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Central Park Zoo
Central Park Zoo

Central Park Zoo

64th St and 5th Ave, New York City, New York, USA, 10021

The Basics

While many tours of New York City’s Central Park are available, from walking and running tours to sunset, bike, and pedicab tours, most do not include entry to the zoo. You may, however, be able to glimpse the sea lions during these tours, whose enclosure can be seen from outside the zoo’s perimeter.

To enter the zoo, buy a general admission ticket at the door and explore the main zoo and the Tisch Children’s Zoo at your leisure. Alternatively, purchase a package ticket online before arrival. This ticket offers discounted entry to the main zoo, the Tisch Children’s Zoo, and one entry to the zoo’s 4D Theater, which uses air blasts, lighting, water mists, vibrations, and other sensory tricks to enhance the experience.

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Central Park Highlights Walking Tour
Central Park Highlights Walking Tour
star-4.5
$26.13 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Highly recommend!
Chuck was an excellent guide! Lots of great history and information about the park and the surrounding area.
Lori_S, Oct 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in New York City

star-5
Hidden gems in the park
Rodney_B, Jan 2022
Central Park New York Guided Walking Tour - Private Tour
Katherine was an excellent tour guide. Her knowledge of the park excelled. We’ve been to the park dozens and she showed us areas we’d never seen!
star-5
Plenty of pictures taken...
LeaS, Jan 2022
Private Horse and Carriage Ride in Central Park
Plenty of pictures taken and enjoyed immensely but they are still in my I Phone and not yet available in my computer to send. Our horse, Chocolate, as was our driver were great.
star-5
Highly recommend
DanaTodd_H, Jan 2022
Private Horse and Carriage Ride in Central Park
Colin was incredibly kind, patient and informative. Kids and grown ups had a nice relaxing time. Very fun and a classic NYC experience.
star-5
Fantastic Christmas Eve Ride
Christi_A, Dec 2021
Horse & Carriage Ride through Central Park, VIP Tour with photo stops (50min)
Great guide and super horse (Silver). Can’t get more romantic than a ride thru Central Park on Christmas Eve
star-5
An awesome experience. Highly recommended
Scott_H, Dec 2021
Horse & Carriage Ride through Central Park, VIP Tour with photo stops (50min)
Jason was a brilliant guide. Very knowledgeable and so funny and friendly. He also took the time to stop and take great photos of us.
star-5
Our drivers were...
soterios_a, Dec 2021
Private Horse and Carriage Ride in Central Park
Our drivers were wonderful , very kind and knowledgeable…would highly recommend.Took us all around and explained cool facts
star-5
Excellent driver.
Jorge_B, Dec 2021
Magical Night Time Ride through Central Park & Rockefeller Center (45-50 min)
Driver did all he could to please us. Smooth ride. Beautiful sights. Warm under blanket. Next time in NYC will do it again.
star-5
Unique Central Park experience
Benjamin_W, Dec 2021
Classic 1.5-hour Central Park Pedicab Tour
Our tour guide was extremely kind and knew all references around the park, even years built and the history of the land before construction. I was thoroughly impressed, and he even provided a blanket for the cold. 10/10.
star-5
Driver pointed out all...
Lauren_J, Dec 2021
Private Horse and Carriage Ride in Central Park
Driver pointed out all the movie spots. Entertained the kids. We had a great time and I highly recommend
star-5
Beautiful ride thru the...
Christy_B, Dec 2021
Magical Night Time Ride through Central Park & Rockefeller Center (45-50 min)
Beautiful ride thru the city. The driver was courteous and friendly. The rain didn’t deter from the experience
star-5
Wonderful!
Anthony_C, Dec 2021
Classic 1.5-hour Central Park Pedicab Tour
We had the best tour with Johnny Cash. He was personable, knowledgeable, funny, and an excellent photographer. This was the perfect length of tour and the ride was comfortable. We couldn’t find the signs for 59th, but if you are at the sign for 7th by the horses, you’re at the right place. Enjoy!
star-5
Was awesome nice day our...
mariaj_c, Dec 2021
Private Horse and Carriage Ride in Central Park
Was awesome nice day our tour quide was friendly stop for pictures had a nice heavy blanket I loved it

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Central Park Zoo is a must for families.

  • Leave scooters, bikes, rollerblades, selfie sticks, and balloons at home, as they are not allowed within the zoo.

  • Wi-Fi is available at the zoo.

  • Many of the zoo’s exhibits, including the penguin and sea lion habitats and the 4D Theater, are wheelchair-accessible.

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How to Get There

Parking is expensive in NYC so it’s best to use public transit instead. The N, R, and Q trains all stop at Fifth Avenue–59th Street station, a few blocks from the zoo entrance on 64th Street. The No. 6 train also stops at 68th Street–Hunter College station, which is about a 10-minute walk away.

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When to Get There

Spring and summer weekends are the busiest time at the zoo. Come in fall or winter to experience the zoo at its calmest. Time your visit to coincide with one of the twice-daily penguin feedings (10:30am and 2:30pm) and thrice-daily sea lion feedings (11:30am, 1:30pm, and 3:30pm) to see these animals at their most active.

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Other Things to Do in Central Park

While you’re in Central Park, consider taking some time to explore the rest of the 843-acre (341-hectare) space. Pay homage to the late, great John Lennon at a memorial honoring the murdered musician, sunbathe on Sheep Meadow, and go boating on the Central Park Lake. During summer, the park hosts outdoor entertainment events, from open-air concerts to Shakespeare in the Park.

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