The Central Park Zoo:
Enjoy It For Less!
The Central Park Zoo evokes many wonderful childhood memories for me. Long strolls with my grandfather, gazing with wonder at the animals, warm chestnuts purchased from a street vendor, and a special balloon to
take home. Right in the middle of one of the world’s most vibrant city, you’ll find the Central Park Zoo
. Personally, I think it’s one of the most charming zoos anywhere. The Delacorte Musical Clock (pictured above) plays nursery rhymes every half hour as playful bronze animal sculptures spin around it. Meander through the five plus acres and you’ll see more than 130 species in a variety of their natural habitats - from giant Polar Bears to tiny Leaf Cutter Ants to Snow Leopards, their newest addition.
MY PERSONAL RECOMMENDATIONS:
- Don’t miss the charming Delacorte Musical Clock!
- Don’t miss the The Tisch Children’s Zoo, designed for kids 6 and younger, where your children can get up close to and interact with the animals, and participate in all the interactive activities such as climbing the giant spider web! I love the petting zoo!(Check out my special tips for traveling with children. Click here and scroll to the bottom of the page.)
- Buy your tickets in advance to avoid long lines at the ticket booth, especially if you have kids!
- Check out the special events in advance (click on the link above) and plan your visit to coincide with the events and the animal feedings.
- Plan your visit by using my handy map at the bottom of this page!
WHERE IS IT LOCATED?
The Central Park Zoo is located at 64th Street and Fifth Avenue in the borough of Manhattan.
REGULAR ADMISSION TO THE CENTRAL PARK ZOO
(Ages 3-12): $7.00
TOTAL EXPERIENCE TICKETS
Total Experience Tickets include entry to the Main Zoo, Tisch Children's Zoo, and one admission to the 4-D Theater.
: $18.00 ($16.20 online)
(Ages 3-12): $13.00 ($11.70 online)
(65+): $15.00 ($13.50 online)
(1) Click Click here
for THE DEEPEST DISCOUNTS around. Really.
(2) If you are planning to visit this zoo twice or in combination with another city zoo or the aquarium, you should DEFINITELY become a member to save BIG. A Dual Zoos Plus membership is $129.99 and allows free entry for two people for one year to the 4 zoos and includes access to all Bronx Zoo attractions. A Family Zoos Plus membership is just $199.95 and entitles you to unlimited free admission to ALL four WCS WILDLIFE PARKS (Bronx Zoo, Central Park, Prospect Park, and the Queens Zoo) for two adults and four children plus unlimited free Bronx Zoo attraction passes (these can be pricey). There are several other membership categories that include free parking and more! Consider that the Bronx Zoo charges $36.95 for "Total Experience" tickets for adults.
(3) Show your Cool Culture Card (Coolculture.org) and gain free admission!
(4) Buy your tickets online here
and save 10% and avoid the lines!
(5) If you are an Optimum Rewards member, (you purchase your telephone, computer, and cable through Optimum), save 20% on Total Experience Tickets. Log on to optimumrewards.com for details.
(6) Show your AAA Card
Automobile Association of America) and get a discount.
ENJOY CENTRAL PARK TOO!
When you are finished enjoying the zoo, take some time to enjoy the park. Central Park is comprised of 843 beautiful acres designed by the famous architects Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux. It covers land from 59th Street to 110th Street between Fifth Avenue and Central Park West (Eighth Avenue). It is one of the most visited parks and is the most filmed location in the world.
Within this vast expanse lies many fun, discounted, free and low-cost things to do. Here are some great ideas.
WHEN IS THE CENTRAL PARK ZOO OPEN?
The Zoo is open 365 days a year as follows:
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
10:00 am - 5:30 pm
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO VISIT THE ZOO?
The beauty of this zoo is that it is relatively small. Allot about two hours to view the Central Park Zoo in its entirety. See the map at the bottom of the page to plan your visit.
BEST TRANSPORTATION TO THE ZOO
Take the N or R subway train to Fifth Avenue, or the #6 subway train to the 68th Street/Hunter College station. 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!
Take the M1, 2, 3, or 4 bus on Fifth Avenue to 64th Street. If you need more help in determining how to take the bus to the zoo, Use this bus map to help!
Need parking deals? You'll be amazed at the deals I've found. Click here for the best ones around.
Use your handy street map
and follow the easiest route to the Central Park Zoo.
WHAT TO BRING TO THE CENTRAL PARK 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.
PLAN YOUR VISIT BY USING THIS HANDY MAP!
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