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Central Park Zoo

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Central Park Zoo, New York City New York


What I love about Central Park Zoo are the inspirational quotations that are written in frosted lettering on the glass, or on signs scattered about the zoo. They are such a great idea! The hilly walkways decorated with gorgeous landscaping and fancy benches add to the atmosphere. And then there's the exhibits, of course! The big draw is the polar bear exhibit, which is nicely arranged with lots of rocks and water. The polar bear looked a little sad though when I was there, with his yellowing ice. The seal exhibit is in a central location- it's funny to watch the seals with the 5th Avenue city buildings behind. What a strange contrast! The rainforest exhibit is unique- boy, is it humid in there! How do those toucans BREATHE in there? The array of tropical birds and plants is beautiful.
You can also see the Tisch Children's Zoo (a very small petting zoo with goats, pigs, and alpacas, and plenty of poke-your-head-in picture signs for photos) and the 4-D Theater (3-D film with sensory effects such as water mist and air blasts- most young kids don't like these effects), for an additional admission fee (see below). Sometimes there are face painters and balloon artists outside the Children's Zoo, which is fun.



The Central Park Zoo is in the Southeast corner of Central Park, at 64th Street and 5th Avenue.
Open daily 10-4:30 (Nov-Mar), and 10-5 weekdays or 10-5:30 weekends (Apr-Oct). 

BMT Line, N or R train to Fifth Avenue stop, walk north 4 blocks to 64th Street. Lexington Avenue #6 train to 68th Street/Hunter College Station, walk west 3 blocks to Fifth Avenue, then 4 blocks south.
M1,2,3,4 on Fifth Avenue to 64th Street. (Directions taken from the zoo website).

Admission is $20 for adults, $17 for seniors, and $15 for children aged 3-12. Includes the Tisch Children's Zoo and 4-D Theater.

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Last Updated: Tue, 19 Nov 2019 19:21:19 GMT