While New York is sometimes considered a jungle in its own right, many are left wondering; where are the real animals? The zoo of course! New York is full of wildlife with 5 major zoos and a world-class aquarium.
With kids on summer vacation and the sun shining, it’s the perfect time to take a stroll around one of New York’s zoos or aquarium. Be sure to visit one of these locations to see your favorite animals up close and in person!
New York Aquarium opened its doors in 1896 in Battery Park but was late moved to Coney Island in 1957, where it still resides today. As the oldest continually operating aquarium in the U. S., there are many reasons to see this New York City attraction. It is home to over 350 species of aquatic wildlife. Despite closing its doors following last year’s Hurricane Sandy, the aquarium partly re-opened its doors in May. The aquarium is currently seeking donations to help fund their recovery and rebuilding efforts.
The Staten Island Zoo, best known for its collection of snakes is also home to Staten Island Chuck, the official Groundhog Day forecaster. While the zoo tends to focus on reptiles it does have a broad variety of animals.
The Prospect Park Zoo is a 12-acre zoo located in Brooklyn and features over 400 animals from around the world. It takes approximately 2 hours to see the entire zoo and children will especially enjoy the interactive educational exhibits. Be sure to go on the Discovery Trail where kids can hop on lily pads and climb up prairie dog tunnels.
Located in the most famous park in the world is the Central Park Zoo. This small 6.5-acre zoo opened in the 1860’s and is the oldest zoo in the city. Chances are your kids are already familiar with the zoo, as many children will recognize it from books and films such as Mr. Popper’s Penguins and the Madagascar franchise. Don’t miss this opportunity to see the animals that have inspired your children’s favorite characters.
The Bronx Zoo is the city’s main zoo and one of the world’s largest metropolitan zoos. It is home to over 4,000 animals from around the world. Nestled in the Bronx Park, the zoo is comprised of 265 acres of property
The Queens Zoo is comprised of 18 acres and located in Flushing Meadows – Corona Park. It is devoted to North and South American animals and a great destination for young kids. Be sure to go during the California sea lions’ feeding times!
Don’t miss out on all the fun to be had when you and your kids discover where the wild things are!