Things to do / Travel Guide
The Western New York and South Central Ontario region is home to four exciting zoos, all emphasizing different aspects of the animal world, from the small and delicate to the large and muscular. A wide variety of animals await you in this region to ensure you have an exciting and educational time, whether it be in the midst of beautiful butterflies, or in the mists that are home to awesome gorillas.
Niagara Falls Zoo and Butterfly Park
Beginning with the former, the Niagara Falls Butterfly Conservatory is one of the largest North American indoor exhibits of its kind. As you walk through a network of pathways traversing lush tropical gardens, you'll see over 2,000 butterflies floating in the warm, moist air and flitting from leaf to leaf. Bright clothing attracts these beautiful creatures so be sure to wear something appropriate if you'd like one to land on you. There are also presentations on subjects like how to start your own butterfly garden.
Over in Rochester, you'll want to visit the Seneca Park Zoo, where a wide variety of birds, fish, invertebrates, mammals, and reptiles await you. Having first opened in 1894, the zoo is one of the oldest in the United States. The zoo offers special programs, like “Breakfast With The Animals,” for private groups who'd like to see the animals before the park opens to the general public.
Pay a visit to the Buffalo Zoological Gardens, the third-oldest zoo in the United States. Animals here move freely about enclosures with trees, streams, pools, and other natural-like features. You'll find reptiles like Egyptian spiny-tailed lizards and pancake tortoises, and amphibians including tomato frogs and Puerto Rican crested toads.
Toronto, Ontario Zoo
On the other side of the animal spectrum - and border - you'll find the Toronto Zoo featuring the largest indoor gorilla exhibit in North America. But that's not all. This is one of the largest zoos in the world containing over 6 miles of walking trails, so be sure to wear comfortable shoes as you take in the over 5,000 animals. Kids will especially enjoy Splash Island, a water park open only to them.
Zoos and Aquariums in Toronto, Niagara Falls, Finger Lakes in Western New York and South Central Ontario