Zoos in SYRACUSE with kids

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

For those families who LOVE those animal encounters, look no further than Syracuse 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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  • Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park

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    (2 miles) Syracuse

    Once just 4 acres, this Syracuse zoo is now home to 700 animals across 43 acres! Great animal fun for the whole family in New York State!

  • The Wild Animal Park

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    (14 miles) Chittenango

    Extensive and impressive zoo collections with great daily public programming, plus inflatable indoor play and petting zoo area.

  • Fort Rickey Discovery Zoo

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    (33 miles) Rome

    More than just an observational zoo, this fun New York State discovery zoo is aimed at giving kids an engaging and interactive animal experience!

  • Old McDonalds Farm

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    (59 miles) Sackets Harbor

    Over 1,000 animals to enjoy at this New York farm, with hay rides, pony rides, mini golf and two inflatable playgrounds...just to name a few!

  • New York State Zoo at Thompson Park

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    (65 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!

  • Binghamton Zoo at Ross Park

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    (68 miles) Binghamton

    Offers a conservationist zoological experience with naturalistic enclosures containing a wide range of animals, reptiles and birds; plus educational activity stations.

  • Seneca Park Zoo

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    (75 miles) Rochester

    An expansive zoo experience with a friendly local park feel, top exhibits include the penguin pool, the cougar viewing tunnel and the rare white rhinos.

  • Adirondack Animal Land

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    (96 miles) Gloversville

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

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  • Fun Junction - Cicero

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    (7 miles) Cicero

    A fun laser tag and video arcade for active kids aged 8 and up.

  • Nikis Party Place

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    (10 miles) Clay

    Fun, safe and entertaining indoor inflatable playground for kids up to 11 years of age. With open bounce and birthday parties!

  • Kidzclub

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    (14 miles) Phoenix

    Designed for the under 8s, offering role and imaginative play with several equipped play buildings including post office, gas station and construction zone. Also features multiple small play ...

  • KidVentureDome

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    (44 miles) Geneva

    Fun indoor play for toddlers to pre-teens in New York State, with fun and colorful toys for kids to play, create and imagine with, and a parents child-free area of their own!

  • Jump Club

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    (72 miles) Rochester

    Kids can bounce, climb, explore, slide and most importantly JUMP on larger than life inflatables in this fun and colorful New York State indoor play center!

  • Fort Stanwix National Monument

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    (37 miles) Rome

    A historical (and FREE!) family day out experience in New York at the Fort Stanwix National Monument that played a vital role in US history.

  • Roseland Waterpark

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    (57 miles) Canandaigua

    3 fantastic and very different slides, a giant varying wave pool, whole family white water rafting, and a smaller kids' section with 6 smaller waterslides, a dozen water cannons and a 1,000 gallon ...

  • Enchanted Forest Water Safari

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    (75 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!

  • Science Discovery Center of Oneonta

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    (69 miles) Oneonta

    We invite you to visit us and enjoy some unique science exploring....enlightening fun for all ages, children and adults...

  • WonderWorks

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    (2 miles) Syracuse

    40,000 feet of amusement park for the mind in Syracuse, with educational entertainment with over 100 hands-on exhibits that spark the imagination!

  • Thunder Island

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    (20 miles) Fulton

    The park's dry rides feature the most popular Go-Karts-three different types! Jungle Golf, upstate NY's largest 18 hole miniature putting course feature life-size jungle animals, a Water Park with ...

  • Sylvan Beach Amusement Park

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    (24 miles) Sylvan Beach

    On The Shores of Beautiful Oneida Lake Free Admission Every Day

  • The Jones Theatre

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    (44 miles) Geneva

    Classic movies, parent's night out, theater, and comedy in this classic theater!

  • Sports Academy Victor

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    (62 miles) Victor

    Sports Center, Fun Center, Batting Cages and turf field. Sports Academy has an amazing after school program for the Victor School District, offers great Cheer and Gymnastics lessons and teams, has a ...

  • Chucksters

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    (67 miles) Vestal

    Features include mini golf featuring the world's longest hole; bungee jumpster ride; climbing wall; water combat game; aeroball and batting cages.

  • The Discovery Centre

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    (68 miles) Binghamton

    Over 22 thousand feet of playspace featuring 30 play and learn interactive exhibits from painting and performing to dentist's surgery, ambulance and emergency room, giant bubble and story garden.

  • Seabreeze Amusement Park

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    (71 miles) Rochester

    A family fun amusement and watermark overlooking Lake Ontario filled with roller coasters, thrill rides, live shows and a whole waterpark for every one to enjoy.

  • Tall Pines River Adventures

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    (62 miles) Bainbridge

    Family fun adventures on the Unadilla & Susquehanna Rivers for you perfect outdoor adventure! Canoes, kayaks, nature, fun, even camping - what a great New York State family day out!

  • Everson Museum of Art

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    Syracuse

    A journey into the world of art in this Syracuse art museum, with American sculptures, paintings, drawing and ceramics.

  • Museum of Science and Technology

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    Comprises a series of stunning and enjoyable environments where scientific principles are learnt through imaginative, experimental and physical play. Plus flight and motion simulators, planetarium ...

  • Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum

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    (14 miles) Chittenango

    Learn all about the boat-building and repair of Erie Canal boats, and the social history of the canal era. Award winning family attraction with plenty of learning to be had!

  • All Things Oz Museum

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    (14 miles) Chittenango

    A fascinating and fun look at the life of L. Frank Baum, as well as fun artifacts from all things "The Wizard of Oz" related!

  • Museum of the Earth

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    (45 miles) Ithaca

    With particular emphasis on New York State and the Northeast United States, the Museum of the Earth explores the history of the Earth and its life through the lens of geology and paleontology, ...

  • Sciencenter

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    (45 miles) Ithaca

    250 hands on exhibits inside and plenty more outside, with a huge range including elemental play, kinetic energy machines, interactive structures, musical equipment, fun math challenges and more!

  • Marion Historical Museum

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    (53 miles) Marion

    The Marion County Museum was dedicated and opened to the public during the Old Settlers Celebration in August, 1961. Leslie A. Powell, society president and Al Riffel, Vice President were in Charge ...

  • National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum

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    (66 miles) Cooperstown

    As they enter the Museum, kids under 12 can choose to participate in one of two Discovery Tours, which are self-guided educational scavenger hunts. The answers can be found throughout the Museum, and ...

  • National Museum Of Play

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    (74 miles) Rochester

    The National Museum of Play is the only collections-based museum in the world devoted solely to play!