2300 Southern Blvd., Bronx
Open since the end of the 19th-century, this world-class zoo—at 265 acres, one of the largest on the globe—is home to animals from the far reaches of the planet, including several endangered species and many now thriving rescues. While the idea of keeping animals in captivity can be troubling, we take comfort in the almost true to life quality of the animal's habitats, and the fact that the zoo contributes to important research and the protection of wild animals.
New York Botanical Garden
2900 Southern Blvd., Bronx
With 50 gardens, including one of the most impressive rose gardens in the country, and more than one million living plants dotting its 250-acre landscape, this place offers a beautiful respite from the concrete streets. Visit the website for special exhibits on display throughout the year.
1 E. 161st St., Bronx
Between April and September, making it to a baseball game—either to see the Mets or the Yankees—is pretty much mandatory. The Yankees have a new stadium in the Bronx—across the street from the original—while the Mets have swanky new digs at Citi Field in Queens. No game is complete without indulging in a sandwich from Parm or a burger from Shake Shack (Yankees and Mets, respectively).
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