Located in the famous New York park, from which it takes its name, the Central Park Zoo is one of the main tourist attractions of the Big Apple. This zoo is not simply a wildlife park, but also one of the most famous places in the city, also location of numerous films.
What zoo in Central Park if its a surface of 7 hectares and attracts more than every year one million visitors every year. Located in the famous Central Park, the "green lung" of New York, the park is located precisely between East 64th Street and Fifth Avenue, and visitors can enter from both the Fifth Avenue entrance and Central Park.
What to see and do
The park consists of a central square garden which contains in the center a square tank of sea lions, around which the three main exhibition areas of the park arise: the tropical zone (a two-story representation of a rainforest), the temperate zone with various landscaped trails surrounding a lake and the polar area.
The zoo is home to many species of animals, some endangered such as tamarins and small pandas. The enclosures are modeled to recreate thenatural environment where the animals live; for example, the rainforest area is air-conditioned, while the penguin house is cooled with freezers.
Among animals that can be admired: grizzly bears, snow leopards, red pandas, king penguins, lemurs, gentoo penguins, sea lions, Japanese macaques, otters, California sea lions, seals, snakes, monkeys and various species of birds.
The zoo is not only interesting to quietly see the animals in their daily habits, but also to see the historic café from 1934, the sea lion show and different artwork, or to try the fun cinema 4D.
The zoo ospita various exhibitions and volunteer, outreach and educational programs for children, adults and students. The zoo also coordinates breeding programs for some endangered species.
Lo children's zoo, called Tisch Children's Zoo, contains an educational farm and is located in the north of the park. Admission to the children's zoo is included in the price of the admission ticket
The Central Park Zoo was used as location of numerous films and used in numerous animated films from Madagascar to the animated series The Penguins of Madagascar. Even in Wild animal movies! and Mr. Popper's penguins serves as a backdrop.
The park in the winter period (from the beginning of November to the end of March) it is open every day from 10:00 in the morning to 16:30 in the afternoon
In summertime (from the beginning of April to the end of October) the park is open from Monday to Friday from 10:00 in the morning to 17:00 in the afternoon, while on weekends from 10:00 in the morning to 17:30 in the afternoon
The cost of the ticket for adults (ages 13 and up) is
I children (ages 3 to 12) pay $ 8.95 to get in, while children 0 to 2 get in for free
The cost of the reduced ticket for Senior (65+) is $ 10.95 +
How to reach us
The Central Park Zoo is located near the southeast corner of Central Park and is easily accessible by various public transport, while if you arrive by car you must consider that the zoo does not have its own car park.
If you want to arrive by subway (the best choice) take the N, R or W line trains to Fifth Avenue / 59th Street station in Manhattan and then walk north four blocks to 64th Street.
You can also take the Lexington Avenue # 6 train to 68th Street / Hunter College station, and then walk 3 blocks west to Fifth Avenue. At the intersection, turn left and continue for four blocks south.
If you want to get to Central Park Zoo by bus, the buses that stop on Fifth Avenue (between 59th and 65th streets) are: M1, M2, M3, M4, M5, M66, Q32.
If you want to arrive by car theCentral Park Zoo address è: East 64th Street – New York
The Central Park Zoo doesn't have its own parking lot, however in the surroundings there are several private car parks.
Central Park Zoo Official Website: www.centralparkzoo.com