The massive institution is home to more than 5,000 creatures in myriad exhibits, including an outdoor baboon reserve, a sea lion pool and an exhibit dedicated entirely to Madagascar, where you'll encounter lemurs, fossa, Nile crocodiles and a Madagascar tree boa. Visitors can ride the Wild Asia Monorail, which tours 38 acres of exhibits that house elephants, Indo-Chinese tigers, red pandas and rhinos. In the African Plains, tots can catch a glimpse of zebras, African wild dogs and a family of lions, while the Big Bears exhibit lets them get acquainted with polar bears and grizzlies. At the World of Reptiles, your clan can spot anacondas, poison dart frogs and alligator snapping turtles—a large breed with powerful jaws.
Thanks to the fantastic zoos in New York City, families have the opportunity to see incredible animals from all around the world. Each of the zoos on our list offer something for everyone—including special activities for kids!
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NYC zoos are some of the most impressive in the world, and from the massive Bronx Zoo (one of the biggest in North America) to the petite Central Park Zoo, these family attractions invite kids to learn about numerous species through storytimes, art activities, camps, classes and hands-on interactions with nature. A few NYC zoos are even outfitted with petting zoos and critter-themed carousels to keep your gang entertained all day. Don't forget to hit up the New York Aquarium with your aspiring marine biologists.