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This post is about visiting the Central Park Zoo, including how to get here, the animals you will see there, hours and ticket prices. We also share some ways to get discounts on the cost of admission.
The Central Park Zoo is located near the southeast corner of Central Park. The entrance is at 64th Street & 5th Avenue. Use this Google Maps link to get exact directions from your starting point to the zoo.
By bus: M1, M2, M3, M4, M5, M66, Q32. These buses stop on 5th Ave, between 59th and 65th Streets.
If you are considering purchasing a hop-on-hop-off bus pass, then keep in mind that all buses stop at the zoo.
There are two types of tickets: “Total Experience” and General Admission. Be sure to read about the available discounts before paying full price. Unfortunately, Central Park Zoo does not offer a free admission day.
TIP: General admission tickets are included for free with the purchase of the All-Inclusive Sightseeing Pass and up to 50% off with the purchase of the Pick’em Sightseeing Pass, both of which are tourist discount passes.
General Admission includes
“Total Experience” includes
There are a few ways to get a discount on tickets to the Central Park Zoo.
* Combine a visit to the Central Park Zoo with one of our pay-what-you-like Central Park walking tours! *
For more information about tickets and the zoo in general, see their website.
Seeing all the parts of the zoo with a Total Experience ticket will take an hour or two, so take the time to enjoy the rest of Central Park. You might enjoy joining one of our pay-what-you-like Central Park Tours or audio tours of Central Park. Be sure to see our post
When you enter the zoo the first thing you see is the Sea Lions, which are an entertaining bunch. See the feedings schedule to have even more fun.
After the sea lions, you can either head to the Penguins and Seabirds or the Tropic Zone. This map of the zoo can help you navigate your way.
The Tropic Zone is impressive, allowing you to enter the habitat with an array of tropical birds that can fly inches away from you and land within arm’s reach.
Further into the zoo, you will find the Temperate Territory, where you can find the snow monkeys, red pandas, snow leopards, and much more.
The 4-D Theater
This is an immersive experience featuring a 3-D film with a variety of built-in sensory effects. It’s perfect for children ages 6 and up, but maybe a bit too much excitement for children under age 4.
Tisch Children’s Zoo
Included in the price of the Total Experience ticket, this children’s zoo is just north of the main zoo. Children can pet and feed animals safely, such as goats, rabbits, birds, and others.
Food at the Dancing Crane Cafe
You can enter the cafe from both inside and outside of the zoo, and if you get a stamp on your hand on your way in, you can re-enter the zoo with ease. The Cafe has the general sense of chaos you expect from a cafeteria-style restaurant filled with children – but they get the job done. They have hot dogs, pizza, fried chicken, fries, and a spot to get a coffee or cappuccino.
On the way out of the zoo, make sure you check out the Delacorte Clock. The clock was donated by George Delacorte and features statues of animals that move in a circle as nursery rhymes play. The clock chimes and rotates every half-hour.
Written by Emilie Bienne