Visiting the Prospect Park Zoo? Don't Miss My Visitor Info
The Prospect Park Zoo is home to everything from Lions to Hamadryas Baboons. It is built on
12-acres, and as one New York City’s smaller zoos, you can visit it in one day. With architecture from the 1930’s, it is very charming and well suited for families with young children. Kids will love the close-up views of some of the wild’s most unusual animals. We love the Kangaroo and Wallaby Walkabout! Other popular stops include the child-size goose eggs and huge lily pads!
The Prospect Park Zoo offers a wonderful variety of education programs and special annual events like the "Fleece Fest," and "Boo at the Zoo," "Wild Holiday Party: Presents to the Animals," and overnight stays.
It is located in Prospect Park, one of New York City’s oldest and most beautiful parks designed by the same team that designed Central Park. It’s surely worth the trip as it close to the Brooklyn Museum of Art,
a sensational institution, and the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens. Don’t forget to take a stroll in the park and ride the carousel!
Check out the other fantastic NYC Zoos
including the Bronx Zoo, Central Park Zoo, and the Staten Island Zoo!
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MY RECOMMENDATIONS AND TIPS
- Check out their special programs in advance and plan your trip accordingly.
- Time your visit to coincide with the animal feedings. Click the link above to check them out.
- If you drive to the Zoo, go early. There IS parking on the street, but getting there early ensures a spot. There is no parking lot!
- If you are bringing a stroller, bring a light one or someone who can assist you with carrying it. There is a large set of stairs to traverse when entering/leaving the zoo.
- This is a great zoo to visit on New Year’s Day. It’s just about the only place open and it will give you something to keep the kids busy and happy!
- Don’t miss the Sea Lion Feeding, offered 3 times daily.
- Bring your own lunch and beverages to save time and money.
- Don’t miss the Kangaroo and Wallaby Walkabout, or the Marsh which showcases child-size goose eggs and huge lily pads.
WHERE IS THE PROSPECT PARK ZOO LOCATED?
The Prospect Park Zoo is located at 450 Flatbush Avenue in the borough of Brooklyn.
REGULAR ADMISSION TO THE PROSPECT PARK ZOO
Under 3 years: Free!
MY DISCOUNT TIPS!
- 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.
- Show your Cool Culture Card and gain free admission!
- Delta Airlines Platinum, Gold and Silver Medallion members and guest will enjoy complimentary access the first Friday of every month. Simply show your current Medallion membership card and photo ID at the zoo or aquarium entrance.
- AARP members save $1 on senior admission prices.
- If you are a member of ANY zoo or aquarium, check to see if it provides reciprocal benefits at the Prospect Park Zoo via the Association of Zoos and Aquariums at www.aza.org. Many do!!
WHEN IS THE PROSPECT PARK ZOO OPEN?
The Zoo is open 365 days a year.
10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday–Friday
10:00 AM to 5:30 PM, Weekends and Holidays
BEST TRANSPORTATION TO
THE PROSPECT PARK ZOO
If you live in Brooklyn, take the B41 local to entrance on Flatbush Ave. B47, B48 to intersection of Flatbush Ave. and Empire Blvd. At bus stop, walk north on Flatbush Ave.
Take the B or Q train (local or express), or the local Franklin Avenue Shuttle (S) to Prospect Park Station. Exit at Flatbush Ave./Ocean Ave. and walk north on Flatbush Ave. to the Zoo.
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 Brooklyn Bridge and make a left onto Atlantic Ave., then a right on Flatbush Ave. Continue to Grand Army Plaza and go halfway around the traffic circle. Continue on Flatbush Ave. to entrance on right. Although there is no parking, we've always found parking on the street.
From Long Island & Queens
Take Interborough Pkwy (Jackie Robinson Pkwy) to Bushwick Ave. exit. Make a left onto Eastern Pkwy to Grand Army Plaza. Go all the way around traffic circle to Flatbush Ave. South. Continue to entrance on right. Or, take Brooklyn-Queens Expwy to Tillary St. exit. Make a left at second light onto Flatbush Ave., to Grand Army Plaza. Go halfway around the traffic circle. Continue on Flatbush Ave. to entrance on right.
From Connecticut, Westchester and the Bronx
Take the Bronx Whitestone Bridge to I-678 south (Whitestone Pkwy) to Van Wyck Expwy to Interborough Pkwy (Jackie Robinson Pkwy) west to Bushwick Ave. exit. Make a left onto Eastern Pkwy to Grand Army Plaza. Go all the way around traffic circle to Flatbush Ave. South. Continue to entrance on right.
From New Jersey
Take bridges or tunnels to Manhattan and drive south on West Side Highway to FDR Drive North. Take Brooklyn Bridge exit. Cross the bridge and make a left onto Atlantic Ave., then a right on Flatbush Ave. Continue to Grand Army Plaza and go halfway around the traffic circle. Continue on Flatbush Ave. to entrance on right.
Need help in obtaining directions to the Prospect Park Zoo? Click here!
There is no parking lot. But, if you get there early, you'll always find a spot on the street, right outside the zoo! Yes, it's safe to park there.
WHAT TO BRING TO THE PROSPECT 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!
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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