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!
Bronx Zoo Free Day
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).
With more than 7,000 resident animals showcased over 265 acres, The Bronx Zoo is the largest city zoo in the country! And with so many discounts available for the Bronx Zoo, there’s no reason to pay full price.
You’ll see a vast array of animals when you visit the Monkey House, Jungle World with an amazing array of animals, 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, 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. For other ideas of things to do in September, see our post What to Do in September in New York City.
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!
Hours change seasonally. They are closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas, New Years Day and Martin Luther King Jr Day.
March 30, 2018 ,to November 3, 2018
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
A general admission ticket includes the following areas:
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.