Prospect Park Zoo

Prospect Park Zoo

Zoo and Other Great Outdoors
Prospect Park, Brooklyn
  • National Wildlife Federation
    "Visit the fruit bats, otters and catch a sea lion feeding!"(19 Tips)
    Gabriel H.
    "The best exhibits are the sea lions and the baboons."(6 Tips)
    Richard R.
    "Sea Lions feeding is a blast and the Discovery trail"(4 Tips)
    Chrissy O.
    "leisurely pace under 2 hours including a sea lion show!"(4 Tips)
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  • baboons
  • discovery trail
  • hidden spots
  • gardens
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  • Jenn A.
    Jenn AllenApril 15, 2016
    Small fun zoo. Discovery trail is fun. Bring quarters for feeding kiosks. Catch sea lion feeding. Last show is at 4pm. Zoo closes at 5.
  • Daniel M.
    Daniel McDonoughApril 21, 2015
    Order tickets on your phone and skip the line for the same price. The sea lions are hilarious. Also def see the big headed turtle. Just hatched 5 babies for the 1st time ever at a zoo!
    Upvoted 17 hours ago
  • Doug M.
    Doug MurphyApril 2, 2013
    A wonderful bargain. Nice and compact. Plenty to do for an hour or two, especially for little kids. Get there to see the seal lion feeding. No matter what, don't miss it.
  • Jamie
    JamieNovember 3, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    If you have small children whom would find the Bronx Zoo too big to walk, then this is the zoo for you. You can view everything in under two hours which includes the sea lion feeding.
  • Luis L.
    Luis LopezNovember 22, 2014
    Nice small zoo, clean and very green at one point i forgot that i was in NY. Great for families and kids
  • Carmen N.
    Carmen NOctober 15, 2014
    Perfect kid friendly place. My toddler loves to feed the barnyard animals and watch the sea lions play. The frogs and the fish are also a big hit.
  • Nate F.
    Nate FolkertMarch 2, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    even in the middle of winter, there are a few freshwater bubble pools in the duck pond where the zoo's duck collection will gather to feed
  • Richard R.
    Richard RevillaSeptember 22, 2015
    Small zoo $8 admission. Wonderful for small children. Sea Lions feeding is a blast and the Discovery trail is a great little hike.
    NYC-ARTSJuly 17, 2012
    Visitors can roam the lush gardens, marshes and scrubland of Discovery Trail, visit domestic animals on the farm, or head inside to meet nocturnal critters and a troop of Hamadryas baboons. Read more
  • Gabriel H.
    Gabriel HayesMarch 13, 2016
    The zoo is very reasonably priced. Great entertainment for kids without breaking the bank. The gift store is fairly priced as well.
  • imbookin
    imbookinOctober 13, 2011
    Sipping cocktails amongst baboons? We’re all about it! In the heart of BK, to boot! Host your event in the Sea Lion Garden (Discovery Trail included, if you're in the mood to bump into a kangaroo)
  • Robin F.
    Robin FullerFebruary 20, 2011
    Bring a flashy piece of jewelry. You'd be amazed how interactive some animals become if you dangle something shiny next to the glass, and it gives them something new to do.
  • Design*Sponge
    Design*SpongeMarch 28, 2011
    Try to avoid the cobra that's apparently loose and go check out the adorable family of meerkats. Great spot if you're visiting with kids and need a few hours of entertainment.
  • National Wildlife Federation
    Part of the Wildlife Conservation Society, this zoo is a hidden treasure of Brooklyn. Visit the fruit bats, otters and catch a sea lion feeding!
  • Markus T.
    Markus TarjamoJanuary 18, 2016
    Be sure to check out the sea lions! Definitely one of the best zoos in the city!
  • Benjamin H.
    Benjamin HealyAugust 18, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    There's a diaper changing table in the bathroom. If you come on a weekday in the summer, be prepared for legions of camp kids.
  • Chrissy O.
    Chrissy O'TooleAugust 20, 2013
    Super cute zoo, you can visit everything at a leisurely pace under 2 hours including a sea lion show!
  • Gabriel H.
    Gabriel HayesMarch 13, 2016
    This is a great zoo for younger children, particularly compared to other zoos in NYC.
  • Kira R.
    Kira RochaJanuary 2
    Small and cute zoo. Reminds me of Central Park zoo. We went in freezing weather but non the less enjoyed a lot
  • Jeremy W.
    Jeremy WilcoxFebruary 23, 2016
    This is a small, but well-managed, zoo... mostly aimed at kids. Adults will want to stick to the Bronx Zoo.
  • Nate F.
    Nate FolkertJanuary 10, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    in the cold of winter, the baboons may huddle out of sight, but the frozen waterfall is still pretty
  • ImSo_Brooklyn
    ImSo_BrooklynSeptember 10, 2014
    Great for kids! Wish they had more exotic animals. But it's awesome for tourist!
  • Oliver B.
    Oliver BouchardOctober 4, 2015
    This is a wonderful little zoo. Don't miss feeding the lovely animals at The Barn!
  • Nate F.
    Nate FolkertJanuary 10, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    the wild cat is almost never out, so seeing it prowling about is a treat
  • Nate F.
    Nate FolkertApril 7, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Toddler Time series gives kids age 2-3 a chance to meet a variety of the zoo's animals. Caregiver participation is required. Read more
  • Gabriel H.
    Gabriel HayesMarch 13, 2016
    The sea lion feedings are at 1130am, 2pm & 4pm. Definitely catch one of these when at the zoo.
  • Tracey N.
    Tracey NDecember 26, 2011
    In dec- they have gifts for the animsls to unwrap. Try to catch one of em! Also go into the tunnel to see the pairie dogs close up
    HISTORYMay 21, 2010
    This 12 acre zoo opened on July 3, 1935 as a part of a larger revitalization program of city parks, playgrounds and zoos. The zoo presents three themed exhibition venues.
  • Robert Ross P.
    Robert Ross ParkerFebruary 22, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Go at the top of the day to see the Pallas Cat in action!
  • Rebecca C.
    Rebecca ChadwickApril 12, 2015
    The sea lion feeding was so amazing. See the crazy baboons!
  • Gabriel H.
    Gabriel HayesMarch 13, 2016
    The best exhibits are the sea lions and the baboons.
  • Anthony R.
    Anthony RalloJuly 14, 2012
    Get there at 10am on weekends and you'll get easy street parking and no crowds.
  • Marie C.
    Marie ClemessyJune 25, 2016
    Afternoon walk in the shade of the park watching the red pandas. The farm is cool too.
  • Nate F.
    Nate FolkertDecember 25, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    baby changing table on the far wall of the mens bathroom
  • Nate F.
    Nate FolkertJanuary 10, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    this handsome fellow is an amazon milk tree frog, so named for his nervous milky secretions
  • Adam
    AdamDecember 30, 2015
    Zoos are important for education and conservation, but they need to be realistic. Don't keep animals from hot climates, in cold ones. Tiny indoor enclosures aren't ok either.
  • Ari N.
    Ari NagelFebruary 17, 2012
    Dingoes from australia are coming to the zoo in April 2012, they will be next to the kangaroo habitat
  • Zina A.
    Zina AlamMay 21
    $8 entrance for Adults - super sweet neighbourhood zoo.
  • Holiday
    HolidayApril 23
    Bring your own lunch. Gift store/cafe just has junk food and long lines.
  • Miah S.
    Miah SimmonsMay 27, 2015
    The sells are so cute and they do tricks
  • essie l.
    essie lashJune 4, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    JUNE 4: Samba with the Sea Lions! 12-2:30pm. Check in and give us a shout with #samba to score a travel mug while supplies last.
  • Dina R.
    Dina RabinerDecember 1, 2012
    Discovery center has been updated.. Great stop on a cold winter day
  • Dora
    DoraJuly 21, 2010
    Play Old MacDonald, milking cows and feeding farm animals at the Barn & Garden. And don’t miss the crowd-pleasing baboons! Powered by
  • ExploreBK
    ExploreBKJune 24, 2014
    Take a break from the heat this summer and check out the Animal Lifestyles house Read more
  • Colin D.
    Colin DuRantOctober 7, 2017
    Aging zoo—it’s fun for a quick hour detour and price is right, but some of the animals seem straight up sad.
  • Alex H.
    Alex HashaNovember 27, 2015
    Small scale and wondrous. Perfect for an afternoon with little kids.
  • Jennie D.
    Jennie DichApril 11, 2013
    Pack a lunch cuz all they have are vending machines for a food court
  • Reggie S.
    Reggie SaldivarJune 26, 2010
    Small and well kept zoo. Only $7 for adults. You can feed the barn animals. The alpacas are especially friendly if you have food. The goats, not so much.
  • Sara K.
    Sara KSeptember 4, 2013
    We love it! Perfect for the wee ones and the big ones.
  • marc n.
    marc niolaMay 24, 2010
    Little know fact I picked-up from History Channel, George Washington evaded the British army at night in the fog through Prospect Park to Manhattan.
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