Why You Need to Take Your Kids to Central Park Zoo



First opening in the 1860s, the Central Park Zoo has been a staple in the city’s blueprint to the delight of New Yorkers, families and solo travelers from across the globe. Covering around 6.5 acres of land, the zoo is a wonderful way to spend a summer’s day in NYC. Here we let you know why you need to take your kids to the Central Park Zoo.

Petting Zoo

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Let your kids get up close and personal with some of the much-less dangerous animals on exhibit. The Tisch Children’s zoo is home to potbellied pigs, Nubian goats, Patagonian cavy and other fun and friendly animals for the entire family to meet.

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Animal Feeding

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For the older – or more adventurous – children, the Central Park Zoo also allows visitors to help zookeepers feed some of their newfound friends. Depending on the time of day you and the family could have the opportunity of dishing out breakfast to either the zoo’s penguins or sea lions.

Penguin feedings are daily at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Sea Lion feedings are daily at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m.



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One of the most exciting aspects of the zoo is its ability to transport you to disparate lands through its various enclosures and their furry and feathered inhabitants. In the Polar Circle you’ll meet penguins and puffins aplenty, while The Rainforest will have you spotting black and white ruffed lemurs and emerald tree boas.

4-D Theater

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Take a break from all that walking with a trip to the central park 4-D theater! The immersive experience allows you to watch a film in 3-D with additional built-in sensory effects. Showcasing this summer is Ice Age: No Time for Nuts. Tickets retail for $7 per person.

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