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Explore Nature’s Friendly Inhabitants at New York Zoos

Plan a trip up to scenic western New York for an experience you and the whole family will never forget at Buffalo Zoo. The third-oldest zoo in the United States and second-largest tourist attraction in western New York; behind only Niagara Falls. There’s plenty for all to see because Buffalo Zoo has over 320 different plant species and 1,200 animals.

Since you’re getting in touch with nature in Buffalo, make time to create lasting memories at Tifft Nature Preserve. Little ones are in their element here. They can have birthday parties, attend summer camp, or take part in an Easter egg hunt. Tifft also makes for an exquisite setting for weddings and corporate events.

Take the clan to Onondaga County and experience Beaver Lake Nature Center. Open year-round and offering ten miles of navigable trails, there is ample to do in all seasons at Beaver Lake. Rent a boat in the summer or go skiing in the winter. Whatever your pleasure, we’ve got you covered.  

Buffalo Zoo

First opened in 1875, the Buffalo Zoo is located in the Delaware Park area of downtown Buffalo. Home to a wonderful variety of animals, the zoo has become the second most popular attraction in western New York.

This 23-acre zoo is home to some of the most exotic and endangered animals in the world, and historic sites like the Buffalo Zoo Entrance Court – listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. The zoo is not only a fun place to visit, but a great place to learn about animals and the zoo's conservation efforts.

Plan to attend of the fun events hosted throughout the year – including Zoo Snooze, BuffaLoveFest, and Wines in the Wild.

Beaver Lake Nature Center

Encompasses 650 acres, the Beaver Lake Nature Center, located west of Syracuse in central New York. The center is situated next to Mud Lake in the Beaver Lake County Park and features more than 400 annual programs about the natural world. Be sure to bring your binoculars to spy the 200 species of birds living near the center.

Visitors enjoy walking along the 10 miles of trail in the park, and canoeing on the lake in the summer. Celebrate a special occasion or birthday at the center, by enjoying a short hike and critter talk. Party themes include Maple Sugaring, Exploring Life in a Pond, and Turtles, Hawks & Owls.

Tifft Nature Preserve

Located in western New York, the Tifft Nature Preserve provides a scenic respite from the hustle and bustle of Buffalo right along the shores of Lake Erie. Outdoor enthusiasts are encouraged to explore the preserves many hiking trails traversing the entirety of the preserve.

Given its namesake, the Tifft Nature Preserve is dedicated to housing and maintaining some of the region’s most precious wildlife. Thus, animal viewing and bird watching are popular activities amongst visitors.