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NYC's Central Park Zoo: New York's Top Animal Attraction
The Central Park Zoo is a 6.5-acre zoo located in the heart of Central Park in the middle of New York City. Beginning as a menagerie in the 1860s, it originally housed only a few animals before receiving its charter in 1864 and officially becoming the second publicly owned zoo in the United States. More than 250 animal donations between 1864 and 1865 helped to build the zoo into what it is today. The three exhibit areas include animals from temperate, tropical, and polar regions of the world and feature an indoor rainforest and even a penguin house! Excited visitors can watch crowd favorites like the sea lions as they play and perform in the center courtyard. The zoo is also home to a snow leopard and a primate collection, including lemurs and snow monkeys! Reptile- and amphibian-lovers will be delighted by the variety of snakes, turtles, and frogs in the rain forest exhibit. The zoo in Central Park is a city staple and a must-see attraction for anyone looking for a classic NYC experience.
At the Central Park Zoo, NYC families will also find the Tisch Children's Zoo, an interactive learning space featuring a kid-friendly petting zoo with goats, pigs, and much more! In the center of the Tisch Children's Zoo is the Enchanted Forest, where children can see live turtles, frogs, and birds. There are also two children's theaters with troupes performing daily shows.
How to Get to the Central Park Zoo
For visitors to NYC, the Central Park Zoo is fairly easy to find: Just go to the southeast corner of Central Park at 64th Street and 5th Ave. It's easy to get to by bike, on foot, or by bus or subway.
Explore the Central Park Zoo Area With Us
When visiting the Central Park Zoo, New York tourists need a fun and easy way to get there and get around, and renting a bicycle is the best and most convenient way to explore the park at your own pace. At Bike Rental Central Park, we can provide you with a rental package that includes a bike, map, helmet, chain lock, and basket, everything you need for a safe and memorable sightseeing tour! Although bikes are not permitted in the Central Park Zoo area, they can be safely locked up outside the entrance. After your zoo visit, hop back on your bike to continue your adventure around the park.
Do you want to learn more about the park while you pedal? If so, book one of our guided tours, led by a local expert. A bike tour of the park is a great way to wrap up your day after visiting the Central Park Zoo: New York has been the backdrop for many films and television shows, and tourists are often delighted to see them in person. Our experienced tour guides will take you on a fun and unique ride around the park while pointing out historical attractions, filming locations, and lots more. These tours also have designated stops to allow you to rest and take in the gorgeous scenery.
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