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
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.
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.