It's time to ROAR into your next family day out in New York, because we're off to Utica Zoo - home to over 200 animals from all around the world, AND they are AZA accredited too!
Utica Zoo offers family fun for everyone, from those enjoying the sights from the stroller, or two generations up
During your time at Utica Zoo, not only will you SEE all the animals, coming face to face with your favorites, but you'll also get plenty of chances to learn about them too.
From the cuddly to the fierce, you can meet a whole range of animals, and even learn about their counterparts in the wild, and how YOU can help them!
From the sweet serval, to the grand tortoise, the impressive bald eagle, to the gorgeous arctic fox - there are over 64 species represented at Utica Zoo, and YOU have a front row seat to meet them all!
If the animals weren't enough, don't miss a chance to spend some time on their great playground, or enjoy some interactive animal fun in the petting zoo - great for kids to have those up close and personal animal experiences!
Utica Zoo also offers a number of summer camps, as well as child education programs, spring break camp sessions, as well as animal presentations - all to keep those curious little ones excited, entertained and engaged whilst having fun!
So no need to visit South America to see the Tamarins, or head to the plains of Africa to marvel at the African Lions, or fly to Thailand to photograph the playful Gibbons - they are all ready and waiting at Utica Zoo!
$8 summer (April 1 to October 31) / $4.50 rest of year
Ages 3 to 12: $4.75 summer (April 1 to October 31) / $3 rest of year
In June, they suggest coming in the afternoons to avoid large groups of school groups on field trips. Wear comfortable and sturdy shoes for their North Trek Nature Trail.
If those tummies are rumbling, head to Polly’s by O’Connors - their Concession Stand, and they also have snacks available in their gift shop as well as drink vending machines on grounds.
Healthy Eating There are healthy eating options at the Concession Stand, such as salads and wraps. There are also some food options that come with an apple instead of fries. You are also welcome to bring their your food and use their picnic areas - just make sure you don't feed their roaming peacocks or any other animal on zoo grounds!
From NYS Thruway: Exit Thruway and follow signs to Genesee St. South. Follow Genesee St. South to Memorial Parkway. Turn Left on Memorial Parkway and follow signs to UTICA ZOO. GPS: Use 220 Memorial Parkway and follow UTICA ZOO signs
Education is part of their mission! Their education department has been charted by the NYS Dept. of Education since 1965, and they offer a wide array of education classes as well as interpretive presentations
Bring that pocket money because you can pick up a wide range of souvenirs and zoo apparel, toys, glassware, art, jewelry, snacks, plush animals, gifts for animal lovers!
Most trails and walkways are paved. Their North Trek Nature Trail is packed gravel and dirt and may be difficult for those with limited mobility. Just be aware of your personal limits. Family/Handicap accessible bathroom available in auditorium
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They have strollers available for rent, but they always suggest to bring your own to ensure comfort and availability. They do not have baby food or milk-warming facilities, but they are a breast feeding friendly facility and can provide a private area for mothers needing to breast feed, if you wish! Changing tables are also available in all restrooms
Opens every day at 10am
Open 363 days a year, closed only Thanksgiving & Christmas Day
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