New York State Zoo at Thompson Park Watertown
Where is it at?
New York State Zoo at Thompson Park
One Thompson Park
Tel: 315 782 6180
Where are we going today?
The New York State Zoo has over 32 acres for beautiful, endangered and threatened animals to call home. The intriguing wolverines, beautiful bears and majestic eagles are all waiting for you to come and say hi!
The zoo is much more than a place where you can learn and enjoy the animals - they have a heap of other fun programs and activities for you to do!
The family programs are great for all ages which you can enjoy together. There is the Animal Enrichment program once a month where they provide activities and treats which challenge and engage their friendly zoo animals - in other words they keep them happy! They pack up a box of goodies just for them - one month might be the rare wolverine and the other month it might be the regal wolf - and then you get to join them as they find and play with their new toys!
For those howlers aged 5 and over there is the Howl and Prowl where you get to learn about all things that go BUMP in hte night! Nocturnal animals are fascinating but they come out when you are tucked up all asleep, so this way you can learn about these cute creatures through games and activities.
For those smaller zoo lovers, they have special age-appropriate programs like the Storytime Safari and Nature's Nursery which allow kids to really discover what the zoo is all about! For those budding artists they can join Art with the Animals once a month on Sundays where they can create wonderful artwork based around the animals they are learning about!
They offer programs for teen and adults too, as well as Zoofari Day Camps during summer for kids in grades K - 5, and each week they explore a different theme.
If you just can't wait to share your next birthday with the animals as well as your family and friends, they have two birthday packages that you can choose from which will make your day extra zoo-riffic!
Say hi to the animals for us!
How much does it cost?
- Children$6 (Ages 4 - 12)
- Free Under: 3 years.
When can we go?
March - Oct: 7 days 10am - 5pm / Nov - Feb: weekends 10am - 4pm
Closed weekdays Nov - Feb, as well as Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day
For any field trips, students are free to explore the zoo all day long! For these they have outreach programs, community programs and the discounted admission field trips where you can also enjoy lunch on the grounds. They also offer a home school academy, and programs for scouts/guides. .
Bring your own food and enjoy the green picnic areas!.
Any Top Tips?
If you want to support the zoo, you can adopt and animal (financially, or course - you don't need to take a bear home!) or volunteer with them! .
Doing our bit
The New York State Zoo focuses on New York State ecosystems, through conservation, education, scientific study, and recreation. They want to make sure they keep the planet happy for the next generations!.
Some of the family fun programs are at an additional cost to admission, so just check these before you visit. .
What people are saying?
by A Google User
Great little zoo with lovely exhibits. It is nice to see a zoo that showcases local animals that are not normal zoo animals. Highlights of this zoo include river otters, beautiful wolves, a hellbender and a wolverine. Local aviary is also cool. Get up close to wild turkeys and owls. Support your local zoo and check it out!
by Spencer Holt
by Nic Johnston
by A Google User
by A Google User