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Central Park Zoo, New York City

(3.5/5 based on 2,200+ reviews on the web)
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. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Central Park Zoo by using our New York City holiday planner.
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  • I'm 22 and thoroughly enjoyed myself with my partner for an afternoon at the zoo! It was a really nice change from the hustle of the city. So it isn't the biggest zoo and I didn't have LOADS of animal...  more »
  • Oh man, popped in late in the afternoon and got to watch the trainers feed and play with the seals and sea lions. It was AWESOME.  more »
  • The Central Park Zoo is beautiful. It's amazing to imagine that in the middle of a concrete jungle there is a real jungle. Affordable price. Impeccable environment: to all the attractions, full bathrooms with changing table, restaurant and cafeteria. You can spend a morning or an afternoon there. The tropical zone is the one that most caught my attention. It is a place where you interact with released birds. We were a bit disappointed because we thought it would see large animals: lion, giraffe, elephant, zebra and more. In a complex attached to the main body of the Zoo there is a mini farm pretty cool for the kids. Recommend a visit!
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  • Wheelchair notes: The zoo is a good destination for wheelchair users. Pathways are smoothly paved and fairly wide, and bathrooms and cafes are accessible as well. Most exhibits are at least partially accessible, with reasonably good views of the animals possible from a chair. There are a few exceptions: the indoor rainforest habitat has non-accessible upper levels (stairs),and the outdoor pathways toward the upper/rear areas have steeper slopes. Nonetheless, the zoo's layout and moderate size make it a good, wheelchair friendly destination.
  • Very manageable zoo size wise. See great animals without spending an entire day. Staff was friendly, bathrooms were clean. What more can you ask for from a zoo. Well I guess you could ask for no wildlife escapes and they got that right.
  • This zoo is small, but it offers a lot of fun nonetheless. The daily seal and penguin feedings are definitely something not to miss. The seals do lots of fun tricks! One of my favorite exhibits is the red pandas... They are so cute!!
  • Small zoo that is perfect for younger kids. You could see everything in 2 - 3 hours. It's best to go on a weekday or early on the weekend.
  • An amazing place - The zoo has always held a special spot in the hearts of New Yorkers who have come to adopt the animals as prized members of the metropolitan community. The early menagerie was home to "Murphy" the hippo and "Mike Crowley," the first chimpanzee ever shown in the United States. In fact, when Mr. Crowley took ill, get well cards poured in from fans all over the city.