Tisch Children’s Zoo

One of the most popular places in Central Park is the Tisch Children’s Zoo, added in 1997, financed by a generous gift from philanthropist Laurence A. Tisch.  With its imaginatively designed and toddler friendly exhibits the Children’s Zoo offers a magical and educational experience for children and their parents.  It also offers year-round education programs, including the zoo’s fascinating “Wildlife Theater”, which encourage visitors of all ages to become aware of the natural world that they live in and how they can help in protecting it.

At the center of the Children’s Zoo is the Enchanted Forest.  This is a magical place where giant insects hover overhead and a larger than life sized spider web offers a chance to exhibit developing climbing skills.  For a quarter visitors can purchase a handful of food that the animals are only too happy to nibble out of your hand.  The domestic animals available for petting include goats, sheep, a cow and a Vietnamese pot-bellied pig.  Small bronze sculptures of the residents are present at the front of each animal enclosure and when a child touches one of them it squeaks or moos the appropriate greeting.  A net stretches overhead in the aviary section of the zoo and enables toddlers to witness a wonderful collection of birds fluttering around them; these include Crested Doves, Hooded Mergansers, Golden Pheasants and Sacred Ibises.

The Acorn Theater inside the zoo features daily performances that entertain and also instruct about the lives and habits of a variety of animals.  Past shows include “I Eat Bugs” and “Metamorphosis Boogie.”  Indeed there is probably no other place in the park, or even the city, that offers so many opportunities for children to crawl, climb and jump while interacting with a wonderful array of friendly animals, not to mention the informative and playful park personnel.  It would seem that they only difficult part of visiting is inducing the toddler set to leave.

Walking Tour Overview

  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Book Risk Free: Free cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
  • Free reschedule or full refund in case of bad weather
  • Tickets: Both printed and mobile tickets accepted

The walking tour covers all most beautiful sights of the southern half of Central Park. You will walk through some of the 58 miles of trails the park has to offer passing a lake, rocky outcrops, bridges, arches, sculptures and more.
This tour takes you off the beaten path to sights both the bikes and pedicabs cannot reach - book here.

Bicycle Tour Overview

  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Book Risk Free: Free cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
  • Free reschedule or full refund in case of bad weather
  • Tickets: Both printed and mobile tickets accepted

The bicycle tour provides a complete journey through 843 acres of Central Park, guaranteeing that you will see the most out of any tour available. Your tour guide will provide background information, historical insight, and point out some of the most photogenic sites for you to capture photos!
This tour covers about six miles in a casual, smooth pace with lots of stops for walking and photos. It's the ultimate way to discover Central Park - book here.

Pedicab Tour Overview

  • Duration: 1 hour, 2 hours or 3 hours
  • Book Risk Free: Free cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
  • Free reschedule or full refund in case of bad weather
  • Tickets: Both printed and mobile tickets accepted

The most comfortable way to explore Central Park. No need to walk or peddle - just sit, lay back and enjoy beautiful views and insightful commentary.
This is a private tour for you and your party. A complete, relaxed, and personalized experience of Central Park. You can choose from 1 hour, 2 hours or 3 hours tour options.  Custom pick up/drop off spots are available too - book here.

Combination Tour Overview

  • Duration: 2 hours or 3 hours
  • Book Risk Free: Free cancellation up to 48 hours in advance
  • Free reschedule or full refund in case of bad weather
  • Tickets: Both printed and mobile tickets accepted

The Combined Pedicab & Bicycle Tour is ideal for parties when one part part prefers to ride their own bikes, and another part prefers the comfort of the pedicab – on this tour all the group will stay together and have stops for walking and group pictures - book here.


About Central Park

Find all the information you need to enjoy your visit to New York City's iconic Central Park.


Things To Do

From The Philharmonic on the Great Lawn to Shakespeare in the Park to SummerStage, Central Park offers an endless array of things to do, see, hear - and, with two full service restaurants and several cafes, taste.  You can visit The Shakespeare Garden, take in a performance at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theater, take a ride on the Carousel - or just sit and people watch at Bethesda Terrace!


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New York, NY, 10028

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