Zoos, Parks and Botanical Gardens in NYC

Visit the Zoos, Public Parks and Botanical Gardens in New York City!

Visit one of NYC’s Five Zoos, City Parks, an Aquarium and Multiple Botanical Gardens!

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Zoos, Parks and Botanical Gardens in New York City

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Central Park Zoo, Manhattan

The Central Park Zoo features more than 150 species from around the globe including Polar Bears, Snow Monkey’s, Gentoo Penguins, Indian Peafowl’s, Poison Frog’s and Emerald Tree Boas. The exhibits include a Sea-Lion Pool, Tropic Zone: The Rainforest and a Snow Leopard Exhibit.

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5th Avenue at East 64th St
www.centralparkzoo.com


Bronx Zoo, The Bronx

Comprised of 265 acres, the Bronx Zoo features twenty four mammal species including: Aardvarks, Ring Tailed Lemur’s, Indian Rhinoceros’ and Grizzly Bears. In addition, there are birds such as Monk Parakeet’s and Bald Eagle’s, reptiles such as King Cobra’s and Nile Crocodiles, fish and insects.

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2300 Southern Blvd at E. 183rd St
http://bronxzoo.com/


prospect park zoo

Prospect Park Zoo, Brooklyn

Prospect Park Zoo is situated on 12 acres in the heart of Brooklyn and is part of Prospect Park’s Children’s Corner. You can enjoy the lush gardens and marshes and farm animals on the Discovery Trail and see 125 species from around the globe including mammals and reptiles.

450 Flatbush Avenue

http://www.prospectparkzoo.com/


queens zoo

Queens Zoo

The Queens Zoo is located inside Flushing Meadow Park on 11 acres. The zoo features some of the more exotic native species of the Americas. You can visit the pumas, parrots, bison and Andean bears  together with the daily sea lion feedings at the pool.

53-51  111th Street
Flushing Meadows-Corona Park
http://www.queenszoo.com/


Staten Island Zoo

There are many happenings at the zoo especially for children. The Childrens’ Center consists of a Kids’ Korral, pony rides, aquarium and follow the Zoo walk past the animal nursery.  There are many interesting programs offered throughout the year.

614 Broadway
http://www.statenislandzoo.org/


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New York Aquarium, Brooklyn

Partial Reopening scheduled for May 25, 2013 – The New York Aquarium is located on 14 acres in Coney Island just off the Boardwalk. The Aquarium has more than 300 marine species including mammals, birds, fish and reptiles and many different and exciting exhibits.

602 Surf Avenue in Coney Island
http://www.nyaquarium.com/

 

BOTANCAL GARDENS IN NYC

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Central Park Conservatory Garden 

Divided into three smaller gardens, each with a distinct style,you’ll first walk through the Vanderbilt Gate (5th avenue entrance) that was made in Paris for the front of the Vanderbilt estate. There is a French style garden, an English style garden and and the entrance to the Italian inspired great lawn with hedges, fountains and two beautiful crab apple trees. Designated as a quiet zone, the gardens offer a calm and colorful setting.

East Side from 104th Street -106th Street. Enter at 5th Avenue or 106th St gate inside the park

http://www.centralparknyc.org/


New York Botanical Garden, The Bronx

Explore 50 diverse garden and plant collections throughout the 250 acres, including 30,000 incredible trees. There are seasonal exhibitions inside the fabulous landmark glass house that are not to be missed.

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2900 Southern Blvd
http://www.nybg.org/


wave hill

Wave Hill Garden and Cultural Center, The Bronx

A 28 acre public garden and cultural center, Wave Hill is noted for its over 15 different flower and herb gardens. While there, take some time to hike the woodlands and take in the spectacular views of the Hudson River and Palisades.

675 Independence Avenue at 249th St
http://www.wavehill.org/


brooklyn botanic garden

Brooklyn Botanic Garden

The Japanese Hill and Pond Garden, Herb Garden and the  Native Flora Garden are just a few of the beautiful gardens to visit. There is also an extensive bonsai collection that is one of the finest in the world. Highlights include the aquatic house and orchid collection in the Tropical Pavilion.

1000 Washington Avenue 
http://www.bbg.org/


Queens Botanical Gardens

There are over thirty-five diverse gardens ranging from the Bee Garden to the Wedding Garden; from historic plantings to new gardens with over 100 distinct seasonal plantings. Take the time to explore the 39 acres with the Green Trail Guide.

43-50 Main Street
http://www.queensbotanical.org/


snug harbor botanical garden

Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Gardens, Staten Island

Snug Harbor consists of a number of gardens that represent plantings from 1977 to the present time. See the English Perennial Border plantings to the New York Chinese Scholar’s Garden. Stroll, picnic or enjoy music and jogging throughout the gardens.

1000 Richmond Terrace
http://www.snug-harbor.org/

 

PARKS IN NYC

MANHATTAN

Central Park

 Central Park is situated on 843 acres and is located in the center of Manhattan, between 59th and 110th St and between Central Park West and 5th Ave. There are guided tours, sports from baseball to croquet, row boating and a wonderful ice skating rink.  Sights to see include the  Arsenal, Belvedere Castle, many Sculptures and Memorials, the famous Central Park Zoo and Concert Bandshells

http://www.centralparknyc.org/


Governors Island Park

A 172 acre island and a former military base, Governors Island Park is the oldest European settlement in New York. Showcased are 2 Forts from the early 19th century.  The park opens from the end of May to the end of September and offers family friendly activities such as biking, arts and picnicking facilities. Take the ferry from Battery Maritime Building in Manhattan or Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 6. 

https://govisland.com/


fort tryon park

Fort Tryon Park

Located in Washington Heights at one of the highest points in New York City with The Cloisters as its crowning glory, a Reconstructed monastery housing medieval art from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Also showcases two gardens: the Heather and the Alpine. There is a dog run and two playgrounds.

Broadway and Dyckman Street
http://www.forttryonparktrust.org/


four freedoms park

Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park

New York City’s newest park, Four Freedoms is a memorial to former president FDR, and features outdoor events such as yoga, musical concerts, family programs and more to come. Closed on Tuesdays. Hours are 9am-7pm

Located on the tip of Roosevelt Island

http://www.fdrfourfreedomspark.org/

 

QUEENS

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Alley Pond Park

There are 657 acres making Alley Pond Park the second largest park in Queens. The park has an environmental center and offers extensive programs for kids and adults. There are also tennis courts, ball fields, picnic grounds and many ponds throughout the park to enjoy.

67th Avenue, Union Turnpike
http://www.nycgovparks.org/parks/alleypondpark


cunningham park

Cunningham Park

Cunningham Park is situated on 358 acres making it the 4th largest park in Queens. Hiking trails, tennis courts, BBQ areas, baseball, football and soccer fields are all available.

Oakland Gardens, Union Tpke west of Francis Lewis Blvd
http://www.nycgovparks.org/parks/cunninghampark


flushing meadow

Flushing Meadow Corona Park

Flushing Meadow Corona Park is the largest and most varied in the borough of Queens. Many features of the park include the famed Hall of Science, Unisphere, Queens Museum of Art, theater, zoo, Citi Field, Home of the Mets and the US Open.

Grand Central Parkway, Whitestone Expressway between 111th St and College Point Blvd
http://www.nycgovparks.org/parks/fmcp


forest park

Forest Park

538 acres of trees and fields make Forest Park the third largest park in Queens.  For fun, there is the spectacular Daniel C. Mueller Carousel, an 18 hole golf course, horseback riding, hiking, mountain biking and concerts in the George Seuffert bandshell.

Forest Park Drive, Kew Gardens
http://www.nycgovparks.org/parks/forestpark

 

BROOKLYN

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Marine Park

On 798 acres, Marine Park is the largest park in Brooklyn. Many activities include a golf course, Salt Marsh Nature Center, bocce courts, cricket, baseball and football fields. Playgrounds, canoeing and kayaking are also available.

http://www.nycgovparks.org/parks/marinepark


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McCarren Park

The park is located on 35 acres in Greenpoint. There are many sports available including softball, volley ball, bocce, a running track and the newly refurbished McCarren Park Pool. There is a  series of concerts performed every summer and Summer Screen films are shown in the park.

776 Lorimer Street in Greenpoint
http://www.nycgovparks.org/parks/mccarrenpark
Info Regarding the Pool http://www.mccarrenpark.com/


prospect park zoo

Prospect Park

Located on 585 acres is the famous Brooklyn Zoo together with the first Audubon Center in the United States. An Ice Rink and many recreational facilities such as the electric boat tours, bicycling, horseback riding, fishing and sports, a 3.5 mile trail, a carousel and a band shell are all a part the park.

95 Prospect Park West
http://www.nycgovparks.org/parks/prospectpark

 

BRONX

crotona park

Crotona Park

Within the 127.5 acres there is an Olympic size swimming pool, fishing, baseball and basketball courts, BBQ areas and eleven playgrounds. In late August, the Bronx Open Tennis Tournament is held here on its 20 hard courts. The park is known for its 28 different species of trees along with a lake that has turtles, ducks and fish.

1700 Crotona Avenue
http://www.nycgovparks.org/parks/crotonapark


pelham bay park

Pelham Bay Park

Situated on 2766 acres, Pelham Bay Park is the largest public park in New York City, three times the size of Central Park. On the Northeast section of the park is Orchard Beach and a thirteen mile saltwater shoreline. The Southeast section has four baseball fields, a picnic area, two golf courses, a running track and horseback riding. The historical Bartow-Pell Mansion is located there as well.

Pelham Bridge Road
http://www.nycgovparks.org/parks/pelhambaypark


van cortlandt park

Van Cortlandt Park

Van Cortlandt Park is situated on 1146.43 acres making it the fourth largest park in New York City. The park is home to the first public golf course, the oldest house in the Bronx and the boroughs largest freshwater lake. There are pony rides, bird walks and a running track club. Horseback riding, baseball, bocce, cricket, handball and basketball courts are available.

Jerome Avenue and West Gun Hill Road
http://www.nycgovparks.org/parks/VanCortlandtPark

 

STATEN ISLAND

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Clove Lakes Park

Cloves Lakes Park offers baseball, soccer, basketball fields and the Staten Island Memorial outdoor ice skating rink. Play among the many playgrounds, park lakes and ponds. Also, a 300 year old tulip tree among the many trails is a must see.

1150 Clove Road
http://www.nycgovparks.org/parks/CloveLakesPark


greenbelt

Greenbelt Conservatory Nature Center

The 2800 acres of Nature’s Greenbelt is the largest remaining forest preserve wonderful for hiking, wandering among the open meadows and rolling hills, bird watching and an oasis of quiet.  A carousel, archery and the La Tourette Public Golf Course are also available. Workshops and educational classes are offered for all ages.

700 Rockland Avenue
http://sigreenbelt.org/


wolfs pond park

Wolfes Pond Park

Wolfes Pond Park is one of Staten Island’s largest parks situated on 302.9 acres.  With fourteen miles of beach, there is also a beautiful wildlife and plant preserve to enjoy. Tennis courts, hiking trails, playgrounds and BBQ areas are also available for recreation.

420 Cornelia Avenue
http://www.nycgovparks.org/parks/wolfespondpark

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