Bronx Zoo

The Bronx Zoo can easily captivate you for the better part of a day

Entrance to New York's famous Bronx Zoo
Entrance to New York's famous Bronx Zoo cc licensed photo Chris Costello

New York's Bronx Zoo is the largest metropolitan zoo in the United States with over 4,000 animals of 650 species, many of which are threatened or endangered. Across 265 acres of naturalistic habitats, exhibits provide close-up encounters with exotic animals and educate visitors about the animals and their habitats. A daily schedule of animal feedings and award winning enrichment programs provide an opportunity to interact with animals and connect with zookeepers for a personalized experience.

Well worth the trip to the Bronx, visitors will find it difficult to see all that the Bronx Zoo has on offer in one day. Be sure to stop by the African Plains exhibit where you will see lions, African wild dogs and zebras. The world class Congo Gorilla Experience is not to be missed, bringing visitors up close and personal with the Great Apes in a 6.5 acre lush tropical habitat. Other Bronx Zoo highlights include the Baboon Reserve, one of the largest primate exhibits in the United States and catching a glimpse of the rare snow leopard in the Himalayan Highlands. To give your feet a rest, take a guided tour on the Wild Asia Monorail including tigers, elephants and rhinos or watch the sea lions paint as part of a new animal enrichment initiative.

The Zoo also has an immersive 4-D Theatre which features different films through the year. This attraction is recommended for adults and for children 6 years of age and up.

Several attractions including the 4-D Theatre, Children's Zoo, Bug Carousel, Conngo Gorilla Forest, Jungleworld, Butterfly Gardens, camel rides and zoo shuttle are not included in the price of standard admission, but can be purchased as part of a total experience package. You can also get a small discount if you purchase the Total Experience Tickets online instead of at the gate and on Wednesdays admission is by donation. For additional savings, pack a picnic lunch and dine al fresco at one of the Bronx Zoo's many picnic areas.

The zoo is open year round, but some animals will not be seen in their outdoor habitats during the colder parts of the year, especially those in the African Plains exhibit where they can be seen outdoors from April through October.

Nearby attractions: New York Botanical Garden, Yankee Stadium, Fort Tryon Park, The Cloisters and Pelham Bay Park and Orchard Beach

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: Yes. Wednesdays are by donation.

Regular Hours:
May differ on holidays

  • Monday: 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM
  • Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM
  • Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM
  • Thursday: 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM
  • Friday: 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM
  • Saturday: 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM
  • Sunday: 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Address: 2300 Southern Blvd, Bronx, NY 10460, USA

Phone: (718) 220-5100

Official Website: Bronx Zoo

Reviews

Rated 4.6 out of 5 Star Rating

5 Star Rating One of the best if not the best zoos in the U.S. We visited New York and were surprised and amazed at the cleanliness, creative setting and how well kept the animals were. The landscape views were stunning. The animals were wonderful to see and with so many varieties. I highly recommend anyone to spend a day at this American icon and get in early and stay late!
MannyG33309 - a month ago

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5 Star Rating We visited years back but this time to see holiday lights and man what they have made is amazing! Whole zoo lighted up with bright animals! It’s very creative! Took us 2 hours to visit everything. There was train ride but we didn’t do it.
Preeti Gundapwar - a month ago

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5 Star Rating Had a great time here with my boys! We came with a friend and there was so much to see we returned again the next day! The staff were friendly and accommodating to us. Bathrooms are plenty which is so important when traveling with children. We went late in the season so only one food place is open but it's cafeteria style so grab what you want and pay at the front, efficient! Would definitely return for another visit at some point
Dallas Garven - 2 months ago

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5 Star Rating My mother has been taking my siblings and I to the Bronx Zoo for years, and now I take my own children. It's always a great trip. I recommend memberships to everyone. You save so much money over the year. Booking the day of your trip is a must because you can show up and there's no room to enter the zoo. When we arrived on Saturday morning, they opened the gates and already had the sign that the zoo was at capacity for the day. The food is kind pricey as always but pretty good. You get a discount with membership. The animals are the best part. Their enclosures are built with their comfort in mind. There's so much to see and so many exhibits that you can keep coming back to see what you missed, plus it's a great workout with the size of the zoo. No more paper maps since everything can now be viewed on your phone. Overall, I'm happy with the trip and will be going back at least one more time before the end of this year.
Dominique Willingham - 3 months ago

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5 Star Rating Great experience. I went in November, and due to weather conditions, we couldn't see the elephants, giraffes, and a few other animals. But all the rest was 100% worth it. Wednesdays are $0.00- up to 6 tickets per person, but it doesn't include the attractions, so I recommend paying $17.95, and you'll have unlimited access to all the attractions; otherwise, you'll pay 7.00 per attraction. Have fun!
Sabrina Ramirez - 3 months ago

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Directions

Subway Line Nearest Station Walking Time
2 or 5Pelham Parkway12 minutes

How to get to Bronx Zoo by Subway

Take the 2 or 5 train to Pelham Parkway. Make your way by elevator or stairs to street level and walk west along Pelham Parkway South (keep to the sidewalk on the south side of the road) to the zoo entrance (12 minutes).

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