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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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Perfect destination for small kids

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).

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 17, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015 via mobile

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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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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Jamestown, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

*The exhibits only held one animal with no toys or real environment making them seem very "sad" and lonely . *A lot of animals were not in their exhibit and or were just plain empty. Which I am sure has to do with funding but there has to be a way to help with that? *The park was clean but... More 

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Buffalo, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

After recent visits to the Columbus and Toronto zoos, there is no question that Buffalo Zoo stands above them. The animal habitats are spacious and kept clean, the animals appear to be in good health and relaxed, not agitated or in a state of withdrawn fear. Unlike other zoos, the exhibits hare not 'empty' and there are no vending kiosks... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

Never disappointed. It's great to see all the changes they keep making over the last few years. Much better and seemingly more animal-friendly attractions. Even on a cold or rainy day, the indoor exhibits (particularly Rainforest Falls). The kids always enjoy Sea Lion Cove and Otter Creek as well, plus visiting the gorillas.

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Rochester, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

Just big enough to spend a few hours with your kids. We are members of the zoo and take the grandkids a few times a year. They have a nice area made into a dinosaur dig. It has shade and provides a good rest area after walking a lot. The zoo is constantly improving and has just gone through a... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

It's small and you get closer to the animals than at other zoo's. I really liked that. Ok it's not a whole day but I think your kids will love it!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The Buffalo Zoo is small and cozy. I used to take my kids there when they were young, and I still maintain my family membership. It's small enough that it's easy to do with small children, yet there are a wide variety of animals to look at. The rainforest exhibit and the sea lion/otter exhibit are some of the new... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Having traveled around and the opportunity to see other zoos, I would have to say that considering that Buffalo is lagging behind in rehabilitation, and is just now getting a just due renaissance, the Buffalo zoo is one of the nicest zoos I have seen. And it has really improved over the last ten years, with the addition of many... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015 via mobile

As one of the oldest zoos in the country, the Buffalo Zoo has maintained the integrity of the original designers and architects. With strong community and corporate support, it continues to renovate, creating a great living environment for its animals, and a great view for guests. It's fun, educational, and a wonderful afternoon stroll in any season. I encourage visitors... More 

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