The Staten Island Zoo: 
A Hidden Gem For Families

The Staten Island Zoo is one of the hidden gems of NYC—particularly for families with young children. This is the place that our son first rode a pony, explored the habitats
if young animals, and attended an early morning session of “Breakfast with the Beasts.” Most people don’t know that the Staten Island Zoo even has their own wonderful aquarium! The beauty of this zoo is that it is small enough to visit in one day. All said, they house more than 800 species! The Children's Center has one of the BEST petting zoos that features an area where kids can feed domesticated animals such as goats, deer, and donkeys. The education programs are fantastic! I encourage all families with young children to visit and enjoy!

MY RECOMMENDATIONS AND TIPS

  • Check out their special programs such as the Halloween Spooktacular, Pumpkin Carving, Breakfast with the Beasts, Dickens of a Christmas, Dinosaurs and More, Thanksgiving with the Beasts, and more! These programs are wonderful!
  • If you are traveling with children, check out my best tips for keeping crankiness to a minimum and for ensuring their safety too!! Click here and scroll down to the very bottom of the page.
  • Encourage your children to ride the pony and have their picture taken too!
  • Don’t miss the aquarium!
  • Your kids will love the feeding area!

REGULAR ADMISSION TO THE STATEN ISLAND ZOO

Adults: (15 and over) $8.00
Seniors: $6.00
Children: $5.00
Under 3: Free

MY DISCOUNT TIPS!

  • Visit on Wednesdays, after 2:00 pm when admission is FREE.

  • Show your Cool Culture Card (cool-culture.org) and gain free admission!

  • If you show your New York Pass, admission is FREE! Save 5% Off Any New York Pass! Just Use Coupon Code: nyp5pc2007. Want to read my analysis of the 3 major discount cards? Click here.

  • If you plan to visit a few times, it’s smart to become a member. For just $60 you can join as an individual, for just $100 you can obtain a family membership. You’ll receive unlimited admission to the zoo, discounts in their shops and to special program, AND free or discounted membership to 100 other zoos including the Bronx Zoo, Central Park Zoo, Queens Zoo, and many others. You'll also enjoy invitations to special events, sneak preview for new exhibits, 10% discounts on "Zoovenirs" at the Zoo Café and more! You can also sign up for the joint membership with Staten Island Children's Museum (includes reciprocal membership benefits to all ASTC member museum at a distance of 90 miles!

  • Free admission every Wednesday from 2:00 pm - 4:45pm!

  • On Grandparent’s Day, September 13, all grandparents are admitted free with a paying child.

WHEN IS THE STATEN ISLAND ZOO OPEN?

It's open every day, 10:00 AM – 4:45 PM.

Closures
The Zoo is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Days.

BEST ROUTE TO THE ZOO

The car is the best way to get to the Zoo. PARKING IS FREE!!!

Via the Verrazano Narrows Bridge:
Follow I-278 West to the Slosson Avenue exit. Turn right onto Slosson. Proceed to Martling Avenue. Turn right and continue to Clove Road. The Zoo's entrance will be ahead of you.

Via the Bayonne Bridge:
Follow Route 440 South to I-278.Proceed east on I-278 to the Slosson Avenue exit. Turn left onto Slosson. Proceed to Martling Avenue. Turn right and continue to Clove Road. The Zoo's entrance will be ahead of you.

Via the Goethals Bridge:
Follow I-278 East to the Slosson Avenue exit. Turn left onto Slosson. Proceed to Martling Avenue. Turn right and continue to Clove Road. The Zoo's entrance will be ahead of you.

Via the Outerbridge Crossing:
Follow Route 440 North to I-278. Proceed east on I-278 to the Slosson Avenue exit. Turn left onto Slosson. Proceed to Martling Avenue. Turn right and continue to Clove Road. The Zoo's entrance will be ahead of you.


WHAT TO BRING TO
THE STATEN ISLAND 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 TIPS FOR TRAVELING WITH KIDS

When traveling with children, check out my best tips for keeping crankiness to a minimum and for ensuring safety too! Click here and scroll down to the very bottom of the page.


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