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“disappointed” 2 of 5 bubbles
Review of New York State Zoo at Thompson Park

New York State Zoo at Thompson Park
Ranked #2 of 15 things to do in Watertown
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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 make their home at our 32-acre Zoo.
Willoughby, OH
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129 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
“disappointed”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 30, 2013

I knew the zoo was made up of local animals, so I had low expectations. It still fell short. Many of the exhibits are empty -- as mentioned below, the bear died. Don't know what happened to the wolverine. The butterfly house was locked (no volunteer available). The highlight was the lynx with 4 cubs -- fun to watch.

Visited June 2013
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Long Island City, New York
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“nice and lots to to see”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 18, 2013

we went there last summer, it was nice and lots to see. my kids were so happy and had blast trip ever........

Visited July 2012
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Ottawa, Canada
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102 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 183 helpful votes
“The highlight of our Watertown trip!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 1, 2013

This is a small zoo, but charming! It specializes in North American animals, so the highlights are such animals as black bear, wolverine, wolves, otters, moutain lion, lynx and bobcat. We really enjoyed walking around the zoo and the surroundings. The zoo is placed inside a larger park which has great picnic areas, an outdoor pool and a great playstructure. So in the summer it would be a great place to spend the entire day. We visited the park without children and in April, so we only did the zoo, and it can be easily done in 2 hours.
All of the animals seemed in excellent condition, and the cages were nicely vegetated. Though the enclosures are not on a par with some of the bigger city zoos, there were no enclosures which seemed too small or lacking in appropriate fixtures for the animals.
We asked some questions of a few zoo keepers, and we found them friendly, informative and very willing to give us their time. All in all, we felt that the zoo was the highlight of our trip to Watertown.
Note that after 4:30, some of the animals may be inside and you may not see them. However, many of the animals become very excited and active after 4:00 when feeding time is approaching, so it is worth coming just before 4:00! We were amused by the way that the wolves clearly knew the difference between zoo keeper trucks and were keeping their eye on one particular truck and zoo keeper!

Visited April 2013
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Montreal
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29 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“Small zoo but worth the visit”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 4, 2013

We were here in March, so some of the exhibits were being fixed up or were closed but the kids enjoyed our visit anyway. It's a small zoo, only takes an hour or two to visit, but has some interesting animals including lynx, wolves, bison, etc. It's located in Thompson Park which is very beautiful, if the weather had cooperated we would have stayed longer to visit the park as well.

Visited March 2013
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Depauville, NY
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58 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“A great zoo for our small town!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 15, 2013

Thompson Park Zoo has animals native to Northern NY--bobcat, bear, a very gregarious wolverine. They have some great wolves (I'm not sure about them being a part of the native species part). Lovely to walk around and very helpful staff. They are always improving the zoo. Watch for a new aviary soon.

Visited October 2012
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