In the middle of the Bronx, this New York borough’s zoo pops up in Bronx Park. It is the largest urban zoo in the United States, and one of the most well known worldwide. Its exhibits and habitats span more than 265 acres, on which its diverse collection of more than 4,000 animals and plants can be found. There are both free exhibits accessible with a general ticket—such as the African Plains, Bison Range, and Himalayan Highlands—and there are premium exhibits available for viewing at an additional cost. These experiences include a carousel, butterfly garden, jungle world, shuttle, monorail, 4-D theater, and a zoo created specifically for children.
Other sections of the zoo are divided by type of animal, including birds and reptiles. The zoo has an emphasis on conservation, particularly for the American Bison which have been threatened in the past. Interactive feedings for the zoo’s sea lions and penguins take place daily.
Get to the Bronx Zoo via the subway 2 train to Pelham Parkway. The Bronx Zoo The BxM11 express bus is a convenient public transport option if you’re traveling from Manhattan. Admission is $22.95 for adults, $15.95 for children, and $20.95 for seniors, and free to all on Wednesdays. It’s open daily from 10 am to 4:30 pm.