With 265 acres of wildlife habitats and attractions, the Bronx Zoo is the flagship of the Wildlife Conservation Society's collection of urban wildlife parks. The Bronx Zoo's size and impressive exhibits make it impossible to see everything in a single visit, but it is a wonderful destination for animal lovers in New York City and surprisingly easy to get to by express bus from Manhattan.
Good to Know About the Bronx Zoo:
- Because of its size, the Bronx Zoo has several "main" entrances -- if you're meeting friends or family at the zoo, confirm ahead of time which entrance you'll be using.
- Animal feedings are scheduled periodically between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
- Visit Today At The Zoo to see what special activities will be going on when you're at the zoo
- There are wheelchairs and strollers available for rent on a first-come, first-served basis.
- Smoking is prohibited at the zoo
- Visitors can bring their own food or visit the Dancing Crane Cafe and seasonal food stands
About the Bronx Zoo:
As the flagship wildlife center of the Wildlife Conservation Society(WCS), the Bronx Zoo is truly an impressive place to visit. Throughout the 265 acres of exhibits and wildlife habitats, visitors will be pleased to see that the Bronx Zoo is clean and well maintained and that the animals are well cared for.
The WCS strives to educate, and visitors to the Bronx Zoo will find the exhibits informative and engaging.
Even the most energetic of visitors will find a day at the Bronx Zoo exhausting -- there are just so many exhibits to see and so much ground to cover. Spend some time on The Bronx Zoo Website or with a map when you arrive at the Zoo to plan your visit.
Families visiting the zoo might discover that even children who don't normally need a stroller might enjoy a break from walking, so you might want to consider renting a stroller at the Zoo.
Be aware that there are several exhibits and attractions that are not included in the regular cost of admission, including The Children's Zoo, The Bug Carousel, the Butterfly Garden, camel rides, the zoo shuttle and the Congo Gorilla Forest. Most are included (except camel rides) if you choose the "Total Experience Ticket" for $8-14 additional per person.
If you're visiting the zoo on a cold or rainy day, you might want to consider some of the Bronx Zoo's great indoor exhibits and attractions: the Bug Carousel, the Butterfly Garden, the Monkey House, the Mouse House, the Russell B. Aitken Sea Bird Colony and Aquatic Birds, the World of Birds and JungleWorld.
Bronx Zoo Basics:
Getting to the Bronx Zoo
Fordham Road and the Bronx River Parkway
- Nearest Buses/Subways: BxM11 express bus stops along Madison Avenue, between 26th and 99th Streets, then travels directly to the Zoo’s Bronx River entrance (Gate B); 2 or 5 subway to East Tremont Ave/West Farms Square
- Directions: Bus, Subway, MetroNorth and Driving Directions
Official Website: www.bronxzoo.com
Bronx Zoo Admission:
- $16.95 for Adults
- $11.85 for Children 3-12
- $14.95 for Seniors (65+)
- Free for Children under 3
- Free for Members
- Pay-What-You-Wish Admission on Wednesdays
- There are additional $3-5 charges for "Special Rides and Attractions," though you can purchase a Total Experience ticket for $29.95 Adult/$19.95 Child/$24.95 Senior which includes unlimited access to these add-ons (Total Experience Tickets are $7-9 less expensive in the winter, because some attractions aren't open).
- Special Rides & Attractions include: 4-D Theater, Bug Carousel, Butterfly Garden, Children's Zoo, Congo Gorilla Forest, JungleWorld, Wild Asia Monorail, and the Zoo Shuttle.
Bronx Zoo Hours:
- Summer Hours: (April 3 - November 1) 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., 5:30 p.m. on weekends and holidays
- Winter Hours: (November 2 - April 2) 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
- The zoo is closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year's Day, and Martin Luther King Day.
- Last admission sold 30 minutes before closing