The Bronx is New York City's northernmost borough and is the only part of New York City attached to the mainland U.S. It became a part of New York City in 1895, at which time it was mostly an area with farms and suburban streets. Over time, the borough transformed into a more urban environment and was home to many factories. Today, it is home to 1.4 million New Yorkers and offers visitors many world-class attractions that you might not experience elsewhere in the City.
My Tip: The easiest (& fastest) way to get to many places in the Bronx is via Metro-North trains, which leave from Grand Central. Directions to each attraction are included in the visitors' guides, linked to below.
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Founded in 1971, The Bronx Museum is a contemporary art museum that collects and exhibits work from artists of African, Asian and Latin American descent, as well as work from artists with a direct connection to the Bronx. In an effort to make art accessible to all, the museum began offering free access to all in 2011. My Tip: It's easily accessible by subway and located close to Yankee Stadium, making it a great spot to visit if you're heading to the Bronx to see a game.
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Zoo lovers, look no further -- The Bronx Zoo should be on your to-do list for New York City. It is easy to spend an entire day exploring, with plenty left over to see on a return visit... maybe that's why it's my favorite zoo in New York City -- I am never bored when we visit because there are so many options! The flagship institution of the Wildlife Conservation Society that also runs the Central Park Zoo, New York Aquarium, Prospect Park Zoo and Queens Zoo, the Bronx Zoo has 265 acres of habitats and attractions for visitors to enjoy. My Tip: I always try to end a day at the zoo with a ride on the Asia monorail.
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Fifty gardens, a Victorian-style glasshouse and native forest are all waiting for you on the 250 acres that make up the New York Botanical Gardens. Founded in 1891, you'll be amazed by the beauty and peacefulness of this destination. My Tip: Don't forget about the NYBG in the cold months -- the Holiday Train Show and the Orchid Show bring many visitors there during the winter months and are truly impressive.
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This 28-acre public garden in Riverdale offers visitors panoramic views of the Hudson River and Palisades, as well as beautiful gardens to explore, an art gallery and even a woodland trail. It is a very relaxing and transporting destination -- it's very hard to believe you're still in the city when you're walking around here. My Tip: Admission is free before noon on Saturdays and Tuesdays (there are even some months when admission is free all day on Tuesdays!)Continue to 5 of 5 below.
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If you're coming to New York City to see the Yankees play, you're not alone! It's a very popular option during baseball season, but even if you're visiting when the Yankees aren't playing, there are stadium tours available. The "new" Yankee Stadium opened in 2009, and although it's no longer "The House That Ruth Built," you can still enjoy a visit to Babe Ruth Plaza and Monument Park when you go to a game. My Tip: It's an easy trip to Yankee Stadium from Manhattan on the subway, but do allow extra time on game days because the trains can be crowded.