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2000 Meadowvale Rd.

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Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend
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  • 4.5Facilities
  • 4.5Atmosphere

According to travelers, the Toronto Zoo is a hit with the kids (and most adults). This sprawling facility in Scarborough is one of the largest zoos in the world with more than 6 miles of walking trails spread over 700 acres. With 5,000 animals (representing more than 450 species) calling this place home, there is tons to see. The zoo is separated into seven geographic regions, but travelers shouldn't leave without visiting the park's award-winning exhibits, including the largest indoor gorilla exhibit in North America, the Gorilla Rainforest. There are also a plethora of seasonal activities to engage in. Along with a ropes course there's a carousel, as well as the Zoomobile Ride, which takes you through some of the parks various regions, including Africa, the Americas, and, of course, Canada. The Discovery Zone is also a top attraction for families, housing a 2-acre water play area, theater and an interactive wildlife experience designed for the kiddos.

Hours vary by season, but the zoo is generally open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with extended hours on the weekends. Admission prices are also dependent on season, but range from CA$23 for adults (about $18) and CA$14 for children ages 3 to 12 (about $11) during the winter. Summer admission is CA$29 for adults (about $22.40) and CA$19 (approximately $15) for children 3 to 12. If yu purchased a CityPASS, your entrance fee is covered. The only grievance travelers had about the zoo was that it was hard to get to, as there are no subway stations near, only buses. The Toronto Zoo is located about 22 miles northeast of downtown Toronto. Keep in mind that some animals may not be present in their exhibits during the winter months due to the chilly temperatures. Along with restrooms and restaurants, there are also several gift shops on-site. For up-to-date information about hours and ticket prices, check out the zoo's website.

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When you're in need of a break from the hustle and bustle of Canada's biggest city, hop a ferry to the Toronto Islands. This collection of islands and islets offers a welcome touch of green to the city's skyscraper-speckled mainland. The three islands, Centre, Ward's and Algonquin, are all connected, so you don't have to worry about having to get on and off a boat to fully experience the area. Each main island offers something different. Centre Island lives up to its name, providing the most in terms of activities. There, visitors will find expansive picnic areas, beaches, sporting rentals and the Centreville Amusement Park, which features more than 30 rides, a petting zoo and a boating lagoon. Ward and Algonquin are more laid-back, dotted with 1920s-style cottages and English gardens. Hanlan's Point, located next to the Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport at the northeastern tip of the island, features the area's only clothing optional beach, as well as a lighthouse believed to be haunted. All of the islands are largely car-free, making them the perfect venue for a peaceful stroll, bike ride or picnic. And while the winter brings biting winds and lots of snow, the Toronto Islands are also a great place for cross-country skiing and ice skating.

Travelers and locals alike both take to the Toronto Islands. Recent visitors said it's a great place to take a long breather from the big city atmosphere of Toronto. Many say the incredible views of the city's skyline are reason alone to visit. However, some visitors found the area to be overrun, especially in Centre Island. Others also expressed disappointment with the inflated prices for amenities in and near the Centreville Amusement Park. Otherwise, the majority of visitors, especially those with families, thoroughly enjoyed their time on the island.

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