Central Park Zoo

Central Park Zoo

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Central Park, New York
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  • Ivan Z.
    "You can watch sea lions for free every day from behind the fence."(26 Tips)
    Emily L.
    "check out the grizzly bears, red pandas, snow leopards"(14 Tips)
    Sem A.
    "Loved seeing the snow leopard and the birds in the tropical section."(7 Tips)
    Nina L.
    "Prefer it to the Bronx Zoo and it's definitely better for kids."(6 Tips)
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  • Christine G.
    Christine GarrettSeptember 26, 2012
    Very Small but for $12 and an hour if your time I think it's worth it if you're in Central Park. Absolutely loved the penguins (very active today) and red panda and snow leopard were my favorites!
  • Matthew R.
    Matthew RechsApril 4, 2013
    Skip the shlocky overpriced "Zootique" (ugh) gift shop. Instead, check out the NYC Parks Department merchandise, sold through a nondescript ticket window inside the Arsenal administration building.
    Upvoted Jun 15
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupAugust 8, 2013
    Be sure to buy tickets online beforehand so you can avoid waiting on a massive line on a nice summer day. We love to come here to watch the sea lions be fed.
  • imbookin
    imbookinOctober 7, 2011
    Hold your event in the heart of Manhattan! Dine by the famous Central Park Penguins, or enjoy cocktails and hors ‘d oeuvres as colorful birds fly overhead in the rainforest. Great for kids' parties!
  • Ray H.
    Ray HApril 15, 2010
    Owned and operated by the same folks who own their sister The Bronx Zoo. This zoo is small and yet cute to walk through when in the park. It has and adds this wordly life inside the park feeling. Read more
  • Karen D.
    Karen DuganApril 5, 2012
    Be sure to check out the Arsenal, the castle-like structure in front of the Zoo. One of the only two buildings that pre-dates the park and has a gorgeous public art gallery on the 3rd floor.
  • Matthew L.
    Matthew LoonamOctober 22, 2012
    Bring a container for the petting zoo. The food dispensers for the animals only give you about five pellets at a time. Bring a container so you can get a good amount before going to feed.
  • Diego R.
    Diego RomeroFebruary 28
    Get online tickets to avoid lines. Don't miss the sea lions feeding times, the bears, monkeys and the awesome rain forest room full of birds. Great zoo!
  • Shaelyn A.
    Shaelyn AmaioApril 7, 2013
    The line for tickets is usually long and always slow-moving. You can buy your tickets on your phone (centralparkzoo.com/tickets) at a 10% discount and they'll scan your phone at the entrance gate.
  • Affinia Hotel Collection
    Located in Central Park, the zoo is a great destination for kids and parents alike. The exotic animals are from all over the world and live in environments that reflect their natural habitats.
  • imbookin
    imbookinOctober 13, 2011
    A “tranquil oasis”, this Zoo gets our vote as the cutest. I can testify that it is an awesome place for kids, but it doesn’t stop at tots! What sane adult would turn down cocktails in the rainforest?
  • The New Yorker
    The New YorkerAugust 6, 2012
    A peacock once escaped from the zoo and settled into the fifth-floor ledge of an Upper East Side building, capturing the attention of kids, cops, tourists, and Rupert Murdoch. Read more
  • Benjamin H.
    Get membership with NYC ID. If you forgot your member card (like I did) you can still obtain a pass with ID at last ticket window on left.
  • Compass
    CompassApril 18, 2014
    The world-famous zoo attracts tourists and neighbors to the Wildlife Center, where animals roam in simulations of their habitats, instead of behind bars.
  • NYC: The Official Guide
    Little ones can feed and pet friendly live animals or play (and learn) in a variety of simulated animal eggs, shells and habitats. Don’t forget to pay a visit to the endangered red pandas!
  • HISTORY
    HISTORYMay 21, 2010
    The zoo was not part of the original design for Central Park but spontaneously evolved in 1859 from gifts of exotic pets and other animals informally given to the Park.
  • Dora
    DoraJuly 21, 2010
    Watch the sea lions get fed at 11:30am, 2pm and 4pm and penguins at 10:30am and 2:30pm. Then feed barnyard animals on your own at the Tisch Children’s Zoo. Powered by ParentsConnect.com
  • Billy H.
    Billy HenehanMay 9, 2010
    Check out the dancing animals clock at the north end of the zoo. It moves and chimes on the hour and half hour between 8 AM & 6 PM each day.
  • Michael E.
    Michael EasterbrookOctober 27, 2010
    Very small zoo. You can see the main attraction (the sea lions) from the public path, you can also see the animal clock as you walk through.
  • Elizabeth
    ElizabethAugust 21, 2015
    Small zoo with so many amazing experiences. Sea lion feeding at 11:30 was thrilling. Kids all loved the Penguins.
  • Marc M.
    Marc MayerAugust 1, 2015
    Those elitist seals just love rubbing it in that they have a private pool in the middle of Central Park. Buncha jerks. Buncha really cute jerks.
  • Angelica H.
    Angelica HamannJuly 23, 2011
    A small zoo with lots to see and learn about wildlife conservation. Be sure to see the beautiful Snow Leopards if you can spot them.
  • Zachary R.
    Zachary RandSeptember 22, 2015
    Beautiful but small zoo. $12 admission is less than a cocktail in NYC. The sea lion feeding show is excellent!
  • Jenni D.
    Jenni DAugust 27, 2012
    Battery died but not before we got this pick at the Central Park Zoo. There weren't ant hippos, zebras, giraffes or lions but it was still fun!
  • nycgo
    nycgoSeptember 23, 2011
    A particular favorite among most zoo-goers is the sea lion feeding, which takes place three times daily at the Central Garden. Read more
  • Ryan R.
    Ryan RossAugust 6, 2014
    A fun few hours to burn here, but fairly small all the same. Feeding time for the seals is always a huge attraction.
  • Nina L.
    Nina LoSchiavoJune 24, 2015
    Surprisingly interactive for a zoo in the heart of New York City. Prefer it to the Bronx Zoo and it's definitely better for kids.
  • julia t.
    julia tMay 29, 2015
    Petting zoo plus penguin house. In midtown. Dippin dots. Sea lion shows! Stroller accessible! This is a no brainer.
  • Michael F.
    Small but concentrated oasis in the park, seal shows, cool beasts and pleasant feel
  • Curtis S.
    Curtis ShoungJune 8, 2015
    It's super small as far as zoos go. You can walk through in 20 mins and see everything. Great for kids I imagine.
  • Lucie K.
    Lucie KleckovaDecember 29, 2014
    It's small but very nice ZOO with the view of Manhattan landscape. Seal show starts at 11:30.
  • Angela
    AngelaSeptember 17, 2013
    The book, "And Tango Makes Three," takes place here! Also, the zoo is sort of sad without Gus, but the red pandas make up for it.
  • NYC-ARTS
    NYC-ARTSJuly 17, 2012
    Just steps from Fifth Avenue, visitors can chill out with penguins and polar bears or warm up with tropical rainforest critters. Read more
  • Debbie K.
    Debbie KorkodilosApril 19, 2010
    Took the kids to Central Park Zoo. They loved it. They especially loved watching the monkeys eating the flowers from the blooming trees.
  • Matthieu H.
    Matthieu HouleDecember 30, 2011
    If there's a long line to buy tickets, buy online from your phone. They will ask for confirmation # at the gate. Saved me 1+ hour today!
  • Emily B.
    Emily BNovember 10, 2010
    See some animals for free! It doesn't cost any money to walk through, and the sea lions are visible from the path.
  • Ben B.
    Ben BartoloneJuly 16, 2012
    Did you know? The Central Park Zoo was refurbished in 1909 as a sanctuary for exotic animals hunted by President Teddy Roosevelt.
  • Alex R.
    Alex RichardsJuly 30, 2015
    Do you like Seals (not the musician) Penguins and Puffins? Good because the Central Park Zoo has them, amongst other awesome things!
  • angela g.
    I'm normally sad at zoos, but Central Park Zoo does a good job matching species with suitable surroundings. 4D movie was cute!
  • Josh B.
    Josh BerkowitzOctober 28, 2014
    Make sure you know when the sea lion feeding times are! Easily the best attraction at this zoo.
  • Soraya D.
    Soraya DarabiJune 24, 2009
    Go in the evening and stop by 61st and 5th Ave where they feed the sea lions hourly, with the last feeding around 7 pm.
  • jon a.
    jon accarrinoDecember 5, 2011
    Skip the food carts. The person handling your food is also handling the money, and we all know how dirty money can be.
  • Rosie Pope
    Rosie PopeJanuary 3, 2012
    A great place to have fun with your wee one and enjoy the outdoors (JR loves to feed the llamas).
  • Ivan Z.
    Ivan ZimnukhovApril 27, 2013
    You can watch sea lions for free every day from behind the fence. They are amazing!
  • elizabeth a.
    elizabeth allumsAugust 14, 2013
    The sea lion feeding and 4D theater were awesome - buy tickets online in advance
  • Central Park
    Central ParkNovember 20, 2015
    We ❤️ the zoo in all seasons. Fun for kids of all ages. We have the 411 @centralpark.com
  • Charles Y.
    Charles YeganianOctober 9, 2015
    If you have kids, buy the family membership. It'll pay for itself pretty quickly
  • Aisling E.
    Aisling ElianaSeptember 7, 2014
    You'll Fall in love at first sight of the sea lions!!!! Go there first!!!!!!!!
  • Bruno C.
    Bruno CardosoSeptember 29, 2015
    Bird area is the best! Although watching seals being fed is really fun as well.
  • Mitra S.
    Mitra SalaselJanuary 9
    Why does this cost money? Really small and only good for kids. I expected it to be like the Lincoln park zoo, it is not.
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