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The Buffalo Zoo

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Address: 300 Parkside Ave, Buffalo, NY 14214
Phone Number: (716) 837-3900
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Description: Founded in 1875, the Buffalo Zoo is the third oldest zoo in the United...
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.
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March break afternoon

We went to the Buffalo Zoo during a March break day trip to Niagara.From the highway it looks a bit like a zoo/petting farm, and I've always wanted to go there but never had the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 1, 2015
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Fergus, Canada
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Fergus, Canada
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45 reviews 45 reviews
14 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015 NEW

We went to the Buffalo Zoo during a March break day trip to Niagara.From the highway it looks a bit like a zoo/petting farm, and I've always wanted to go there but never had the time to stop. It was a little pricey but not terrible, and we were able to use a coupon we'd downloaded. The animals all seemed... More 

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New York City, New York
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015 NEW

The zoo was very nice and not overpriced. It is big enough that you can easily spend 3+ hours there. The enclosures are very nice and it seems as if the animals are well taken care of. If you are in the area, I would definitely recommend a visit here.

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ottawa
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33 reviews 33 reviews
17 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015 NEW via mobile

Figured this would be a small zoo, quickly realized it was winter! Most of the animals were not at the zoo in March, however we did stay for almost an hour on the giraffe building as there were two babies! Adorable! During summer months this may be a good zoo for families with small children, a nice afternoon visit on... More 

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Buffalo, NY
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6 reviews 6 reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015 NEW

The Buffalo Zoo is a great place to visit because it is small enough so that it isn't overwhelming. The animals are so well taken care of and loved by the staff. I was a volunteer there for ten years and was so impressed by the passion these people show. There are also plentiful rest rooms and places to get... More 

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Wheatfield, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

What a nice day! Two adorable baby giraffes, baby Indian rhino, a young playful gorilla, even baby rattlesnakes. This is a great zoo to take young children, they can see the animals easily. I am sure when the Arctic exhibits opens later this year I will be giving the zoo a five star rating. I have been to many zoos... More 

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Buffalo, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

Although it's a relatively small to medium zoo (you can walk through it easily in a single day), it has been greatly improved in recent years and is very enjoyable for a day out. The city zoo boasts a small "farm" exhibit; a brand new "rain-forest" building; and a carousel, small train, and playground equipment for younger kids. There is... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

older zoo, in the process of getting a "face lift". Great place to take the family or just a couples afternoon

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Buffalo, New York
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

This zoo has changed SO much throughout the years. I *love* their new entrance. They have so many hands on activities for the children to get them excited about animals and learn at the same time. Personally, that is quite an improvement from the typical exhibit with a small sign in the front.

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New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

My two grandkids (ages 4 and 3) enjoyed the zoo and were thrilled to ride the small animals and rides. Glad to see they are improving the exhibits (some are very old).

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Graham, NC
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51 reviews 51 reviews
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Over the years I have visited many zoos. I would rate Buffalo's as mediocre due to the lack of interactive, hands-on opportunities for little ones. I am accustomed to explorable areas sprinkled throughout a zoo (animals and giant spiderwebs to climb on for instance) and only saw one rather old playground that didn't offer any educational opportunity. In nice weather... More 

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