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300 Parkside Avenue

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3.8scorecard
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  • 3.5Facilities
  • 3.5Atmosphere

The Buffalo Zoo's starring attractions are two polar bear cubs called Luna and Kali. In addition to these cute little fur balls, the zoo houses a variety of mammals, reptiles, amphibians and birds. The eco-rainforest exhibit is a hit with visitors; many people say that the rope bridge across the exhibit offers a great view of the turtles and alligators below.

Opening its gates back in 1875, the Buffalo Zoo is the third-oldest zoo in the country. As such, there are continuing renovations to the zoo that some visitors have found disappointing. Another TripAdvisor user praised its improvements: "It is amazing how far along the zoo has come over the years. There had been so many new attractions and exhibits and it looks like a world class zoo." Others were even more complimentary of the venue, citing its great staff and happy-looking animals.

A general admission ticket costs $10.50; children between the ages of 2 and 14 years are charged $7.50, and children younger than 2 are free. Seniors and full-time students are charged $8.50. The zoo is open every day except for Christmas Day and Thanksgiving. Between the months of July and August, the zoo is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; the rest of the year, the zoo closes at 4 p.m. You'll find it north of downtown, near Forest Lawn and the Darwin D. Martin House. For more information, visit the Buffalo Zoo's website.

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Just about 20 miles north of Buffalo, Niagara Falls makes for a great day trip. One of the world's most awe-inspiring waterfalls, Niagara Falls straddles two countries and drops waters over the cliff-face at speeds of 20 to 68 mph. It's no wonder that visitors find the falls euphoric. To view them, you have many options, from a Maid of the Mist boat tour to a walk behind the falls. Keep in mind that many Niagara Falls attractions close in the winter months due to inclement weather.

One TripAdvisor user makes a good pitch for visiting Niagara Falls and staying in a hotel in Buffalo, saying the "Falls are unbelievable ... However, [the] town is [a] tourist trap."

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