Central Park Zoo

Central Park Zoo

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)
    Marc M.
    "elitist seals"(13 Tips)
    Emily L.
    "check out the grizzly bears, red pandas, snow leopards"(15 Tips)
    Sem A.
    "Loved seeing the snow leopard and the birds in the tropical section."(7 Tips)
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  • 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
    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!
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Elia C.
    Elia Clemente2 weeks ago
    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
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Michael F.
    Michael Fox-RabinovitzFebruary 29, 2016
    Small but concentrated oasis in the park, seal shows, cool beasts and pleasant feel
  • Central Park
    Central ParkNovember 20, 2015
    We ❤️ the zoo in all seasons. Fun for kids of all ages. We have the 411 @centralpark.com
  • 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
    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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    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
  • 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
  • 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.
    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.
  • elizabeth a.
    elizabeth allumsAugust 14, 2013
    The sea lion feeding and 4D theater were awesome - buy tickets online in advance
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Bruno C.
    Bruno CardosoSeptember 29, 2015
    Bird area is the best! Although watching seals being fed is really fun as well.
  • 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).
  • 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 7, 2014
    You'll Fall in love at first sight of the sea lions!!!! Go there first!!!!!!!!
  • Aisling E.
    Aisling ElianaSeptember 6, 2014
    Look for the sea lions u'll love them at first sight!!!
  • angela g.
    angela gaylorMay 13, 2016
    I'm normally sad at zoos, but Central Park Zoo does a good job matching species with suitable surroundings. 4D movie was cute!
  • Emily L.
    Emily LSeptember 27, 2015
    tiny zoo, but plenty of cute animals to make it worth the $$. check out the grizzly bears, red pandas, snow leopards
  • SM
    SMOctober 10, 2013
    Try to get to the zoo after a good snow that sticks; THE RED PANDAS LOVE IT!!!!
  • 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.
  • Sem A.
    Sem AlghamdiOctober 20, 2015
    Loved seeing the snow leopard and the birds in the tropical section.
  • James C.
    James CAugust 10, 2015
    Smaller zoo. Nice bear exhibit. Gets crowded. Is great for kids.
  • Sam L.
    Sam LevyDecember 29, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Always a fun place for kids. Schedule accordingly with the sea lion feedings.
  • Katya P.
    Katya PugachevaSeptember 12, 2014
    Red pandas! So adorable. And sea lions, of course. The place is nicer than you might think.
  • Charles Y.
    Charles YeganianOctober 9, 2015
    If you have kids, buy the family membership. It'll pay for itself pretty quickly
  • 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.
  • Margaret M.
    Margaret MolloyNovember 11, 2012
    Be sure to chat with the Zoo Keepers, they have a wealth of information
  • 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)
  • Blue Man C.
    Blue Man City ManMarch 18, 2016
    A lot of animals that you can see. Personally, I like the seals, which are right in front!
  • 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!
  • Roger S.
    Roger SchonfeldAugust 17, 2014
    A great place for a 60 minute pop in for WCS members in the area.
  • Thomas W.
    Thomas WittSeptember 3, 2015
    Small but lovely zoo
    Upvoted Mar 9
  • 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.
  • Ryan Scott T.
    Ryan Scott TandyMay 28, 2016
    Pretty amazing considering it's a zoo in the middle of a massive metropolitan city.
  • Central Park
    Central ParkNovember 20, 2015
    Everything. Find out the feeding times for the different animals.
  • Claudia S.
    Claudia SMarch 3, 2013
    Head straight to the bike rental shop on 58th and get a cheaper rate than at the park.
  • Radio City Christmas Spectacular
    Spend the day meeting the animals. See the camel’s cousin star in “The Living Nativity” at the Radio City Christmas Spectacular!
  • vanessa l.
    vanessa lopezNovember 10, 2013
    Must go to the children's zoo and 4D ice age movie
  • The New York Palace
    The New York PalaceMarch 26, 2012
    Members of your group young and old alike will love watching the animals.
  • Marc G.
    Marc GoldbergJuly 14, 2013
    Opens at 10a, go straight to the petting zoo first... Awesome quality time with the Llamas.
  • Georgia A.
    Georgia AuroraJune 10, 2012
    See more than 30 different animal species!! Love the white bear!
  • Alexandra T.
    Alexandra TritzAugust 17, 2016
    Cute animals and the feeding of the sea lions is so fun !
  • S_J L.
    S_J LOctober 28, 2014
    small but fun♥ penguin, sea lion, n 4D theater!!
  • Jonah E.
    Jonah EnglerApril 13, 2016
    If you love observing animals, this place is great!
  • Alan M.
    Alan MortonSeptember 20, 2016
    It's a nice zoo but a little small and not quite as grand as I expected
  • Paul K.
    Paul KantermanSeptember 26, 2010
    Best to come in the fall. In the cooler weather the animals are much more active.
  • Juliana L.
    Juliana LimaNovember 15, 2011
    Check the feeding schedule before going, at feeding time all the animals are out to eat.
  • Jamie S.
    Jamie ShawJuly 27, 2015
    Small but quaint selection of animals.
  • Myer
    MyerAugust 12, 2015
    Penguins, snow leopard and sea lions are favorites.
  • Bianca L.
    Bianca LeeDecember 30, 2016
    Try to catch the seal feeding. You can see it from the park.
  • Mariana C.
    Mariana CovarrubiasJuly 31, 2014
    Super small, but the penguin feeding is great! 🐟
  • Fran R.
    Fran RopertiAugust 9, 2011
    big enough to enjoy in one day...design is easy and not as tiring as the Bronx Zoo
  • Steve M.
    Steve MojicaOctober 3, 2011
    Awesome bird exhibit! Definite must see!
  • David C.
    David ChangDecember 31, 2015
    Wait for the clock to pass and don't forget the children's zoo. :)
  • Elia C.
    Elia Clemente2 weeks ago
    Leave your baby stroller at home. Don't allow them in any buildings
  • Jim B.
    Jim BeaudoinMay 27, 2012
    Best $12.00 you'll spend in NYC.
  • Dan G.
    Dan GoodwinNovember 29, 2014
    Very good for young children
  • Victoria S.
    Victoria SilcockSeptember 6, 2013
    Make sure you don't miss out the penguins!
  • Supasai V.
    Supasai VongkulbhisalFebruary 5, 2011
    The seals still alive an adjust themselves better than us in winter time.
  • Helloise N.
    Helloise NeryOctober 2, 2014
    A great place to visit and to spend some time.
  • Jessica S.
    Jessica SanchezJuly 30, 2012
    Make sure to watch the feeding of the sea lions :)
  • L B.
    L BAugust 21, 2014
    Beautiful animals love the tropical birds!
  • Healthy at NBCU
    Healthy at NBCUMay 31, 2011
    Stop by the Central Park Zoo. Being around animals can lower blood pressure and improve your mood.
  • Portia A.
    Portia AddisonJuly 28, 2015
    It's cool but small. Did the entire zoo in one hour but still enjoyed it.
  • Kimmie O.
    Kimmie OhhOctober 1, 2014
    Take pics of all the animals! Don't use flash, just in case...
  • Sydney M.
    Sydney MarkleMarch 8, 2014
    A Good day to visit Alice.
  • بن عقيل A.
    Nice zoo and nice location
  • Shonalika S.
    Shonalika SinghSeptember 11, 2012
    this zoo is small and yet cute to walk..
  • Insil K.
    Insil KimJuly 16, 2015
    Nice zoo! Friendly staff
  • Maria T.
    Maria TobarAugust 11, 2014
    I prefer to go up to the Bronx zoo
  • Elias A.
    Elias Abdala PadillaJanuary 2, 2015
    Muy bonito el zoológico del parque central con mucha diversificación de animales, muy buena atención al cliente si vienen de turista pues no dejen de pasar por acá
  • Renata d.
    Renata de GeorgeMarch 30, 2015
    É pequeno mas vale a pena a visita. A parte dos pássaros é encantador. Fique atento no horário de apresentação dos Sea Lions! Tudo muito lindo!
  • Joaquim N.
    Joaquim NetoOctober 12, 2014
    Gostei muito dos pinguins e do leão marinho que fazia truques! O lugar é pequeno e a entrada é cara pelo que oferece, embora tenha sido bem bacana.
  • Isabel V.
    Isabel VitorianoSeptember 19, 2015
    Amei o lugar! A área da floresta tropical é demais! Não deixe d ver a alimentação dos leões marinhos,, pois eles fazem apresentações!
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • LS D.
    LS DiazFebruary 22, 2015
    Pequeño zoológico en medio de Central Park del que destacó su conocidísimo reloj y sus osos polares. Además de hacerse famoso por ser el lugar de residencia de los personajes de la película Madagascar
  • Laís A.
    Laís Almeida RosaApril 25, 2015
    O filme usou só o local, fui esperando ver inspirações mas n rolou rss... Mas é interessante apesar do tamanho... Tem uma apresentação com leões marinhos com sonho de virar Shamu rs
  • Guilherme 梅.
    Guilherme 梅田January 3, 2015
    Se vc não tiver tempo de visitar o Bronx Zoo, o zoológico do Central Park pode ser uma opção. Ele é bem pequeno mas bem cuidado.
  • Paola
    PaolaMarch 27, 2014
    Es pequeño pero muy bonito. El área del oso polar estaba cerrada cuando fuí. Las focas, mis favoritas. El costo de la entrada $12
  • 🇺🇸Дмитрий🇷🇺 D.
    🇺🇸Дмитрий🇷🇺 DanverAugust 5, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Одно понравилось. Экспозиция какашки какой то пантеры или львицы. Я ее даже телефоном потрогал. Вроде настоящая. А так не тратье время. В Нью Йорке есть что посмотреть.
  • Iván R.
    Iván RamosJuly 19, 2015
    Aunque es muy pequeño vale mucho la pena pues tienen a los animales en excelentes condiciones ;)
  • Guilherme A.
    Guilherme AscoliNovember 12, 2014
    Um passeio bem legal. Os pinguins são divertidos.
  • Vladislav K.
    Vladislav KruglovAugust 18, 2014
    Обожаю этот зоопарк. Сразу вспоминаю детство и мультфильм "Мадагаскар" 🐧🐯🐒🐒🐒
  • Edson S.
    Edson SodreApril 18, 2015
    Pensei que fosse maior, mas é lindo de qualquer forma! Os pinguins e leões marinhos são as grandes atrações!
  • Maxim D.
    Maxim DeniskinDecember 1, 2013
    Для взрослых 12 долларов с человека. Самое интересное шоу-это пингвины. В общем прогулка на час.
  • Yasser G.
    Yasser GonzálezMarch 30, 2015
    Super, siempre quiero ir a ese lugar cada fin de semana y jugar con perro
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