Zoos in NEW YORK CITY with kids

It’s animal time in New York City, New York State and they are calling YOU!

For those families who LOVE those animal encounters, look no further than New York City because this The Empire State city has plenty of them!

We have to start with zoos. These are the most iconic way to experience wildlife, and great to visit with children. They offer animal encounters, and kids can experience creatures from all across the globe.  

Farms are a great alternative for a more hands-on experience with petting zoos and barnyard fun. Wildlife sanctuaries offer kids an invaluable lesson in conservation, and animal-specific attractions let kids really immerse themselves in their favorite creatures!

Whatever wildlife experience you choose with children, you know they will walk away filled with memories and knowledge that can’t be replaced. They’ll have a ROAR-ing time! 

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  • Central Park Zoo

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    (4 miles) Manhattan

    From a steamy rain forest to an icy Antarctic penguin habitat encounter fascinating animals from all over the globe plus Tisch Children's Zoo lets little animal lovers meet gentle creatures up close.

  • Prospect Park Wildlife Center

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    (4 miles) Brooklyn

    Youngsters can meet prairie dogs nose-to-nose, and walk among wallabies. The Animal Lifestyles building's centerpiece is a spectacular habitat for baboons.

  • Staten Island Zoo

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    (8 miles) Staten Island

    The Staten Island Zoo was the first zoo anywhere to exhibit all the 32 varieties of rattlesnakes known to occur in the United States. Through wildlife exhibitions, promotion of species conservation ...

  • Queens Zoo Wildlife Center

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    (8 miles) Flushing

    Exhibit updates have given the Queens Zoo the feel of a national park - albeit a small one. The zoo perimeter is a pathway that leads visitors to pockets of wild habitats, from the Great Plains to ...

  • New York Aquarium

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    (10 miles) Coney Island

    With exhibits featuring over 8,000 animals, the Aquarium offers diversity, superb viewing, and world-renowned scientific expertise that assures a rewarding experience and the knowledge that people ...

  • Bronx Zoo

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    (12 miles) Bronx

    The world's largest urban zoo features world-class exhibits featuring get you eye-to-eye with massive crocodiles, majestic tigers, and inquisitive gorillas.

  • Turtleback Zoo

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    (15 miles) West Orange

    500 animals of 200 different species plus loads of extra fun like pony ride and train rides. One of the many fun family places to go if you're looking for things to do with kids in New Jersey

  • Bergen County Zoo

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    (15 miles) Paramus

    The Bergen County Zoo offers education programs for everyone: children and adults; individuals and groups; at the zoo, or at your facility. A variety of programs are offered throughout the year. ...

  • White Post Animal Farm

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    (32 miles) Melville

    Animal fun, train rides, fun events, and a famous fall festival, all at this great family farm experience in New York State!

  • The Maritime Aquarium

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    (41 miles) Norwalk

    The Maritime Aquarium inspires people of all ages to appreciate Long Island Sound and protect it for future generations. A vibrant and entertaining learning environment, the Maritime Aquarium ...

  • Jenkinson's Aquarium

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    (43 miles) Point Pleasant Beach

    A fun family aquarium located within Jenkinson's Boardwalk in New Jersey, where kids can get up close with sharks, seals, and even touch star fish and sting rays!

  • Six Flags Wild Safari

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    (47 miles) Jackson

    Visit the largest drive-thru safari outside of Africa. This 350-acre wildlife preserve is home to 1,200 animals, including several endangered species.

  • Connecticuts Beardsley Zoo

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    (55 miles) Bridgeport

    Over 300 American species with varying exhibits and educational programming for families, including unique pop up viewing areas within the Prairie Dog exhibit.

  • Popcorn Park Zoo

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    (58 miles) Forked River

    Popcorn Park Zoo is a sanctuary for abandoned, injured, ill, exploited, abused or elderly wildlife, exotic and farm animals, and birds. You may be greeted at the gate by a gaggle of geese, but soon ...

  • The Animal Farm Petting Zoo

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    (63 miles) Manorville

    Hundreds of animals, most from the rescue program, at this New York zoo, as well as playgrounds, puppet theater, a train AND a FREE pony ride!

  • Long Island Game Farm

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    (64 miles) Manorville

    The Long Island Game Farm Wildlife and Children's Zoo features hundreds of animals, including an 18-foot giraffe, red kangaroos, kinkajous, cougars, Barbados sheep, peacocks, and the only lemurs born ...

  • Paws Farm Nature Center

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    (70 miles) Mount Laurel

    All visitors enjoy and learn from the many interactive exhibits and the more that 80 birds and animals housed here.

  • Atlantis Marine World

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    (72 miles) Riverhead

    Prepare for a voyage of undersea discovery at the only public Aquarium on Long Island, offering interactive fun, adventure, and education. Take a Shark Dive, snorkel with tropical fish, feed a ...

  • Adventure Aquarium

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    (80 miles) Camden

    Explore under the ocean in New Jersey with this family fun aquarium, with a shark tank, walk through tube and interactive exhibits!

  • Elmwood Park Zoo

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    (81 miles) Norristown

    The zoo is arranged into different habitats - Bayou, Farmland, Grasslands, South/Central America, Wetlands, Woodlands with over 150 animals in their natural settings

  • Philadelphia Zoo

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    (81 miles) Philadelphia

    By the looks of it, Philly Zoo appears to be one of the best Zoos in the US. One of the many fun family places to visit if you're looking for things to do in Philadelphia for kids

  • Lehigh Valley Zoo

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    (85 miles) Schnecksville

    Part of an incredible 1,100 acre nature preserve, this zoo is home to over 275 animals from all around the world. They even have wagon rides and paddle boats!

  • Claws n Paws Animal Park

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    (87 miles) Lake Ariel

    Get CLOSE to the Animals at the "Zoo-in-the-Woods!" Upon entering the park you will receive a schedule sheet telling the times of all animal shows, Dino Digs, and giraffe and parrot feedings.

  • Action Wildlife Park

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    (88 miles) Goshen

    A leisurely walk through amazing animals from all around the world, a petting zoo, and even wagon rides, all waiting at this family friendly wildlife center in Connecticut. Lots of animal fun!

  • Marine Mammal Stranding Center

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    (93 miles) Brigantine

    The Center, which has the privilege of housing the only marine mammal stranding facility within New Jersey, is dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of stranded or otherwise stressed marine ...

  • Linvilla Orchards

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    (94 miles) Media

    The ultimate farm fun for kids! They can take a hayride through the lush fields and orchards, or climb aboard the “The Playland Express” train. With farm animals, pony rides, fishing and lakes - ...

  • Atlantic City Aquarium

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    (95 miles) Atlantic City

    There is a touch tank, as well as fish tanks with exotic fish, lots of activities to keep the kids entertained - let the kids have great fun while learning about the sea and sealife

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  • Wild At Play

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    (2 miles) Jersey City

    Wild at Play is the first children's indoor playground on the Jersey City waterfront. Our goal is to share the joys of learning between you and your child. Not only will you have fun playing with ...

  • City Treehouse

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    (2 miles) New York City

    An indoor children's play and learning center offering innumerable charming features ideal for kids under 8. Expect to stay all day!

  • Do Re Mi Play

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    (2 miles) Brooklyn

    Do-Re-Mi Play is a place where we sing, laugh, giggle, jiggle, dance, bounce, tap, express rhythm, clap, jump, free play and develop our creativity as well as gross and fine motor skills. It's a ...

  • Hola A Playgroup in Spanish

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    (5 miles) New York

    ¡HOLA! A Playgroup in Spanish is a unique immersion, grass-roots program established since 2001 for young children ages 12 months to eight years of age. Their language acquisition philosophy and ...

  • Harmony Early Learning Center

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    (5 miles) Secaucus

    A day at Harmony is wonderfully well-rounded with learning activities through play so each child can learn while having fun. One of the many fun family places to visit if you're looking for things to ...

  • Kids Fun House

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    (6 miles) Ridgewood

    A fun, colorful indoor playground and arcade for kids.

  • BounceU Brooklyn

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    (6 miles) Brooklyn

    Indoor bounce fun in Brooklyn, with open bounce sessions and super fun birthday parties! A great day out for those active little ones!

  • Kids n Action

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    (6 miles) Brooklyn

    Kids n Action offers a wide range of real and adventurous indoor rides for all ages. For the more adventurous kids Kids N Action provides a stimulating indoor roller coaster. Kids N Action offers a ...