Bear Mountain State Park
Bear Mountain, NY 10911
The zoo at Bear Mountain State Park is home to a menagerie of critters indigenous to the region — such as owls, coyotes, and bears — that are unable to survive in the wild due to injury or some other reason. Be sure to bring your walking shoes when visiting these animals — this zoo’s winding path covers three quarters of a mile. Nearby, Bear Mountain’s park area offers other fun activities, including boat rentals on Hessian Lake, nature trails (the Appalachian Trail actually runs through the zoo), and a picnic section.