Know Before You Go

Updates The Wildlife Conservation Society is temporarily closing the Bronx Zoo, Central Park Zoo, Prospect Park Zoo, Queens Zoo, and NY Aquarium, effective March16, 2020. Our five parks will be closed and education and public programs will be cancelled or postponed.

This action is being taken as city and state leaders have called on businesses to voluntarily close to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19; and following declarations of states of emergency in the United States, New York State and New York City.

We are committed to the safety of our staff, volunteers, guests and community. During this period when the parks are closed, essential animal care and operations staff will continue to provide care for our animals without disruption. For the past weeks, we have developed plans to ensure our animals will be well cared for in the event of a disruption to regular operations due to COVID-19.

We understand that this closure has interrupted plans for WCS Members and visitors. For that reason, if you have previously purchased tickets for a zoo visit we will honor/accept them on any future date in 2020. WCS Members will automatically have their Membership extended by a month or more depending on the length of the closures. If you have specific concerns, please reach out to Member Services at membership@wcs.org or customer care team at guestrelations@wcs.org.

What if I have admission tickets that are expiring? If you previously purchased tickets for a zoo visit, we will honor/accept them on any future date in 2020. But for any specific concerns or unique circumstances, please reach out to our customer care team at onlinetickets@wcs.org.

OUTDOOR EXPERIENCE: Our park is completely outdoors, so be sure to plan ahead and dress for the weather!

CURRENT ARRIVAL INFORMATION DUE TO CONSTRUCTION ON 111th STREET MUNICIPAL PARKING LOT:

  • GETTING TO ZOO ENTRANCE
    • Enter via park path on 111th Street, between 49th and 50th Avenues (south of NYSCI and north of Terrace on the Park)
    • Enter park near the “Playground for all Children”. (Corona Ave & 111th Street)
  • Parking in the area will be limited, but here are some suggestions…

PEAK SCHOOL GROUP VISITS HAPPEN WEEKDAYS IN APRIL AND MAY: Families may prefer to plan a visit to avoid peak times. Please understand that you may encounter crowds during a visit.

LIGHT SNACKS AND BEVERAGES AVAILABLE: While we do not have a restaurant on site, we do have a Café shop for grab-and-go sandwiches, drinks and treats. Located at our sea lion pool, stop in for snacks, gifts and souvenirs

WCS MEMBERS – CARDS AND ID CHECKED AT ENTRY: Please be prepared to follow all standard Member entry procedures and policies when visiting. Click here for more details.

NO PARKING: The Queens Zoo is located on 53-51 111th Street in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens, New York. No parking is available at the zoo itself; however, there is alternative parking in the area such as public parking lots and street parking

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