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

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

The basics

While many Central Park tours are available, from walking and running tours to sunset, bike, and pedicab tours, most do not include Central Park Zoo tickets and Central Park Zoo tours. You may, however, be able to glimpse the sea lions, whose enclosure can be seen from outside the zoo’s perimeter, during a broader tour of the park.

To enter the zoo, buy a general admission ticket at the entrance and explore the main zoo and the Tisch Children’s Zoo at your leisure. Alternatively, you can purchase a package ticket online before arriving so you don’t have to wait in line. 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 Zoo Admission Ticket with 4D Theater Access
Central Park Zoo Admission Ticket with 4D Theater Access
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Central Park Zoo
Zoo is small but a lot of personalities live there from the feisty sea lions to adorable red pandas. Missed the snow leopard he was playing hide and seek. Did a good job.
Margaret_F, Apr 2024

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.

  • Located at the Central Park Zoo, the Dancing Crane Cafe serves meals, snacks, and beverages.

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How to get there

Traffic is intense, and parking is expensive in New York City, so it’s best to use public transit instead. The N, R, and Q trains all stop at Fifth Avenue–59th Street station, just 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. To experience the zoo with less crowds, plan a trip in the fall or winter. 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 when they are the 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 Strawberry Fields—a memorial honoring the murdered musician—sunbathe on Sheep Meadow, and go boating on Central Park Lake. The park also hosts outdoor entertainment events during summer, from open-air concerts to Shakespeare in the Park.

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