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Utica Zoo

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Open Now: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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An upstate classic

Visited here for the first time since I was a child. I really enjoyed the sea lion exhibit. I also... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Brianna P
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New York
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Good family place for a smaller city

Visited the Utica Zoo during their Haloween event. Six people in three generations all had a good... read more

Reviewed November 6, 2018
Mike W
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Utica, New York
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Located in Utica, NY, the Utica Zoo has been dedicated to fostering a public appreciation of wildlife through education, conservation, and recreation. Opened in 1914, the Utica Zoo aims to be a premiere tourism destination for visitors and to...more
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
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1 Utica Zoo Way, 220 Memorial Parkway for GPS, Utica, NY 13501
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+1 315-738-0472
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited here for the first time since I was a child. I really enjoyed the sea lion exhibit. I also enjoyed feeding the farm animals that they have for the children. It’s a small zoo, but it’s a fun time.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Brianna P
MarkatUZ, Manager at Utica Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank You Brianna! We are glad you enjoyed your visit, especially for the first time since you were a child. We hope you continue to visit!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great zoo for a small city. I'd like to thank Tim Julian for all the great work he did when he was mayor to get the ball started and re-doing the zoo since then it has improved greatly and still improving every year

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Jackchwazik
MarkatUZ, Manager at Utica Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks so much! We are pushing hard to keep improving for our 105th year of business!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I am originally from the Utica area, so I am quite familiar with Utica Zoo. It hasn't really changed a lot, since my growing up, and bring my children when they were small. It is a fun place for small children, and everyone on staff...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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MarkatUZ, Marketing Coordinator at Utica Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks for your review! We appreciate you continuing the tradition that started when you were growing up and have shared with your children. While the general layout of the Zoo has been consistent for many years, in the last 2-3 years alone, the Zoo has...More

Reviewed January 5, 2019

The Utica Zoo is a keystone attraction in Utica. For a small city, the zoo is very well maintained and always being updated. The animals are clearly cared for. Always fund stuff going on the for the kids. Awesome local zoo!

Date of experience: December 2018
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MarkatUZ, Manager at Utica Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so much for your feedback! We work very hard to make an enjoyable environment for everyone that comes to visit!

Reviewed December 10, 2018 via mobile

We were looking for a new place to take a fall walk and went to the zoo. We had not been there in a decade and were pleasantly surprised by the meandering paths, lovely landscaping, clean restrooms and yes, the interesting animals too. We were...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank catheb20
MarkatUZ, Manager at Utica Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

WOW! What a great day! Thank you for sharing your thoughts and experience at the Zoo!

Reviewed November 6, 2018

Visited the Utica Zoo during their Haloween event. Six people in three generations all had a good time. This is a smaller zoo, but well done.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Mike W
markatUZ, Marketing Coordinator at Utica Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded December 4, 2018

Thank you Mike! So glad you all had a great time!

Reviewed November 6, 2018

For a small town zoo this one steadily grows year after year. With limited funding they continue add on and improve every year. Reasonably priced for the family budget including the lunch and snack center.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank VitoCoreleone
markatUZ, Marketing Coordinator at Utica Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded December 4, 2018

Thank you! We are definitely growing and are always looking for support from our visitors! We appreciate you coming back again and again!

Reviewed October 6, 2018 via mobile

The zoo is a nice small zoo and god for a 1-2hr stop. A huge bonus is that you can pay ahead and arrange to feed the red pandas! It was an amazing experience with skilled staff!

Date of experience: October 2018
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markatUZ, Marketing Coordinator at Utica Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded December 4, 2018

Thank You! We are glad you enjoyed the visit and also enjoyed your Red Panda encounter!

Reviewed September 16, 2018

Probably the best small zoo we've been to. The Utica Zoo has a good variety of exhibits and a good mix of animals. Better than zoos in some larger cities we've been to.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Ted O
markatUZ, Marketing Coordinator at Utica Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded December 4, 2018

Thank you so much! We work very hard to make the absolute best we can. Our collection is growing and we are striving to be the best animal care facility we can!

Reviewed September 14, 2018 via mobile

The zoo was great. It certainly has come along way in 25 years. Pandas, giraffes, bear, elephants , etc. Very well done. Animals look healthy and playful. The playground for children. it was well liked by my kids. We also stopped at the gift shop....More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank MinnaR1
markatUZ, Marketing Coordinator at Utica Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded December 4, 2018

Thank you! While we do not have giraffes, bear, or elephant currently, we are working to add some of these animals to our collection as we grow. Keep an eye on our website for announcements and new information!

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Hi, there is basic food available and drinks of course but the best thing you can do is to take your own food, when I rang up to book tickets and I asked about food I was urged to bring some, I was with my wife so it's not... More
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Kelly, my wife and I took a slow steady walk around stopping after a couple of hours for a bite to eat and we were finished in about 4.5 hours, go there and enjoy your day
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