What to Do at the Zoo in New York City, New York

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If you’re hanging out in New York City and want to go on an adventure, why not come on down to the Central Park Zoo? The zoo is open from 10am-4:30pm and the last entry time is 4pm. Prices for admission are as follows. For adults 13 and up, it’s $13.95. For Seniors 65 and over, it’s $10.95. For children between the ages of 3-12, it’s $8.95. Children 2 and under are free! Alternately, you can purchase a zoo membership. Membership begins at $75 for an individual, $140 for couples, and $170 for families, including 2 adults and 4 children. The Family Zoos Plus membership is $210, which includes 2 adults, 4 children, and 1 guest.

All events and experiences at the Central Park Zoo are temporarily closed for the safety of the guests and the animals. The Central Park Zoo requires masks for all guests ages 3 and up to be worn at all times safely over the nose and mouth and that guests practice social distancing.

 All exhibits at the zoo, however, are open and ready for your viewing enjoyment. This includes the Allison Maher Stern Snow Leopard exhibit, the Central Garden & Sea Lion Pool, the Grizzly Bear & Treena’s Overlook, Polar Circle, Temperate Territory, Tisch Children’s Zoo, and Tropic Zone: The Rainforest.

In the Sea Lion Pool, come and watch the California sea lions sunning themselves above the water, or journey down below to watch them frolic and play in the water. Visit several species of arctic birds in the Polar Circle where you can also watch the penguins chase each other as they zoom around in the chilled water. Temperate Territory is where you’ll find the famed red panda, the snow monkey, and cranes. You’ll be delighted to find the red pandas in the trees while the monkeys enjoy the water!

 The snow leopard exhibit will take your breath away, not only with the beauty of the animals, but with the fact they can jump up to 30 feet when chasing its prey! Marvel at the power and grace of nature’s big cats.

Shops and restaurants are open, but the zoo asks for you to be contactless as much as possible with purchases and use credit cards and services such as Apple Pay. You’ll find all the souvenirs you’ve been looking for at the zoo, such as apparel, hats, bags, water bottles, key chains, toys, books, plushies and more. Limited food selections are available, however, all seating will be outdoors. If you prefer, you may bring a packed lunch from home to enjoy on the go.

Even with events and experiences limited at the Central Park Zoo, there is still plenty to explore and discover. If you find yourself in New York City with nothing to do, the zoo is an excellent solution to have a roaring good time!

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