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Family-Friendly Zoos near Toronto

High Park Zoo 

Opened since the early 1900s High Park Zoo in Toronto is great for families. It has seven enclosed areas on either side of the Deer Pen road. Among other animals that live in the zoo you can find bison, deer, llamas, highland cattle, peacocks and many others.

According to their website, you won’t need to walk for hours from one animal to another and there are plenty of other activities in the park for you and your family.

1873 Bloor St. W, Toronto ON M6R 2Z3 (View Map)

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Reptilia Zoo (Vaughan Location) 

Reptilia Zoo is one of the largest reptile zoos in Canada. It is a home for over 250 species of reptiles, amphibians and arachnids. Here you can see animals that cannot be found in any other place of the country.

As stated on their website, visitors get to know animals even better by attending one of six scheduled shows or tours and four scheduled feedings. All animals are securely contained in escape-proof exhibits, for their health and happiness as well as yours.

2501 Rutherford Rd, Concord, ON L4K 2N6 (View Map)

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Oshawa Zoo 

Since 1993 Oshawa Zoo has provided family friendly adventures. Children are able to interact with animals through the fences, so parents can be calm for their safety. For those who are looking for zoos in the Ontario region, Oshawa Zoo would be a great choice.

According to the website, kids could grow up with friends in the animal world that they know by name, grow up with them as they feed orphaned animals by bottle, until those animals have babies of their own.

3377 Grandview St N, Oshawa, ON L1H 8L7 (View Map)

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Toronto Zoo 

For over 25 years Toronto Zoo provides compelling guest experiences that educate visitors about the animals in their care and also inspires them to take actions to protect them. In Toronto Zoo you can see animals in their own habitat.

As stated on their website, they see guests as partners in mission; they are agents of change going out into the world. In Toronto Zoo they strive to create an easily accessible, fun, safe, and comfortable experience that encourages learning and creates iconic and lifelong memories.

2000 Meadowvale Rd, Toronto, ON M1B 5K7 (View Map)

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Reptilia Whitby 

If you like reptiles and thinking about how to spend your weekend, Reptilia Whitby is a place for you. With over 31 000 sq ft of indoor exhibits and playground Reptilia Whitby invites you to have all day fun.

According to their website, it features self-guided and private tours, live shows and feedings, birthday party rooms, seasonal camps, and exclusive events!

1400 Victoria St E, Whitby, ON L1N 0M2 (View Map)

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The Killman Zoo

The Killman Zoo opened in 1988, today they have a wide range of wild animals including coyotes, bears, lemurs, birds and over 30 exotic cats. The Killman Zoo is a nice place for a family time in GTA. It sits on 9 acres of the Killman land, so visitors can experience and see wild animals in their nature.

As stated on their website, the Killman Zoo has one of the largest lion families in Canada with fourteen individuals from the ages of 11 months old to 12 years old. You may be lucky enough to hear the whole pride roar throughout the entire zoo. This typically happens after a large meal – come see our Big Kitty Crunch Time on Sunday to hear it and learn more with our feeding demonstration!

237 Unity Side Rd E, Caledonia, ON N3W 2H7 (View Map)

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African Lion Safari

African Lion Safari is a family-owned and family oriented park in GTA. It first opened its gates to the public in 1969. Today African Lion Safari houses 1 000 animals comprising over 100 species.

As stated on their website, our manner of exhibiting animals is completely different from the traditional approach; that is, the visitor is caged in the car, and the animals roam in 2 to 20 hectare (5 to 50 acre) reserves.

1386 Cooper Rd, Cambridge, ON N1R 5S2 (View Map)

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Elmvale Jungle Zoo

In Elmvale Jungle Zoo visitors can walk along trails, view white lions and tigers, playful monkeys and lemurs and many more. It’s a family-friendly place in GTA. If you are looking for how to spend your weekend or want to know more about wildlife, think about visiting Elmvale Jungle Zoo.

According to the website, 25 additional acres have been untouched for the natural habitat reserved for animals native to this area.

14191 Simcoe County Rd 27, Phelpston, ON L0L 2K0 (View Map)

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Jungle Cat World Wildlife Park

The Jungle Cat World Wildlife Park is a great place to plan your family visit. With guided feeding tours, night safari you can see and experience wild species in a personal environment. Here you can see snow leopard, grey wolf, amur tiger, transvaal lion and many more wild animals.

According to their website, the Jungle Cat World Wildlife Park is connecting guests with animals in a respectful and mutually meaningful way.

3667 Concession Rd 6, Orono, ON L0B 1M0 (View Map)

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Bird Kingdom

Family friendly park in the Niagara Region for those who are looking for a tropical adventure. Bird Kingdom is a home for hundreds of tropical birds where all species free-flying. It is the World’s Largest Free-Flying Indoor Aviary. Here you can meet parrots, crows, cockatoos, pigeons and many others. As for owls, bats and other fascinating night creatures they have their own ruins of the Night Jungle.

As stated on their website, this world class attraction is located in a 5 minute walk from Niagara Falls and is open all year. Be sure to bring your camera as you encounter exotic birds and animals up close in their natural habitats. 

5651 River Road, Niagara Falls, Ontario, L2E 7M7 (View Map)

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Butterfly Conservatory

Plan your trip to Butterfly Conservatory in Ontario Region. This tropical paradise is located on the grounds of the Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens. This is a family friendly adventure full of over 2,000 butterflies, waterfalls and vegetation.

As stated on their website, you will experience a 180 metres of pathways wind through the glass-enclosed Conservatory and lead to the emergence window, where butterflies leave their pupae and dry out their wings before they take their first flight.

2565 Niagara Pkwy, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON L0S 1J0 (View Map)

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Ostrich Land Ontario 

If you travel to Niagara Region (not far from Lincoln), you can see rare and unique birds for this part of the world. Park provides education, healthy products and helps kids and parents to understand the value of a sustainable environment and experience. Farm has a picnic area where you can spend the day with your family and friends.

According to their website, they provide a way for you to be up close and personal with these big birds and safe at the same time.

8299 Concession Rd 2, Caistor Centre, ON L0R 1E0 (View Map)

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Other Zoos

Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory

2500 Kossuth Road, Cambridge, ON N3H 4R7

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