If you’ve never visited the NYC zoo, then you are long overdue to discover this incredible, intimate animal experience. Situated in the center of scenic Central Park in downtown Manhattan, the zoo offers a number of surprising attractions with a focus on quality over quantity. The world-famous Tisch Children’s Zoo features petable creatures from potbellied pigs to friendly sheep and hungry goats, while The Rainforest exhibit showcases ruffed lemurs, poison dart frogs, and emerald tree boas. Here are five more of our favorite Central Park Zoo exhibits.
If you’re an animal lover, you’ll enjoy this impressive new exhibit almost as much for the story behind it as for the main attraction itself: grizzlies! While living in the wild, these powerful bears became too comfortable with being around people, and so they made their way to the Central Park Zoo as animal rescues via the Bronx Zoo.
At the very center of the park in the midst of the Manhattan skyline, you’ll find this entertaining exhibit featuring playful sea lions sunning and swimming. Best of all, you can view these sleek animals both above and below the water, so you don’t miss any of their acrobatic antics. They’re so busy showing off that they never even notice that they’re the only animals featured in this fun exhibit!
Catch an up-close look at these strikingly beautiful and extraordinary large cats as they navigate their steep terrain with magnificent grace. Known to jump as far as 20 to 30 feet when chasing prey in the wild, they are remarkable predatorial powerhouses that never fail to impress – in the wild or at the zoo.
Tired of the hustle and bustle of the city? Looking for a respite from the heat of summer? Stop by this entertaining exhibit to view harbor seals and famed birds from the lands at the ends of the earth, including colorful puffins and comic penguins. Featuring three types of penguins – the chinstrap, Gentoo, and macaroni – you just may be surprised by their variety and how much you don’t know about these lovable birds.
Discover some of the wonderful wildlife native to Asia, including adorable, agile red pandas who use their long, bushy tails for balance and snow monkeys who surprisingly love playing in the water. The graceful white-naped cranes here are also enjoyed for their complacent serenity – and for their adorable baby chicks, born each year at the zoo.
If you’re making plans to visit the Central Park Zoo, be sure to book your reservations at The Time New York hotel. No matter what time of year you join us, we know you’ll enjoy your stay – and the zoo!