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St. Augustine, Florida
October 29, 2009
From journal Must-See Visits in New York City
Los Angeles, California
August 12, 2007
It’s not a large zoo, but somehow they have managed to create a beautiful environment and pack quit a few animals into Manhattan. Admission is $6 for adults and $1 for children. The entrance costs covers the zoo as well as the separate children’s zoo. In the middle of the zoo is the sea lion tank, where very social sea lions swim near the glass sides of the tank and even pop up to the top and swim around to the delight of everyone. Past the seal lions is the cold climate animals, penguins, polar bears, and puffins. The penguin habitat is a breath of fresh air on hot city days. While there I found that several of penguins were awaiting the hatching of their eggs and the guide in the habitat was more than happy to answer any questions on when the babies were expected to be born as well as any other penguin related question. This building was build so that there are huge glass windows that allow for viewing of the penguins on land as well as under the water, and the penguins seem to love to swim right next to the glass. In the same building, across from the penguins is where the puffins are and a few ducks. The ducks are extremely friendly and would follow me from one side of the tank to the other. Outside of the penguins habitat is where the polar bears are. There are several great viewing places in various areas around the cage to get up close with the bears.
On the other side of the zoo was my grandmother’s favorite attraction: the rainforest. This is a walk in exhibit that recreates the rainforest and actually puts you in the exhibit with the birds flying around you. One the second floor there is a separate room with glass cages to view small monkeys and snakes. Although very interesting this room is very humid, smells, and feels like there is very poor ventilation making me want to move though there very quickly.Besides the animals the park is a sight to see in itself. Beautifully manicured and well taken care of I would say it is not only of the best zoos I’ve been to, but also one of the most aesthetically pleasing. Throughout the zoo are various poems that go from one exhibit to the other. Most are about the animals that are housed in the area, but others just speak to the beauty of nature. I had reservations about visiting another city zoo, especially after my experience at the LA zoo, which offered poor viewing of the animals, less than stellar looking grounds, and graffiti everywhere; the Central Park zoo was its opposite in every way.Although they don’t offer crowd favorites such as elephants, giraffes, and other large animals I do have to compliment them on not trying to force these favorites into a small space.
From journal New York, New York
August 15, 2002
From journal Addicted to NYC
by Mo in CT
July 10, 2002
From journal Back in Black in Manhattan
by Jose Kevo
December 7, 2001
In 1858, a bear cub was accepted as the potential zoo's first animal. By 1865, more than 250 unwanted pets and animals were housed in "make shift" pens behind the Arsenal on unofficial display that accounted for drawing over half of the Park's visitors. 5th Avenue residents, living in mansions that now house the popular "Museum Mile", were in an uproar - complaints about smells second only to free admission drawing the lower-class. The locals' bittersweet victory came in 1895 when influencing the NY Zoological Society to open The Bronx Zoo, which forever squelched hopes of a larger facility here. However, the Central Park Menagerie continued to outdraw the highly touted yet distant facility in The Bronx.
Today, this small zoo is a pleasant, convenient day-trip for locals/tourists alike. The main compound was rennovated in the 1980's; the petting zoo refinished in the 90's. A small admission fee allows entrance to both with the polar bears and sea lion pools capturing the most attention. My favorite are the penguins and Amazon Rain Forest indoor display. The zoo is located behind the Arsenal building on 5th Ave. in the lower 60s.
The Hayden Planetarium just got a new make-over in 2000 I've yet to experience. As for the Metropolitan Museums of Art & Natural History, they're definitely worth checking out once, but unless a special exhibit is on display, the "regular" attractions have NEVER been changed/rotated during my time in NYC. General admission for these three are by "suggested donation". Special exhibits entry requires a separate ticket anywhere from $8 up. The Planetarium/Natural History museums are on Central Park West in the lower 80's. The Metropolitan is part of Museum Mile along 5th Ave. which also includes The Guggenheim, Museo del Barrio, Museum of the City of New York, and more than a dozen others. Admission and opening hours vary.
HERE'S THE BEEF - Philadelphia's zoo was founded in 1859 not opening until 1874. However, their proud claim as "America's first zoo" doesn't hold up considering animals began showing up in Central Park in 1858 and temporary-turn-permanent cages were finished in 1870 on the present site.
From journal CENTRAL PARK - An Oasis that's not a Mirage