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

Official Website: Bronx Zoo

Fee: Yes. Wednesdays are by donation.

Open Now

Regular Hours:

  • 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 - 5:30 pm

Category: Zoos

Address: 2300 Southern Blvd
Bronx, NY 10460

Phone: (718) 220-5100

Reviews

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5 Star Rating My boyfriend and I loved our visit to the Bronx zoo! We went on a Monday and it wasn't too crazy but of course still busy. We got there as soon at the park... Read More

Summær H. Jul-16-2019

4 Star Rating Prior to this week, I hadn't been here in almost thirty years! It's a long ways from where I live, but it was well worth it. I ventured here with my... Read More

Jason R. Aug-09-2019

4 Star Rating Growing up visiting the zoo in D.C., the Bronx Zoo is relatively similar in scale and attractions. Visiting my sister who lives in Queens decided to take... Read More

Tom P. Aug-04-2019

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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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Enjoy this video footage of a lion family filmed at the Bronx Zoo in 2010 and 2011

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