Central Park Zoo, New York City

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    Central Park Zoo -- they have a Polar Bear!

    by jumpingnorman Written Jun 13, 2009

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    It was so hard to wake up the kids after collapsing the previous days’ activities, but we got them up at 12 noon and we went to Central park for that zoo which I have read in other VT members’ pages. So, I am just going to update on this nice little zoo.
    We got off on the 5th Ave exit of the R train, so that we can enter Central Park through its Southeast Entrance which is at about 65th Ave. You have to walk just a few minutes from the subway, going north from that plaza with all the horse carriages.
    The zoo has signs showing where to buy tickets and it’s only $10 for adults and $5 for kids. We went in and at the time (June 2009) there were nice white patio-type tents surrounding the seal pool. A nice lady was speaking over the microphone and telling the families about the seals that were cavorting in the huge middle pool. My twins preferred to run around the glassed pool through which you could see the seals…
    Next we went to the Rain Forest exhibit which was awesome but extremely HUMID!!! Prepare to sweat as you see exotic birds and snakes…and then the Puffins and Penguins also have their exhibit. The only thing I noticed was that there was a fishy smell when you entered these exhibits…but they do have to feed the creatures.
    The Polar Bear was sleeping but eventually woke up, and he has a big enclosure with wonderful rock formations and a water fountain.
    The zoo also has the café beside it when you’re hungry. It’s a nice refuge for the kids from the hustle and bustle outside, and I think the twins truly enjoyed this experience.

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    Central Park Zoo

    by scottishvisitor Updated Jan 30, 2008

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    Lazy Lions in the Sun

    Delightful retreat from the city - one of the best zoos I have visited with lots of educational programmes and fantastic animals in as natural a setting as is possible in captivity. The polar bears are great viewed through the glass in their temperature controlled environment - on the very hot day we visited I envied their icy habitat.New York New York I must return

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    Central Park Zoo

    by roamer61 Written Sep 3, 2005

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    Located in Central Park, off 65th Street, is one of Americas finest zoos. Part of the New York Zoological and Conservation Society, the Central Park Zoo has a wide variety of animals despite its small size. It can easily be seen in a few hours. Major attractions include the Sea Lion Pool (See photo), Snow Monkeys, Rainforest Building and the world famous Polar Bear Exhibit. It is a fun and educational place to go to yourself or with the whole family.

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    Central Park Zoo

    by northeast80 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Open every single day of the year
    Winter Hours:
    Monday - Friday, Weekends & Holidays, 10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    Adult admission: $8.
    It is wheel chair accessable, has a gift shop and a cafe.
    We saw a polar bear, they fed the seals, lots of birds, monkeys, penguins, all in purpose build environments.
    I especially liked the childrens zoo, you get to go in tunnels, climb in a tortoise shell and you get to pet farm yard animals.

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    Central Park Zoo

    by davesut Written Apr 23, 2007

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    Another one for families only, the mini zoo was good value. You can spend 1 to 2 hours in here max and at least there are rest rooms and a cafe here to rest. At the south east area of the park there are few other animal attractions nearby.

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    Visit the Bronx Zoo Instead...

    by Donna_in_India Updated Apr 8, 2012

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    The Penguins at Central Park Zoo

    After years and years of just not making it to the Central Park Zoo and hearing great things about it, I finally went this summer. I have to say I was hugely disappointed. I'm not sure whether it was the summer heat or the time of day, but we hardly saw any animals.

    There were steep hills and stairs. It was not so easy to get around with a stroller, kind of an odd thing for a "family-friendly" place.

    The Central Park Zoo is open 365 days a year. The summer hours (Apr 2–Nov 6) are 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., daily and the winter hours (Nov 7–Apr 1) are 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily.

    Admission for adults is $18, children (3-12) is $13, free for ages 2 and under. There are discounts for seniors and for purchasing tickets online.

    There's so much else to see in NYC that I'd give this a skip or if you must go to a zoo, spend the time and visit the excellent Bronx Zoo.

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    Central Park Zoo

    by nomadig Written Jan 27, 2008

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    Central Park Zoo

    Central Park Zoo is one of the smallest zoos that I've ever visited, but maybe for this reason it is also one of the best experiences. There are only a dozen or so bigger species and then a whole bunch of smaller ones, so the trip is not exhaustive but just fun. It is also the most accessible, being in middle of New York City instead of some distant suburbs. The zoo is open also on every day around the year.

    The zoo is best experienced with children, as their excitement of sea lions, polar bears, penguins, and monkeys is reflected to the adults, too. The only thing that bothered me was the miniscule sizes of animal compounds -- the penguins were really stuffed into a glass walled box with not much to do or place to stroll around.

    Besides animals, there is a small shop and a cafeteria.

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    Wild Animals in NYC

    by TexasDave Updated Mar 23, 2006

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    Although there many wild animals in NYC, most are two-legged. The Central Park Zoo focuses on the four-legged variety, and does a very nice job. Although not near as comprehensive as the more famous Bronx Zoo, there are still over 400 animals in this 5.5 acre complex. The polar bears are especialy known for their in and out of water antics.

    At the entrance there is a very delightful clock featuring an animal carrousel that rotates every hour on the hour.

    There is also a nice gift shop featuring lots of stuffed animals, T-shirts, caps, etc.

    It is open every day of the year. Admission presently is: Adults $8.00, Children (3-12) $3.

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    Take-in the park

    by ncoutroulis Written Oct 20, 2003

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    One of the many bridges

    It's no mystery, Central Park is a must see for all visitors. People in New York have NO space, so the park is our sanctuary. It doesn't matter what the weather is, New Yorkers love their parks, especially central Park. It's 51 blocks long, and very wide. It has a zoo, carrousel, restaurants, music, art, and much more.Bring a picnic, and check it out.

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    Central Park Zoo

    by mikelisaanna Updated Apr 14, 2007

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    New york has multiple zoos. While not the largest one (The Bronx Zoo is the largest), the Central Park Zoo is one of the most popular due to its convenient location in the southern section of Manhattan's Central Park and its interesting assortment of animals. The central park zoo is relatively small, but still worth visiting. Popular animals in the zoo include the polar bears, penguins, monkeys, and sea lions. The zoo is divided into three sections: the tropical zone, which features an indoor tropical landscape full of birds, monkeys, and other creatures; the polar zone, which has the penguins and polar bears; and the temperate zone, which has a variety of animals found in the US and similar climate areas.

    The Central Park Zoo traces its history back to the 1860s. It was rebuilt in the 1930s and then again in the 1980s. The zoo is open every day. Children under three years old get free admission.

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    Central Park Zoo

    by TRimer Written Feb 25, 2003

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    The Zoo

    While a zoo has existed on this spot for over a century, the Central Park Zoo in its current form has only been open since 1988. From a steamy rain forest to an icy Antarctic penguin habitat, the zoo leads visitors through tropic, temperate and polar regions to encounter fascinating animals - from tiny leafcutter ants to tremendous polar bears. The Tisch Children's Zoo, added in 1997, lets little animal lovers meet gentle creatures up close.

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  • Tips

    by AndyManhattan Updated Jun 24, 2007

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    For people that like a good deal on designer clothing and basic stuff. Stop by Century 21. Its in downtown Manhattan. Of course if your with young children. Take them to the Central Park Zoo. Its a nice little zoo. If you want to have dinner in a trendy area. Try any of the restaurants in the meat packing district. Like Pastis or the Spice Market.

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    ~ CENTRAL PARK ~

    by Marie-Lo Written Sep 7, 2002

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    ~ CENTRAL PARK ~

    An escape from the noisey streets.....

    You can stroll around, bike, rollerskate,jog,walk your dog, iceskate, go to the zoo, take a horse and buggy ride.....to just mention a few...

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    See Seals in New York City

    by RawdgerDodger Updated Jul 15, 2006

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    The zoo is a great place to see animals. Now imagine a zoo in the middle of one of the biggest cities on earth. Yes. That is the New York City Zoo located in Manhatten. It costs eight dollars for an adult and it is worth every penny. There is even a penguin exibit which is quite cool, literally.

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  • Central Park Wildlife Centre

    by maryekane Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Polar Bears, Penguins, Sea Lions and much more! It's really cheap as well only $3.50. You get chance to warm up in the Tropical area as well. It's only small but there's plenty to see. The gift shop is good and outside the zoo so you can shop without paying into the zoo.

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