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Seneca Park and Zoo

The Seneca Park Zoo is only part of the greater 297-acre Seneca Park, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted in 1893.

The zoo is open all year long, and is continuously upgrading facilities and adding exhibits. “A Step into Africa,” a 2006 addition, features African Lions and Elephants. In 2018 the new “Animals of the Savanna” opened, adding Giraffes.

Behind the Zoo, there is a trout pond surrounded by pavilions, a playground and hiking trails that take you up close with the Genesee River. The trails are part of the Genesee Riverway Trail.

Seneca Park drive
Seneca Park north trail
Seneca Park north trail
Seneca Park Genesee River access
Seneca Park Genesee River access
Seneca Park north trail
Seneca Park Genesee River access
Seneca Park north trail

Olmsted Trail North

1 mi. (one way)

This trail leads along the river nearly to Lake Ontario, with three optional descents to the riverside.

Seneca Park stairway pedestrian bridge
Seneca Park ramp pedestrian bridge
Pedestrian bridge over the Genesee River connecting Seneca Park and Maplewood Park

Olmsted Trail South

0.7 mi. (one way)

Both the North and South trails begin at Trout Pond. This south trail ends at the pedestrian bridge over the Genesee River and connects Seneca to Maplewood, its sister Olmsted-designed park.

The bridge is accessed using stairs or ramps on both sides.

Seneca Park Zoo winter snow leopard
Seneca Park Zoo winter tiger 2
Seneca Park Zoo winter red panda
Seneca Park Zoo winter giraffe
Seneca Park Zoo winter sea lion
Seneca Park Zoo winter walking
Seneca Park Zoo winter rainbow
Seneca Park Zoo winter sign
Seneca Park Zoo winter pathway

A beautiful place to walk in wintertime

The Seneca Park Zoo is open all year! And while many animals prefer to stay comfy-cozy inside or in a den, some species, such as polar bears and Amur tigers, enjoy the long, cold Rochester winters.

Seneca Park Zoo in summertime

Naturally, everything is more active in the non-winter months! The animals spend time outside, there’s more visitors walking about, the Tram is in operation, and there are more events, like Zoo Brew!

Helpful transportation

The Zoo has a seasonal tram to help transport visitors to the extreme ends of the park, for a small fee each way-$2 for adults and $1 for youth and seniors.