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Monday, December 25, 2023

Central park zoo in New York: history, map, hours, animals, tickets & prices

  Rajesh Kumar Rana       Monday, December 25, 2023


Central park zoo in New York
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  • Founded:1864
  • Area:26 km²
  • Address: United States of America, New York, Manhattan Borough, New-York Central Park

Central Park Zoo in new york

Tourists who intend to visit the ever “humming hive” called New York should know not only what museums are there, famous streets, business centers, but also places where you can not only relax, but also touch wildlife in the center of the greatest city peace.

A bit of history

The zoo already has a decent history, which goes back to the distant 1859. According to legend, people began to bring outlandish animals to the site of the future zoo. Officially, the park opened in 1864. The year 1934 brought innovation: the construction of a pool for sea lions. The eighties of the 20th century were a time of devastation and desolation. The zoo has ceased to exist.

In 1988, a new reconstruction of the menagerie began, during which ideal conditions were created for the life of animals from different climatic zones in the territory of one park.

Map of Central Park Zoo

Even though it's a small zoo, it's wiser to have a copy of the Central Park Zoo map to navigate through the various exhibits.

The map can help you find animal enclosures and visitor facilities such as restrooms, restaurants, changing rooms, medical offices, gift shops, etc.

Central park zoo Map
Central park zoo Map

Map of the Central Park Zoo, New York
If you're traveling with kids, it's highly recommended to take a mockup of the Central Park Zoo with you, because you won't waste time looking for different exhibits and won't get tired in the process.

You can download and print the zoo official map here.

How to get to the Central Park Zoo

The Central Park Zoo is located near the southeast corner of Central Park at 64th Street and 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10065. It is easily accessible by public transportation. 


If you want to get to the Central Park Zoo by subway, take the N, R, or W trains to Fifth Avenue Station at Manhattan's 59th Street. 

Once out, walk four blocks north towards 64th Street and in about 10 minutes you will reach the Central Park Zoo.

Another option is to take the number 6 train on Lexington Avenue. 68th Street-Hunter College Station. 

From the station to the zoo 11 minutes on foot.

By bus:

There are quite a few public transportation buses that can get you closest to the Central Park Zoo in New York. 

Numbers for bus routes that stop on Fifth Avenue between 59th and 65th Streets: M1, M2, M3, M4, M5, M66, Q32.

Central Park Zoo parking

There is no parking at the Central Park Zoo.

If you decide to drive down, reserve a parking space near your destination through SpotHero.

The service offers parking options nearby with applicable daily charges. 

Madagascar, a 2005 animated film in which four animals escape the zoo and are shipwrecked on the island of Madagascar, set in the Central Park Zoo.

Best Time to Visit the Central Park Zoo

Central Park and the Central Park Zoo in New York City are popular destinations for locals and tourists alike. 

The best time to visit the Central Park Zoo is when they open at 10am. 

The animals are most active in the morning time, and the crowds and queues are smaller. 

As the day progresses and gets hotter, the animals may retreat to shaded areas. 

Also, if you start early, you can visit the zoo before lunch.

On weekends and holidays, the Central Park Zoo draws more people than on weekdays. 

The Central Park Zoo in New York is comparatively less crowded in winter. 

It's worth visiting even when it's snowing, as the zoo is home to several species that live in cold habitats. 

Ticket prices

Entrance to the zoo is paid for both adults and children over three years old. Tellingly, for “aged” people, the ticket also has its own price, which is influenced by such factors:

  • visiting a large zoo
  • visiting the children's zoo
  • watching a 4-D movie

Ticket price for visiting a large, children's zoo and watching a movie:

  • children from 3 - 12 years old - $ 14.95
  • adults under 64 years old - $19.95
  • people over 65 years old - $16.96

The price of a ticket to the zoo is incommensurable with the impressions that a tourist will receive during the tour.

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Ticket Discount

Children under three years old can visit the Central Park Zoo for free - they do not need to buy tickets. 

The zoo offers discounts for visitors over 65, but seniors can only get these discounts on site.  

Active duty military personnel and veterans are eligible for free admission to the Central Park Zoo. 

They also receive a 50% discount on shared admission tickets for three guests. 

Many visitors want to know if they can enter the Central Park Zoo for free. Unfortunately, the Central Park Zoo does not have a free admission day. 

Central Park Zoo Snow Leopard
Central Park Zoo Snow Leopard image source: kowarski/Flickr

Diversity of the animal world

In the large zoo you will see not only a huge number of playful monkeys, but also very rare animals: snow leopard (Central Asia), red pandas (Asia), polar bear, Antarctic penguins, all kinds of birds and reptiles, pavilion with bats. All these animals are housed in specially equipped rooms, pools, where ideal conditions are created for their life.

The children's zoo is just a fairy tale for a child living in a big city. Here you can be close to goats, sheep, chickens and other familiar animals, touch them, buy special food in the machine and feed them from your hand.

4 - D films "Planet Earth" and "Rio" - an incredible journey in which you can not only immerse yourself in the atmosphere of what is happening, but also touch the clouds, water, snow, smell.

How long is the Central Park Zoo

If you are traveling with children, you will need about two hours to see the Central Park Zoo.

Children tend to stay longer in their favorite animal enclosures, attend feeding sessions, talk with caretakers, and try out the many activities. 

It may take longer if there are frequent stops for photos or food.

Adults can see the zoo in an hour if they keep a good pace.

 The Central Park  ticket includes tickets to the Central Park Zoo, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the American Museum of Natural History. You also get a 10% discount code that you can use (five times!) to get discounts on future purchases.

Opening hours:

The zoo is open from 10:00 to 05:00 in summer and from 10:00 to 04:30 in winter.

The best time to visit the menagerie is when the penguins and sea lions feed.

  • Penguin feeding: 10:30, 14:30.
  • Sea lion feeding: 11:30, 14:00, 16:00.

For hungry vacationers, cafes located on the territory of the zoo open their doors. Here you can have a hearty meal and relax if you are tired.


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