Part of our reason for a family trip to Niagra Falls and Buffalo was to visit the Buffalo Zoo. I had planned to spend most of one day there, knowing that we have easily spent 4-5 hours at the Seneca Park Zoo in Rochester.
I knew ahead of time, but parking at the zoo was $4.
After paying and entering the zoo, we went right to the sea lion exhibit which was close to the entrance. Due to the cloudy water and foggy glass, we were only able to get a glimpse of a passing sea lion if it swam right up to the glass.
Then we were off to see the elephants. The environment for the elephants was not great. This was a recurring theme for many of the animals at the zoo. The worst was for the giraffes which had just a smallish yard, no trees or anything else for them. They looked depressed as they reached over the top of their fence to munch from nearby bushes.
We spent about an hour and a half, maybe two hours tops at the zoo before we had had enough. Lots of empty and run down exhibits, no clear paths or signs to various animals, my 11 year old was even deemed too big to play on the playground.
We did enjoy watching the baby polar bears play but, again, their exhibit really seemed lacking.
I would not recommend this zoo to any of our friends or family.