Bronx Zoo: A Wild Adventure in New York

Welcome to the Brox Zoo
As the largest metropolitan zoo in the U.S., the Bronx Zoo offers world-class exhibits and free, all-day admission on Wednesdays.

The Bronx Zoo, located within its namesake borough of New York City, is the largest metropolitan zoo in the U.S.—and certainly one of the most famous. More than two million visitors come each year to explore the zoo’s 265 acres of parklands and animal habitats.The Bronx Zoo has special activities, programs  and unique exhibits to delight visitors of all ages. 

Relaxing Tiger at The Bronx Zoo
Curious lizard at The Bronx Zoo

What to See at the Bronx Zoo

From mid-March through October, the Butterfly Garden attracts over a dozen different butterfly species, which flutter through its meadow and greenhouse, gathering in large numbers by nectar trays. If you’re lucky, one might land on your elbow.

The Children’s Zoo is a farmyard where younger kids can pet sheep and donkeys. It’s also home to more exotic critters, such as an anteater, two-toed sloth, prairie dogs, mini Nubian goats, and alpacas.

The zoo has several primate habitats, called Congo Gorilla Forest, Baboon Reserve, and Jungle World, housing small monkeys to large gorillas from various places in Africa and Asia. Other naturalistic enclosures showcase large cats, birds of prey, reptiles, bears, and bison.

You can ride a camel, a bug carousel, or a monorail. The monorail, through the Asian Wilderness, puts you face to face with red pandas, elephants, and rhinos.

In 2017, the zoo introduced Nature Trek, 12 covered rope bridges between towers, elevated tunnels, and smaller obstacles, plus a play area with a sandbox, water sprinklers, and structures to climb on. Also in 2017, the zoo opened its Bronx Zoo Treetop Adventure with ropes courses for various ability levels and a 400-foot zipline that traverses the Bronx River.

Starting March 29, the winter season will be over at the zoo and all attractions will be open for the summer season! Make sure to check out the Zoo’s website to see the schedule for the day of your visit so you can catch all the spcial shows and animal feedings!

Popular Exhibits and Attractions at the Bronx Zoo

The Butterfly Garden – Well over a dozen different butterfly species flutter through the meadow and greenhouse, yet species seem to stick together. Oftentimes, a large number of the same type are seen gathered at one nectar tray.

Congo Gorilla Forest – Gorillas are among our closest relatives in the wild and that’s pretty clear watching those at the Bronx Zoo. From cautious to playful to nurturing, each has a unique personality. It’s always a thrill to see them interact.

Madagascar! – There are about 97 lemur species native to the island of Madagascar, among them Coquerel’s Sifaka. Those at the Bronx Zoo are often active, using their strong hind legs to leap from limb to limb and rock to vine.

 African Plains – Venture around the African Plains exhibit to see the savannah-dwelling species including lions, antelopes, giraffes, ostriches, zebras, and even more! This outdoor exhibit strives to play these geographically close animals together in a naturalistic setting. 

The Bronx Zoo’s 125th Anniversary!

This Spring the Bronx Zoo will be celebrating 125 years of operation. Since its opening in 1899, the zoo has remained a landmark location for New Yorkers, an exhibit of incredible animal conservation efforts, and a place for family fun. ON April 20th, Animal Chronicles, a more than quarter-mile brand new walking trail, will open for zoo goers. The trail features eco-sculptures that showcase key achievements in the Bronz Zoo’s history of saving animal species and their efforts in connecting New Yorkers to wildlife. Additionally, select weekends from April through September will feature parades, performances, crafts, shows at the Wildlife Theater, and more. In each month, special themed events will take place, starting with history events in April, bird events in May, Congo Gorilla forest events in June, and more. Check out the Zoo’s birthday celebration page to see a full list of event postings. 

Hours & Ticket Information

Starting on March 29, 2024, through November 2, 2024, the zoo will be open daily from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm. On weekends and holidays, the zoo is open from 10:00 am until 5:30 pm. Ticket prices start at. 

Adult (13 & over) $28.00
Child (3-12) $20.00
Senior (65 & over) $26.00
Child (2 & under) Free

“You are surrounded by woods, amazing animals and atmosphere and you forget you are in the Bronx! The zoo is amazing.”

Take Amtrak to the Bronx Zoo!

Visit exciting exhibitions and attractions at the Bronx Zoo via Amtrak to Moynihan Train Hall in New York City—Don’t forget to use the  See NewYork and Save 15% discount!

2300 Southern Blvd, Bronx, NY 10460
(718) 220-5100
From Moynihan Train Hall at Penn Station take the 2 subway line to Pelham Parkway, or, take the BxM11 express bus which makes stops along Madison Avenue, between 26th and 99th Streets, then travels directly to the zoo.