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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!
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).
We also have a post on free things to do in NYC.
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.
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.
For example, in some Septembers, 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 change seasonally. They are closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas, New Years Day and Martin Luther King Jr Day.
March 30th to November 3rd
November 4, 2018, to April 5, 2019
Note: Animal exhibits close 30 min prior to park closing and 4-D Theater, Bug Carousel, and Zoo Shuttle are open until park closing.
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
Can only purchase at the Gate – unless you order the Sightseeing Pass.
A general admission ticket includes the following areas:
Total Experience Ticket
Can be purchased online or at the gate.
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.
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 option to choose from and we review each pass here.
ADDITIONAL DISCOUNTS AND COUPONS
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).
The Zoo’s own website often has promo codes listed at the top of the page so keep your eyes open for those.
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.
Try this Bronx Zoo Coupons Facebook page. They are not affiliated with the Zoo. Occasionally they have coupons or codes that do work.
Free General Admission to New York City undergraduate college students. Eligible students must be:
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.
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.