Webster Pond

Webster Pond, Syracuse: Hours, Address, Webster Pond Reviews: 4.5/5

Webster Pond
4.5
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9:00 AM - 8:30 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 8:30 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 8:30 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 8:30 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 8:30 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 8:30 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 8:30 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 8:30 PM
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The Anglers Association of Onondaga is a not for profit organization with fish and wildlife as the main attraction. Webster pond is a small sanctuary located in the city of Syracuse NY at 2004 Valley Dr. Volunteers operate the pond by opening the establishment so that the public can donate and feed the wildlife. The pond is open year around, opening at approximately 9AM-9PM We also have other activities such as a Junior fishing program for ages 7 to 15. Summer and fall concerts sponsored by outside venders and much more. UPDATE: Please note: a new non- profit group was formed to assist the Anglers Association in applying for grants, as they don't have the qualifications. In addition, we will help with maintenance, projects, and fundraising. The non-profit "Friends Of Wildlife" was started by Chad Norton and friends. All funds raised by this corporation will go directly to Webster Pond unless otherwise noted . Please make all trail donations payable to: Friends of Wildlife. for more information or to make a donation please call 315-727-2922
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Herm C
Syracuse, NY1 contribution
Webster Pond is a popular family destination in the Valley section of Syracuse. Children (and adults) are encouraged to enjoy the outdoors while contributing to the welfare of the birds who inhabit the pond and surroundings. The area is free, and feed for the birds is available for a voluntary donation to defray its cost.

Visitors have a great opportunity to enjoy the outdoors and help youngsters appreciate their interaction with nature.

Masks and social distancing are enforced, and masks are available for any who have forgotten theirs.
Written October 20, 2020
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Joe H
DeWitt, NY876 contributions
Couples
There's not a lot I can add to what the other reviewers say, they got it right. If you are somewhere nearby and have an 30 minutes to an hour to kill, Webster Pond is worth a visit. I don't think you'd find enough here to spend several hours, but still it can be a pleasant stop to or from somewhere else, and you can't beat the price (free, unless you buy feed for the birds).

You can buy food to feed the ducks, geese and swans, but in my observation, by late afternoon, on a day where there have been many visitors, the birds aren't that hungry any more and might ignore your offerings. If you want the kids to get a kick out of feeding them, coming earlier in the day might be advisable. And please, do not bring bread, crackers or anything else to feed them. Stick to the food you can buy at the pond; it is better for the birds.

Here's one suggestion that works great for us. Prior to coming to the pond, stop by at Gannon's (only a few blocks away) and buy a cone or dish of ice cream to take with you to the pond. No, it's not for the ducks, it's for you, to eat on a bench or in a car as you enjoy watching the birds.
Written June 2, 2013
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Peter O
Buffalo, NY86 contributions
Family
Want a fun filled evening? Stop at the local grocery store and buy at least 50 lbs of wild bird seed, as 30 lbs is just not enough. 9 yr old and 16 yr old, along with 55 thoroughly enjoyed this, so much that after only getting 10 lbs of bird seed, went back to grocery store and bought 20 lbs. Geese, ducks, swans just gather round, as the feeding freenzy began. What a hidden treasure in the city! Nestled on a small pond, plenty of room for enjoying this DIAMOND in the ROUGH! Open year round, and don't take bread products, as not allowed there. Will definately stop there again in any travels past Syracuse, as just good old FUN!
Written August 20, 2013
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Christine W
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Family
Staff was NOT wearing masks at the duck pond as they approached my family of three young children. This is a great place and it would be a shame to get shut down due to CDC violations. Will be reaching out to the city to rectify this.
Written September 2, 2020
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I am sorry you feel this way, I can ensure you that all staff wear masks when outside around others. If your referring to me personally I am in a wheelchair and some times mine falls off and I have to wait for my aides to assist in putting it back on. If you have further concerns or would like to discuss this more please call me 315-727-2922
Written September 3, 2020
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Ashley B
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Solo
I love Webster pond, but I don’t appreciate being yelled at over a loudspeaker to “get my dog out of the park” when I was walking her outside of the fenced in area in the open field, not bothering anyone. I would never bring her inside near the ducks, she just enjoys watching them. If I was really causing so much distress, whoever yelled at me could’ve walked over and nicely asked me to leave. Totally unnecessary . It was also 7pm and there was no one else there.
Written March 20, 2020
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I am sorry you had a bad experience at Webster Pond however I was the one working last night and we handled this concern the quickest way possible, in no way were we trying to be rude, however wildlife safety is top priority. I understand you were on the other side of the fence, but the birds still see it as a threat so we can't allow it. I hope you can understand why we reacted this way and will return to enjoy the park
Written March 21, 2020
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PainterManSyracuse
Syracuse13 contributions
Family
This use to be great place to bring small children to watch the many kinds of water fowl that come to Webster Pond and a chance to feed them them. But thanks to the various TV stations that kept referring to this place as a "hidden gem" on slow news days, it has become overcrowded with parents who don't seem to mind that their little brats are throwing stones at the birds instead of watching or feeding them.
Written November 26, 2013
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Mac776
Tucson, AZ277 contributions
Friends
Fun for children and scenic but birds can be 'dirty' so be careful, good handwashing esp. for toddlers. We had fun, other visitors were polite and had children under control. Parking ok.
Written May 17, 2013
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Rennae C
Rome74 contributions
Just a delightful place to visit ducks of all kinds! There were geese there. The treat was in seeing the wood ducks which are not an easy find!! Wish I could add some photos. Doesn't cost a thing and there is decent parking. Bring a little something to feed the ducks. Bring your camera too for some nice photo ops!!
Written June 6, 2018
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Ftreed
West Seneca, NY59 contributions
Family
Spent three days in Syracuse and we visited here everyday, our 7 year old Grandson got a big kick out of feeding the ducks and looking at the baby ducks. This was a bigger hit than the Zoo! It's a nice walk around the pond with lots of benches, you can donate any amount and get corn to feed the ducks. It was hot but on the other side of the pond, very shady and lots of geese and ducks to look at, they come out of the water for food. Very fun spot!
Written July 16, 2016
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SoThenSarahSaid
Syracuse, NY38 contributions
Couples
Stumbled upon Webster Pond recently, it's a cute little pond tucked away in Onondaga Valley, The really great part here is that you can feed the Canada Geese. For the most part they're all very friendly and will come right up to you. The walking trail around the pond is quaint. This might not be an all day destination, but it's free to go in and you just need to make a donation to get a dish of corn to feed the geese.
Written July 13, 2016
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Webster Pond is open:
  • Sun - Sat 9:00 AM - 8:30 PM