If you live in Toronto and you’ve never been to Riverdale Farm, you’re doing yourself a sincere disservice.
There is a FARM located RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE CITY. It’s the coolest thing.
And not just a “oh look, this is where a farm USED to be”…it’s a real, working farm. With animals and everything. And it’s super cool.
And did I mention…free?
They do ask for donations and if you’re there, please support this amazing place by putting what you can in the donation box. If you can’t spare something today, perhaps you’ll be so inclined the next time you visit. Because you’ll want to go again…and again.
And if you have KIDS…well, they’ll definitely want to go again, and again, and again. Because who doesn’t want to see BABY ANIMALS?
Lambs, guys. There were little lambs. And GOATS. Little baby goats…right, KIDS. Little kids. Your kids will love the little kids.
For parents wondering if this is a good place to visit with small children, let me assure you…it is. There are bathrooms, changing stations, places to sit in the shade, places to buy food, walking paths, and JUST outside the doors, there is a BIG park with a wading pool. Plus a little shop to buy ice cream. It’s the perfect place to spend a morning or summer day.
There’s ponds to look at with ducks, lookouts over all the water, and even little step-ups in the barns so kids can see in the pens.
They’ve really thought of everything.
Want to explore?
The exploring is AWESOME! There are really cool bridges and “dungeons” for kids to find. I love to make up stories about these old buildings and what they could possibly be used for. My daughter says it’s where she keeps the “bad guys”, and I say it’s where they keep the kids who don’t listen. It was obviously a place for animals at some point in time, but it’s more fun this way.
Even if you don’t have children, Riverdale Farm is an excellent place to visit. There are tulips growing among the bushes and some beautiful herb and butterfly gardens, vegetable gardens and walking paths.
They also have scheduled events if you like a little bit more structure, like this coming May 28th (2016), they have a Spring Sheep Celebration from 10:00-3:00. You can view sheep shearing, farmer demonstrations, spinners, weavers and more. Admission is free. How cool is that?
And don’t worry about it ever being too busy. There’s plenty of room for everyone. So the next day you have with your kids and are wondering what to do…this is it! Go visit and have fun!
Have you been to Riverdale Farm? Tell me all about it! What did you discover? What did I miss? Let me know!