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“Nice place to spend a couple of hours”

New York State Zoo at Thompson Park
Ranked #2 of 22 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.
Reviewed August 7, 2013

The zoo is very clean and had lynx, puma, wolves, wolverines, bald eagles, otters, and moose among its animals. It also has a butterfly house. We had a lovely visit.

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Reviewed August 7, 2013

Small zoo, the best was the baby black bear. Our kids spent an hour at that section. Park needs a facelift with more animals and attractions.

Thank Ddc613
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Reviewed August 3, 2013

My family loves the Thompson Park Zoo.. We do feel right at home. Most animals at the zoo are native to the northern NY area. We have a Grandparent membership and take our grandchildren quite often. A favorite at the zoo is the butterfly house. Watching the otters swim and play is really entertaining. We are looking forward to watching the new bear cub grow. At Christmas the Zoo now has decorative holiday lights and displays. They are just beautiful to look at as you walk through the zoo. If you are in the area please stop by. You will not be disappointed.

Thank barbie12345
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Reviewed August 2, 2013

The NYS Zoo at Thompson Park in Watertown NY, is in a lovely location in the city. It is for families and couples alike. There is a playground on the property, lots of parking, and plenty of places to have a picnic.
The zoo itself has many animals that naturally live in the north country, including farm animals and a petting zoo. My favorite place, and I have never seen another one like it, is the butterfly house. This special enclosure has butterflies in every stage, from caterpillars to cocoons and grown butterflies.
If you have a couple of hours or an afternoon to spend in Watertown, this is a fun, relaxing place to visit.

2  Thank LORI C
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Reviewed July 30, 2013

If you are looking for giraffes and elephants, this place is not for you. If you want a place that you and your kids can get acquainted with the North Country, this place is ABSOLUTELY for you. Our family was an annual member for four years-stopping our membership only because we left. When we left, our daughters were 9 and 7, and son 4. Even at that age, they never got tired of going and learned something new every time. This is one of the few zoos that is as active in the winter as the summer-because the animals are NY native. The zoo also entertains groups such as scouts and school classes for activities such as demonstrations and even sleep overs. Simply a great place. Thank you to the staff, Watertown and the donor members for keeping it going!

Thank MohicanTraveler
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