New York State Zoo at Thompson Park, Watertown

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New York State Zoo at Thompson Park reviews

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  • This was a quiet little zoo didn't have too many animals, but was a pleasant walk. Highlights included a staffed butterfly garden, elk, gray wolf, a mountain lion, bobcat, and bear. The front of the....  more
    This was a quiet little zoo didn't have too many animals, but was a pleasant walk. Highlights included a staffed butterfly garden, elk, gray wolf, a mountain lion, bobcat, and bear. The front of the....  more »
  • The park is beautiful. Lots of the animals were hidden in the area, but you just have to walk around the area and eventually you will find them hiding out or relaxing. The butterfly house had... 
    The park is beautiful. Lots of the animals were hidden in the area, but you just have to walk around the area and eventually you will find them hiding out or relaxing. The butterfly house had...  more »
  • What a beautiful park. I went the last time with 3 kids under age 10 and there was plenty to keep them interested. We especially liked the bobcat who seemed as enthralled with us as we were with he... 
    What a beautiful park. I went the last time with 3 kids under age 10 and there was plenty to keep them interested. We especially liked the bobcat who seemed as enthralled with us as we were with he...  more »
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  • A small zoo that has a mixture of animals either rescued or born there. Great staff! Pleasant experience for all ages. There was a child's birthday party being held while I was there. A large pavilion is available for outside events. They host summer camp programs for children. Will definitely go back again.
  • My family went to Zoo New York for the Earth Day event yesterday have been a couple times. It's a nice little Zoo and has some fan favorites like bears (black bears), bald eagle & otters. They're big on conservation which is awesome. We've only been in the Winter and now early Spring, so the animals weren't particularly active which is understandable. We can tell there will be more once the weather warms up, like the butterfly house. The pricing is very reasonable and we'll be frequent visitors.
  • Overall experience was good! It's not very big and has a focus on North American local wildlife with a decent variety of animals. That being said the animals were so fun to watch and the staff is so passionate about their work. We spoke with Keeper Brenda for a long time after her wolf conservation presentation and she was so nice and obviously loves her job, the animals, and knowledge of conservation efforts. Talking to her was the highlight of our trip. (We went in the winter and on a Saturday)
  • Less than thrilled with this zoo. While I understand that not all the animals will be out when visiting, less than half were observable. The enclosures are extremely small for the animals they are housing. Some of the reptile enclosures were dirty. One of the turtles was upside down and one of our party had to find a zookeeper to let them know. Seeing this zoo makes me understand why some people hate zoos.
  • I'm just going to be brutally honest - this zoo has nothing special. We've gone twice, we enjoyed seeing the bears wrestle and play, but I can't pretend like it's comparable to a zoo that's got giraffes, elephants, and things like that. This zoo mostly has things native to the state of NY, which is okay for a nature preserve but maybe not a 'zoo'. I suppose zoos can sometimes provide conservation effort, but mostly they just make me sad, this one included. I don't mean to be harsh, I'm sure the folks that work the zoo do their best.

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