New York State Zoo at Thompson Park

Watertown, NY

Where are we going?

New York State Zoo at Thompson Park
1 Thompson Park
NY 13601

315 782 6180

What is there to do?

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?

Adults: $9

Children: $6 (Ages 4 - 12)

Discount: Senior $7

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


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!

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