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Review of Seneca Park Zoo

Seneca Park Zoo
Ranked #16 of 149 things to do in Rochester
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Seneca Park Zoo inspires our community to connect, care for, and conserve wildlife and wild places.
Reviewed 15 April 2014

I don't claim to be a Zoo snob, but I would prefer the Buffalo, Syracuse or Erie (Pa) zoo over the Seneca park Zoo. The layout is very narrow and long, so if you want to see the elephants you need to walk past every other exhibit. A small portion of the zoo has 2 paths (so you can see the wolves and polar bears on your way down and the penguins and Sea Lions. It is a good place to take the kids for the day, but I wouldn't travel from Buffalo/Syracuse/other just to go.

Thank Charles M
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Reviewed 4 April 2014

The Seneca Park Zoo is not one of the largest zoos I have visited, but it is one of the nicest and most fun. For its size it has a wide variety of animals, and the habitats are interesting, authentic, and visually appealing. The zoo is constantly upgrading, improving, and adding exhibits. It is easy to get around, well laid out, and has a fun gift shop

Thank Jon S
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Reviewed 4 April 2014

My boyfriend and I went to this zoo last summer and we had a blast here! There were a couple of shows of the animals going on when we were there so we went to them and we also had fun just touring around to see all the animals on display (and there were a good amount).

Thank Hashbrown719
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Reviewed 19 March 2014

This was our first time visiting a zoo in the heart of winter. What a nice experience it was. It was also our first time visiting the Seneca Park Zoo. We spend a lot of time at the Buffalo Zoo and recently made our first trip to the Toronto Zoo -which was two full days of animals and attractions.

We enjoyed that the Zoo was very quiet. We were able to see all the animals up close and not have to worry about tons of other people. The grounds are beautiful. The bathrooms were very clean. We were sad to miss the polar bears, the inclosure was being cleaned. The sea lions were very active, the wolves were running back and forth. The tiger was walking right along the fence it made you feel like you could almost touch him. The three lion cubs were relaxing up on the rock mountain which wasnt very good for pictures but we were still able to see them. The elephants were out eating hay and just seemed to be "chillin". The indoor reptile house was nice. At first we missed that there were two snakes in the big glass inclosure as soon as you walk in, I am glad we had a second look. The indoor animal area was a little stinky and I must say i felt bad for the Rhinos. It seemed like they were almost as big as the room they were being kept in. The stink of "cat pee" or something similar was a little harsh but it was nice to see the animals up close. The little bird area at the end was very stinky and you chanced getting pooped on by the free flying birds. We quickly poked our heads in and left that area.
The snow owls are just beautiful we almost missed them, so glad we spotted them at the last minute. They located right near the exit of the indoor sea lion and polar bear viewing area

Overall it was a great experience at the zoo. We spent about an hour and half enjoying the animals and the surroundings. As I had said we did the Toronto Zoo so our 2.5 year old was commenting on the "missing animals" ( mom how come there isnt a moose, where are the camels and so on)

The gift shop has lots of nice items for sale at a reasonable price.
We did not purchase any food or drinks while we were there so I cannot comment on the snack bars.

A tip not related to the zoo itself. The roads leading in to the zoo area are highly policed for speeders. We paid attention the speed limit and followed it but saw a few different cars being pulled over on our way in and out.

Thank MrsC44
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Reviewed 10 March 2014

We are big zoo people and try to visit at least one when on vacation. We spent about 2 hours at the zoo in March 2014, but it was a warm 41 degrees that day. Most of the animals were out for a winter day. The best exhibits are the otters, which have under water viewing, and the new lion exhibit where the lion cubs were on display. Both exhibits provide wonderful picture opportunities. We would of liked to have seen the polar bear under water in his exhibit but he must have been hibernating as he was no where to be found. We would definitely visit this zoo again

Thank shadowmom68
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