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Zoos, Aquariums and Botanic Gardens

Zoos, Aquariums and Botanic Gardens
Zoos, Aquariums and Botanic Gardens

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It's hard to believe that in a city filled with so much concrete you can actually find rich plant life and endangered species, but that's why they say, "New York has it all." The zoos in New York are equipped to impress those looking for birds more exotic than pigeons and mammals more exciting than what you'll find Sunday afternoons at the dog run. New York's aquariums can go head to head with the best of the tropics, and for plant lovers, New York's lush botanical gardens provide verdant acres of grass and rows of vibrant flowers.

New York City | Zoos, Aquariums and Botanic Gardens

Bronx Zoo
  • Bronx Zoo
  • Visit the vast plains of Africa, explore the hidden treasures of lush Asian jungles, or come face-to-face with an aardvark. At the Bronx Zoo, which features more than 4000 animals, guests can travel across the whole world without ever leaving New York City.
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Brooklyn Botanic Gardens
  • Brooklyn Botanic Gardens
  • Since it opened to the public in 1910, the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens has hosted over 700,000 visitors per year. Spreading across 52 acres in the center of Brooklyn, the gardens display more than 11,000 plant species from around the world.
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Central Park Zoo
  • Central Park Zoo
  • Before the Central Park Zoo housed breeding programs for endangered species like the tamarin monkey and animal habitats like ones found in the wild, the Central Park Zoo's animals were cooped up in traditional black menagerie cages.
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New York Aquarium
  • New York Aquarium
  • Proudly displaying the tagline "saving wildlife and wild places," the New York Aquarium is a key component to a quintessential day at Coney Island.
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New York Botanical Garden
  • New York Botanical Garden
  • Roses are red, violets are blue, and at the New York Botanical Garden there's so much to see and do‚Ķreally! Founded in 1891, this serene garden is now a National Historic Landmark, housing some of the most exotic plants in the world.
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Prospect Park Zoo
  • Prospect Park Zoo
  • On the eastern side of Brooklyn's Prospect Park lays the Prospect Park Zoo with its extensive exhibits of nearly 700 animals. Contained in six red brick buildings in a semi-circular formation surrounding a seal pool, the zoo presents three main exhibits.
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