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“Great for Kids, Parents & Grandparents”

New York, NY
Level 6 Contributor
589 reviews
98 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 236 helpful votes
“Great for Kids, Parents & Grandparents”
Reviewed November 10, 2012

We now return with our grandchildren who love this place as much as their parents did when they were children. The staff is assisted by many volunteers (middle & high school students), most of whom are knowledgable and seem to like kids. They take the animals out and allow the kids to touch & handle them. If you plan to go more than one time, think about getting a family membership. It's relatively inexpensive & helps to support this great organization. Only problem is that they have parties downstairs (maybe still bring animals to an at-home party, and often many of the animals are not available).

Visited November 2012
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Dobbs Ferry, New York
Level 6 Contributor
131 reviews
56 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“It's nice with young children”
Reviewed October 23, 2012

I wish there was more to this place. It is a great concept but I always leave disappointed. It's really all about funding. They do the best they can with limited funds and volunteers. Unless they are having a special event it is not the place to take children older than 8 or so. There is simply not that much for them to do or see. It is the only thing out there in the pretty much wasteland of this area in Westchester. What it really needs is more funding because they have a lot of heart and they do the very best with very little. For very young children it is a way to spend an hour or so when there is nothing else to do. I wish I could say more exciting things about a place with so much heart but this is the real scoop.

Visited November 2011
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Surf Side, Texas
Level 6 Contributor
412 reviews
118 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 255 helpful votes
“Bring the Toddler!”
Reviewed October 18, 2012

Sooooooo you're in Scaresdale,DON'T MISS THIS JEWEL!

There have been mega improvements recently-

It's an old estate with nature trails, animal pens full of prairie dogs. fancy roosters, goats and large rabbits and an inside ( There is a cost for this part, outside is free) animal menagerie with turantulas, turtles, owls, skinks, chinchillas and other delightful critters. There are many rangers that give out lots of interesting information about these animals.

We did take the stroller but the trails are a bit rough and bumpy. The new Natures, Discovery playground will take your breath away with it's quirky and inspirational architectural whimsy. The play equipment has age appropriate designations, lots of mulched play space and various rocks and trees and general "nature" . We had a one year old and three year old and each did well on the equipment.

It's a wonderland of sorts where childrens imaginations bubble up. One visit convinced me to buy a membership.

Visited October 2012
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White Plains, New York
Level 5 Contributor
95 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Great field trip”
Reviewed October 11, 2012

The presentation was hands on and really great . The kids loved it. We had so much time and learned so much.

Visited May 2012
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Paris
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“The kids love it!”
Reviewed September 20, 2012

It's a beautiful and peaceful nature center with birds, fish, reptiles and small animals. My kids attended their summer camp and had a great time feeding and watching the animals. They did crafts and made s'mores. They really enjoyed it. The staff were wonderful with them. Lovely trails to walk around and enjoy the scenery. They are also getting a new playground soon.

Visited August 2012
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