Activities & Resources
Central Park Zoo553in New York, NY 10065
about Central Park Zoo:
The Zoo houses more than 130 species throughout tropical, temperate, and polar habitats, including some endangered and threatened animals, like the Tamarin Monkeys and Red Pandas. Entering the Rain Forest Pavilion is a soothing experience, reminding us of a cross between a spa and late nights with the shower on with our croup-y four year olds. Little eyes need to be peeled and constantly alert to peer through the mist and see everything. Elsewhere in the Zoo, polar bears, penguins, and sea lions are constant sources of amusement.
Activities: The Zoo offers guided tours on Tuesdays, right after the 2pm sea lion feeding. Wildlife stories for kids, on the Wildlife Theatre Stage and Wildlife chats are also available in the summer months.
Don't forget to watch the animal feedings. The sea lions are fed at 11:30am, 2pm, and 4pm. The penguins at 10:30am and 2:30pm.
Birthday parties can be held at the zoo year round, rain or shine. Choose from five different party themes, geared towards different age groups.
Summer camp is offered for children ages four to 12, in age-appropriate groups, along with a variety of educational classes offered year round. Call the education department at 212.439.6583 for a full schedule.
The Dancing Crane Cafe is open during zoo hours and provides healthy and not-so-healthy food and beverages, including pizza, burgers, sandwiches, salads, and ice cream. Seating is available inside and out.
The Zootique shop, across the walkway from the zoo entrance, is open during zoo hours and sells a variety of animal-oriented toys and gifts.