo completely.

Tips :
1. Go on a sunny/ cloudy day.
2. The zoo opens at 9 am , Plan your trip as early as possible to cover all areas.
3. Vegetarian options are very less, You can also carry home made food as much as you want.
4. Carry Caps, goggles, sun screen, good quality cameras if you want to click pictures.
5. Buses are very convenient, goes till the zoo
Written June 2, 2024
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Eileen Z
Victoria BC Canada23 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
This zoo used to be nice a few years ago. Yesterday we could barely see through the glass enclosues, absolutely filthy on the inside and out. Many employees standing around doing nothing while garbage blew off tables and along pathways. Staff were not helpful and not knowledgeable ie. couldn't give directions. Prices were ridiculous... I paid $8.23 for a very small ice cream bar! Seriously, my thought was that if the grounds and experience was so shoddy, what kind of care is being given to the animals? This zoo needs a total overhaul... don't waste your money.
Written May 25, 2024
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Greg S
St. Catharines, Canada13 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
If you like walking & reading descriptions of animals this is the place to go. I saw more zoo employees standing around doing absolutely nothing then animals.

What animals you actually see are either sleeping somewhere barely visible or have signs saying the animal isn’t there.

Many of the displays were empty the entire entrance was undergoing huge renovations. The food like everything else (admission $150 for 4) was good.

Suggestion, with all the room available give the animals larger enclosures & incorporate walkways. Many have tiny areas & pace mindlessly back & forth. Have zoo employees stationed near animals to interact with customers & engage them.

We met volunteers in the Kookaburra area & polar bear who were friendly & descriptive. Pay these people. Not the 10 standing around the gift shop.
Written May 11, 2024
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Alireza
Ottawa, Canada6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Amazing and interesting, I think the Toronto Zoo could be the best attraction in Toronto. I strongly recommend visiting it with your family or friends.
Written May 4, 2024
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EnglishDragon
Scunthorpe, UK868 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Nice zoo but they need to work out a bit of a difference between off season and summer. We went and it was empty, a lot of attractions were either closed or not about and it was a bit of a quiet walk through the park.

That said its still a really nice zoo.
Written April 24, 2024
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Dave L
Queensbury, NY45 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
I love zoos and I really wanted to love this zoo but there was some things that just really dampened my enthusiasm. The first was the fact that you are charged for parking as well as admission. This zoo is not located right in the heart of the city so it's not like space was at a premium. Going along with this theme, it seemed like anything in the zoo was overpriced (food, drinks, etc.). Now, I know that we were not going during the heart of the tourist season so I did not expect everything to be open (they have some kind of water attraction and that was obviously closed) but most of the vendors were not open. Additionally, many of the exhibits did not have animals in them and it seemed like there was an awful lot of walking where you did not see anything. Several of the animals were in small cages and it seemed like zoos that you saw in pictures a century ago! At times, it was also confusing as to where you could find certain areas of the zoo. There are doing a great deal of construction so that could be why things weren't as clear as they could be and some of the animals were not in the exhibits but the zoo still charged full price for a mediocre experience. I'm not comparing this zoo to my favorites (Bronx Zoo and San Diego Zoo) but compared to the Pittsburgh Zoo (where I visited last summer), it was not in the same league! The only reason I did not rate this zoo lower was because they did have some very nice displays but again, they seemed to be far and few between. Most of the time when I've left a zoo, I feel myself thinking that the next time I'm in the area, I will be back. Sadly, this is not one of those cases! It's a real shame too as it was a beautiful day to tour (mid-60s and sunny).
Written April 21, 2024
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Travel25346533585
893 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Friends
Not a great zoo for a big city. Many of the animals had cramped enclosures and we left feeling sorry for them.
Of course they ask for Money but the animals are not benefitting
Written March 25, 2024
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Dreamer12574591385
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
This zoo once was an interesting day out. It was always expensive and involved a lot of walking but animal variety was plentiful until they removed the elephants. That was the start of them going downhill and since then at a rapid pace. It now costs $100 for two adults and one child entrance fee. We went yesterday on a sunny day in March break. Busy yes but not too bad. Were greeted upon entrance to a building site as renos are underway. Massive detours in walking route adds to exhaustion. The Zoomobile (extra $10 pp) runs once every 15 mins and is always full at every stop except main station. Ought to run every 5 mins but doesn't. No giraffe's in evidence anymore and only three very small gorillas. Given the number of species of monkeys they have only a few and we didn't see any. Lions and cheetahs fast asleep and some tired old polar bears. No seals anymore that I could find. Just lots of walking and lots of people and very few four legged creatures. Nothing to amaze. Feel sorry for the children. Food is ok but expect to pay a premium for fast food and long waiting lines to order and pick up. Gift shop is sheep shearing territory and you are the sheep. They now hand you your item and receipt with no bag. Their excuse it is saves waste.Hmmm but they will sell you a bag if you want, a bag you don't want. Woke words. Awful customer service from admin. All in all an expensive disappointing bad value day and tiring. After twenty years we won't be coming back.
Written March 14, 2024
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