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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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Zoo is OK, but the park is fabulous.

Thompson Park, designed by John C. and Frederick L. Jr. Olmstead, is an unbelievable asset in a... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Pat C
Halloween party, animals, costumes, and displays-oh my

took grandchildren for Halloween fest at the Zoo. Being at the end of the season some of the animal... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
stephen710
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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.
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  • Average20%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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1 Thompson Park, Watertown, NY 13601-3500
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Thompson Park, designed by John C. and Frederick L. Jr. Olmstead, is an unbelievable asset in a small town. It is a massive 350 acres and it is free to all visitors. It has great roads for easy access to picnic areas, amphitheater for summer...More

Thank Pat C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

took grandchildren for Halloween fest at the Zoo. Being at the end of the season some of the animal exhibits were not available but enough for the children. Wide variety of costumed creatures attending more than made up for the lack. Informational tables were set...More

Thank stephen710
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I walked around and wondered where all the usual zoo animals were. All I saw was a moose and Canadian Wolves. Rather then go on I asked where the animals were and I was told they only housed animals found in upstate NY.Good thing I...More

Thank Tara-Rae L
Reviewed 7 September 2017 via mobile

New playground. Swings for 6 month old. 10 year old played on monkey bars and ropes. The zoo is full of many animals and interact with some animals.

Thank Jodie F
Reviewed 27 August 2017

This was a very nice small zoo. We were there on a hot day and some of the animals were hiding in the shade. The Butterfly House was very nice.

Thank Jean H
NYSZoo, Manager at New York State Zoo at Thompson Park, responded to this reviewResponded 28 August 2017

Thank you for your review, Jean! We are glad to know you enjoyed our Zoo.

Reviewed 9 August 2017

The Park and Zoo are worth the visit. It is a terrific zoo with a nice variety of animals high upon a hill top with amazing views of the town and surrounding countryside.

Thank Ken1949
NYSZoo, Manager at New York State Zoo at Thompson Park, responded to this reviewResponded 28 August 2017

Thank you for your review, Ken!

Reviewed 6 August 2017

We were disappointed in the zoo. They didn't have half the animals there they said in their advertisement. The bears were cute that is all. Don't waste your money here.More

Thank antiquelafrance
NYSZoo, Manager at New York State Zoo at Thompson Park, responded to this reviewResponded 28 August 2017

Hi antiquelafrance! Thank you for your review. I am sorry you did not see all of the animals at the Zoo on your visit. We pride ourselves in offering natural habitats for each animal in our care. We guarantee there are many places for them...More

Reviewed 3 August 2017 via mobile

Took my grandson to swing at the park. The jungle gym area is great. Well kept and open for great visibility. Park is up on the hill overlooking watertown & provides a beautiful view for lunch.

Thank tonyandsamantha
Reviewed 1 August 2017 via mobile

This is the little zoo that could! It is on the small side, but it is well kept and they offer a lot of programs. Amamda does a nice children's education program. You can be a zoo keeper for a day, do a painting program,...More

Thank Ashley S
NYSZoo, Manager at New York State Zoo at Thompson Park, responded to this reviewResponded 28 August 2017

Thank you for your review! We are glad to know you enjoy our Zoo!

Reviewed 29 July 2017 via mobile

We've been to this zoo a few times. We always enjoy it. It's not huge but good for a couple of hours visit.

Thank Jenn B
NYSZoo, Manager at New York State Zoo at Thompson Park, responded to this reviewResponded 28 August 2017

Thank you, Jenn, for your review! We are glad to know you enjoy your visits.

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Mick402
30 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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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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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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