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“Local animals”

New York State Zoo at Thompson Park
Ranked #2 of 20 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.
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Local animals”
Reviewed July 25, 2014 via mobile

The first time we visited I was disappointed. We had expected to visit a larger zoo with the typical animals you would find, not one filled with local animals and a petting zoo. However the enclosures are large and the animals were active when we went. We came back a year later and took part in "Boo at the zoo" it's a nice place to spend an hour or so before heading to Thompson park next door.

1 Thank Erika S
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Potsdam, New York
Level 5 Contributor
65 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Much improved since I went years ago. A nice afternoon!”
Reviewed July 21, 2014

Hadn't visited in several years and had heard good things had happened since then, so stopped by to check it out. It was very well maintained, the exhibits all looked great - filled with lots of vegetation, hiding spots, and things for the animals to interact with. The animals themselves looked good too. It was early afternoon and lots of them were sleeping in the sun, but the bears entertained us climbing trees for quite a while! The butterfly house was staffed with a very helpful staff member who made sure to point out caterpillars and eggs on the leaves. The "night" exhibit was great too - a nice chance to see some animals up close you wouldn't normally see. A nice place to spend a couple of hours with the kids.

Visited July 2014
1 Thank LST2323
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Bridgeport, New York
Level 5 Contributor
37 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Beautiful Small Zoo”
Reviewed July 10, 2014

This was my first trip here. I was very impressed! The habitats blend secure enclosures with nature! The animals seem to be very well adjusted & happy. My favorite exhibits were the black bear & the wolves! The black bear was VERY entertaining! She had all of us viewers in stitches laughing so hard. The staff are friendly, helpful, & informative. I highly recommend this for people of all ages including the very young!

Visited July 2014
4 Thank Wolfpug
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Cornwall, Canada
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“quaint small zoo”
Reviewed July 2, 2014

we spent approximately one and half hours at this zoo, which was a good amount of time, not enough time for children to get bored, very clean and friendly staff.

Visited June 2014
1 Thank nicepieceofwork
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San Diego, California
Level 5 Contributor
52 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“A quiet, pleasant morning”
Reviewed June 19, 2014

With my dad and 3 year old in tow, we made a trip to the zoo on a weekday morning. The entrance cost was not expensive, and there were only at most a couple dozen other people, which made the visit seem more intimate and personal. My daughter was able to enjoy running around, and I had no worries that she would be in the way of other people. The smaller size allowed her to become more involved in the experience, rather than spending the whole trip tired in a stroller. The grounds and animal areas were well maintained, and the walk through was enjoyable. The animals are all native, or had once been native, to New York State. It provided entertaining moments for us, as well, as the animals were more active than I've seen in other locations ( particularly the black bear). All in all, a very pleasant way to spend a couple hours in the morning. It doesn't take long to get around the park.

Visited May 2014
2 Thank Patrick H
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