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
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  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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
    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!
  • 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.
  • Markus T.
    Markus TarjamoJanuary 18, 2016
    Be sure to check out the sea lions! Definitely one of the best zoos in the city!
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Gabriel H.
    Gabriel HayesMarch 13, 2016
    This is a great zoo for younger children, particularly compared to other zoos in NYC.
  • 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!
  • 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
  • Oliver B.
    Oliver BouchardOctober 4, 2015
    This is a wonderful little zoo. Don't miss feeding the lovely animals at The Barn!
    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.
  • 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
  • Gabriel H.
    Gabriel HayesMarch 13, 2016
    The sea lion feedings are at 1130am, 2pm & 4pm. Definitely catch one of these when at the zoo.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • ExploreBK
    ExploreBKJune 24, 2014
    Take a break from the heat this summer and check out the Animal Lifestyles house Read more
  • 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.
  • Miah S.
    Miah SimmonsMay 27, 2015
    The sells are so cute and they do tricks
  • 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
  • Jennie D.
    Jennie DichApril 11, 2013
    Pack a lunch cuz all they have are vending machines for a food court
  • Alex H.
    Alex HashaNovember 27, 2015
    Small scale and wondrous. Perfect for an afternoon with little kids.
  • Colin D.
    Colin DuRantOctober 7
    Aging zoo—it’s fun for a quick hour detour and price is right, but some of the animals seem straight up sad.
  • Sara K.
    Sara KSeptember 4, 2013
    We love it! Perfect for the wee ones and the big ones.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Hana S.
    Hana SlevinJanuary 20, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    This place is the best hidden gem! So many cute babies!
  • Mike K.
    Mike KalenFebruary 29, 2016
    Nice place to walk spring but not much of a zoo. Better for small kids.
  • Ryan E.
    Ryan EickApril 24, 2016
    Fun little zoo that's not as pricey as Central Park
  • Shay
    ShayMay 10, 2015
    Don't miss the feeding times of the sea lions
  • Yitty S.
    Yitty S.October 12, 2014
    Kids love it& got some great pictures!!
  • Jason M.
    Jason MckoySeptember 3, 2011
    Sea lion feedings at 2 & 4 are really fun to watch.
  • Jenn A.
    Jenn AllenApril 15, 2016
    Sea lion show. Small zoo. Family fun
  • Nate F.
    Nate FolkertJanuary 10, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    this is a kind of toucan
  • Nate F.
    Nate FolkertJanuary 10, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    if meerkats are being sleepy or boring, check out the mongooses instead
  • Carolyn M.
    Carolyn McLaurenAugust 8, 2013
    Use the entrance by the carousel it tends to be less crowed.
  • Stephanie M.
    Stephanie MeachamSeptember 23, 2015
    Fantastic sea lion show!
  • Perry S.
    Perry SchafferSeptember 20, 2015
    Sweet little zoo.
  • Nate F.
    Nate FolkertApril 21, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    stand below the center of the dome for some hot echo action
  • Molly T.
    Molly TApril 30, 2013
    The slow loris is really the main event here.
  • Lindsay D.
    Lindsay DugganApril 2, 2012
    Watch the sea lion feedings ... everyday @ 1130 2 & 4!
  • Nikki D.
    Nikki DrummondAugust 2, 2013
    The Sea lion show is so boring, even the kids hated it lol
  • Dek L.
    Dek LeeSeptember 5, 2015
    Good for young kids
  • The New York Daily News
    The New York Daily NewsDecember 8, 2010
    PHOTO: A bird's-eye view of the Prospect Park Zoo under construction in June of 1935, at the link! Read more
  • Stephanie M.
    Stephanie MeachamSeptember 23, 2015
    Visit the sculpture garden.
  • Nate F.
    Nate FolkertDecember 25, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    handicap toilet in the mens bathroom
  • Daniela D.
    Daniela DamoiseauxApril 21, 2011
    Ridiculous! You have to pay the full entrance fee and half of the park is closed. And don't use the vending machines. Half of them don't work. I've had it here.
  • Christian S.
    Christian SalcedoDecember 9, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Go check out the Bamboons
  • Jasmine L.
    Jasmine LipfordSeptember 23, 2011
    Don't forget to ride the carousel!
  • Luke
    LukeDecember 1, 2015
    Red pandas!
  • Jenesse
    JenesseAugust 13, 2010
    Great for kids they love feeding the animals
  • Moshe R.
    Moshe RuzinDecember 6, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Kosher vending machines in cafeteria.
  • Matthew J.
    Matthew JordingMarch 27, 2010
    Check out the 3 year old Flemish Giant Rabbit Herbie.
  • Groise S.
    Groise ShvitzerSeptember 24, 2013
    No elephants, lions, or any big animals :(
  • Prospect_Park
    Prospect_ParkSeptember 24, 2010
    Download a PDF map of the Zoo area at the Park
  • Ally M.
    Ally MillarJanuary 10, 2010
    They have Pallas Cats here - enough said.
  • Daniël A.
    Daniël ArifovJuly 7, 2010
    dont go to early (7Am).. just like all tourist doing!
  • Ari N.
    Ari NagelMarch 16, 2012
    4 dingoes are coming april 15th 2012
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