1. Travel
Send to a Friend via Email

Discuss in my forum

Riverdale Farm Visitors Guide

Free family attraction in downtown Toronto

By

Riverdale Farm replicates early 20th century Ontario farm life and lets kids step inside a world where cell phones, fast food and TV do not exist. The farm is more than 7 acres of green space in downtown Toronto, complete with cows, horses, sheep, goats, pigs, chickens, and other docile farm animals. Visitors can meander the grounds and watch staff do their chores free of charge.

Particularly charming is the absence of commerce, so prevalent at most family attractions. Some homemade goodies and knick knacks are available for purchase at the historic Simpson House, but not to the detriment of the farm's authenticity.

Getting to Riverdale Farm

Image courtesy Friends of Riverdale Farm
Address: 201 Winchester Street
Riverdale Farm is 3 blocks east of Parliament Street along Winchester Street and 3 blocks north of Gerrard Street East along Sumach Street.

For those driving to Riverdale Farm, street parking is available on neighboring streets. See driving directions to Riverdale Farm.

Public Transit: From Castle Frank subway station, get on Parliament bus and get off at Winchester. Walk east to the end of the street.

From College or Queens Park subway station, take the eastbound streetcar and get off at Sumach Street, east of Parliament. Walk north to Carlton Street, and cut through the Riverdale Park.

How Much Time Should You Spend at Riverdale?

Families typically spend about two hours at Riverdale Farm, depending on the weather. Checking out Cabbagetown or the Riverdale Park may up the length of your visit.

Eating at Riverdale Farm

The Farm Kitchen serves refreshments / light snacks in Simpson House from 10am to 3pm.

Grab some take-out, like from St. Jamestown Delicatessen or Epicure Shop - both on Parliament, and sit at the picnic tables in Riverdale Park West.

Popular nearby restaurants include Johnny G's, Pear Tree, and House on Parliament.

While You're in the Area.....

  • The Farmers Market is at Riverdale Park West (in front of the Farm) every Tuesday, rain or shine 3pm to 7pm during the growing season (May to October).
  • Don't miss strolling the streets of Cabbagetown, which boasts one of the largest continuous areas of preserved Victorian housing in North America.
  • Riverdale Farm is adjacent to more green space - Riverdale Park. In addition, Forsythia Kids' Playground is located at the east end of Wellesley Street, just a short walk, north of the farm.
  • Good to Know

    Dogs or other pets, bicycles, rollerskates, recreational scooters, in-line skates or children's riding toys are not allowed at Riverdale Farm.

    Riverdale Farm is wheelchair accessible.

    When is Riverdale Farm Open?

    Image courtesy Friends of Riverdale Farm
    The farm is open every day, year round, 9am to 5pm.

    Admission to Riverdale Farm

    Admission to Riverdale Farm is free.

    ©2014 About.com. All rights reserved.