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The Buffalo Zoo

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Address: 300 Parkside Ave, Buffalo, NY 14214-1963
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+1 716-837-3900
10:00 - 16:00
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Founded in 1875, the Buffalo Zoo is the third oldest zoo in the United...

Founded in 1875, the Buffalo Zoo is the third oldest zoo in the United States. Each year, the Zoo welcomes approximately 400,000 visitors and is the second largest tourist attraction in Western New York, second only to Niagara Falls.Located on 23.5 acres of Buffalo’s beautiful Delaware Park, the Zoo exhibits a diverse collection of wild and exotic animals and more than 320 different species of plants. Open year-round, the Zoo is a constant source of conservation, education and recreation for Western New York.

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Great for kids

Took my family there over the weekend. Not a big zoo at all but not too small. The highlight was definitely the polar bears. The zoo can be seen in approximately two hours, so... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Buffalo, New York
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Buffalo, New York
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13 reviews
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Took my family there over the weekend. Not a big zoo at all but not too small. The highlight was definitely the polar bears. The zoo can be seen in approximately two hours, so it's not an all day thing perfect to go early in the morning before kids naps.

Thank George1350
Buffalo, New York
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17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The zoo is an amazing place. If you haven't been for a time, you will be amazed by the habitats provided. I especially love the tropical rainforest! Membership is a great value and pays for itself after just a few visits. I have Individual Plus. That allows me unlimited visits WITH a guest, additional guest passes, and some free parking... More 

Thank Bonnie H
Buffalo, New York
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93 reviews
57 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 262 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Fantastic zoo to spend time with children. 1-2 hours is enough to observe every corner of the zoo. Children really likes this place. You better vizit zoo as often as possible, because some exhibition's are closed. If you buy full year access card you'll get free parking tickets.

Thank Makho S
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35 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This zoo is a bit on the smaller side, but don't let that keep you away! We went in the off season, and I'd absolutely recommend this. We are people who don't love crowds, but do love getting up close and personal with the animals. The exhibits at this zoo are really well designed, so you really get to see... More 

Thank shes0so0free
Orchard Park, New York
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140 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Just like many older zoos in the US it really doesn't have wide open spaces. The lions, addax and rhinos seem to have very little room to roam around. The giraffes were indoors in very small spaces. The polar bears and the gorillas seem to have a bit more room. It just seems like zoos need to change their concept... More 

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125 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I haven't been to the zoo in years, no particular reason, just not happening. Luckily two friends invited me to join them on a sunny day and off we went! It brought back great memories of my trips here with kids and the funny things that animals do! I especially enjoyed the wrestling polar bears and the beautiful white fox,... More 

Thank Diane M
Buffalo, New York
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30 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 March 2017

For Buffalo, this should be a bigger and more exciting place to visit. Great for young children but beyond that age it would be a bit boring.

Thank Shirleykc
Buffalo, New York
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32 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 March 2017

Although I get sad seeing large animal in small enclosures, the Buffalo Zoo has been doing a wonderful job over the past few years making renovations and changes to the environment and the animal's habitats. The best new feature is Arctic Edge where the polar bears are kept. It is a brand new exhibit with a playful bear named Luna... More 

Thank taylorweber
Buffalo, New York
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3 reviews
Reviewed 14 March 2017

This zoo has been upgrading over the years and do an excellant job for the small area they have and the age of the zoo. The animals are well cared for and a nice experience

Thank 1989annie
Toronto, Canada
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73 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2017

We go to the Buffalo Zoo almost every year; Perfect size for a family; Great exhibits; Wonderful staff;

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