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Bronx Zoo: prices and discount

Planning your visit to the Bronx Zoo and don't know how much budget you need? I tell you all about ticket prices, potential discounts and how to save on your visit.

Isabel Catalán

Isabel Catalán

5 min read

Bronx Zoo: prices and discount

Birds you will find at the Bronx Zoo | ©Calamity Sal

The Bronx Zoo is the place to go in New York to escape the asphalt jungle and step into a real one - the largest urban zoo in the United States with more than 700 different species waiting for you to meet them!

A fantastic place to go and spend time with the family, but how much do tickets to the Bronx Zoo cost? Can you get in with a tourist card? And is it free? All this and more, I tell you in this post about the price of tickets to the Bronx Zoo so you can organize your budget in detail.

How much do tickets to the Bronx Zoo cost?

Bronx Zoo Camels| ©Éamonn Ó Muirí
Bronx Zoo Camels| ©Éamonn Ó Muirí

From 20 Euros you can get an adult Limited Admission ticket (over 13 years old) to visit the Bronx Zoo but unlike the "Bronx Zoo Admission" ticket, this one does not provide all inclusive and unlimited access to all the attractions available on the day of the visit but only the entrance to the park.

Individual tickets to each attraction are available from about 5 Euros but it does not pay off. If you don't want to miss out on any of the fun, my advice is to buy the Bronx Zoo Admission ticket for a little more money, starting at 25 Euros for adults. This type of ticket does give unlimited access to popular permanent exhibits like Jungle World or Congo Gorilla Forest and temporary ones like Butterfly Garden or Wild Asia Monorail.

Whichever type of ticket you choose you will have to buy them online and in advance, as you will not be able to enter the zoo if you do not take this step. At the time of purchase you will have to choose a date and time of access to the park.

We compare Bronx Zoo ticket prices

Bronx Zoo Polar Bear| ©Andrew Hayward
Bronx Zoo Polar Bear| ©Andrew Hayward
  • Limited Admission Ticket
  • Price range
  • Adult (over 13 years old): from $24
  • Senior (over 65 years old): from $22
  • Children (3 to 12 years old): from $16
  • Infants (under 2 years old): Free of charge
  • Bronx Zoo Admission Ticket
  • Admission Prices
  • Adult (over 13 years old): from $30
  • Senior (over 65 years old): from $28
  • Children (3 to 12 years old): from $22
  • Infants (under 2 years old): Free

2. Can I visit the Bronx Zoo with a tourist card?

Brooklyn Botanic Garden| ©Jay Woodworth
Brooklyn Botanic Garden| ©Jay Woodworth

That's right! With the New York Sightseeing Flex Pass (from 60€ at Hellotickets) the visit to the Bronx Zoo is included with the "Limited Admission" ticket.

In addition to seeing the park with this ticket you will have the chance to attend some very cool exhibits such as Sea Lion Pool, Tiger Mountain, Madagascar, World of Birds, African Plains, Reptile House and Himalayan Highlands, among others. However, to see other special attractions inside the zoo you may be required to pay an additional fee.

New York has several botanical gardens, zoos and aquariums, so if you love nature and animals, the New York Sightseeing Flex Pass will help you get the most out of this kind of activities as it includes the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, the New York Botanical Garden, the Central Park Zoo, the Bronx Zoo and the New York Aquarium.

How does the New York Sightseeing Flex Pass work?

With the New York Sightseeing Flex Pass you can choose up to 12 attractions to visit at your own pace within 30 days of activation.

There are more than 90 tourist attractions to choose from such as One World Observatory, MoMA, The Edge, the Museum of Natural History or the Museum of Natural History, to name a few. In addition, this card comes with discounts at a selection of leisure, entertainment and dining establishments.

Practical information

  • Recommended: if you want to explore New York at your own pace without having to visit multiple attractions in one day and want to take advantage of the discounts offered by the pass.
  • Duration: 30 days from the moment of activation
  • Price: from 62 €
  • You will save up to: 200€ (on a 12-attraction pass)

I want to buy the New York Sightseeing Flex Pass

How can I save on my visit to the Bronx Zoo? Are there reduced rates?

Giraffes at the Zoo| ©Terry Ballard
Giraffes at the Zoo| ©Terry Ballard

Although the Bronx Zoo has promotional codes for military and students in New York, most visitors to the park are unable to use them, but that doesn't mean families can't save a little when purchasing tickets.

Thanks to reduced rates for certain age groups, adults over 65 (from $22) and children between 3 and 12 (from $16) can access the Bronx Zoo paying a little less than adults, which is always good news because that money can be spent on other plans in the Big Apple.

Is there free admission to the Bronx Zoo?

Children in the Bronx Zoo's Fish Section| ©Leonard Nevarez
Children in the Bronx Zoo's Fish Section| ©Leonard Nevarez

Limited Admission to the Bronx Zoo is free on Wednesdays throughout the day. It is a very crowded day, especially in the fall and summer, so if you choose this day to visit the park, I recommend that you come early to avoid the crowds as much as possible.

Remember that to access the Bronx Zoo for free on Wednesdays you must also reserve a date and time of attendance through the park's website.

The rest of the week, only infants under 2 years old can access the Bronx Zoo for free.

How much does it cost to eat at the Bronx Zoo?

Admission to the Dancing Crane Café| ©Sinya Suzuki
Admission to the Dancing Crane Café| ©Sinya Suzuki

The Bronx Zoo is full of restaurants where you can take a lunch break during your visit.

This is especially useful if you are going to the park as a family so that the kids don't skip their meal times or you don't have to leave the zoo early to find a suitable place to eat if they work up an appetite. Some restaurants where you can grab a bite to eat are:

  • Dancing Crane Café: dishes from $9 and snacks from $4
  • The Patio: dishes from $8
  • Asia Cafe: dishes from $8
  • Zoo Bites: snacks from $4

How much does it cost to get to the Bronx Zoo?

Group of flamingos| ©Terry Ballard
Group of flamingos| ©Terry Ballard

Walking is the cheapest way to get to places but it is true that the Bronx Zoo is not located in a very central place so if you are a little far from your location, for only about 2'50 € you can buy a ticket for the New York subway to get there quickly.

To go by subway to the Bronx Zoo just take line 2 or 5 subway to E. 180th St. You can also opt for the express bus BxM11 from Manhattan and get off at the entrance to the park by Bronx River but the ticket price is significantly higher compared to the subway, about 5 € approximately.