Now that winter is in full swing, are you suffering from cabin fever? I know I am.

Get some fresh air – and learn about animals – at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo.

Located in Burnet Park, the zoo was founded in 1914, and houses more than 200 different species, according to its website, ranging in size from poison dart frogs to Asian elephants. Tickets cost $9 for adults ($5 if you visit during Snow Leopard Day in January and February), and can be purchased online or at the door.

This was my third time visiting the zoo. We started with the 0.5-mile Wildlife Trail, learning about numerous animals along the way (many of which like the colder weather), including camels, a red panda, a snow leopard, an Andean bear, an Amur tiger, and my personal favorite, the Humboldt penguins. Afterwards, we checked out two of the zoo’s indoor exhibits: Social Animals (primates, lemurs, porcupines) and Diversity of Birds (exotic birds in a tropical rainforest setting). All in all, it took us about an hour to walk around the entire zoo.

It is definitely worth a visit during the winter months – just make sure to bundle up!

Please note: Visit the zoo’s website,, for current information about COVID regulations.

If You Go
Rosamond Gifford Zoo
1 Conservation Place, Syracuse.
When: Daily from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
More information: (315) 435-8511.


Courtney Kless is the Editor in Chief of Family Times. Courtney is originally from Maryland. She earned her Master’s degree in Magazine, Newspaper and Online Journalism from Syracuse University. Courtney began her career as a sports journalist, then spent several years working in higher education, before joining the company in August 2019. She enjoys traveling, reading and hiking, and recently adopted a Labrador Retriever, Bailey.

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