Central Park Zoo

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Photograph: Julie Larsen Maher


Photograph: Julie Larsen Maher


Photograph: Dennis DeMello


Upper West Side

More than a million visitors a year flock here for quality time with some 130 species that inhabit this 6.5-acre corner of Central Park. Don't miss the Allison Maher Stern snow leopard exhibit, where tots can look for the critically endangered cats in a rocky evergreen landscape meant to replicate the mountainous regions of Central Asia. Visit the frigid penguin house to see the gentoo and chinstrap penguins waddle, and try to spot king penguins. At the Amphibian Crisis Center, children can observe jungle frogs, poison-dart frogs, Surinam toads and tons of other little critters. Your fam can also gape at a giant indoor ant farm complete with interactive "I Spy…" challenges or explore the outdoor Tisch Children's Zoo: It houses more than 30 species, including goats and cows that enjoy being petted.

Venue name: Central Park Zoo
Address: enter at Fifth Ave and 64th St
New York

Opening hours: Daily 10am–5pm
Transport: Subway: N, R to Fifth Ave–59th St
Price: $16.20, at the gate $18; seniors $13.50, at the gate $15; children $11.70, at the gate $13; children ages two and under free
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