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The Buffalo Zoo

300 Parkside Ave, Buffalo, NY 14214
(716) 837-3900
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Ranked #21 of 95 attractions in Buffalo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Zoos, Gardens
Owner description: Founded in 1875, the Buffalo Zoo is the third oldest zoo in the United States. Each year, the Zoo welcomes approximately 400,000 visitors and is the... more » Owner description: Founded in 1875, the Buffalo Zoo is the third oldest zoo in the United States. Each year, the Zoo welcomes approximately 400,000 visitors and is the second largest tourist attraction in Western New York, second only to Niagara Falls.Located on 23.5 acres of Buffalo’s beautiful Delaware Park, the Zoo exhibits a diverse collection of wild and exotic animals and more than 320 different species of plants. Open year-round, the Zoo is a constant source of conservation, education and recreation for Western New York. « less
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Ahmeek, Michigan
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44 reviews 44 reviews
14 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

A delightfully enjoyable visit with the animals. Beautiful grounds, easily accessible, with food, drink & restrooms readily available without being obtrusive. The paths are wide and laid out so that you never feel crowded. A nice variety of animals to experience.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Went to the Buffalo Zoo shortly after going to the Toronto zoo. Comparably speaking, it's not at great, but you can see more animals faster. Food was expensive, bring your own. Polar bear exhibit still being reconstructed. Especially hot the day I went. The flamingo exhibit was great 10/10.

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North Providence, Rhode Island
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66 reviews 66 reviews
15 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

The Buffalo Zoo is a fun day for families! The grounds are spotless and there is plenty of shady spots to sit and eat lunch or just take a break. The admission price is totally reasonable for a day of family fun. There is some construction going on because they are building a new polar exhibit which will open August... More

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Norwalk, CT
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29 reviews 29 reviews
14 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Nice, clean zoo with tons of interesting animals to see. Check out the rainforest building. Really cool! Carousel for kids. Food available for purchase. Great place.

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Staten Island, NY
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6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014 via mobile

Great variety of animals to see! We loved it. There was lots of construction going on for an arctic exhibit so if you're handicapped keep that in mind, it did inhibit getting around a little, although still doable even with a walker or wheelchair. Nice gift shop at the end, lots of staff around all over the zoo to answer... More

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Dunedin, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Excited to watch 2 polar bears born in 2012...one was an adopted orphan. The romped and played with each other on land and in a pond. And a baby gorilla about the size of 3 month old infant but walking and grasping its mother"s coat. Unusual reptiles and the usual tiger and lion and zebra and elephant etc. But the... More

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Alexandria, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Had some time to kill on our trip before a big dinner and decided to hit the zoo. We loved the exhibits and our daughter fell in love with the bears. I was a little surprised it was so crowded but it is the middle of summer so I don't koww what I was thinking!

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

The zoo map does not match up to the actual layout of the zoo. There are many areas that are not kept; the grass is too and the exhibitions are not kept, the sea lion water is so cloudy & mossy it's impossible to see the animal. The rainforest smells like the Ocelot sprayed the entire front entrance & the... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

The Buffalo Zoo is very small and the layout is quite confusing, however that should not discourage you from coming if you are a zoo lover! There is a good variety of animals, and you'll be able to see both old favorites as well as unique animals you may not see at other zoos. While there is not enough to... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Was a nice area but the walk around the zoo doesn't flow very well. You back track a lot to make sure you see all animals. It is also under construction which didn't allow you to see the rhinos. To see the rhinos you had to pay $10/person. The food was not that great either. Very loud, confusing, and only... More

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