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“Time out from the busy city”
Review of Central Park Zoo

Central Park Zoo
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$75.00*
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Pedicab Guided Tour of Central Park
Ranked #101 of 1,093 things to do in New York City
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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.
Liverpool, United Kingdom
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38 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Time out from the busy city”
Reviewed July 16, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Lovely small zoo although the animals looked a little too enclosed for comfort although they do say they are helping with conservation. Very well laid out & you can beat the queues with an app to pay. Seems odd to be in a zoo in the middle of the city but worth an hour or two if you've got kids.

Visited July 2014
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Belo Horizonte, MG
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 190 helpful votes
“Town Zoo”
Reviewed July 16, 2014

In our last visit in NYC, we decided to see went to Central Park Zoo. We are looking to find a Zoo like that on the movies, like "Madagaskar", and it was my first question to the staff: where is the lion? That´s no Lion here, is prohibited by law...so we were few disappointed about that, but the zoo is nice to walk and see the birds, penguins, and sea lion...and dont loose the 3D cinema. you can do all the zoo in 30 minutes. The snacks are expensive inside the zoo, but you can find snacks close to the zoo.

Visited June 2014
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Birmingham, Alabama
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Not Impressed”
Reviewed July 14, 2014

We were disappointed in the central park zoo. It's obviously a small zoo, but I felt that some of the exhibits could be better taken care of. The penguins exhibit was not clean (and smelled awful). I doubt I would go back.

Visited July 2014
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Cambridge, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Ho hum”
Reviewed July 14, 2014

If you are looking for a shady place to take the kids to kill an hour or so, the Central Park Zoo is a good spot. If you want to visit an actual zoo, skip it.

The Tropical Zone is fairly nice, with lots of colourful birds flying about, but the rest of the zoo is a dud. The red panda was sleeping, we couldn't find the snow leopard and the polar bear exhibit was closed. The sea lions put on a good show, so try to time your visit accordingly.

The children's section and its petting zoo were a little better. The animals are friendly and not overly aggressive when being fed.

I wouldn't make a special trip out here unless you are doing it to say "you went".

Visited July 2014
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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“combine with another attraction for best experience”
Reviewed July 9, 2014

central park zoo is small but still makes a good day trip when combined with a visit to a nearby attraction. i highly reccomend the tropical section. large variety of king, rockhopper and other penguins in the "penguins and seabirds" exhibit. they also have several puffins from the far north. tisch childrens zoo make a good excursion for young children but most adults wouldnt mind 20 minutes there and might enjoy it. giftshop is overpriced (nothing under $15) but admission price is normal.overall the CPZ is a wonderful place for an one or two hour visit.

Visited July 2014
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