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UPDATE: The Bronx Zoo has reopened to the public. Visitors must now purchase timed tickets that are bought in advance. Currently, outdoor grounds and exhibits are open to the public. You can read more about what's open and what's closed here.

Everything you need to know about visiting the Bronx Zoo (2300 Southern Blvd, Bronx, NY 10458).

Located in the Bronx, NY, this massive attraction is the largest metropolitan zoo in the country. Spanning 265 acres, it has numerous exhibits, forests, outdoor activities and restaurants. Oh, and don’t forget about the 5,000-plus animals! There are lions and tigers and bears (both grizzly and polar), all residing in naturalistic exhibits. You can easily spend hours walking the tree-shrouded trails past exhibits named after continents (African Plains) or taxonomic class (World of Reptiles). The zoo also has premium exhibits for an additional fee, such as the Wild Asia Monorail and the Bug Carousel, but the sea lion feeding is completely free and highly recommended.

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Get buzzed at the zoo
The Bronx Zoo finally began hosting Brew at the Zoo events in 2016, and it’s already one of our favorite times to go to the zoo. At this after-hours party, the grounds are free of pesky children, and it’s your rare chance to see the zoo at night (especially now that the World of Darkness has closed). More than 40 vendors offer unlimited beer samples, and there are food trucks, live music and a monkey house turned VIP lounge.

Fly over the river on a zip line
A brand-new attraction opening in 2017, the Bronx Zoo Treetop Adventure and Nature Trek lets you act like an animal yourself. Climb through the trees and soar for 400 feet over the Bronx River on a 50-foot-high zip line. Though the Treetop Adventure is a premium exhibit, the Nature Trek is free with general admission to the zoo, so go climb the ropes course or explore the nature play area if you’re bringing along kids.

Spend the night in the wild
Another annual zoo event is the adults-only sleepover. Guests age 21 and over can attend the party and spend the night eating, drinking and camping out in tents. There’s also a beer garden with the rhinos, an Instagram scavenger hunt and yoga classes. So no, you’ll never want to leave the zoo.

Our New York editorial team is constantly updating and reviewing the best attractions, activities and venues across the city, so that you're always in the know, with the best of NYC. at your fingertips. The Bronx Zoo was most recently updated with new tips on June 14, 2017.

Written by
Rebecca Fontana


2300 Southern Blvd
Cross street:
at Fordham Rd
Subway: Travel: Metro-North Harlem line local to Fordham, then take the BxM11 bus to the zoo
Total experience tickets $30.55, children 3–12 $21.55, children under 2 free. Wed 10am–6pm pay what you wish
Opening hours:
Apr–Oct: Mon–Fri 10am–5pm; Sat, Sun 10am–5:30pm; Nov–Mar: Daily 10am–4:30pm
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Dinosaur Safari

An immersive experience with massive, ultra-realistic dinosaurs that takes place on the grounds of the Bronx Zoo is back! Dinosaur Safari asks visitors to the zoo to traverse a path filled with 52 life-sized dinos and pterosaurs through a wooded area, where they will see the largest flying animal to ever live (the Quetzalcoatlus) and, of course, the Tyrannosaurus rex and the vegetarian Omeisaurus that stretches an impressive 60 feet long. When it first opened in 2019, it was a ride that used shuttles to introduce people to the dinos. Now, it's a 1/4 mile-long walk-through experience with 52 dinos rather than 40. To make things as realistic as possible, the Bronx Zoo teamed up with a paleontologist from the American Museum of Natural History—Don Lessem even served as an advisor on the original Jurassic Park! The experience is topped off with an ADA-accessible fossil dig area for kids to play in, plus some additional dino-themed activities around the zoo. All ages. 

Dinosaurs in Darkness: The Hatching

The scariest moments in the original Jurassic Park movie happen in the dark. Watching the massive, sharp-toothed behemoths stalking their human prey has terrified audiences for years. Now, this Halloween, you can live out your own dino-nightmares at the Bronx Zoo. “Dinosaurs in Darkness: The Hatching” is a new, after-dark experience for those 13 and older that transforms the zoo’s Dinosaur Safari into a thrilling nighttime excursion between October 7 and 29. Each Friday and Saturday, brave visitors to the experience will walk through the dark woods as they come into contact with the giant reptiles and search for a rare dino egg that’s ready to hatch. As the zoo asks, “what could go wrong?” The walkthrough experience is a fun new addition to the Bronx Zoo’s Boo at the Zoo that older kids and adults can enjoy.   View this post on Instagram A post shared by Bronx Zoo (@bronxzoo)

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