After five weeks in New York City I found myself missing much of the wildlife I saw so much of in Washington so I decided to take a quick trip to the Central Park Zoo. Sadly, I found myself disappointing by the well-known attraction seeing as how it’s set up for children and so it’s contents consisted mostly of seals, a few polar bears, and farm animals. After expressing this dissatisfaction with a friend, he suggested we go and see the Bronx Zoo and thus we did.
I won’t say the Bronx Zoo was marvelous, but that didn’t stop my friend and I from having an absolute blast. The park was extensive enough where is took a solid four hours to make our way clear around it, but not so much so that it was overwhelming. There was a monorail ride that visitors could take that circled around a portion of the park which held an array of animals including elephants, tigers, lions, and deer. Lots and lots of deer.
When we got hungry we resorted to a food court with over-priced chicken fingers and horrible vegetarian food, but I’d say it was worth it to feed one of the zoo’s friendly neighborhood peacocks our french fries (though that it technically against the rules). Still, I would suggest simply bringing your own lunch.
The zoo is open from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday through Friday and is open until 5:30 PM on weekends and holidays. Tickets to see the special exhibits range from $20 to $34 depending on when you’re going and how old you are, but you can also just pay what you can in order to simply walk about and see the animals.