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New York State Zoo at Thompson Park

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Closed Now: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Lovely

The park is very beautiful. Please remember this "zoo" has animals that are native to the area... read more

Reviewed August 28, 2018
Val D
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Local animals - New York

Visited on a weekday with one teen and a nine year old. Nice views of the area on the drive up to... read more

Reviewed August 8, 2018
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The Thompson Park Zoo prides itself as being the only zoo in the world to exhibit species native to New York State. Abundant, threatened or endangered animals, including wolverines, black bears, eagles, mountain lions, Canada lynx, grey wolves, and...more
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1 Thompson Park, Watertown, NY 13601-3500
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Reviewed December 11, 2018

No question, this is a small zoo. Yet it holds a delightful mix of animals found in region and reptiles, like snakes. The zoo is very peaceful and the animals and reptiles appear well cared for.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Nancy S
Reviewed November 21, 2018

This zoo the animals are very well taken care of, the place is clean my children love coming here. It's grerat for the familu

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed August 28, 2018 via mobile

The park is very beautiful. Please remember this "zoo" has animals that are native to the area ONLY. Please don't expect any giraffes. Great place for young children with a nice playground.

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank Val D
Reviewed August 27, 2018

This is a really nice zoo. The only think I can say about it is they could get even more animals there. Love it. Clean and very nice. I didn't go this year, but the last time I did it was great. I had to...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Sharman F
Reviewed August 9, 2018

Zoo has a couple dozen species at best. The mountain lion is used to 37 square miles of territory in the wild--here, the mountain lion is in a 60 by 100 foot enclosure. Sad. There was no military discount offered. Thompson park is a better...More

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank Sanjeeb D
Reviewed August 8, 2018 via mobile

Visited on a weekday with one teen and a nine year old. Nice views of the area on the drive up to the zoo, and ample free parking convenient to the entrance. All the animals and exhibits are indigenous to New York state in this...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed August 8, 2018 via mobile

This should be turned into the BBB as a RIP off . Very few animals . When I say that , I mean a third of the cages were empty ...no not animals inside because 80 degrees...I mean empty ...grown up . There was was...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank Paul M
Reviewed August 5, 2018 via mobile

Still lovely. A serene setting. The golf course is still there. The zoo is not what it used to be! Almost no animals left! The views are still spectacular!

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank A D
Reviewed June 27, 2018 via mobile

Amazing and cordial staff. Place is funded on donations - cute gift shop and really affordable. Small cafe, ice cream,Etc. Learned so much about local wildlife and appreciated the rescue of so many of the furry friends. Thanks so much. We will be back

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank melissabaratta
Reviewed June 24, 2018

This was a rather small zoo, but had a lot of animals from around upstate New York. My 4 and 7 year old were entertained! Probably a little pricey considering the number of enclosures that were empty but I would recommend if you have a...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Mick402
August 29, 2015|
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Response from MatthewHoldgate | Property representative |
Hello, Tomorrow (8/31) should be a great day at the zoo. It will be a bit overcast, which the animals often prefer. They are also most active earlier (10am) and later (3pm) in the day; many of the animals prefer to nap... More
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August 18, 2015|
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Hello, Admission to the zoo is $9 for adults, $7 for seniors, and $6 for children (age 4 – 12). Children 3 & under free. Have a large family? Consider visiting on one of our "dollar days!" We do these frequently... More
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Ilovemybabies021610
August 18, 2015|
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Hello, Admission to the zoo is $9 for adults, $7 for seniors, and $6 for children (age 4 – 12). Children 3 & under free. Family memberships are also available so you can visit the zoo all year for one low price - more... More
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