Central Park Zoo
Central Park Zoo
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
About
Oasis of wildlife in downtown Manhattan where visitors can encounter more than 1,400 animals in a variety of habitats, including a tropical rain forest to view rare birds and icy Antarctica to view penguins and other chilly creatures.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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The area
Address
Neighbourhood: Central Park
How to get there
  • 5th Ave / 59th St • 5 min walk
  • Lexington Ave / 63rd St • 8 min walk
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  • E.L.E
    Brno, Czech Republic18,607 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Zoo
    Visited the Zoo in the Central Park. Paid $13 for the limited admission (no kids zoo or movie theater). It’s small, nothing special but worth walking a bit and it’s something to do if walking around the area
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 October 2023
  • The Trusty Trip Gal!
    England, United Kingdom243 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pleasant Afternoon At The Zoo
    Located in Central Park the zoo is a breath of fresh air! It’s not too expensive to enter I think it was about $13 maybe? There are quite a lot of animals, birds, lizards, penguins and much more to see! I really enjoyed my afternoon at the zoo! The only downfall for me was I felt that some of the enclosures were too small for quite a few of the animals, especially the bears. Maybe look into expanding the park if possible or try making the enclosures bigger and more homely for them? But overall the animals were great to see and it’s a lovely little break from the busy city.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 October 2023
  • Matt S
    London, United Kingdom126 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Brilliant zoo
    Love this zoo, very airy and spacious. Bird house is brilliant to walk through, penguin pool is really good as you can get very close up. We did get to see the snow leopard and grizzly bears. Highlight was the seal feeding, very energetic and engaging. The staff and trainers were vey good and helpful. Restaurant was very clean with has a good selection of food, the Nathan hot dogs were great. All sensibly priced. Would definitely recommend to all and those with young children!!
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 January 2024
  • sarah
    York, United Kingdom55 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Extremely lovely workers
    Very cute and peaceful little zoo in the heart of Central Park. Unfortunately when we visited the lights in the penguin enclosure were broken so they were swimming in the dark and the bear enclosure was shut down for the day to have maintenance work done. However, all this being said we met a lovely worker in the tropical enclosure who showed us where we could spot the bats and taught us about the peacocks! Definitely would visit again when all of it is open.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 11 January 2024
  • Luke
    22 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely place, small spaces for animals 👎
    The zoo is well kept and maintained. It’s beautiful and presented really well and easily accessible. My faults with this are that the animals don’t appear to have a lot of space and it slightly concerned me. That’s the only fault I could pick out with this zoo but it is important. That is something that the park needs to think about.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 January 2024
  • Amy B
    Belpre, Ohio155 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Where are the animals?
    This is not a true zoo. The animal offerings are very limited. You could easily complete everything within 30 minutes. The bird and red panda exhibits were very well done, but the others were lackluster.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 9 March 2024
  • Amy
    14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely little Zoo
    Amazing little zoo to see some great animals and unique animals and even some animals in here that big zoo's do not even have. Our favorite was 100% the bears. Definitely pay a visit if you go into central park, It won't take you long to walk around the full zoo but definitely worth a look.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 10 June 2024
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ENS
Orlando, Florida, USA115 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Family
Finally got around to going & we were so looking forward to it. We got there at opening time and we were the only family there without babies or toddlers, which we found interesting. We are zoo aficionados and typically visit zoos every where we go. We were so disappointed! It was a lovely, little zoo, which in about 20 minutes we were done!
Written 23 October 2020
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Albert-Jan K
Lelystad, The Netherlands32 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
Central park zoo is a very small zoo. There are only a few animal enclosures. I found the penguin enclosure very dark. Usually this is a very enjoyable place because these animals are very active. Unfortunately too dark to really enjoy. The tropical birds however were very much fun! Beautiful birds who were not shy at all.
Written 21 January 2020
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E.L.E
Brno, Czech Republic18,607 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Visited the Zoo in the Central Park. Paid $13 for the limited admission (no kids zoo or movie theater). It’s small, nothing special but worth walking a bit and it’s something to do if walking around the area
Written 11 October 2023
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Traveller
New York City, NY3,234 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
I walked through the Central Park Zoo in January 2022. The line to get in was very long so I decided not to buy a ticket. I had done several walks in Central Park in December 2021 on the Mall and Bethesda Terrace / Fountain and I wanted to take a different route. I think visiting the Central Park Zoo is more a springtime or summertime activity.
Written 10 January 2022
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christopherbO9687MP
Acton, MA721 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
The Central Park Zoo is a nice little urban zoo with a particularly good tropical rainforest pavilion that had the various birds buzzing directly over your head or scurrying past your feet in the open air building. The heat & humidity was a nice change from the cold winter weather outside. There are a few other small animal displays, but a more comprehensive collection of animal displays is available uptown at the main Bronx Zoo. The 4-D movie included with your ticket was also cute.
Written 4 March 2022
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NE2020
Ottawa, Canada41 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Family
The zoo is small but a nice break from the hussle and bussle of the city.
We paid the gate price and it was quite affordable and comparable to prices we found previously online.
The animals looked in good health and their habitats were clean.
Written 8 August 2022
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GB_UK13
London, UK157 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Absolutely not worth the money. A tiny zoo, hardly saw any animals and the ones we did see looked very sad. We felt ripped off! We wished we had avoided this. Much nicer just walking the length of the park - which we did. We actually preferred the children’s zoo - pretty rubbish but we saw more animals there and that’s saying something!
Written 17 December 2023
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Auntie-Christy
Canada46 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2022
To start the snow leopards and red pandas were not on display, but we still had an amazing time! We got to see the bears being fed and the sea lions. We did the zoo in an hour. We had so much fun watching the bears and really enjoyed watching the sea lions being fed. The zoo grounds are nice as well. It was easy to forget that you were in Central Park in the middle of a major city. We bought the limited admission tickets as we didn't care to see the movie, and I found that it was worth it. It would be nice if the zoo let you know the pandas and leopards aren't on display, but we still had a lovely time. I've heard people say they thought the exhibits were too small and I didn't think that at all. The Central Park Zoo really utilizes the space they have amazingly for as small as they our. A definitely must see in my opinion.
Written 20 July 2022
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HClaire68
Pulborough, UK199 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
I expected more from America in relation to welfare of animals and was shocked by the size of enclosures for these poor inhabitants. The bear and snow leopard enclosures are woefully small and the animals have been clearly affected. A bear was abnormally pacing and showing concerning signs as was a snow leopard who had a ridiculous amount of space to roam. The aviary too was over-populated for its size - in fact there was not one area that I thought provided a suitable habitat for its occupants. Whilst the zoo would argue it’s all in the name of conservation, I was saddened by the environment provided by an organisation that claims to care.
Written 7 October 2023
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pamperedPennsylvania
Pennsylvania176 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
I felt sorry for the animals Enclosures depressing and unimaginative. Nothing to stimulate the animals. Not a botanical garden. Sad. I was expecting something like on the tv show zoo Tampa or zoo Chicago.
Written 27 May 2023
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