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  • Address: 64th St and 5th Ave, New York City, New York, USA 10021, USA
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Central Park Zoo Tours

Central Park Zoo, also known as Central Park Wildlife Center, is a small but popular zoo set within Central Park, Manhattan’s largest green space. The zoo houses a varied collection of creatures, from snow leopards to sea lions, as well as the Tisch Children’s Zoo, a petting zoo with farm animals.

The Basics
While many tours of New York City’s Central Park are available, from walking and running tours to sunset, bike, and pedicab tours, most do not include entry to the zoo. You may, however, be able to glimpse the sea lions during these tours, whose enclosure can be seen from outside the zoo’s perimeter.

To enter the zoo, buy a general admission ticket at the door and explore the main zoo and the Tisch Children’s Zoo at your leisure. Alternatively, purchase a package ticket online before arrival. This ticket offers discounted entry to the main zoo, the Tisch Children’s Zoo, and one entry to the zoo’s 4D Theater, which uses air blasts, lighting, water mists, vibrations, and other sensory tricks to enhance the experience.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Central Park Zoo is a must for families. 
  • Leave scooters, bikes, rollerblades, selfie sticks, and balloons at home, as they are not allowed within the zoo. 
  • Wi-Fi is available at the zoo.
  • Many of the zoo’s exhibits, including the penguin and sea lion habitats and the 4D Theater, are wheelchair-accessible. 

How to Get There
Parking is expensive in NYC so it’s best to use public transit instead. The N, R, and Q trains all stop at Fifth Avenue–59th Street station, a few blocks from the zoo entrance on 64th Street. The No. 6 train also stops at 68th Street–Hunter College station, which is about a 10-minute walk away.

When to Get There 
Spring and summer weekends are the busiest time at the zoo. Come in fall or winter to experience the zoo at its calmest. Time your visit to coincide with one of the twice-daily penguin feedings (10:30am and 2:30pm) and thrice-daily sea lion feedings (11:30am, 1:30pm, and 3:30pm) to see these animals at their most active. 

Other Things to Do in Central Park
While you’re in Central Park, consider taking some time to explore the rest of the 843-acre (341-hectare) space. Pay homage to the late, great John Lennon at a memorial honoring the murdered musician, sunbathe on Sheep Meadow, and go boating on the Central Park Lake. During summer, the park hosts outdoor entertainment events, from open-air concerts to Shakespeare in the Park. 

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Central Park and Metropolitan Museum of Art Private NYC Combo Tour, New York City, null
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Central Park and Metropolitan Museum of Art Private NYC Combo Tour

New York boasts amazing art collections both outdoors and indoors, and this combo tour will blend a stroll through iconic Central Park with the best of the ...  Read more

Location: New York, New York
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $135.00
Pedicab Guided Tour of Central Park, New York City, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Pedicab Guided Tour of Central Park

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

Get to know Central Park, the most visited urban park in the United States, on this private, 1- or 2-hour pedicab tour. Take a leisurely ride around this ...  Read more

Location: New York, New York
Duration: 1- or 2-hour ride

From USD $75.00
Big Bus New York Hop-On Hop-Off Tour, New York City, City Tours
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Big Bus New York Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 911 Reviews

Hop on and hop off at more than 30 stops around New York City with an open-top Big Bus tour, and visit NYC attractions at your own pace. Travel with ease by ...  Read more

Location: New York City, New York
Duration: Varies

From USD $39.69
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Sunset Tour of Central Park, New York City, Hop-on Hop-off Tours
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Sunset Tour of Central Park

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 13 Reviews

Enjoy the magnificence and significance of Central Park on this one-of-a-kind sunset walk, where you’ll visit 27 different areas in Central Park (don’t worry, ...  Read more

Location: New York City, New York
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $52.50
Private Central Park Pedicab Tour, New York City, Walking Tours
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Private Central Park Pedicab Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 8 Reviews

This Central Park pedicab tour offers a great alternative to walking or biking, while exploring one of the world's most beautiful parks: Central Park. You will ...  Read more

Location: New York, New York
Duration: Flexible

From USD $47.00
Central Park Walking Tour and Photoshoot, New York City, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Central Park Walking Tour and Photoshoot

4 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

During this 2-hour walking tour, a guide leads you to 30 different locations throughout Central Park, exploring itss artistic, architectural, and historical ...  Read more

Location: New York, New York
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $120.00
Top of the Rock Behind the Scenes with Central Park Walking Tour, New York City, Walking Tours
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Top of the Rock Behind the Scenes with Central Park Walking Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

New York is a city known for the famous Central Park, a landmark often represented in film, is located close by, right in the center of Manhattan. In ...  Read more

Location: New York, New York
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $60.00
Small-Group Central Park Walking Tour, New York City, Walking Tours
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Small-Group Central Park Walking Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Central Park is the most visited urban park in the United States and one of NYC's most popular tourist attractions. What better way to enjoy this unique city ...  Read more

Location: New York, New York
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $26.00
New York Central Park Scavenger Hunt Adventure, New York City, Walking Tours
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New York Central Park Scavenger Hunt Adventure

Turn Central Park into a giant game board with this fun scavenger hunt adventure in New York City! This challenge combines the excitement of the Amazing Race ...  Read more

Location: New York, New York
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $15.00
Private Walking Tour of Central Park, New York City, Self-guided Tours & Rentals
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Private Walking Tour of Central Park

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Come along as you walk through the world's most famous park. Created in the 19th Century as an "Urban Oasis" in the middle of the nation's largest ...  Read more

Location: New York, New York
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $210.00

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