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Address: 1 Thompson Park, Watertown, NY 13601
Phone Number: +1 315-782-6180
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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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Watertown, New York
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48 reviews 48 reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

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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6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 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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44 reviews 44 reviews
20 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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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Augusta, Georgia
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24 helpful votes 24 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
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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
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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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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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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213 attraction reviews
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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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Additional Information about New York State Zoo at Thompson Park

Address: Address: 1 Thompson Park, Watertown, NY 13601
Phone Number: +1 315-782-6180
Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Watertown
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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