Central Park Zoo
A white tiger lying on a rock at Central Park Zoo, NYC
A white tiger lying on a rock at Central Park Zoo, NYC

Central Park Zoo Tours and Tickets

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Central Park Zoo, also known as Central Park Wildlife Center, is the oldest menagerie in the United States and one of the most visited spots in the park. Located in the southeast corner of Central Park (Manhattan’s largest green space) this popular spot houses over 130 different species. Here, you’ll be able to see animals such as red pandas, snow monkeys, tufted puffins, and ruffed lemurs, as well as visit the Tisch Children’s Zoo, a petting zoo with farm animals.

  • East 64th St., New York City, New York, 10021

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Cammie_M, Nov 2023
Johnny the Pedicab Driver is AMAZING!!
Johnny was an amazing tour guide! He was so entertaining and knowledgeable about the history of NYC! The pedicab with this company outshined all the other pedicabs on the street. So clean and well maintained. Johnny took pictures of us and we were able to walk to many of the view points and take pictures. This tour was worth every penny. Ask for Johnny! You won’t be disappointed!!
Lynn_W, Oct 2023
Great Central Park Experience!
Took a two-hour tour with John, he was an outstanding guide, very knowledgeable and a good sense of humor. The cab was clean and he was waiting for us at the pick up spot when we arrived. This was a great way to experience Central Park.
Jason_B, Oct 2023
Great park ride with Ricky
Took a morning ride with Ricky through the park. He had a great clean cab and warm blankets for us. Ricky did a great job pointing out all the various landmarks, buildings and also showed us where some of our favorite movies filmed scenes. Best of all, during our stops he took us to some great spots and took some fantastic photos for us.
lindsay_g, Sep 2023
Nice Visit
Nice, small, clean zoo. Took approx an hour to see everything. The bears are definitely the stars of the show!
Frequently Asked Questions
Q:Should I book Central Park Zoo tickets in advance?
We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Central Park Zoo can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
Q:How much does it cost to visit Central Park Zoo 2024?
Currently, an entrance ticket to Central Park Zoo costs USD 19.95. Guided Central Park Zoo tours start around USD 19.95 per person.
People Also Ask
Q:Do you need to pre-book to go to the Central Park Zoo?
A:Yes. Tickets must be purchased online in advance to schedule timed entry; Wildlife Conservation Society members must also make reservations online. All ticket sales are final. There are no refunds, cancellations, or rescheduling. Check the weather forecast before booking since there are no rain checks.
Q:How long does it take to go through the Central Park Zoo?
A:Your timed ticket indicates when you can enter the park. You can arrive within one hour of the entry time you selected. Once there, you can stay as long as you like. Based on the available exhibits and amenities, the zoo staff estimates that the average visit takes 1–1.5 hours.
Q:Can you bring food into the Central Park Zoo?
A:Yes, you may bring your own food to enjoy at the seating areas around the zoo. Keep in mind that there aren’t a lot of eateries immediately outside the zoo, so plan accordingly. There are on-site food options, including a restaurant with both indoor and outdoor seating and vendors located throughout. But remember: Do not feed the animals.
Q:Do they check bags at the Central Park Zoo?
A:Yes, the Central Park Zoo may check your bags upon arrival. According to its website, the zoo can inspect packages, bags, and containers.
Q:What can I not bring to the Central Park Zoo?
A:Scooters, skateboards, and bicycles are not allowed in the zoo. Bikes can be locked up outside the entrance. Radios and speakers are also prohibited, as well as balloons. No pets, including comfort, emotional support, or therapy animals, are allowed; only working service animals are permitted, according to the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Q:What is the best time to visit the Central Park Zoo?
A:Try to time your visit to coincide with one of the twice-daily penguin and thrice-daily sea lion feedings. Spring and summer weekends are generally the busiest, so expect to encounter crowds then. The fall and winter seasons are the calmest but also the coldest in terms of weather, although many animals are more active when temperatures cool down.