Zoos in Ontario with kids

It’s animal time in Ontario, and they are calling YOU!

For those families who LOVE those animal encounters, look no further than Ontario because Ontario has plenty of them!

We have to start with zoos. These are the most iconic way to experience wildlife, and great to visit with children. They offer animal encounters, and kids can experience creatures from all across the globe.  

Farms are a great alternative for a more hands-on experience with petting zoos and barnyard fun. Wildlife sanctuaries offer kids an invaluable lesson in conservation, and animal-specific attractions let kids really immerse themselves in their favorite creatures!

Whatever wildlife experience you choose with children, you know they will walk away filled with memories and knowledge that can’t be replaced. They’ll have a ROAR-ing time! 

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  • Marineland

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    Niagara Falls

    A swimmingly fun day out for the whole family full of fun aquatic displays and performances, as well as 16 thrilling rides for all ages (and bravery levels!)

  • Bowmanville Zoo

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    Bowmanville

    Experience a close encounter of the wild kind. Bowmanville Zoo is an intimate and interactive zoo with educating live animal shows daily in the Animal Theatre. Animal rides and carnivore feedings. ...

  • Toronto Zoo

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    Toronto

    Visit over 5,000 animals. Be thrilled by the Amazing Animal Show! Explore "Zellers Discovery Zone,"* featuring the "Kids Zoo", "Splash Island" and the "Great Barrier Reef Exhibit".

  • Little Rays Reptile Zoo

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    Ottawa

    Ottawa's only Reptile Zoo and Insectarium with over 80 displays, housing more than 250 animals. Little Ray's allows you to get up close and personal with the animals. The emphasis is hands-on ...

  • Papanack Zoo

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    Wendover

    A day near Ottawa filled with exotic and beautiful wildlife, at this family friendly zoo in Canada!

  • Valleyview Little Animal Farm

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    Nepean

    Farm Animals and Birds, Duck Pond, Creative Farm Play Yards, Gift Shop. Ride the mini-train, 'The Funny Farm Express'. Puppet Shows on weekends,and daily in July and August. Farm Museum open on ...

  • Indian River Reptile Zoo

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    Norwood

    The Indian River Reptile Zoo is the only Reptile Facility in Canada to be an accredited member of the Canadian Association Of Zoos and Aquariums!

  • Children's Animal Farm

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    Sarnia

    Animal fun in Ontario at this fun farm, where kids can learn all about the animals in a natural environment! And it's FREE!

  • Eglis Sheep Farm and Animal Park

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    Minnitaki

    Enjoy touring the lovely 32-hectare (80-acre) farm and see many domestic and exotic farm animals. Be sure to check out the Bird Aviary and don't miss the Lambing Barn!

  • Gammondale Farm

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    Thunder Bay

    Children love to visit our 1930 barn filled with friendly animals. Fluffy baby chicks are a favorite in the spring. And of course the loft is always open for kids to play in the hay and swing on the ...

  • Riverview Park and Zoo

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    Peterborough

    Riverview Park and Zoo is a unique, recreational facility offering attractions to people of all ages. The zoo features 27 exhibits, with over 48 species, including Yak, Camel, Wallaby, Emu, Macaw, ...

  • Northwood Zoo and Animal Sanctuary

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    Seagrave

    Northwood is a Non-Profit Sanctuary Dedicated to providing a clean, safe and loving environment to over 100 exotic animal species. Including Tigers, Lions, Primates, Bears, Wolves, Buffalo, Eagles, ...

  • Valley View Little Animal Farm

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    Nepean

    Producing farm open to the public with special family activities for learning about farms and animals.

  • Reptilia

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    Vaughan

    Reptilias zoo contains more than 75 species of reptiles including all the 'Big Names' such as Nile Croc, King Cobra, Black Mamba, Reticulated Python, American Alligator, Boa Constrictor, Alligator ...

  • Brantford Twin Valley Zoo

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    Brantford

    An enjoyable and nurturing environment where families can learn about animals of the world. There are also a petting zoo section, accessible nature trail and a children's adventure playground ...

  • African Lion Safari

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    Cambridge

    Go “On Safari!” and get closer than you ever imagined to over 1,000 exotic birds and animals from around the world! See majestic lions, rare cheetah, a herd of graceful giraffe, and a crash of ...

  • Safari Niagara

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    Stevensville

    Come, immerse yourself in a world of zoological wonders. Home to more than 500 animals of native and exotic mammals, reptiles and birds! Plus free activities including paddle boating, kite-flying and ...

  • Killman Zoo

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    Caledonia

    7 acres with 5 big cat runs including a 2 acre section with swimming pond so a chance to get some really great views and photos. Also house primates, vulpines and more.

  • Greenview Aviaries Park and Zoo

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    Ridgetown

    Offering exotic animals, tropical birds, reptiles and masses of monkeys; plus adventure playground, splash pad, miniature village and family eatery.

  • Elmvale Jungle Zoo

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    Elmvale

    Over 300 exotic and exciting animals to visit, plus interactive reptile sessions, adventure playground and more.

  • Jungle Cat World Wildlife Park

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    6 Orono

    Much more than big cats with nearly 180 animals representing over 60 species. Free daily feeding tours, plus Animal Encounter and other options.

  • Land O'Lakes Rescue Petting Farm

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    Cloyne

    A sweet and educational petting farm in Ontario which features rescued animals, and encourages interactive with kids and adults - particularly those with special needs

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  • Centreville Amusement Park

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    Toronto

    A 20-acre family theme park with over 30 rides and attractions on the Toronto Islands. Old Ontario village main street has lots of food, games, shops and rides including our antique carousel, log ...

  • Fantasy Fair

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    Etobicoke

    Come out and enjoy Fantasy Fair - the perfect place for the whole family. Little ones love the bumper boats and the play village while older children can enjoy the bumper cars, the spinner and the ...

  • Canada's Wonderland

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    Vaughan

    Experience the most exhilarating collection of rides and roller coasters in all of Canada! Test your level of thrill being spun 360 degrees, or free falling 230 feet!

  • Midway Family Fun Park

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    Ottawa

    Enjoy the LARGEST indoor family entertainment center in Eastern Ontario, with over 50,000 square feet of FUN!

  • Bingemans Conference and Recreation Centre

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    Kitchener

    The area's largest water park, offers days of fun and entertainment for kids of all ages. there is also the newest and largest indoor family playground in the region with 25,000 square feet of fun.

  • Santas Village

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    Bracebridge

    Three exciting amusement parks and one fabulous campground all on 60 acres of family fun in Ontario!

  • Milltown Mini Golf

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    Peterborough

    Milltown is a family oriented amusement park located in Peterborough Ontario. We have over 2 acres of beautiful landscaped park area. Putt by 2 fish ponds, a working water wheel, a running water ...

  • Adventure Village

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    Hamilton

    Adventure Village is set on over 3 acres of beautiful rolling hills with lush vegetation, 5 waterfalls, 6 fish ponds, rapids, shipwrecks, and features a wide range of fun things to do including, ...

  • Chippewa Park

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    Thunder Bay

    Chippewa Park has been the home to a range of amusement rides since the early 1920's. Today, anchored by the Historical Carousel, the park boasts a small midway. For the younger set they can choose ...

  • Storybook Gardens

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    London

    Storybook Gardens provides families with fun and special memories to last a lifetime. We have something for the whole family, with animals, rides, games, play areas, Slippery's splash area, ...

  • Story Book Park

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    Owen Sound

    A fun day in Owen Sound with storybook adventures, family rides, water slides, and even a haunted house!

  • Belmont Corn Maze

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    Belmont

    This 4-hectare (10-acre) maze has over 5 km (3 miles) of twists and turns to explore! There's also a mini maze hay bale pyramid for little ones to play on.

  • LEGOLAND Discovery Centre

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    Vaughan

    New! Now Open! . LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre Toronto - it's like you’ve just jumped into the biggest box of LEGO® bricks ever! • Come share our LEGO world of colour, creativity and family ...