The Bronx Zoo in New York

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Bronx Zoo in New York

The Bronx Zoo in New York is the world’s biggest zoo. It’s located at Bronx Park, south of the New York Botanical Garden. I would recommend going there with children or for a romantic date. There is no way you will get bored there, ever. When it opened in 1899, this zoo was housing 843 animals. Nowadays that amount is close to 4,000, spread out over 285 acres. This zoo now has about 650 species, many of which are endangered.

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Bronx Zoo with Children

When you’re wondering what to do in New York with kids, the Bronx Zoo is a very good choice. Their special Children’s Zoo is something you cannot skip when you visit the Zoo with kids. It’s like a mixture between a playground and a petting zoo, where children learn how to live or move like an animal, and where they can feed lambs or llamas. Also, Madagascar!, one of the exhibits in the Bronx Zoo will put smiles on their faces, especially with kids that know the movie. At Madagascar! you will not only find the animals that belong on the African island – you will find them in an environment that is a perfect imitation of their own surrounding.

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The Bronx Zoo in Winter

For days when the weather isn’t at your side, it’s good to stroll around JungleWorld; an imitated Asian rainforest with corresponding temperatures. Animals like otters, tapirs and gibbons all live in the same space here, just as in nature. Or visit the 4D cinema. The 4th dimension of the HD 3D films consists of special effects like wind, mist, light and fragrance.

Visiting The Bronx Zoo

Coming from Manhattan, the quickest way to get to the zoo is to take express bus BxM11. For a quick hi/bye with the monkeys or a look at the penguins, keep in mind that you’re allowed to enter the zoo until an hour before closing time. The Bronx Zoo opens at 10:00 and closes its doors between 16:30 and 17:30 depending on the season. That gives you 6.5 or 7.5 hours a day, but don’t get the illusion you’ll be able to cover the whole park in one day. Even if you were to stay all day, the park is almost too big to see everything. I would therefore recommend to have a look at the map and plan your route beforehand.

Eric’s Tip: The Bronx Zoo is so far away from Manhattan that you’d have to be a true zoo fanatic to spend such a big part of your trip at this zoo. If you just want to go there for the kids, consider getting Central Park Zoo tickets instead.

Practical Information

  • Location: 2300 Southern Boulevard, The Bronx
  • Opening hours: 3rd November 2019 – 3rd April 2020:
    • Daily: 10:00 to 16:30
  • Children under 3 visit for free

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The Bronx Zoo tickets are included in the Sightseeing Flex Pass

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