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).
New York Botanical Garden
2900 Southern Blvd., Bronx
Outdoor gardens are social-distancing gold. Particularly with timed tickets, which is how the NYBG will reopen to the public on July 28. Hop online to reserve an hour of fresh air and a little adventure, or bring the joy of the garden into your home (with a bit of learning baked in) via an online mini camp for kids in grades three through five. The camp is two hours of live Zooming with NYBG educators and combines creative nature discovery and healthy cooking projects—making it perfect for kids whose attention span taps out after too much online engagement. The website is also stacked with online resources and downloadable activities to do at home.
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.