Central Park Zoo

The Central Park Zoo is home to over 130 species of wildlife from around the world

One of many residents living at the Central Park Zoo
One of many residents living at the Central Park Zoo cc licensed photo by Stig Nygaard

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.

Nearby attractions inclue : The Frick Collection, Whitney Museum of American Art, The Met, American Museum of Natural History, Carnegie Hall and the Metropolitan Opera.

Facts For Your Visit

Official Website: Central Park Zoo

Fee: Yes

Closed Now

Regular Hours:

  • 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

Category: Zoos

Address: 64TH St And Fifth Ave
New York, NY 10021

Phone: (212) 439-6500

Reviews

Yelp Rating:
3.5 out of 5 3.5 Star Rating
Based on 493 Reviews.

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4 Star Rating I'm not sure who else decides to go to the zoo on a rainy cold day but we did. And you know what? It was awesome! No lines, almost no people, we had the... Read More

Greshka P. Dec-03-2019

3 Star Rating Zootopia? Perhaps. Maybe more reminiscent of Madagascar. Since my friend and I had planned to visit Central Park, we thought it made perfect sense to... Read More

Michael C. Dec-05-2019

3 Star Rating I would call myself a zoo aficionado. So when I casually strolled past Central Park Zoo, I knew I had to stop in and check it out. As you would expect for... Read More

Cathy Z. Nov-24-2019

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Directions

Subway Line Nearest Station Walking Time
N, R, or W59th Street / 5th Avenue5 minutes
F63rd Street / Lexington Avenue12 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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