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Central Park Zoo

830 Fifth Avenue, New York City, NY 10021 (Manhattan)
212 439 6500
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Ranked #239 of 830 attractions in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Zoos
Owner description: Oasis of wildlife in downtown Manhattan where visitors can encounter more than 1,400 animals in a variety of habitats, including a tropical rain... more » Owner description: Oasis of wildlife in downtown Manhattan where visitors can encounter more than 1,400 animals in a variety of habitats, including a tropical rain forest to view rare birds and icy Antarctica to view penguins and other chilly creatures. « less
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HANTS
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25 reviews 25 reviews
11 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

It may be small but it was a great respite from the rain. The tropical house was interesting. The penguins were entertaining. You must see the seals being fed, they put on a good display with an interesting explanation about the behaviour. Good value for money.

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Amherst, NY
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51 reviews 51 reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

We visited this zoo on one of the first nice spring days and it was also Easter vacation so it was quite busy.It is very clean and nicely kept up. But we had a nice time and then wander to a playground near by.

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High Wycombe, England, United Kingdom
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42 reviews 42 reviews
23 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

Central Park Zoo is a small zoo, but it is in a great location and provides a good diversion from the bustling city. If you've got small children who are fed up with New York City, this might be a way to keep them entertained for a few hours. It's not cheap, but it is not as expensive as a... More

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New York City, New York
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43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

Very good zoo for kids. Quite small for adults or older children but it's perfect for kids. Nice little movie for them too. Must see

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London, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

This is quite a small zoo and the entrance fee of $18 I felt was quite high, I did not think some of the larger animals had enough room to move around properly but they are part of a conservation program? Never sure what I would prefer, a chance of freedom or to be locked up for a breeding program... More

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Petah Tiqwa, Israel
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Very good for the kids, and also for toddlers. There's a Child Zoo section where the kids can feed the animals and pat them. There are animals feeding shows (Penguins and Sea Lions). As an added bonus you can watch a 4-D movie (Rio) available. Discounted tickets available online or by credit-card self-service payment terminals.

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Fairfield, Connecticut
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

Generally, I love the zoo, but we visited today and left feeling a bit sad. The exhibits are cramped and way too crowded and the animals just looked sad. It was very depressing. The weather was fantastic, so being out and about was nice, but even the sea lions looked trapped in their small tank. I am not a crazy... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

This was a really nice way to spend an hour or so but please don't go along expecting a fantastic giant zoo with lots of animal because you will be disappointed. To be honest there was not a lot there - penguins, sea lions, monkeys, birds, snakes and lizards, and snow leopards (which were amazing). unfortunately the polar bear had... More

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Goleta, California
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31 reviews 31 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

On the day that I went, many of the exhibits were closed. However, the penguin exhibit was amazing (many different types of adorable penguins hopping in and out of the water) and I loved the sea lion feeding show. The rainforest exhibit was impressive as well, but take your jacket off as it gets really hot in there. You can... More

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Leeds
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

Although we had a very pleasant hour we were disappointed that several of the exhibits were closed. As this is only a small zoo this impacted majorly on our trip and feel we should of been notified before purchasing our tickets - the 4d Rio however is a must of you have small children with you

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