Managed by the Wildlife Conservation Society, the Central Park Zoo and Wildlife Center is part of an integrated network of four New York zoos and the New York Aquarium established to advance wildlife conservation awareness and promote the study of zoology.
Established in 1860, the grounds have since undergone extensive renovations replacing the zoo's old fashioned cages with more natural habitats. Just a few meters from the hustle and bustle of 5th Avenue, the Central Park Wildlife Center and the Tisch Children's Zoo are home to over 130 species from all from all over the world including polar bears, sea lions, snow leopards, reptiles and exotic birds. The Central Park Wildlife Center also houses an indoor rainforest exhibit with viewing platforms at various levels offering a unique perspective into the ecosystem beneath the canopy.
Animal lovers of all ages will enjoy the daily Harbour Seal, Penguin and Sea Lion feedings and a variety of small group tours and educational programs conducted by Central Park Wildlife Center staff. Limited opportunities to get up close and personal with the animals as a junior zookeeper or animal trainer are available for an additional fee. The 4-D Theatre is now showing Planet Earth: Ice Worlds, a BBC Earth film exploring the Arctic and Antarctic.
Facts For Your Visit
Official Website: Central Park ZooFee: Yes
- 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
64TH St And Fifth Ave
New York, NY 10021
Phone: (212) 439-6500
Angela F. Feb-21-2019
This is such a little gem in the middle of a busy city. As most of the reviews mentioned, this zoo is a bit small with only about 10 to 20 exhibits but... Read More
Elisa G. May-27-2019
I have been to Central Park at least 100 times over the course of a lifetime and never new they had a zoo! Super cool place to be on Memorial Day!! We... Read More
James M. Apr-19-2019
Small but wonderful Zoo in Central Park, very well done with the space available and we enjoyed our morning hanging out. Very crowded (sun was out,... Read More
Accommodations near Central Park Zoo:
|Subway Line||Nearest Station||Walking Time|
|N, R, or W||59th Street / 5th Avenue||5 minutes|
|F||63rd Street / Lexington Avenue||12 minutes|
How to get to Central Park Zoo by Subway
Take the N, R, or W train to 59th Street / 5th Avenue, head north on Grand Army Plaza and continue on East Drive to the zoo entrance or the F train to 63rd Street / Lexington Avenue, head northwest on 63rd St towards Lexington Avenue, turn left at 5th Avenue, turn right at East 61st Street, turn right on park pathway leading to zoo entrance (12 minutes)
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