Zoos in LAKE PLACID with kids

It’s animal time in Lake Placid, New York State and they are calling YOU!

For those families who LOVE those animal encounters, look no further than Lake Placid because this The Empire State city has plenty of them!

We have to start with zoos. These are the most iconic way to experience wildlife, and great to visit with children. They offer animal encounters, and kids can experience creatures from all across the globe.  

Farms are a great alternative for a more hands-on experience with petting zoos and barnyard fun. Wildlife sanctuaries offer kids an invaluable lesson in conservation, and animal-specific attractions let kids really immerse themselves in their favorite creatures!

Whatever wildlife experience you choose with children, you know they will walk away filled with memories and knowledge that can’t be replaced. They’ll have a ROAR-ing time! 

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  • ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center

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    (40 miles) Burlington

    Over 70 species of marine life at this Vermont aquarium, dedicated to educating on ecology, history and culture too!

  • Adirondack Animal Land

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    (85 miles) Gloversville

    Visit the LARGEST zoo in upstate New York, with over 500 animals across 80 acres! Amazing animal fun for the whole family.

  • New York State Zoo at Thompson Park

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    (98 miles) Watertown

    32 acres of beautiful, threatened or endangered animals, as well as the only zoo in the world to exhibit species native to New York State. A great day out for those animal loving families!

  • Aqua Zoo

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    (98 miles) Alexandria Bay

    America's only family owned and operated seasonal Aquarium! View over 50 sparkling clear exhibits of fresh and saltwater fish, coral and invertebrate from around the world! Touch live sea creatures! ...

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  • High Falls Gorge

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    Lake Placid

    Sturdy bridges, walkways and groomed paths allow visitors to enjoy self-guided tours to view the beautiful waterfalls, dark pools and one of New York's largest pot holes. One of the many fun family ...

  • The Wild Center

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    (23 miles) Tupper Lake

    Incredible nature adventures in New York State with 81 acres of great outdoors to explore, a museum, elevated tree top walk, canoeing and animals!

  • Ausable Chasm

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    (31 miles) Ausable Chasm

    Step back in time as you walk the nature trails in the midst of a primeval Adirondack Forest. Descend hundreds of feet and walk the natural stone walkways within the Chasm and gaze upon eons of ...

  • Kingsland Bay State Park

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    (32 miles) Ferrisburgh

    Kingsland Bay State Park is one of Vermont's newest parks and at present has limited services. Much of the 264 acres, along the shores of Lake Champlain, remains as a natural area. The historic ...

  • Adirondack Park

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    (36 miles) Saint Regis Falls

    The largest state park in the lower 48, this amazing 6 million acre park in Northern New York gives families an amazing outdoor adventure!

  • Button Bay State Park

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    (37 miles) Vergennes

    The park has a play area and a swimming pool with lifeguards. There are a picnic area and a large open picnic shelter pavilion for large group gatherings. Boating (rentals available), fishing, and ...

  • Shelburne Farms

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    (37 miles) Shelburne

    Shelburne Farms is a membership-supported, nonprofit environmental education center and National Historic Landmark on the shores of Lake Champlain in Shelburne, Vermont. Our mission is to cultivate a ...

  • Mount Philo State Park

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    (38 miles) Charlotte VT

    The 168-acre park is located atop Mt. Philo (968' elevation) and overlooks the Lake Champlain Valley and the Adirondack Mountains of New York. A narrow, steep road (not recommended for trailers) ...

  • Sand Bar State Park

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    (44 miles) Milton

    Today at Sand Bar, the smooth, sandy lake bottom remains shallow well out from shore, making this an ideal swimming spot for children. That, and the uninterrupted length of sandy beach, very high ...

  • Green Mountain Audubon Center

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    (49 miles) Huntington

    Year-round education programs reach thousands of Vermonters of all ages through school, camp, family, and adult programs and workshops, including 4,500 school-aged children.

  • Burton Island State Park

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    (55 miles) St Albans Bay

    There are 3 miles of shoreline, hiking trails, a nature center/museum, park store and food service, rowboat and canoe rentals, and places to swim and picnic.

  • Little River State Park

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    (60 miles) Waterbury

    Little River State Park, which is part of Mt. Mansfield State Forest, primarily consists of a campground with 81 tent/trailer sites and 20 leantos. This is central Vermont's largest and most popular ...

  • Smugglers Notch State Park

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    (62 miles) Stowe

    Smugglers Notch is a narrow pass through the mountain with 1,000 foot cliffs on either side. In the early days, only a footpath and trail for horses existed. The Park is a corridor park with ...

  • St Lawrence FDR Power Project

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    (64 miles) Massena

    We offer many opportunities to learn about energy in a fun setting. You can hop on a bicycle generator and turn pedal power into electricity or have a hair-raising experience with static electricity ...

  • Elmore State Park

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    (74 miles) Lake Elmore

    Elmore State Park has more than 700 acres, the area includes a large sandy beach, historic CCC bathhouse with a concession stand, restrooms and a rental pavilion, a picnic shelter, numberous tables ...

  • Marsh Billings Rockefeller National Historical Park

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    (85 miles) Woodstock

    Walk through one of Vermont's most beautiful landscapes, under the shade of sugar maples and 400-year-old hemlocks, across covered bridges and alongside rambling stone walls. This is a landscape of ...

  • Quechee State Park

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    (93 miles) White River Junction

    Quechee Recreation Area is a large park spread out over a vast area. It is unique in that 611 acres of the park are not owned by the state, but leased from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The tract ...

  • Water Slide World

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    (62 miles) Lake George

    Cool down in New York at this fun water park, with over 35 water slides and attractions at Water Slide World!

  • Enchanted Forest Water Safari

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    (63 miles) Old Forge

    Enjoy New York's Largest Water Theme Park with a day of fun for the entire family! From splash-tacular water rides, to classic amusement rides, storybook characters, to even a circus!

  • Pump House Indoor Waterpark

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    (86 miles) Jay

    A fun indoor watermark in Vermont, with slides, surfing and rivers! Float, swim, splash and bob the day away in Jay.

  • North Pole Santas Workshop

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    (11 miles) Wilmington

    Aimed at kids under 48", eatures include the Candy Cane Express Train, kiddie rides, elf experiences and Santa himself.

  • Magic Forest

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    (63 miles) Lake George

    Magical fun just for those little ones, with kiddie rides, trains and forest adventure!

  • Wild West Ranch

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    (63 miles) Lake George

    Create family memories with an old-fashioned twist at this throwback to the Wild West in New York State!

  • Sugarbush Farm

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    (86 miles) Woodstock

    Farm fun in Vermont where visitors of all ages can learn how maple syrup is made, make friends with farm animals, and enjoy nature trails!

  • Great Vermont Corn Maze

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    (94 miles) Danville

    Great kids fun at this Vermont corn maze! With a new maze design every year, as well as barnyard golf, tunnels and a petting zoo, there is much to see and do for those kids who love some New England ...

  • Six Flags Great Escape

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    (66 miles) Queensbury

    Over 30 rides and attractions which will give the entire family those theme park thrills! Great New York family fun!

  • Bromley Sun Mountain Adventure Park

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    (90 miles) Peru

    Vermont thrills and spills with attractions for all ages - with a climbing wall, mini golf and water slides....to name a few!

  • The Vermont Teddy Bear Factory

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    (37 miles) Shelburne

    Take a tour round the factory and then design your own bear in the "Create a Friend for Life Factory. One of the many fun family places to visit if you're looking for things to do with kids in Vermont

  • Ben and Jerrys

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    (61 miles) Waterbury

    Guided tour around the Ben and Jerry's Factory - with sample tastes too! Learn all about the ice cream production process in this fun 30 minute tour

  • Lake Champlain Maritime Museum

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    (31 miles) Vergennes

    Whatever your interests, the museum offers opportunities for on-water adventures, gallery browsing, and armchair exploration.

  • Adirondack Museum

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    (36 miles) Blue Mountain Lake

    Explore 121 acres and 40,000sq ft of exhibitions near the Blue Mountain, with indoor and outdoor learning and activities for kids!