An official Path Through History Site! The 32-acre New York State Zoo at Thompson Park in Watertown is the only zoo in the world dedicated to New York's wild animals and wild places with species that are, or at one time were, native to New York State. Get nose-to-nose with black bears, watch the playful antics of rare wolverines and climb a real Adirondack fire tower. Located in the heart of historic Thompson Park in Watertown, NY, the zoo strives to be the premier zoological park that focuses on New York State ecosystems through conservation, education, scientific study, and recreation. Animals, including wolverines, black bears, eagles, mountain lions, Canada lynx, grey wolves, and more make their home at this Zoo. Open daily April through October; Saturdays in winter, plus midweek during school breaks.