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If you’re planning a trip to New York, there are tons of places to stay. But how many of them combine history, beauty, and charm? The Catskill Game Farm opened in the 1940s as the first privately-run zoo in America. It would later become the largest zoo in the country. It’s now a hotel where you can stay overnight and explore the fascinating property!

Best of all, visitors are allowed to explore the property at their leisure. Many buildings still stand from the zoo’s heyday, and you can almost smell the animals as you walk through the abandoned barns.

Have you stayed at the Old Game Farm, or did you visit it when it was a zoo? Share your experiences in the comments!

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