Seneca Park Zoo polar bear

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.

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

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.

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. It does not go through the zoo.

The tram runs weekends only starting in mid-April, daily Memorial Day through Labor Day, back to weekends only through ZooBoo.

The pathway is primarily downhill from the entrance to the Savanna. I’m betting most people walk through the park then take the tram back to the entrance. There is now a gift shop in the Savanna area where tickets can be purchased.

More information about Seneca Park

Cost: Free for Park, Admission Fee for Zoo (see website for admission fees)

Located in the City of Rochester (get directions)

More information on the park: plus trail map

More information on the zoo:

Seneca Park Zoo tiger stained glass
This stained glass tiger was in the old zoo building, torn down in 2018.

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