Central Park Zoo, New York City

Located in New York’s most famous park, Central Park Zoo houses over 150 different animal species. The compact 2.6 hectare (6.5 acre)-zoo has three major exhibit areas: tropic, temperate, and polar. Meet red pandas, snow leopards, dart poison frogs, lemurs, golden weavers, and more. Visit the children’s area to feed grain to friendly sheep, alpacas, and potbellied pigs. Other zoo activities include the penguin and sea lion feedings, and an immersive movie experience at the 4D theater for an extra fee. Add Central Park Zoo and other attractions to your New York City trip itinerary using our New York City trip builder website .
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  • Very cheap to get into, easily accessible from the park and simple to navigate. But it’s old, tired and quite sad. The animals aren’t in a breeding program, there’s no welfare work. They’re literally ...  more »
  • $ 18 per person children under 3 years free of charge but worth it! Too bad that the tropical brushed the 40 degrees (contrast with too much outside) otherwise the rest has been very interesting and pretty I recommend for families
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  • As the title says, we loved the zoo so much (honestly it's great value for money) that we went on the first day and the last day of our holiday - I could have watched the sea lions for hours. Really h...  more »
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  • Perfect for a toddler's day out. It's a small zoo and very easy to navigate. The bears, the peacock, the owl and the sea lion show were the highlights for us. There's also a petting zoo which is fun for kids (make sure to wash hands thoroughly after). Avoid the 5D experience - the glasses are wrinkled, lines can be long and it's just not worth it for 10 minutes of a story that makes no sense (we saw the Ice Age show).
  • After witnessing the polar bear obsessive behavior in his tiny exhibit I stopped going to the zoo. Of course the one best died and the other bear died after that. It is very objectionable to place these majestic animals in such environment. NYC climate is not appropriate and I was not able to locate a banquise! Last week, I went to the zoo with a friend visiting the city and witness another horror. The red panda was in deep distress because of the heat. He was panting and pacing frantically around the tiny exhibit. NYC is not the proper climate for a red panda. How can a zoo explain the treatment of their trapped animals in their care? No educational purpose, only greed that exploits children passion for polar bears, pandas, penguins etc. Oh, and all the justifications about the animals not being able to be returned to the wild!! There is a middle way. It is called sanctuaries where the animals are treated with decency and respect for their needs. Please start thinking of yourself in one of these cages. Would you be happy to be on exhibit under those conditions? Please watch natgeo channel and you will see the animals in their splendor. Children will learn to love and understand how each wild animal live. Not at this money making place!
  • This zoo is too small to be humane. They cram so many animals into such small cages. While many zoos around the country are great for animal conservation or for injured and disabled animals, the Central Park Zoo certainly isn't one.
  • I hit that place upon a bicycle tour 2009. I have been very impressed. A must see location. Recommended to go.
  • Really pretty place and animals have big space with trees, water. When you're there you don't feel like it is inside so big city. Awesome.

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