Bronx Zoo: 
Discount and Visitor Tips From a Frequent Visitor and NYC Resident

I’ve visited the The Bronx Zoo AT LEAST 40 times, no exaggeration! I have earned the title of “self-proclaimed expert,” don't you think!?
I’m convinced that the animals actually recognize me now! I'm also convinced that when I arrive, they probably think to themselves “Oh, it’s her again.” With more than 7,000 resident animals showcased over 265 acres, The Bronx Zoo is the largest city zoo in the country! You’ll see a vast array of animals from the routine to the exotic. Visit the many enclosed habits that are available including, (but surely not limited to):

1) World of Darkness: bats and other nocturnal animals: a little creepy but extremely interesting!
2) Congo Gorilla Forest: awesome and breathtaking! Take in their movie about the work of World Conservation Society!
3) Penguin Feedings: we never tire of this!

4) Monkey House: some of my relatives can be found here.
5) Sea Lion Feedings: we never tire of this either.
6) Camel Rides: so much fun! Get your picture taken too!
7) Jungle World: amazing array of animals plus experience the feel and sounds of a real rain forest!

The viewing, educational and joyful opportunities are truly endless. Plan several visits.

MY INSIDER TIPS: READ THESE!!!

  • Wear VERY comfortable shoes. The zoo is huge and you WILL walk a lot!
  • Choose one section of the zoo to visit each time. Use the Zoo’s Trip Planner Map (tripplanner.bronxzoo.com) to help plan your visit in advance. It’s not possible to see it all in one day, unless you are an Olympian!
  • Bring your own lunch. The food is not very good, the lines are very long, and the prices are ridiculous!
  • Carry a refillable water bottle with you. You’ll get thirsty from walking and sodas and water are very expensive.
  • If you are traveling with children, check out my BEST tips for traveling, keeping crankiness to a minimum, and for ensuring optimal safety. Click here and scroll down to the very bottom of the page.
  • Carry toilet paper with you—the bathrooms often run out. Seriously.
  • Check out the special events in advance (click on the first link of the page) and plan your visit to coincide with the events and the animal shows/feedings.
  • Determine the parking area/entrance gate nearest the exhibits you wish to visit. Otherwise, you’ll have to walk a great distance to your exhibits and you’ll be pooped before the day begins!
  • If you visit on Wednesdays, when admission is pay-what-you-wish, arrive at about 12:00 noon when the school children or campers are eating their lunch and getting ready to leave.
  • Spend the night at the zoo! Yes-it’s fantastic!

WHERE IS THE BRONX ZOO LOCATED?

The Bronx Zoo is located at 2300 Southern Blvd in the borough of the Bronx. The Bronx is located north of Manhattan.

ADMISSION PRICES TO THE BRONX ZOO

General Admission Tickets

Adults: $16.95
Children (Ages 3–12): $12.95
Seniors (65+): $14.95
2 years and under: FREE
Keep in mind that if you’d like to visit the 4-D Theater, Children’s Zoo, Congo Gorilla Forest, Butterfly Garden, Dinosaur Safari JungleWorld, Wild Asia Monorail, Bug Carousel, Camel Ride, or travel the Zoo Shuttle, there is a $3 - $6 cost per person! So check out my discount secrets below and/or buy tickets for the "Total Experience" as noted just below which include everything.

Total Experience Tickets

Total experience tickets give you general admission PLUS UNLIMITED access to special rides and attractions!
Adults: $33.95
Children (Ages 3–12): $23.95
Seniors (65+): $28.95
2 years and under: FREE

MY SUPER DISCOUNT TIPS!!!!!!!!!!

  • Click here for THE deepest discounts around!!!!!!!

  • Purchase the “Total Experience Ticket” as it provides general admission PLUS unlimited access to special rides and attractions.

  • Visit on Wednesdays when admission is “Suggested Donation Day" or pay what you wish.

  • Buy your tickets online and save 10% and avoid the lines! You'll also get UNLIMITED access to Dinosaur Safari ride, 4-D Theater, Bug Carousel, Congo Gorilla Forest, JungleWorld, Butterfly Garden, Children's Zoo, Zoo Shuttle & Wild Asia Monorail.

  • If you are visiting this zoo as a family or group, you should DEFINITELY become a member to save BIG. A family premium membership is just $189 and entitles you to free unlimited admission to all FIVE WCS WILDLIFE PARKS (Bronx Zoo, New York Aquarium, Central Park, Prospect Park, and Queens Zoo). Visit as a single, and your Individual Premium Membership fee is just $119 with all the perks! Premium memberships includes UNLIMITED entry to the zoo, free UNLIMITED passes to all rides and attractions (which cost $3 - $6 per attraction!!), unlimited parking passes to the Bronx Zoo and the New York Aquarium, a FREE T-shirt and much more. Seriously, this is NOT a cheap zoo, so it really PAYS to join. You simply can't see everything in a day and your pass will allow you and your family to return again and again for a very low price. You can also buy a $139 family membership which allows for free family entry and a T-shirt but you won't enjoy free parking or free attraction access--and these can really add up!

  • If you are a Optimum Rewards member (you purchase your telephone, computer and cable services from Optimum), purchase your Bronx Zoo tickets online and receive a discount of 20% on your admission to the zoo. Log on to optimumrewards.com for more details.

  • The Bronx Zoo offers year-round discounts to any U.S. military active duty or reserve member when they present a valid military ID at the admission's gate. Discounted tickets are available at the admissions booths only--not online. They'll receive a FREE Total Experience Ticket or General Admission ticket and 50% discount for up to 3 family members included in the same admissions transaction.


  • Prices in the Winter are cheaper. Check it out online.

  • Use your AAA card (Automobile Association of America) to save up to 20% when purchasing tickets online via the AAA site.

  • AFSCME AFL-CIO Union Members receive a discount.

  • Iona College students and faculty receive a discount.

  • Get discounted tickets (both zoo and rail) when you take the Metro North Railroad.



    WHEN IS THE BRONX ZOO OPEN?

    Open on:
    Mondays–Fridays: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
    Weekends & Holidays: 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM

    Closures
    The Zoo is closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year's Day, and Martin Luther King Day.

    WHAT TO BRING TO THE BRONX ZOO

    When you venture out for a day at the zoo, be sure to pack the essentials. This will help to enhance your day! Be prepared by checking out my tips in the "what to place in your backpack" section of my packing list! You'll be glad you did!

    BEST TRANSPORTATION TO THE BRONX ZOO

    By Express Bus
    Take the BxM11 express bus, which stops on Madison Avenue, between 26th and 99th Streets, and drops you directly at the Zoo. It costs $6.50 but keep in mind that you won’t have to pay for parking, tolls, or gas. And, the express buses are quite nice! Click here for the bus schedule.

    By Subway
    Take the #2 or #5 subway train to East Tremont Ave/West Farms Square. At street level, walk straight ahead (follow train uptown) on Boston Road 2 1/2 blocks to the Zoo’s Asia gate entrance (Gate A). Need more help in determining how to best route out your trip to the zoo? Use this subway map or automatic trip planner! For information on subway fares, metrocards and more Click here!

    By Train
    From Grand Central Station, take Metro North’s Harlem line to Fordham, then take the Bx9 bus eastward to 183rd Street and Southern Blvd. Get a package deal, including a discounted train ticket and zoo entrance fee, when you travel by Metro North. Click here for information.

    By Car
    If you are a zoo member, use one of your parking coupons to obtain free parking. For directions, to the zoo, Click here.


    WHAT TO BRING TO THE BRONX ZOO

    When you venture out for a day at the zoo, be sure to pack the essentials. This will help to enhance your day! Be prepared by checking out my tips in the "what to place in your backpack" section of my packing list! You'll be glad you did!

    TRAVELING WITH KIDS?

    If you are traveling with children, check out my best tips for keeping crankiness to a minimum! I guarantee that there is AT LEAST one tip that will help you during your holiday. Click here and scroll down to the very bottom of the page.


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