I have wanted to go and see Toronto Zoo for ages and we recently had visitors from abroad so the perfect reason to go. I had high hopes for the zoo as it has such a great reputation but myself felt like its undeserved. There is an enormous amount of walking and you don't mind when there are a lot of attractions but this was not the case. Quite a lot of attractions were closed/empty and the restaurants/food places were also closed. Generally the place looked very worn out with flaking paint etc which does not leave a good impression overall. The polar bear in the smaller pen showed signs of mental illness and would walk in a circle then do a forward roll. The first time i saw this I was amused like the rest of the crown but when this happened for the 20th time it was difficult to watch. The Polar bear on the other side in the bigger pen was just sitting on a fake rock and not moving. I have been to other zoos that are a lot more happening than this one with much less walking. The majesty of the animals is let down with the sub par surroundings and poor set up. A lot of building work is taking place and I hope it much improves the place.
The section where you walk down the mountain to the Canada exhibits simply isn't worth the trek down there and back. Its exhausting!! The signs leave a lot to be desired. Its terrible when your exhausted with kids walking into a dead end!! The zoo is just not set up well.
The food was terrible and the prices were just stupid. Outside at pizza pizza the XL pepperoni walk in special is 9.99. The same pizza with a couple of drinks is $34.99. I prize value for money highly and this is simply disgusting. The actual quality of the food that we had was below average. I simply could not recommend this attraction overall. I hope that it does improve in the summer but I won't be going back.
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