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Connecticuts Beardsley Zoo Bridgeport

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Connecticuts Beardsley Zoo
1875 Noble Avenue
Bridgeport
CT
06610
Tel: 203 394 6565

Where are we going today?

Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo offers over 300 animals of North and South American varieties, with modern walk through exhibits including unique pop up viewing areas within the Prairie Dog exhibit.

Other features include New England Barnyard, Hoofstock Trail and a carousel.

They also run a Zoo Tots educational session for parents and toddlers and a week long summer programme called Zoo Patrol.

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$12
  • Children$10
  • Free Under: 3 years.
LAST UPDATED 2013

When can we go?

9am to 4pm every day except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.

Teachers corner

FIeld trips and outreach programmes as well as a mobile exhibit available..

I'm Hungry!

Several options available..

Need a little extra help?

Stroller and wheelchair rentals available..

Can I get one of those?

Extensive toy and souvenir shop available..

More information

Birthday parties and group rates also offered..

What people are saying?

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    Great for kids, and a wonderful resource in Connecticut's largest city!

    Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo focuses on wildlife of the Americas, with the exception of the Amur (formerly know as "Siberian") Tiger and the Amur Leopard, which are from the border of Russia and China in the Far East.

    I particularly love the peacocks, which regally stroll around the grounds at their own pace, the wetlands aviary, the three different kinds of wolves (that is, if you consider the Maned wolf a wolf, which it really isn't), the tigers and other big cats, BeeZe...Read More

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    Charming zoo that can be taken in a nice half day experience. Focus is on north american animals so don't expect the world here (nor should you for a 10-12 dollar admission)

    It's a little small and could use a fresh coat of paint here and there but overall a fantastic and tidy zoo experience. In my opinion this is an especially ideal zoo for younger and older patrons because it can be walked less than 3 hours. A lot of neat little nooks and crannies though so dont just zoom through it. Arrive early to secure a parking spot since the lot did not...Read More

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    I can't wait to see ´╗┐the zoo now

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    This was a nice way to spend a couple of hours. The only really impressive animal was the tiger (missing elephants, lions, giraffe's etc) but the farm exhibit and rainforest was fantastic.

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    Just the right size for a toddler. A great way to spend 4-5 hours.

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by Gian Andrea Morresi

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Great for kids, and a wonderful resource in Connecticut's largest city!

Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo focuses on wildlife of the Americas, with the exception of the Amur (formerly know as "Siberian") Tiger and the Amur Leopard, which are from the border of Russia and China in the Far East.

I particularly love the peacocks, which regally stroll around the grounds at their own pace, the wetlands aviary, the three different kinds of wolves (that is, if you consider the Maned wolf a wolf, which it really isn't), the tigers and other big cats, BeeZe the animal ambassador bobcat, the otters, the rainforest, the rare breed farmyard (especially when there are baby animals in spring and summer) and the beautiful gardens. Plus the bison, with their enormous heads. But that's just me.

If you live in the area a membership is really worth it as you can keep going back any time you feel like getting outside and seeing wildlife (and there are always events and other interesting things going on), plus it goes to a good cause.

Ultimately, what makes the zoo really special to me are the employees and volunteers, who seem to genuinely want to help and share their knowledge and passion for wildlife and conservation.

by Gregory Grigoriou

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Charming zoo that can be taken in a nice half day experience. Focus is on north american animals so don't expect the world here (nor should you for a 10-12 dollar admission)

It's a little small and could use a fresh coat of paint here and there but overall a fantastic and tidy zoo experience. In my opinion this is an especially ideal zoo for younger and older patrons because it can be walked less than 3 hours. A lot of neat little nooks and crannies though so dont just zoom through it. Arrive early to secure a parking spot since the lot did not appear to be very big.
We visited this zoo fresh off a visit to the Toronto Zoo, a much larger and more impressive zoo, however by comparison, my children had a much better time at the Beardsley because it didn't overwhelm their little legs, and the relative closeness to each animal was much more intimate. There were also no lines or throngs of people to battle for viewing with. Only standout negative, they need to spruce up the tiger's quarters. It was quite lackluster and small. By comparison the bald eagle's space was nearly 3 or 4 times larger, go figure.
All in all if you want a nice cute zoo that doesn't fatigue your senses this place will be a hit for you. If you're looking for some kind of full day theme park style, world class san diego type zoo, forget it, cause this aint that kind of zoo.

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