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 – 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) 367-1010

Official Website: Bronx Zoo


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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Rated 4.5 out of 5Bronx Zoo Star Rating

5 Star Rating I have been here many times and it is always perfection. There is a variety of animals plus good food. We used to members,but it is always fun going here. The only problem I have is parking because this a large zoo. Not too many changes happened when we always come. I hope to visit it again!

James Shears - 9 days ago

4 Star Rating My girl and I enjoyed it so much and it was in the winter! So many attractions I recommend starting early we started at 2 and the place closed at 4:30 at the time and we didn't even see 1/4 of the park. Place is beautiful fun for the entire family!

James Kay - 10 days ago

5 Star Rating The Bronx zoo is great. We love the kids zoo. If you have an annual pass there are so many things you can do. We enjoy the interactive aspects, like the birds walking around, as you are eating lunch.

Jim C - 19 days ago

5 Star Rating This place is the real deal, lots of exhibits and a family friendly place. They have their own secured parking lot so you don’t have to deal with searching for parking garages, street parking, or local vandalism. It’s very big place so wear sneakers and prepare to stand on your feet all day.

Jordan Lavergne - 21 days ago

5 Star Rating Visited first weekend of Jan 2019. Winter. Parking - $17 Entering NYC Toll - $15 Entry fee $30 each adult and $20 children. Just until here you’ll feel so you really have to visit this place. BUT it’s worth every cent. They’ve maintained it so neatly, even though it’s winter there were so many animals outside and some animals sensitive to weather was kept indoors. Since it’s winter there was no stores opened inside for food, luckily we carried our own food. There are so many animals, at some point I forgot I’m in middle of New York City, except when those irritating flight take off landing sounds, as few airports are near by. We were able to see American bison, lion, tiger, bears, deers, alligators, wide range of birds, monkeys and so many other animals. carousel ride was very nice and we were able to enjoy it since it wasn’t crowded. Must visit place for every age. Kids will love it and of course adults will too. If you visit in summer you’ll probably need two days to cover whole area. Enjoy.

Bhargav Kesavan - 1 month ago


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

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