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This post is about the Bronx Zoo, including what you can see there, how to get there, and the cost of admission.

We also list many ways you can save on ticket prices or even go for free on Wednesdays!


Bronx Zoo Free Day

Visit on Wednesdays when admission is “Suggested Donation Day" or pay what you wish. Learn more.

You must reserve your free tickets online in advance, and they are general admission tickets.

Premium exhibits and rides will cost more. That said, you can get the equivalent of a Total Experience ticket for just $17.95 on Wednesdays!

We have many other suggestions for free or pay-what-you-wish days at other popular NYC museums and attractions (click here).

We also have a post on free things to do in NYC.

TIP: If you plan on visiting several attractions in NYC and the Bronx, the New York Sightseeing Pass includes admission to the Bronx Zoo for no additional cost.


ABOUT THE BRONX ZOO

Year-Round exhibits

With more than 7,000 resident animals showcased over 265 acres, The Bronx Zoo is the largest city zoo in the country!

You’ll see a vast array of animals when you visit the Monkey House, Jungle World, the World of Darkness with bats and other nocturnal animals, and the Congo Gorilla Forest.

Congo Gorilla Forest Bronx Zoo

Be sure to catch a Sea Lion and Penguin Feeding!


Seasonal and Special Events

The Zoo often has additional activities aligned with the season of the year so always check their events page to see if anything special is going on when you plan to visit.

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For example, in September, they put on a Harvest Festival that gives the kiddies a chance to dance to bluegrass music, participate in apple-tasting, learn about composting and pressing flowers, and other activities relating to the fall harvest.

TIP: The Bronx Zoo is within walking distance of what some New Yorkers believe is the "true" Little Italy: Arthur Avenue.

Check out our Self-guided Food Tour of nearby Arthur Avenue for some of the best Italian food in all of New York City!

You also might care to read our post on visiting the Central Park Zoo.


HOURS AND TICKETS

Hours

Hours change seasonally. They are closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas, New Years Day, and Martin Luther King Jr Day.

April 2nd to November 5th

  • Monday-Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm (17:00)
  • Weekends & Holidays 10:00 am - 5:30 pm (17:30)

November 6th to March 31st

  • Daily 10:00 am - 4:30 pm (16:30)

Note: Animal exhibits close 30 min prior to park closing and 4-D Theater, Bug Carousel, and Zoo Shuttle are open until park closing.


Tickets

There are two types of tickets: General Admission and Total Experience.


The Bronx Zoo's General Admission Ticket is included free for holders of the Sightseeing Pass, a tourist discount pass. 


General Admission Ticket

  • Adult $26.95
  • Child (3-12) $18.95
  • Senior (65+) $24.95
  • Children 2 years and under free. 

Purchase online, at the gate, or order the Sightseeing Pass.

A general admission ticket includes the following areas:

  • Tiger Mountain
  • Madagascar
  • World of Birds
  • African Plains
  • Himalayan Highlands
  • Sea Lion Pool

Total Experience Ticket (Apr - Oct)

  • Adult $41.95
  • Child (3-12) $31.95
  • Senior (65+) $36.95
  • Children 2 years and under free.

Total Experience Ticket (Nov - Mar)

  • Adult $30.95
  • Child (3-12) $22.95
  • Children 2 years and under free.

Can be purchased online or at the gate.

Goldstar usually offers a regular discount of approximately 30% on the Total Experience ticket

The Total Experience ticket includes everything that the general tickets include plus several premium areas that cost an additional $6 each if you only have the general admission ticket.

  • JungleWorld
  • 4-D Theater
  • Bug Carousel
  • Congo Gorilla Forest
  • Butterfly Garden
  • Wild Asia Monorail
  • the Zoo Shuttle

DISCOUNTS AND SAVINGS ON TICKETS

1. Tourist Attraction Discount Pass

The Bronx Zoo's General Admission Ticket is included free for holders of the Sightseeing Pass, both the flex and all-inclusive versions of this tourist discount pass. 

Tourist passes work by bundling together popular attractions and tours and selling them together for a lower price than i you purchased them together.

Likewise, tourist passes often included skip-the-line privileges, which can save you lots of time, particularly in the busy season.

There are almost a dozen tourist pass options to choose from and we review each pass here.


2. Coupon Codes

The Zoo's own website often has promo codes listed at the top of the page so keep your eyes open for those.


3. Discount Sites

Try Groupon and Living Social, which often offer 20% - 50% off tickets. It's worth a look. 

Goldstar usually offers a regular discount of approximately 30% on the Total Experience ticket


4. Free Days

Visit on Wednesdays when admission is “Suggested Donation Day" or pay what you wish.

We have many other suggestions for free or pay-what-you-wish days at other popular NYC museums and attractions (click here).


5. AAA Discount

AAA members save up to 20% on admission.

Use code AAANY when purchasing tickets on the Wildlife Conservation Service, which also gives discounts to AAA members at other zoos in New York City.


6. Military Discount 

The Bronx Zoo offers year-round discounts to any active duty or reserve members of the U.S. Military when they present a valid military ID at the admissions gate.

Discount includes: free Total Experience Ticket or General Admission ticket and 50% off discount for up to three family members included on the same admissions transaction.

Discounted tickets are available at the admissions booths only, not through the online ticket store. 


7. Facebook Group Deals

Try this Bronx Zoo Coupons Facebook page. They are not affiliated with the Zoo. Occasionally they have coupons or codes that do work.


8. Student Discounts

Free General Admission to New York City undergraduate college students. Eligible students must be:

  • attending an NYC college (must show a valid college ID from an institution within the 5 boroughs of New York City;
  • NYC resident, attending non-NYC college (must show valid college ID and proof of NYC residency).

9. Become a Member

Like many zoos around the world, the Bronx Zoo offers membership options which allow you to pay one flat price for free access to the zoo throughout the year.

Prices start at $90 per person. Learn more here.


GETTING HERE

The Bronx Zoo is easy to get to with the New York City Subway. From Times Square, it is approximately a 1-hour ride on the 2 train.

Use our interactive Google Map for directions to the zoo by public transportation or car.

How to get to the Bronx Zoo

If you are new to the subway system, then be sure to read the following two posts:

If you are considering a tourist hop-on-hop-off bus ticket, do note that none offer stops at the Bronx Zoo, but you can get to the zoo easily from most Harlem stops.


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About The Author

Courtney

Courtney is a lifelong New Yorker fascinated with the city’s history, culture and cuisine. She loves exploring the world, as well as sharing her travel expertise with others. She joined the Free Tours by Foot team in 2011, first as a guide and then as a writer. She has a law degree, a teaching degree and a worn-out passport. Her motto is “Have backpack, will travel”.
Updated: September 2nd, 2022
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