A Great Beginner Zoo
Capron Park Zoo is a great place to introduce your wee one to the zoo. It is very manageable in size - you can easily see all the animals in one hour. They have Leopards, Kangaroos, Otters, but our favorite is the Rainforest building - where you can see birds fly and a giant porcupine without any glass separating you from them (just a tall fence). Older kids will enjoy the animals as well as the water mist tent. The zoo is reasonable in price as well. Out-of-towners pay $5.50, kids 3 - 13 pay $3.75 and children under three are free. The zoo is set in a beautiful park and next to the entrance of the zoo is a great little playground. Minutes from Route 95. http://www.capronparkzoo.com/index.htm
Capron Park zoo now has a full Splash Pad that replaces the mist tent. It has fountains, water "cannons" shaped like a lion and a bumble bee, and an elephant that drops a small bucket full of water onto the awaiting children below. They also have a boardwalk across the pond that you can view their Lemur islands from.