Does the zoo close during the winter? Is it open on holidays?
The Central Park Zoo is open 365 days a year, and the animals are on exhibit all year-round. Spring and summer are naturally high-attendance seasons, but we encourage guests to visit during fall and winter as well. When the weather cools off, many animals are more active and you'll encounter fewer crowds.
What's the easiest way to get to the zoo?
The Central Park Zoo is located near numerous
subway and bus stops. You can take the N/R/W or 6 trains, or the M1, M2, M3, M4, M5, M66, or Q32 buses.
Does the Zoo have parking?
While there is no parking at the Central Park Zoo, there are many near-by parking garages. We have partnered with SpotHero, the nationwide leader in online parking reservations, to allow you to search and reserve parking before your trip or on the go. View real-time availability and pricing at many convenient locations within easy walking distance of Central Park Zoo. Simply update the calendar to fit your schedule to view parking. Once booked, your spot is 100% guaranteed at the selected location. Need assistance? Please give SpotHero a call at (800) 232-6415.
What should we do for lunch?
The Zoo's Dancing Crane Café features a wide variety of high-quality meals, snacks, beverages, and desserts that include carefully prepared, fresh, and healthy choices. For a lunch brought from home, benches outside of the zoo or in the park make ideal picnic spots.
Is there a gift shop for souvenirs?
Visit the Zootique to shop for unique and wild items, including plush animals and children's books, as well as toys, games, and more. Visiting school groups must be chaperoned while in the shop. A gift cart is stationed outside during the warmer, busier months.
Can I rent a wheelchair?
A limited number of free wheelchairs are available on a first come, first served basis at the ticket window.
Can I bring my own stroller? Are there any stroller restrictions?
Yes, you can bring your own stroller. Some buildings and exhibits request that you stow your stroller in a designated area before entering.
Please be sure to take all your valuables with you.
Do you have lockers available for rent?
Is entrance to the Tisch Children's Zoo included with an admissions ticket?
Yes, admission fees include entrance to the Main Zoo and Children's Zoo.
Is there a way to buy tickets in advance?
Yes, you can
buy your tickets online. Follow the directions to purchase and print out your tickets, which will contain a barcode that can be scanned at the entrance gate. You can also show your tickets on your smartphone to be scanned at the entrance gate. Online tickets expire 1 year from date of purchase.
Do I get in free if I'm a member of another zoo?
WCS does not honor reciprocal memberships from other zoos. However, by becoming a WCS member, you can enjoy free admission to all four of our New York Zoos and the Aquarium.
Find out more about the benefits of membership!
What forms of payment are accepted?
We accept cash and all major credit cards at the booth. No personal checks.
Are there discounted admission fees for students, camp groups, or other groups?
For all student and group sales pricing, please visit
Field Trips, for other group discounts, please visit Group Sales or call 1-800-433-4149.
Does my school or group need to make a reservation to visit the Central Park Zoo?
In order to receive Group Rates, reservations must be booked and paid for in advance, otherwise, regular rates will apply. For group sales pricing, please visit
Field Trips or call (800) 433-4149.
Do I have to make reservations for programs?
All public events are free with zoo admission. However, advance registration is required for all of our Education
Do I need to purchase special tickets for an event weekend?
No, there are no additional costs or special tickets required.
Can I host a birthday party for my child at the zoo?
Birthday party programs are available at the Bronx, Central Park, Prospect Park, and Queens Zoos only. Parties can take place year-round, rain or shine. Visit our
Birthday Parties page to learn more.
I am a member of the media and would like to arrange a zoo visit or take some photographs. Who should I contact?
Commercial photography or filming is prohibited without express permission of WCS Public Relations. Contact the PR department by emailing
email@example.com or calling (718) 220-5182.
Will the Zoo accept an animal I cannot care for?
Every year, the Central Park Zoo receives many inquiries from people who would like to donate wild animals or exotic pets; however, the zoo is not able to accept them. If you have an animal in need of a new home, please contact local and regional rescue organizations that specialize in caring for unwanted pets, such as the
ASPCA. Plans for a pet should always include care for its entire lifespan. Remember that exotic animals almost never make good pets.
Does the Zoo offer behind-the-scenes tours?
The Central Park Zoo does not offer behind-the-scenes tours but we do offer
guided tours. Visitors can also hear directly from zookeepers about the animals in their care during daily enrichment and feeding demonstrations. Education programs for children and adults also provide "insider information" about our animals and how we care for them.
When are the feed machines open to feed the farm animals in the Tisch Children’s Zoo?
The feed machines are open from 10am-2pm daily. There is a fee to purchase feed from the feed machines.
How do I get a WCS Membership with my IDNYC municipal ID card?
Once you have received your IDNYC card, you may bring that card to the Bronx Zoo to apply for an individual
WCS IDNYC Membership. Sign up for this free membership is only available at the Bronx Zoo.