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Address: 1 Thompson Park, Watertown, NY 13601
Phone Number: +1 315-782-6180
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Description: The Thompson Park Zoo prides itself as being the only zoo in the world to...
The Thompson Park Zoo prides itself as being the only zoo in the world to exhibit species native to New York State. Abundant, threatened or endangered animals, including wolverines, black bears, eagles, mountain lions, Canada lynx, grey wolves, and more make their home at our 32-acre Zoo.
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Time and Thoughts and making many changes here. For the better. Animals and many programs for children of all ages. Of course remember to bring a lunch and blanket and cookout... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
Susie M
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Watertown, New York
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Kirkville, New York
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50 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

Watertown NY may seem like a strange place for a zoo but it really fits well in the town. The Zoo is primarily home to all creatures that are or were present in NY state at one point. Highlights include a great Bear exhibit, a Wolverine exhibit and a newer Otter Exhibit. There is also a seasonal butterfly house and... More 

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43 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

This was a very cute zoo. We stop at all the zoos we can. We absolutely love checking out the animals.!the elks were impressive and the otter really wanted to play. We got to see the fisher cat and Lynx. The wolverine and bobcat were not visible. The butterfly house was very nice and not too crowded with butterflies to... More 

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Hallandale Beach, Florida
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40 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

It is a small Zoo, however the park is beautiful and kids will love the place. There a playground and outdoor place where you can sit down with your lunch.

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Albany
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9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

I haven't been here in a couple years, but the last time it was the BEST zoo. The park itself is gorgeous and well kept. Just too bad they closed down the pool years ago. We did see a wild deer while driving, that was great!

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Watertown, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Difficult to find and you will travel around in circles due to conflicting signs; not worth the effort after you get there as there are only a couple of local animals like a deer and owl :-(

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Geneseo, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

This zoo is devoted to the wildlife in New York State. While there are no lions or tigers, there are bobcats and lynx. Viewing the wildlife is somewhat restricted by fences and cages. The major drawback is the admission price. For what you get to see, it is rather pricey for a family with several children.

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Watertown, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Time and Thoughts and making many changes here. For the better. Animals and many programs for children of all ages. Of course remember to bring a lunch and blanket and cookout to enjoy the views from Thompson Park. A clear day and you can see Lake Ontario. In the Fall the views are wonderful looking over the City of Watertown... More 

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Fort Drum, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

I was disappointed when we arrived. I was expecting a zoo not a collection of local animals. It took 30 mins or so to walk the whole thing. However the younger children seemed not to mind. The older ones were quickly board...

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MatthewHoldgate, Manager at New York State Zoo at Thompson Park, responded to this review

Hello kitten_moss, The New York State Zoo is proud to exhibit only animals native to NY. In fact, this helps ensure our animals have the best possible health and welfare - if we exhibited African lions, for example, they would have to spend much of the year indoors! To make your visit more exciting, we've recently added new animals including... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 via mobile

This so called zoo is a horrible place. The enclosures are too small for the animals and littered with garbage. I am disgusted by the way these animals live they. The zoo should be shut down and the animals should be placed somewhere that can support their needs as living creatures. I will be adding a video of the grey... More 

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MatthewHoldgate, Manager at New York State Zoo at Thompson Park, responded to this review

Hello Carissa, Of course the zoo does not allow trash in exhibits, nor feed our animals garbage. What you are referring to is called "enrichment" and is common in modern zoos. At the New York State Zoo, you might see bears tearing apart a box decorated with feathers to get at a tasty treat. Or, you might see otters swimming... More 

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20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

This is a local zoo, with animals from the north country. This zoo does not have elephants, giraffes, hippos, etc. This is a small local zoo that educates you on north country animals. I have been to many zoos and this one is just like the rest. My children enjoyed seeing the different animals that they do not normally see... More 

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