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Address: 1 Thompson Park, Watertown, NY 13601
Phone Number: +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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Ottermania

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 20 October 2016
Ghanathan
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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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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Rancho Santa Fe, CA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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Thank Joseph S
Ottawa, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 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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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 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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4 of 5 bubbles 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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Thank mmrange
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016 via mobile

The zoo is a local zoo that educates you and children on the animals that are living in the State of New York. This a a small zoo so it is not a day trip as you can view the exhibits in a hour or so. The river otter, wolf and bear exhibits were our grandsons favorites.

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Thank Albert C
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016 via mobile

This is a cute zoo. A variety of animals to be seen. I suggest going when it's cooler. Late Spring or early Fall. We had a difficult time viewing some of the animals due to it being too hot and they were hiding in a cool place, napping. It's not a big zoo. It takes about 1 1/2 hrs to... More 

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Gatineau, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016

Location: the main building was nice and the location was also nice. The rest: the animal enclosures seemed small and most of the animals were hidden during our visit, just didn't get a good vibe wouldn't go back again.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2016 via mobile

It's pretty neat seeing a bald eagle. They have very cute baby goats and you can feed them right from your hands!

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