Central Park Zoo Tickets

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Central Park Zoo Tickets

Central Park Zoo tickets can be purchased easily before you depart, this saves you time and money. Central Park Zoo is the most famous zoo in New York. The zoo is not very big, but it definitely has enough to offer for a nice morning or afternoon, especially if you are in New York with children. Central Park Zoo comprises of a zoo, petting zoo and a 4D film theatre and it is located in the south-easternmost corner of Central Park. The entrance is situated in the park, in the vicinity of 64th Street.

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Animals at Central Park Zoo

Central Park Zoo has a variety of exotic animals, including snow leopards, grizzly bears, red pandas, snow monkeys and sea lions. The park is also home to a number of different breeds of penguin including the king penguin. The daily feedings of the penguins and sea lions are accessible to the public and are very nice to see! Don’t forget to take a walk through the replica tropical rainforest. Various exotic birds live here, but also lemurs, bats and snakes. Alongside seeing all the animals, you can also come to the zoo to see a 4D film. This is a 3D film with extra sensory effects, like wind and water, a whole experience! (but maybe a little scary for the very young). If you’re wondering what to do in New York with kids, then Central Park Zoo should definitely be on your list! The largest section of the zoo is accessible for prams, buggies and wheelchairs.

The Petting Zoo

Just past the main entrance to the zoo is a petting zoo, Tisch Children’s Zoo. The entrance fee is included in the tickets for Central Park Zoo. Here children can stroke the animals and, for a small donation, feed them. You won’t find any leopards or grizzly bears here, but smaller animals like sheep, goats and pigs. There is also a very special attraction here: the only cow in Manhattan!

Practical information

  • Location: in the southeast part of Central Park
  • Opening hours:
    • April 1st – November 4th, 2024:
      • Mon – Fri: 10:00 to 17:00
      • Weekends & holidays: 10:00 to 17:30
    • November 5th, 2024 – March, 2025:
      • Daily: 10:00 to 16:30
  • Children under 3 visit for free
  • Included in these tickets are the entrance to Central Park Zoo and Tisch Children’s Zoo
  • The Hop on Hop off bus stops here

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Central Park Zoo tickets are also included in the Sightseeing Flex Pass

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Is the zoo in Central Park free?

Admission to the Central Park Zoo isn’t free, but entrance is included with the New York Sightseeing Pass.

Which zoo is better Bronx or Central Park?

Bronx Zoo is much larger and has many more animals than Central Park Zoo. If you have the time to visit the Bronx Zoo, it’s certainly worth going there. If you have less time to spare, go to the small and centrally located Central Park Zoo instead.

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