Ever think you would spot a seal in Manhattan, or a giraffe at The Bronx? Did you ever expect you would be surrounded by sharks at Coney Island? New York City zoos offer families the opportunity to get up close and personal with animals from all around the world. Every borough boasts its own unique zoo experience. Whether your kids are big or small, there’s a zoo somewhere in NYC suited to their age, interests and attention span. On top of that, access to such creatures doesn’t have to break the bank. Free entry can be as easy as picking the right afternoon to go to. Take a look at our insider tips for taking advantage of New York City’s zoos.