Central Park Zoo

Attractions, Zoo and aquariums Central Park
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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 four new king penguins. Also look for the adorable California sea lion pup named Bruiser, a new addition to the sea lion exhibit. 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. A pair of rare Babydoll sheep (a chocolate–brown ram named Sid and a white ewe named Nancy) share the space with other sheep and the zoo's resident alpaca. The newest denizens are four miniature Nubian goats, as well as a teensy kid that was born a few months after their arrival.

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Venue name: Central Park Zoo
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Address: enter at Fifth Ave and 64th St
New York
10021
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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If you're pressed for time and can't make it up to the Bronx Zoo, then Central Park Zoo is definitely a good alternative! It's much smaller than the Bronx Zoo with less variety of animals, but it's still a fun spot to go for an hour or two. In the summer they have more options (like seeing the seals being fed), so it might be more beneficial to go when it's nice out. Definitely a great spot to check out if you're walking around the park or nearby!


Small zoo, but the animals are beautiful! If you're in the area and have about an hour or so, stop by. The snow leaopard is absolutely magical and the penguin feedings are fun to catch :)


I went here when I was killing a summer afternoon in Central Park. It's a super cute little zoo and I really liked the sea lion show. Also, they have the illusive dippin' dots ice cream cart. The only negative is that it is a pretty small zoo. My friend and I took our time and saw the whole thing in under an hour. But if you're already in central park and love animals, definitely check it out! They also sometimes offer discounts online.