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The Buffalo Zoo

300 Parkside Ave, Buffalo, NY 14214
(716) 837-3900
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Ranked #23 of 97 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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Albany, New York
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30 reviews 30 reviews
26 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

After years of neglect, this zoo is turning the corner. New exhibits have been built and more are still coming. This is a small zoo, so you won't see everything in the arc, but the benefit of a small zoo is that you get to see a lot of great animals without walking/ pushing a stroller/ carrying a child while... More

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Corning, New York
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19 reviews 19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

I visited this zoo on 19 August. There is virtually nothing to commend it. It is full of dead end walks, poorly maintained, and not particularly well designed for viewing the animals. As another reviewer noted the elephant was "viewable" through a glass that was incredibly dirty. Many other animals were hidden away. We could see nothing but murky water... More

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Baltimore, Maryland
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26 reviews 26 reviews
19 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

Went for a day trip with 2 kids age 7 and 9. We had a great time in spite of major construction projects. It is worth a visit and if you are local a membership is a good idea as once you visit a couple of times it will pay for itself!

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Amherst, New York
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Hard to give a good review when the animals were so sparse. Elephants, one, thru a dirty glass door. Sea otter's, the water was so cloudy, I can only hope the black blob we saw was in fact a sea otter. The rain forest exhibit was where we saw the most animals. The best part of the visit was seeing... More

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Rachel G, Public Relations Manager at The Buffalo Zoo, responded to this review

We're sorry you didn't enjoy your visit to the Zoo. The elephants have access to their indoor holding area so they aren't always out in the yard. The pathway to see the elephant yard is a temporary one and will not be a dead end once the construction of our new state-of-the-art Arctic Edge exhibit is finished next year. We... More

Upstate NY
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22 reviews 22 reviews
15 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

A fun zoo. Lots of animals to see, and many up-close encounters. Not a huge zoo, but a fun place to spend a half day. Kids especially loved the baby rhinoceros and baby gorilla. On the negative side, food is awful (and expensive), and the water in the sea lion exhibit was so murky that you couldn't see them below... More

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Toronto, Canada
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
113 helpful votes 113 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Went there with another family. They were there last time and got a fam membership. The size is smaller than Toronto zoo, but there are more species to see. They also have playground, train ride (token req'd) and carousel (also token req'd), but reasonable price. So when the kids went crazy in the playground, parents could sit outside at the... More

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Corning, New York
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24 reviews 24 reviews
18 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

It poured the day we went but since a lot of the animals are inside it was still enjoyable. Part of the zoo was under construction while we were there. They are putting an arctic section in that looks like it will be a great addition to the zoo. All the animals looked well cared for. The enclosures were fairly... More

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Rochester, New York
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

I went with my brother in March, and some of it was just absolutely MISERABLE. The only animals that seemed energetic at all were the animals in an indoor tropical exhibit and the animals that are native to colder climates. I specifically remember there being lions outside and looking horrid, probably because it was only about 50 degrees Fahrenheit outside.... More

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Rachel G, Public Relations Manager at The Buffalo Zoo, responded to this review

We're sorry you didn't enjoy your visit this spring. During inclement weather, the animals always have access to their indoor holding areas. Many of them choose to stay outdoors and are actually much more active during cooler temperatures. More

Top Contributor
50 reviews 50 reviews
14 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

We decided we were tired of our zoo, so we made the 60 minute trip to Buffalo. In the peak season, you have to pay for parking ($4) but there were ample spots on an overcast summer day. There is also a park within walking distance if you want to avoid this, but it wasn't worth it to us since... More

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76 reviews 76 reviews
10 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014 via mobile

Made the trip to Buffalo on a rainy day . Everyone had a good time. Some exhibits are showing some age but they are building a new erea to correct this . The rainforest exhibit is great.

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