Rosamond Gifford Zoo

There is something for every family to enjoy at this zoo in Syracuse, New York, from summer festivals to the recent addition of twin baby elephants. 

Twin baby elephants at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse, New York (photo courtesy of Rosamond Gifford Zoo)

From fish and monkeys to alpacas and birds, the animal kingdom is well represented at the 43-acre Rosamond Gifford Zoo, located at Syracuse, New York’s Burnet Park, but the star residents are the twin Asian Elephants born here in October 2022. Animal-encounter opportunities offer visitors the chance to learn about sloths, penguins and hawks. When it’s time for lunch, stop off at the HoneyBee Cafe, with options like chicken strips and pizza that can satisfy even the pickiest little eaters. Summer 2023 at the zoo brings a Penguin Palooza! ice cream party in July and the Asian Elephant Extravaganza in August, which shines a light on the native cultures of the zoo’s herd of eight elephants. When you visit, take the kids out into Burnet Park, which has a swimming pool, playground and walking trail. 1 Conservation Place, Syracuse, New York 13204, 315/435-8511,