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Zoos in SYRACUSE

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

    Looking to get the kids out of the house and away from the TV? For wild adventures and tons of fun, explore some of the wonderful events and programs that take place year 'round at the Rosamond ...

  • 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

    The Fort Rickey Children's Discovery Zoo is a special kind of zoo with a focus on children and fun. Everything we do here centers on the understanding that, for kids, passive observation of zoo ...

  • 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

    Over 500 animals on comfortable display from colorful birds to camels, bear and deer, the Zoo has a variety of animals and activities that are sure to please the whole family. Safari Ride available ...

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  • Roseland Waterpark

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    (58 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 ...

  • Raging Rivers

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    (71 miles) Rochester

    Beat the heat at Seabreeze, with cool attractions and rides suitable for the whole family! New York gives "cool" a whole new meaning!

  • Enchanted Forest Water Safari

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    (75 miles) Old Forge

    Enchanted Forest/Water Safari is New York's Largest Water Theme Park with a day of fun for the entire family! From splashtacular water rides, to classic amusement rides, fun food, exciting games, ...

  • 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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    Syracuse

    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 of boat-building and repair of Erie Canal boats, and the social history of the canal era. Award winning family attraction with plenty of knowledge to impart.

  • 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!

  • Corning Museum of Glass

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    (77 miles) Corning

    Explore every facet of glass with more than 35 centuries of glass artistry, hands-on science areas, and watch live glass demos! Free admission for kids!

  • The Fun Warehouse Laser Tag

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    (5 miles) Syracuse

    Combat fun with lasers at this great Laser Tag center for those active kids in Syracuse!

  • Surf City Family Fun Center

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    (20 miles) North Syracuse

    New York's own Surf City Family Fun Center has a ton of fun activities for kids to spend the day with, including Go Karts and batting cages, as well as a large indoor play center.

  • Skate Estate

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    (66 miles) Vestal

    Rollerskating, miniature golf, waterpark with slides, laser tag and arcade.

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