As the largest metropolitan zoo in the country, The Bronx Zoo promises to thrill kiddos and provide plenty of space—think 265 acres (1.1 million square meters)—to stretch their legs. Exhibits are organized according to continents and you can also pay for extra like a zip line or the Wild Asia Monorail.
Then, allow a whole day for interacting with the 4,000 animals living in the Bronx Zoo. Many of the residents are found in open natural settings. Among many highlights are Tiger Mountain and the Congo Gorilla Forest where glass walls put you close-up to these wondrous animals. The African Plains populated with zebras, giraffes, and lions and the Madagascar exhibit with its acrobatic lemurs are can’t miss sights.
the bronx zoo is the largest in the country. image: bronx zoo
At the children’s zoo little ones can climb into a birds nest and feed tame animals. Camel rides and the bug carousel are fun diversions. You can cut down the walking in this enormous zoo with rides by tram or monorail. Special times to arrive are feeding times for lions at 11am and 3pm and for penguins at 3:30pm. A daily calendar lists other special events.
Order tickets online to save standing in line and try to schedule this outing on less crowded weekdays. Also, be aware that general admission is freeall-day on Wednesdays at the Bronx Zoo. Please, consider making a donation to help support the Zoo’s operating costs, and to aid their work in caring for animals here in New York and around the world. The Bronx Zoo appreciates your support.
The BxM11 express bus is a fast and inexpensive way to travel between the Bronx Zoo and Manhattan. It makes stops along Madison Avenue, between 26th and 99th Streets, then travels directly to the zoo's Bronx River entrance. Click here for complete travel information.
Take #2 train to Pelham Parkway. This station has three elevators* that lead down to street level. Head west to the Zoo's Bronx River entrance (Gate B).