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New York State Zoo

Address: 1 Thompson Park, Watertown, NY 13601
Phone Number: (315) 782-6180
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Augusta, Georgia
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47 reviews 47 reviews
14 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

Don't expect to see lions and tigers, but if you want to see creatures that are (or used to be) found in the wild nearby, this is a nice little place to see a few wolves, wolverines, bears, and so forth.

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Allentown, Pennsylvania
14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

Nine dollars is a little too much to pay, however, it was a nice way to spend an hour or so on a sunny afternoon while on vacation. Most cages had only one animal, and there weren't a lot of animals in total. Adults with small children would probably enjoy it more.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

Super small, charged way to much, the park looked like it was made over night and it was just a crappy place to be. I'll never go there again, nor will I suggest to go there.

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Topeka, Kansas
16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

It was small but all the animals put on a show! It is great size for younger children. what more can I say!

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DeWitt, New York
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326 reviews 326 reviews
153 attraction reviews
253 helpful votes 253 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

I am a zoo fan and have been to zoos in many cities. I understand that it is not fair to compare a zoo like this in a small city with those in much larger metropolitan areas, so my rating of average for this zoo does not stem from those kinds of comparisons. This is a good little zoo, worth... More 

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New York City, New York
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146 reviews 146 reviews
60 attraction reviews
225 helpful votes 225 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

The Thompson Park Zoo was designed by Olmsted and is the only zoo in the world to exhibit species native to New York State so they you can view bears, wolverines and mountain lions. It is a wonderful treat if you are up here on business.

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Wooster, Ohio
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100 reviews 100 reviews
79 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

This is a very small zoo, with few animals...however, the animals they do have our rescues. They seem very socialized as many walk right up to the edge of their enclosure to get close to the people walking by. I enjoyed my trip here and for the cost it can't be beat...make sure to check out the wolverines as they... More 

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Pembroke, Canada
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

we loved the zoo, the price was great, under $10 each, my kids are older, we haven't gone to many zoos,.So for them this was a first , nice size not too much walking ,but a little, My son loved the otters, we watched them for half an hour,. Great day, and a outdoor public pool next door, and a... More 

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Kingston, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

We really enjoyed our visit. The animals are indigenous to New York State, so it is especially interesting to learn about critters that we may not see but roam amongst us :) The fisher was not be seen, but every other animal was visible, and the wolverine, bear and wolves were very active while we visited. We come in from... More 

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21 reviews 21 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

Unlike others writing reviews on TripAdviser, we had done our research and knew what to expect with this zoo. My main comment would be is most of the time there is only 1 animal to see in each cage (if you're lucky enough to see them!!) especially the one wolf, which bothered me as they are pack animals but I'm... More 

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