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New York State Zoo at Thompson Park

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Address: 1 Thompson Park, Watertown, NY 13601-3500
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+1 315-782-6180
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10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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The Thompson Park Zoo prides itself as being the only zoo in the world to...

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.

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Watertown Zoo

Small but quaint. The river otters were something else. If your in Watertown I would recommend visiting as there beautiful Owls, bob cat, wolves, reptiles and much more to see... read more

Reviewed 28 February 2017
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Kingston, Ontario
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6 reviews
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Reviewed 17 April 2017 via mobile

I went on a beautiful day with my baby whose in a stroller & my five year old. It is a very small zoo but the staff were all so friendly and nice. A lot of the animals you couldn't see at all and it took about 35 minutes to see everything. I definitely felt the upkeep could be a... More 

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1 Thank Brittany L
Kingston, Ontario
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59 reviews
24 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 28 February 2017

Small but quaint. The river otters were something else. If your in Watertown I would recommend visiting as there beautiful Owls, bob cat, wolves, reptiles and much more to see. Well worth the trip and only 5 minutes from downtown.

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1 Thank cuba9999
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14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 22 February 2017 via mobile

Personally, I think this zoo is very expensive for admission. It is not well maintained unfortunately.

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Thank Tracy Q
NYSZoo, General Manager at New York State Zoo at Thompson Park, responded to this review

Tracy, Thank you for visiting the NYS Zoo at Thompson Park and reviewing us on Trip Advisor. As a non-profit, we depend on our community and visitors to keep us in operation including volunteers and financial funding. Less than 20% of our funding comes from local, regional, and state funds and grants. Because of community members like you who do... More 

Denver, Colorado
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017

We enjoyed many outings to this zoo. A yearly membership is just the right price and its convenient enough to frequent often. I made great memories with friends during the annual Brew at the Zoo! So fun for families and friend outings!

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1 Thank charlseypaige
NYSZoo, General Manager at New York State Zoo at Thompson Park, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review on Trip Advisor. We hope you will visit often! Lesley Clark Zoo Director More 

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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 21 November 2016 via mobile

Very great little zoo. Educated staff and well cared for animals. Very scenic area it's set in. Would recommend to all families.

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1 Thank Teanna P
Rancho Santa Fe, CA
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61 reviews
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Reviewed 9 November 2016

This zoo doesn't pretend to be more than what it is -- a small, unconventional zoo with tasteful and educational displays of the local environment. Highly recommended for a unique experience appropriate to the locale.

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North East, Pennsylvania
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114 reviews
27 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 26 October 2016

It a small but wonderful experience. Only down side may be that this late in the year several of the " guest " would not come out. But it is in a beautiful setting.

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1 Thank Joseph S
NYSZoo, General Manager at New York State Zoo at Thompson Park, responded to this review

Joseph, Thank you so much for your review on Trip Advisor. We highly recommend you visit often in hopes of observing all of the animals in our care. The NYS Zoo at Thompson Park takes pride in our large, natural exhibits. Therefore, this can prevent visitors from observing all animals during one visit. We hope you will visit often! Lesley... More 

Ottawa, Canada
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21 reviews
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Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

My expectations weren't very high going in, but I've got to say we had a brillant time. The zoo itself is well laid out and perfect for toddlers to preschoolers. There's paved pathways winding through the park, with a handful of lookouts, including a forest fire watchtower style lookout. We lucked out and came right at Otter feeding time. Those... More 

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Buffalo, New York
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27 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 October 2016

My husband and I spent about 45 minutes at this zoo. Really felt that the price to get in was too high. Would not recommend going out of your way for this zoo. We did see animals that were unique to this zoo such as the eagles and wolves.

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NYSZoo, General Manager at New York State Zoo at Thompson Park, responded to this review

CJTom, Thank you for visiting the NYS Zoo at Thompson Park and reviewing us on Trip Advisor. As a non-profit, we depend on our community and visitors to keep us in operation including volunteers and financial funding. Less than 20% of our funding comes from local, regional, and state funds and grants. Because of community members like you who do... More 

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25 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 September 2016 via mobile

This is a neat zoo! Kids love it! The bear display is fun! The bears like to swim in it. There is a playground as well and a nice picnic area. Some of the animals aren't out to see though.

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NYSZoo, General Manager at New York State Zoo at Thompson Park, responded to this review

MMRange, Thank you so much for your review on Trip Advisor. We highly recommend you visit often in hopes of observing all of the animals in our care. The NYS Zoo at Thompson Park takes pride in our large, natural exhibits. Therefore, this can prevent visitors from observing all animals during one visit. We highly suggest investing in your Zoo... More 

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