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Address: 830 Fifth Avenue, New York City, NY 10021
Phone Number: +1 212-439-6500
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10:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

Oasis of wildlife in downtown Manhattan where visitors can encounter...

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.

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Small zoo with a big experience

This was my first time at the Central Park Zoo. I honestly expected it to be bigger and I expected them to have a lion and a zebra and a giraffe and a hippo...(They don't) :) The... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Jennifer G
Bel Air, Maryland

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Bel Air, Maryland
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10 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This was my first time at the Central Park Zoo. I honestly expected it to be bigger and I expected them to have a lion and a zebra and a giraffe and a hippo...(They don't) :) The enclosures are great and much larger than I would have expected for NYC. The sea lions were big hams, jumping and showing off... More 

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New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I love this little zoo. It is such a gem when visiting the park. Unless you are a member, it can be quite pricy so if you are traveling with a group, it might be better to buy a membership and that way you can visit whenever you want to in the future. Don't miss the seal feedings in the... More 

Thank jwatrel
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6 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I visited with my husband and we both loved it. We only bought general admission tickets, which are reasonable at $12. The zoo is small and well kept and you can see it all in less than an hour. We both smiled the whole way around. The snow leopards are amazing and were a real highlight for us. We would... More 

Thank MrsKHF
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The Central Park Zoo is small, but very pleasurable. My favorite was the snow leopard habitat: I was able to walk into a gazebo where a female leopard was relaxing just a few feet away, while her mate wandered the hill above. I also enjoyed a visit to the rain forest building, in which the birds are all around you.... More 

Thank Catullus
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

For the most part this zoo was fine. I didn't have high expectations because of it's location and I knew there would be limitations but I often felt as if I had gone back to to a time where zoos were not animal friendly. I can't recall what kind of birds they were but just before you walk into the... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Not a big deal, it doesn't have a lot of animals variety, but i think is ok to take your children get some entertainment and scape from the noise and population of Manhattan.

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Stevenston, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is a lovely little zoo which is reasonably priced and well worth a visit if you are in Central Park. Although there is only a small selection of animals within the zoo, the enclosures are spacious and well looked after. The staff are also very friendly and happy to share their knowledge about the animals.

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Long Beach, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Very nice entertainment for children, not too expensive, nice short movie at the 4D theater. My son enjoyed seeing the snow leopards , red panda and a lot of other animals/birds. Cafe was nice as well for a inexpensive snack.

Thank groller2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A very small zoo which took me just an afternoon to get all the way around, not including the children's zoo area. My favourite exhibits were the penguins, sealions and brown bears.

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This place isn't big enough to call it self a zoo, you could walk around it in 10 minutes, oh we did. It is definitely for children, if your looking for a zoo experience, I suggest going else where.

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