Central Park Zoo

Central Park Zoo

Central Park, New York
  • The experts at The New Yorker and Time Out New York recommend this place
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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"(16 Tips)
    Marc M.
    "elitist seals"(13 Tips)
    Sem A.
    "Loved seeing the snow leopard and the birds in the tropical section."(8 Tips)
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  • 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
  • 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!
  • Yashica N.
    Yashica NaulFebruary 24, 2017
    Good for the price only $12 adults. Have a few animals but are amazing! You can watch de sealion from the fence without paying. In the tropical garden you can feel the real climate it's amazing!
  • Epicuro Mx
    Epicuro MxAugust 28, 2017
    It's small, so when you don't get to see a couple animals you get the feeling it's not very worthy. For us red pandas and snow leopard were nowhere to be seen. Penguins are awesome!
  • Diego R.
    Diego RomeroFebruary 28, 2016
    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!
  • 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 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.
  • Karen D.
    Karen DuganApril 5, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    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.
  • 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!
  • 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?
  • Elizabeth
    ElizabethAugust 21, 2015
    Small zoo with so many amazing experiences. Sea lion feeding at 11:30 was thrilling. Kids all loved the Penguins.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Stephanie N.
    Stephanie Nichols FordSeptember 22, 2017
    Central Park Zoo is manageable & tons of fun! Make sure to check out the penguins and remember that finding Betty & Veronica (the bears) can be tough on most days since they aren't super active.
  • Elia C.
    Elia ClementeApril 11, 2017
    The snow monkey's are ready to see. Most others may be finding. Don't bring a stroller since they are not allowed in buildings. Come mid week for less crowds
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Michael F.
    Michael Fox-RabinovitzFebruary 29, 2016
    Small but concentrated oasis in the park, seal shows, cool beasts and pleasant feel
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Natalie V.
    Natalie VegelFebruary 21, 2017
    Cute zoo, given its size and location. The red pandas are the best!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Central Park
    Central ParkNovember 20, 2015
    We ❤️ the zoo in all seasons. Fun for kids of all ages. We have the 411 @centralpark.com
  • 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.
  • Benjamin H.
    Benjamin HealyMarch 18, 2016
    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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Paige C.
    Paige CSeptember 9, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    When the parrots are loose, you can actually touch/feed them (you're not supposed to)
  • 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
    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
  • 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!
  • Josh B.
    Josh BerkowitzOctober 28, 2014
    Make sure you know when the sea lion feeding times are! Easily the best attraction at this zoo.
  • elizabeth a.
    elizabeth allumsAugust 14, 2013
    The sea lion feeding and 4D theater were awesome - buy tickets online in advance
  • Ivan Z.
    Ivan ZimnukhovApril 27, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    You can watch sea lions for free every day from behind the fence. They are amazing!
  • 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.
  • MJB
    MJBOctober 8, 2013
    My Dad used to take me to see the penguins when I was 2-years-old. They are still my favorite part of this small zoo.
  • 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).
  • 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
  • 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!
  • Aisling E.
    Aisling ElianaSeptember 6, 2014
    Look for the sea lions u'll love them at first sight!!!
  • 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.
  • Darkrwe
    DarkrweSeptember 1, 2017
    Go and see the beautiful animals. Don't forget the get special ice cream.
  • Bruno C.
    Bruno CardosoSeptember 29, 2015
    Bird area is the best! Although watching seals being fed is really fun as well.
  • Aisling E.
    Aisling ElianaSeptember 7, 2014
    You'll Fall in love at first sight of the sea lions!!!! Go there first!!!!!!!!
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