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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
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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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Cozy zoo

Saw animals that are found in New York. It was an interesting place and I saw wolverines for the first time. It is a place with a very relaxing pace. I enjoyed the layout of the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Nancy G
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12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Saw animals that are found in New York. It was an interesting place and I saw wolverines for the first time. It is a place with a very relaxing pace. I enjoyed the layout of the zoo.

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Thank Nancy G
Watertown, New York
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9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is perfect to take the family. Our family enjoys taking the children they just love it. The park is right there to have picnics also.

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Thank 382corvette1974
Cranberry Lake, New York
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30 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015 via mobile

I've been here about 5 times and for a small zoo it's pretty decent. I do wish it was a little bigger and busier, but the kids had fun for 3 hours or so. I do recommend to bring a snack or lunch. The food is all microwaved and none of my family members liked it,

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Thank NNYGirl94
Watertown, New York
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12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

a great small zoo that is very children friendly at a very reasonably priced and a great way to spend an afternoon with the kids and enjoy wildlife up close.they have a butterfly exip.and childrens activitys

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Thank Chester M
Watertown, New York
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36 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

If you are looking to see animals which are indigenous to the State of New York, the Zoo @ Thompson Park is the place to go. Probably one of the nicest zoos in a small city like Watertown, if you live anywhere in the North Country, this is a visit worth making. Educational and fun it is a part of... More 

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Lesley C, General Manager at New York State Zoo at Thompson Park, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the review! More 

Alexandria, Virginia
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23 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

The zoo is small, but enough to keep a younger one interested. This is a native New York animals zoo, so if you're looking for lions and tigers, you will find none of that here.

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Thank L H
Alexandria Bay, New York
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94 reviews
56 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2015 via mobile

Would not recommend that you bother! Why does Watertown have a zoo like this? Very small, nothing special, and over priced!! Displays are poorly done and animals seem confined to a small space. Too bad because so many people complain after going there and I recommend not to bother!!

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1 Thank Shawn H
NYSZoo, General Manager at New York State Zoo at Thompson Park, responded to this review

Hi Shawn, Thank you for your review! The New York State Zoo at Thompson Park prides itself in offering large, natural exhibits for all of the inhabitants. All of our exhibits are well above industry standard and the animals make full use of the space. We also offer natural enrichment items like logs, downed trees, and piles of brush for... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2015

Enjoyed very much, little ones loved the Elk. He is a treat to see. Seems like there is room for more animals - Bison? another Elk ? Maybe the city should put more money to this. Needs a general sprucing up but most of the employees truly seemed to care. Would hope people in this town know how lucky they... More 

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Kirkville, New York
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51 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

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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2 Thank eproper11
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42 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015 via mobile

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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