For many people in urban settings, the local park, zoo, aquarium, or natural history museum provides a rare opportunity to encounter nature. But what impact can a zoo experience have? In order to understand how the zoo experience can promote a sense of connectedness with nature, 242 zoo visitors were sampled as they entered and exited three zoos in New York City. Explicit and implicit connectedness with nature was measured. Upon entry to the zoos, participants showed moderate connectedness with nature both explicitly and implicitly. When leaving the zoos, explicit connectedness with nature was largely unchanged. However, at the implicit level, visitors were significantly higher in connectedness at exit compared to entry. Results suggest that the zoo experience promotes an increase in connectedness with nature but that the effect occurs primarily at the implicit level. This information can be used to guide zoos in their attempt to make the zoo experience more meaningful.