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Holiday season at the Zoo!

As the seasons change and families prepare for the holidays, our Zoo hours, rates, member specials, programs, events and experiences are changing, too!

Gift certificateJust a reminder that November 1st through March 31st the gates open at 10 a.m. and close at 3 p.m. Visitors may stay on grounds until 4 p.m. Rest assured, our members will enjoy their benefit of entering the Zoo at 9:30 a.m. again next spring. However, their free admission benefit is a terrific savings all year long. Since general admission rates are discounted by $2 each in the off season, it’s a great time of year for members to bring guests. The Membership Booth will be closed during the off season so please visit the Admissions Booth daily and staff will assist you with any purchases, questions or concerns. The Zoo will be closed on Thanksgiving Day (gobble, gobble), Christmas Day (ho, ho, ho) and New Year’s Day (Happy 2014!). On the day after Thanksgiving (Nov. 29) as well as Christmas Eve (Dec. 24) and New Year’s Eve (Dec. 31), we offer ONE free youth admission with ONE paid adult admission. Again, these BOGO specials are one more reason to bring your holiday guests here and show off your Zoo’s adorable babies!

Since the holidays are upon us and many of you may be wondering what to give, we are pleased to offer Membership Gift Certificates at a $10 off discount. They are available for purchase at the Front Gate during Zoo hours, by phone at (585) 336-7212 or online. The lucky member family can active or renew their Zoo membership by simply redeeming the certificate. Give the gift of a Zoo this holiday season — it’s the gift that provides support for your local Zoo and year-round family fun!


Photo by Kelli O’Brien

A popular activity, Book and Beast, is a member favorite. Join us at 11 a.m. each Wednesday (October through March) in the Z.O.T. Zone for a cuddly story and meet an animal from our education collection. This program is free with Zoo admission! Members shouldn’t delay registering for Breakfast with Santa. Sessions in December are filling up very quickly. Kids will enjoy a continental breakfast in a unique setting, meet with Santa and visit our fascinating creatures. And last, but not least, a cold weather day is a great time to experience a brisk walk through the Zoo; stop for hot chocolate at the Café and witness how active our animals can be as they explore the Zoo’s winter smells and sounds.

Enjoy the winter activities, programs, events and the changing seasons with your family and friends at the Seneca Park Zoo. Please pay special attention to our off season hours, rates and specials. And happy holidays!

– Natalie Lipton, Visitor Services Manager


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Season’s greetings from your friends at the Zoo!

Photo by Jeff Gerew

Photo by Jeff Gerew

As a reminder, the Zoo will be closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. The Zoo’s animals will continue to be cared for and we will reopen to the public at 10 a.m. the days following (on December 26 and January 2). This is also a reminder that we are open all year long! During our winter season, the gates close at 3 p.m., but visitors may stay on grounds till 4 p.m. Don’t forget that the Zoo is a wonderful activity for the whole family while children are on school break between Christmas and the New Year.

It’s also not too late to get last minute gifts for family and friends. Give the gift of a Zoo membership when you purchase a gift certificate. Act now and receive our holiday special of $10 off. This special ends December 31, so don’t delay. Our memberships are valid for one full year from date of activation and it “pays” to be a Zoo member. Enjoy special incentives and perks depending on the level of membership. Zoo members may enter the Zoo at 9:30 a.m. starting April 1, will receive 10% off every day in the ZooShop, can enjoy discounts or exclusivity to special events (like ZooBoo or Breakfast with Santa) and receive much more!

Don’t forget our popular story hour and visit with an animal each week during the winter season. “Book and Beast” is held October through March at 11 a.m. every Wednesday in the Z.O.T. Zone. Since it is free with Zoo admission, free access to this fun Zoo activity can be added to our long list of member benefits!

Bundle up the kids, grab a hot chocolate at our Crater Canteen (located in A Step Into Africa), and visit all of your animal friends at the Zoo. Winter weather allows some of our animals to be more active and curious about winter smells and sounds!

As always, from our Zoo family to yours, we wish you all a safe and happy holiday season!

– Natalie Lipton, Visitor Services Manager

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