The zoo is small. There are two parts. One is where the penguins, monkeys, polar bear, sea lions, etc.. are, the other is the children's zoo(this is where I got most of my pictures) and its more interactive, kind of like a children's museum. Our first stop was in the Rain forest. Probably not the best place to start since Jack does not like birds. Freddy taught him to say "birds are our friends" but that didn't help today. He wanted to be carried and told me he was scared. He had fun running through the rest of the zoo and enjoyed the other animals. Lillie and Elliott were getting fussy at one point so we sat and watched the zookeepers feed the sea lions while I fed them.
He really had fun at the Children's Zoo. He climbed on the statues, went through tunnels, climbed in a spiders web, fed animals in the petting zoo, and saw a REAL COW in NYC! He loved that!
It is certainly better for younger kids. I'd say maybe up to lower elementary age, then it may not be exciting at all, even a let down, but for our little family I can imagine we'll visit the zoo many more times!