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New York State Zoo at Thompson Park

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1 Thompson Park, Watertown, NY 13601-3500
+1 315-782-6180
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Great little zoo!

We visited on a somewhat stormy day however we were in between rain showers. We loved it here, only... read more

Reviewed 11 July 2017
Cindy R
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Whitby, Canada
via mobile
Cute little zoo in beautiful location

Thompson Park Zoo is located inside Thompson Park, which is a destination in itself. The Park is... read more

Reviewed 10 July 2017
MollsMom
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Albany, New York
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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.
  • Excellent28%
  • Very good45%
  • Average20%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
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Hours Today: 10:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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1 Thompson Park, Watertown, NY 13601-3500
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+1 315-782-6180
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Reviewed 11 July 2017 via mobile

We visited on a somewhat stormy day however we were in between rain showers. We loved it here, only North American animals, you won't find a giraffe here, but the park was clean, animals were quite animated and zoo staff were super friendly. We spent...More

Thank Cindy R
Reviewed 10 July 2017

Thompson Park Zoo is located inside Thompson Park, which is a destination in itself. The Park is beautiful! The Zoo is very small and has only locally found animals on display. There are also learning exhibits for kids and a nice gift store. Admission was...More

Thank MollsMom
Reviewed 16 June 2017

The Watertown zoo has been one of our field trip choices for years. This year however, we were very disappointed in the service we received and the overall experience was very disappointing compared to previous years. The facility is nice with an inviting entrance and...More

Thank Sandra L
Reviewed 8 June 2017 via mobile

This was a cute little zoo. It was very shaded and the animals were beautiful! It is a great visit in this area.

Thank WVherd82
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...More

1  Thank Brittany L
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.

1  Thank cuba9999
Reviewed 22 February 2017 via mobile

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

Thank Tracy Q
NYSZoo, General Manager at New York State Zoo at Thompson Park, responded to this reviewResponded 26 February 2017

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...More

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!

1  Thank charlseypaige
NYSZoo, General Manager at New York State Zoo at Thompson Park, responded to this reviewResponded 26 February 2017

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

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.

1  Thank Teanna P
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.

1  Thank socalmom2013
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Mick402
29 August 2015|
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Hello, Tomorrow (8/31) should be a great day at the zoo. It will be a bit overcast, which the animals often prefer. They are also most active earlier (10am) and later (3pm) in the day; many of the animals prefer to nap... More
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Ilovemybabies021610
19 August 2015|
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Hello, Admission to the zoo is $9 for adults, $7 for seniors, and $6 for children (age 4 – 12). Children 3 & under free. Have a large family? Consider visiting on one of our "dollar days!" We do these frequently... More
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Ilovemybabies021610
19 August 2015|
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Response from MatthewHoldgate | Property representative |
Hello, Admission to the zoo is $9 for adults, $7 for seniors, and $6 for children (age 4 – 12). Children 3 & under free. Family memberships are also available so you can visit the zoo all year for one low price - more... More
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