I got off at the Fifth Avenue stop, which is technically at 60th street and walked 5 blocks to visit one of the city’s most popular tourist attractions .

Its the Central Park Zoo , and it’s one of the country’s most well known zoos, if not the city’s .

The zoo is open every day, Monday through Friday 10am -5pm , and Saturday – Sunday 10am- 5:30pm until November 3.

After November 3, the zoo is open until 4:30pm.

The zoo calls these hours, their “summer hours “, even though the weather here in New York City has been anything summer or springlike .

Don’t even think about smoking while you’re watching that red panda hanging onto the tree.

The zoo is totally smoke free.

On the day that I visited , it was full of schoolchildren on a field trip.

Inspite of this, I think I had just as much fun watching the California Seals splashing and getting fed as much as the kids did.

I actually learned something new on my visit.

Everyone knows about the California Seals , but did you know that there are also Harbor Seals as well?

Harbor Seals are found in the waters of New York harbor and they’re a darker color.

Who knew ?

The zoo also has two new animals, two brown grizzly bear “pups” who were napping on a rock while tourists oohed and aahed all over them.

These “pups” weren’t fooling me, though.

They were awfully big to be pups to me, and I sure wasn’t buying their “napping”.

They looked like they were playing possum , just saying.

I left quickly and went to see a more friendlier animal, a red panda , which I didn’t know existed either.

There was also a snow leopard , who was playing “shy”, hiding in the trees, peeking out at all of us who were peeping at him.

Compared to the other two zoos that I visited, the Bronx Zoo and the Queens Zoo , tge Central Park Zoo didn’t seem to have as many animals .

My favorite part of the zoo was going to the area that held the Seabirds and Penguins .

I had just missed the Penguins getting fed by zoo staff but I loved watching these birds who can’t fly, waddling and splashing in the water.

Okay, I know what those of you who follow my blog or who know me very well are thinking.

Of course her favorite area of the zoo to see would be an area with animals that have the same name as a sports team.

This zoo is one of more popular attractions in the city, however, I wanted to see more animals , just like at the other two zoos.

This fact, however, shouldn’t stop you from visiting the Central Park Zoo the next time you visit New York City .


  1. Technically the California Sea Lion is not a seal…the sea lion can use its front flippers as legs when on land. Seals just sort of belly crawl and flop when out of water. Habor seals can be seen lazing on sand bars in Sandy Hook NJ (not too far from NYC) in the winter months…I have a scheduled post about Sandy Hook posting in the near future. Are the polar bears no longer at the Central Park Zoo? I loved watching them swim from under the water last time I was there (years ago)

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