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: No

Open Now

Hours This Week:
  • 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

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

Phone: (718) 367-1010

Official Website: Bronx Zoo

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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Reviews

Rated 4.5 out of 5Bronx Zoo Star Rating

4 Star Rating My kids love the penguins and puffins exhibit. They feel close to the animals and love watching the puffins in their environment. Rentals are easy and the concessions are easy to find and great quality (plus beer and other adult beverages for parents! ). We drive through St. Louis many times a year and always make a point to stop at this zoo.

singh Devinder - 3 days ago

5 Star Rating It snowed the day that I went but it was still a spectacular fall day. The giraffes were indoor and you could be so incredibly close to them, it's totally worth going no matter what the weather's like. We have been members for a few years now and it's worth every penny

Kenneth Han - 11 days ago

5 Star Rating This is one of the best zoos I’ve been to and the best one in NYC by far. If you are going to go, I would recommend purchasing the full ticket to see the extra exhibits. The Congo exhibit is fantastic and worth it! There are so many animals to see. Make sure to allocate your time appropriately as the animals go into their shelters after the zoo closes.

Elizabeth Tam - 23 days ago

5 Star Rating It has an incredible selection of animals, many of which belong in endangered species. It is very well organized and the map is very easy to follow. I also highly recommend the monorail and the jungle, which unfortunately come at an additional cost. It was a day well spent.

Elissavet Chartampila - 29 days ago

3 Star Rating So pretty much they put way less work into the Halloween event then last year.More stingy with the candy trail and told people the amount of candy they can get. Making the children count it so it took really long to get through the 4 or 5 stations they offered.The parade I liked but everything just looked and felt half way done...I guess to me it just felt like this event was done at last minute...

its not a phase mom - 1 month ago

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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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