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

Fee: Yes

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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: East 64th Street, New York, NY 10021, USA

Phone: (212) 439-6500

Official Website: Central Park Zoo


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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Rated 4.3 out of 5Central Park Zoo Star Rating

5 Star Rating We loved it. Doesn't take very long to go through, and the prices reflected that. Managed to get some cool shots of the of all sorts of unique animals, reptiles birds. All sorts. Would highly recommend, especially for families. Be patient and you'll get some great shots.

Jesse Fraser - 8 days ago

4 Star Rating This is a great zoo!! I loved the bird being out and free to move around. All of the animals looked happy, and there were some pretty interesting animals. It’s a good place to spend an hour or two, but I’d say it’s not an all day event unless you have kids.

Autumn Crawford - 18 days ago

5 Star Rating Had my son's first birthday here. Although he won't remember, I will. Obviously this is a tourist trap but we really felt at home. Thanks to the wonderful staff and cheers to the beautiful animals they care for. I recommend this zoo for ages zero to infinity. ;)

Andrew David Greer - 25 days ago

5 Star Rating Amazing place to explore with or without the kids. There's a zoo and a children's zoo but you must arrive by 4pm to get tickets to get in. The carousel is so much fun. There's a theater and ice skating rink and plenty if God carts all over the park. My baby enjoyed the playground and rocks to climb more than anything. Bring plenty of cash because none of the paid attractions take cards and the ATM is a hike from the carousel. Go and have hours of fun with the family. Oh and there is carriage rides around the park for like $3 per minute. You can also rent bikes to ride and explore the park. So much going on here. Too much to do in one day. We spent a couple days in the park while on vacation so we could experience it all. It's amazing and so beautiful.

E. Toney - 1 month ago

3 Star Rating Central Park Zoo is a popular attraction. Plan on a trip if you're bringing kids. The good news is this doesn't take long to get through. Bad news is pretty bad. It's expensive and the animals don't have enough room. Before you come, you may need to adjust your expectations a bit. It's not some massive park taking up acres. It's just a fraction of the size of many other zoos. A lot of major cities have massive zoos that attract thousands of people every year, and they have lots of animals. New York has one too, and it's called the Bronx Zoo. In Central Park, there's only so much room it can have. The penguin exhibit is kind of sad. It appears they're all in there and can't move around that much. The rest of the zoo isn't as bad, though it certainly would be nice if there was more space.

Andre Howard - 2 months ago


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