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Central Park Zoo Tours

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Central Park Zoo
Central Park Zoo, also known as Central Park Wildlife Center, is a small but popular zoo set within Central Park, Manhattan’s largest green space. The zoo houses a varied collection of creatures, from snow leopards to sea lions, as well as the Tisch Children’s Zoo, a petting zoo with farm animals.

The Basics
While many tours of New York City’s Central Park are available, from walking and running tours to sunset, bike, and pedicab tours, most do not include entry to the zoo. You may, however, be able to glimpse the sea lions during these tours, whose enclosure can be seen from outside the zoo’s perimeter.

To enter the zoo, buy a general admission ticket at the door and explore the main zoo and the Tisch Children’s Zoo at your leisure. Alternatively, purchase a package ticket online before arrival. This ticket offers discounted entry to the main zoo, the Tisch Children’s Zoo, and one entry to the zoo’s 4D Theater, which uses air blasts, lighting, water mists, vibrations, and other sensory tricks to enhance the experience.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Central Park Zoo is a must for families. 
  • Leave scooters, bikes, rollerblades, selfie sticks, and balloons at home, as they are not allowed within the zoo. 
  • Wi-Fi is available at the zoo.
  • Many of the zoo’s exhibits, including the penguin and sea lion habitats and the 4D Theater, are wheelchair-accessible. 

How to Get There
Parking is expensive in NYC so it’s best to use public transit instead. The N, R, and Q trains all stop at Fifth Avenue–59th Street station, a few blocks from the zoo entrance on 64th Street. The No. 6 train also stops at 68th Street–Hunter College station, which is about a 10-minute walk away.

When to Get There 
Spring and summer weekends are the busiest time at the zoo. Come in fall or winter to experience the zoo at its calmest. Time your visit to coincide with one of the twice-daily penguin feedings (10:30am and 2:30pm) and thrice-daily sea lion feedings (11:30am, 1:30pm, and 3:30pm) to see these animals at their most active. 

Other Things to Do in Central Park
While you’re in Central Park, consider taking some time to explore the rest of the 843-acre (341-hectare) space. Pay homage to the late, great John Lennon at a memorial honoring the murdered musician, sunbathe on Sheep Meadow, and go boating on the Central Park Lake. During summer, the park hosts outdoor entertainment events, from open-air concerts to Shakespeare in the Park. 
Address: 64th St and 5th Ave, New York City, New York, USA 10021, USA
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New York City All Around Town Hop-on Hop-off Tour

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A hop-on hop-off New York bus tour allows you to see the city at your own pace and provides easy transportation to top sights. Entertaining tour guides keep you informed when you’re on board, and you can hop off and on the distinctive double-decker tour buses when you wish to check out attractions like the Empire State Building and Rockefeller Center. There are several options and combos to choose from with access to the Uptown Loop, Downtown Loop, Brooklyn Loop and Night Tour, or upgrade to add attractions to your tour!
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Big Bus New York Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

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See the highlights of New York City without the hassle of navigating traffic or public transportation by booking a Big Bus tour. The hop-on hop-off tour enables busy travelers to relax and enjoy the sights from the double-decker bus. Along the way, you can choose the attractions that interest you most rather than being caught up on a group tour. Plus, an onboard guide points out sights you might otherwise miss.
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Central Park Highlights Walking Tour

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With its wealth of landmarks and vast size, exploring Central Park on your own can be overwhelming. With this guided walking tour, avoid the hassle of following a map and take in the highlights with a guide. Admire the storied bridges, fountains, and statues at a leisurely pace while learning about the park’s history and design, and see the famous spots featured in hundreds of films.
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VIP Horse Carriage Ride through Central Park in NYC with Photo StopsPrivate Sightseeing Tours

VIP Horse Carriage Ride through Central Park in NYC with Photo Stops

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New York City’s Central Park can be jam-packed with people during any time of the day. See some of its most famous spots without worrying about making your way through the crowds during this private horse-and-carriage ride. Your ride includes three stops—at Bethesda Fountain, Cherry Hill, and Strawberry Fields (John Lennon Memorial)—and enough time to discover the details of each place.
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NYC Central Park Private Pedicab Tour and Photo ShootPrivate and Luxury

NYC Central Park Private Pedicab Tour and Photo Shoot

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Explore the sights of Central Park on this pedicab tour with a fun twist: a professional photographer tags along, capturing stunning photos with the park as a backdrop. Your guide pedals you through the park, leading the way to top attractions. You can marvel at highlights like the Central Park Carousel, Indian Cave, and the famed Strawberry Fields memorial to John Lennon. Along the way, your personal photographer is snapping photos, so you can bring home charming images to remember your adventure.
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Best NYC Central Park Private Pedicab Tour.

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--60 Minute Private Central Park Guided Pedicab Tour. --20+ Beloved Central Park Attractions. --Three stops: Bethesda Fountain & Terrace Cherry Hill Fountain & Bow Bridge Strawberry Fields, Imagine Mosaic & The Dakota Building --Warm Fuzzy Blankets --Hundreds of Great Photos.
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New York City 1-Day or 2-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing TourBus Tours

New York City 1-Day or 2-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour

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Enjoy a full day of New York City sightseeing with this 24-hour hop-on, hop-off double-decker bus tour. Cruise the city with three neighborhood loops—including uptown, downtown, and Brooklyn—and hop off to explore top attractions like Central Park, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Empire State Building. Whether you pack it all into a 1-day adventure, or upgrade for the multi-day pass that includes a cruise, night tour, access to all three loops, and entrance to one of two museums you can be sure to see more and do more with this citywide tour.
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Sunset Tour of Central Park

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Central Park is New York's backyard, with a lush 843-acre patch of nature, including a lake, in the middle of Manhattan. This is one of the city's biggest attractions and greatest assets, enjoyed by tourists and used by locals year-round. Countless scenes from movies and TV shows have been filmed here over the years and we will highlight some of the most memorable ones and the great spots in which they were filmed. The park is home to scenic hills, meadows, playgrounds, skating rinks, ball fields, and many well-known attractions, including Strawberry Fields, Belvedere Castle, and the Central Park Zoo. Be warned; Central Park is huuuge so our aim with this tour is to break it down in a manageable and comprehensive way that lets you experience the best parts without getting lost or overwhelmed. • The tour last for 2 hours. • The walking distance is around 4 km. • Bringing a camera is encouraged! • Tours are always in English unless otherwise specified.
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Central Park Private Pedicab TourPrivate and Luxury

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New York Icon Photography Tour

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Central Park Sightseeing Running TourRunning Tours

Central Park Sightseeing Running Tour

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Central Park South End Walking TourHistorical Tours

Central Park South End Walking Tour

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Central Park Walking Tour plus Natural History Museum TicketPrivate Sightseeing Tours

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New York Lower Central Park Scavenger Hunt AdventureSelf-guided Tours & Rentals

New York Lower Central Park Scavenger Hunt Adventure

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Challenge yourself to a 3-hour scavenger hunt adventure in Central Park, and make your day in New York City an exciting group activity. Use your smart phone to trace a 2-mile route through the park, and solve a series of challenges and New York-themed puzzles. Enjoy the walk at your own pace; pause for food and drink as often as you want, or give your day a competitive edge by racking up points to compare with other teams. Pricing is per individual, but teams must book together. 
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NYC Value Combo: the Essential Central Park Walking Tour + MoMA Ticket

Central Park’s History & Culture Brought to Life A Walk in the Park Discover the legends and lore of iconic Central Park – the sprawling masterpiece of American landscape brought to life by its visionaries in 1857. As your costumed guide unearths the saga of America’s first landscaped public park with intriguing tales of yesteryear. He/she will introduce you to Frederick Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, the creators of this urban treasure. Marvel at the architecture of Bethesda Terrace, be captivated by the poetic Shakespeare’s Statue, and lose yourself in the serenity of The Ramble. Visit the all-new MoMA Museum of Modern Art Now reopened following renovation, the Museum of Modern Art is an iconic, can’t-miss NYC attraction. Admire Vincent van Gogh’s The Starry Night and Andy Warhol’s Gold Marilyn Monroe. Soak in the works of many of the greatest artists of our time. MoMA’s new expanded galleries bring art to life and spark your playful, curious and creative side.
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Met Museum & Central Park Semi-Private Skip-the-Line Tour: Max 8 PeopleHalf-day Tours

Met Museum & Central Park Semi-Private Skip-the-Line Tour: Max 8 People

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See two of New York City’s headliners in a single day with this tour that combines culture and nature. Take in Central Park and the Metropolitan Museum of Art with a guide to admire their most important landmarks and masterpieces. Stroll through the park past Bethesda Fountain and Strawberry Fields, then save hours with priority entrance to the Met and peruse its vast collection from ancient Egyptian artifacts to Impressionist paintings.
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New York City: Pedicab Tour through Central Park (60 Minutes with Photo Stops)Romantic Tours

New York City: Pedicab Tour through Central Park (60 Minutes with Photo Stops)

See Central Park from a comfortable Pedicab on this private 1-hour tour of New York City’s premier park. Your ride includes three stops—at Bethesda Fountain, Cherry Hill, and Strawberry Fields (John Lennon Memorial)—and enough time to discover the details of each place. You’ll also pass landmarks including Dakota Building, Tavern on The Green, and Columbus Circle, and get great photo ops along the way.
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Private NYC Central Park Bike Tour & Professional Photo ShootMountain Bike Tours

Private NYC Central Park Bike Tour & Professional Photo Shoot

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Get to know Manhattan’s largest park while ensuring top-quality photos of your visit on this private Central Park bike tour and photo shoot. Avoid tiring walking and cover more ground by bike: cruising the tree-flanked paths to discover the landmarks. Stop to ride the carousel, visit Cherry Hill, and circle the swan-dotted lake—all as a photographer captures perfect shots of you and the sights for you to keep.
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New York City Central Park Guided, Semi-Private Walking TourPrivate and Luxury

New York City Central Park Guided, Semi-Private Walking Tour

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Though many travelers explore Manhattan’s Central Park independently, it's all too easy to get lost in this huge park. Admire the park's highlights and uncover its history with this guided tour through this landmark, 843-acre green space. Pass landmarks like Bethesda Terrace, the Sheep Meadow, and Bow Bridge, see the lovely tree-lined Mall and the Central Park Zoo, and make sure you stay on track with a guide to lead the way.
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  • 2 hours to 2 hours 30 minutes
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  • 2 hours to 2 hours 30 minutes
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