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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  • We visited for the first time. Who knew there was a such a nice small zoo in Central Park ---- not I! It is small. It is well maintained. It has a nice petting zoo for children --- goats, sheep, a pig...  more »
  • Small Zoo, you do the walk in the morning, but it is very conserved and taken care of, it's worth the ride.
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  • The number one reason I love this zoo is that it is centrally located to all things in Manhattan. No trekking to the Bronx or Brooklyn, both zoos that I love as well (The Bronx zoo is the mecca of zoo...  more »
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  • An awesome place to do a date or a family day. The admission is not expensive at all, but then the zoo isn't all that big. It will keep you busy or kill a few hours. The exhibits were all clean, the animal selection was also great for the size of the zoo. Over it's a good place to visit if you haven't done so already.
  • Such a cool little zoo. Its definitely bang for your buck here, the animals are all so happy and the staff maintains it well. There is a reason this park is on the list! The shear size and location of this park is incredible. Every direction you look you'll see the mix of tree's and a skyline towers. That enough is to blow your mind.
  • Considering you're in the middle of one of the greatest metropolises on the planet, this is an amazing, fairly Serene Zoo. The grounds are very well maintained, it's fun to wander around and see the various animals, and the Penguin enclosure is always a fun place to go, and nice cool spot in a hot summer day. There could be a little bit of a wait to get your tickets in a crowded day, but it's always a fun experience. It's a small place, you could probably do it in an hour if you had to, but plan to spend 3 hours or so here and not rush yourselves. Plenty of time for rushing around when you head back into the city
  • I go to a lot of zoos and I absolutely loved this one. The seals were the happiest seals I’ve ever seen in my life. They were doing flips and smiling for the crowd without trainers even being there! They just seemed to love being the center of attention. The other animals were amazing too but the seals really stole the show for me.
  • Great zoo with a large variety of animals. Easy layout, interactive areas for children to climb, crawl into turtle shells, etc. Petting zoo would be great if you could go inside to touch animals. Prices were reasonable.

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