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Beardsley Zoo

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Beardsley Zoo

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1875 Noble Ave, Bridgeport, CT 06610-1600
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Bridgeport Station44 min
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dustythoughts wrote a review Aug 2020
Manchester, Connecticut1,064 contributions317 helpful votes
My husband and I came here as something to do during the pandemic, and they seemed pretty prepared (or as least as much as is possible in these times). You buy timed tickets for a specific block of time, and there are plenty of hand sanitizer stations and paths that measure out physical distancing. A lot of the exhibits are closed, which is understandable, but also made the experience a bit disappointing. Maybe the zoo could have taken off more than a dollar from the entrance fee, or offered something else as enticement? Altogether, though, I’m glad that the zoo is open and functional right now.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Brianne B wrote a review Jul 2020
31 contributions10 helpful votes
Post COVID, most attractions are still closed yet they only took one dollar off of admission. A little pricey in my opinion since you don’t get the full experience and most animals are tucked away or exhibits are under construction.
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Gratefulchimp wrote a review Feb 2020
New York City, New York17 contributions8 helpful votes
Kids love this zoo. They also have an educational program which trains teens in the summer. Great staff.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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karemore wrote a review Dec 2019
Hudson Valley NY74 contributions57 helpful votes
My daughter and I enjoyed our first visit to the zoo so much, we decided to come back and bring my husband. We've been to the Bronx Zoo many times, and spent two days at the Columbus Zoo this summer. We love the Beardsley Zoo because of it's manageable size. We feel we can stop and watch the animals longer, as we aren't trying to cover as much ground as we do at the large zoos. For a small, easy to navigate zoo, there is a great deal happening. We have an AZA zoo membership at our local zoo, so we are able to visit reciprocal zoos for free or in some cases half price. Beardsley Zoo has free parking, and free admission with our zoo membership card from NY. We always bring our own food when we go on excursions. We have dietary issues, and we like to save money. We were pleased to discover on our first visit, that the cafe had reasonable prices for a zoo. We brought our own fruit and veggies this time, and treated ourselves to some items from the cafe. There are picnic spots throughout the zoo. My daughter was disappointed in the gift shop this visit. On our previous visit, it was packed full or interesting items, but it was quite bare when we were there before Halloween. We just caught them when they were gearing up for the holiday shop. It didn't stop her from finding an affordable souvenier. We were there the day they set up the scarecrows. They weren't there when we entered, and I had been looking for them. When we came out, they were set up in front of the greenhouse. I thought they were fantastic. We had great encounters with the staff at the zoo, with the exception of the lady at the admission desk. I remember the same thing from our last visit. The volunteers and staff inside the zoo were friendly and informative. We had a great visit with two volunteers near the alligators, and with the woman in the education center. I think what surprised me the most was the new exhibit that had opened since we were there in May. A great deal of work has been taking place in the Barnyard area, they will be getting bears, and the otter enclosure is going to be renovated. There is a lot going on for a small zoo!
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Date of experience: October 2019
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OlympicMike wrote a review Nov 2019
Boston79 contributions42 helpful votes
We've been to zoos from Hawaii to Maine so I may judge zoos a bit more harshly than others but this zoo just didn't do it for me. The zoo is quite small for $15 per adult and there were many animals off display. We were here maybe 90 minutes and we we saw everything and many animals twice. I suppose there was a decent variety of animals for a small zoo, the tigers were the highlight. As I understand it, they have much more going on during the summer but it was sort of a dreary place in the winter. I can say there was plenty of parking and the crowd was very light but if I ever return it will be in the summer.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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