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Rosamond Gifford Zoo, Syracuse, New York

1 Conservation Place, Syracuse, New York

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  • Visited: 2012-05-01
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A Small, Well-Kept Urban Zoo

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This zoo is mostly stroller-friendly. Most of the exhibits are outdoors, so plan your visit on a clear day. Go as early in the morning as possible - that's when the animals are active, the weather is cool, the parking is easy, and the crowds are small. You can see most of the attractions before the crowds start pouring in if you get there right when they open. Call ahead to find out if there are any school groups scheduled for the day of your visit. On our second visit, we ended up in line behind about eight school buses worth of kids and teachers, and it was mayhem... avoid that if you can. There aren't many options for food at the zoo, so if you have any dietary restrictions or just want to have more control over what you eat, you'll want to make appropriate arrangements. Pick up a zoo map so you'll have an idea of how much ground you're covering and how far away from the parking lot you are (always a good thing to know when traveling with toddlers) and don't forget to stop at the zoo store on the way out. They have a huge selection of stuffed animals and zoo-related memorabilia that the kids will enjoy. If you're here around Halloween or Easter, check out the Zoo Boo and Breakfast with the Bunny events, but register early as they fill up fast. There are also tons of events and workshops year-round for kids ages 3+. Their Zoo To You program brings animals and related books and activities to area public library story hours. Check their website and see which events coincide with your visit so you can take advantage of these programs.

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  • Visited: 2013-05-01
  • Submitted: 2013-05-17 18:53:11.0
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Great zoo! Very manageable, excellent for young kids!

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There is a decent on-site restaurant with a fair bit of indoor seating. There are lots of picnic tables outside, and in warmer weather we always bring our own food/snacks!

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