This is an example where a city let there zoo go to pot and volunteers and donations are just starting to get it back on its feet again. (we visited in 2004),
There are about 20-25 open-air cages (large fenced-in areas) where the animals can roam and have some semblance of "freedom". Trouble is there are only about 10 animals we could find in the whole place. The ones we found were healthy and well-cared and interesting to watch for a while.
So we donated our $10 to the attendant and a bit more later when we went to the gift shop which has some great items. We lasted about an hour, nice walking weather. Hope to go back in the future to see how they have improved.
On the whole, the Victorian architecture throughout the City of Watertown is beautiful. The variety of homes that illustrate the spectrum of Victorian themes resonnate throughout from The Square, up Washington Street to Paddock and Flower Ave, from Massey to Gotham Streets. The winters are rough and many are in sad state, but overall the homes are a feast for the eyes. The old Emma Flower Taylor mansion on Clinton Street is spectacular in it's beauty. Also, the homes on Paddock Street....Great!! I have not seen such a collection of homes like these in any of the places I have visited in the United States. Well worth the effort to take these beautiful old homes while in the Northern New York area.