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Fun Things To Do In The Bronx NY-- New York City Attractions

Updated on May 30, 2011

If You Haven't Left Manhattan, You Haven't Seen New York City

Out of all of the boroughs, The Bronx -- and it's almost always THE Bronx, not just Bronx -- has the most violent reputation as many associate it with bad neighorhoods and the fires and riots from the late '70s.

However, while The Bronx does have some not-so-savory areas -- and let's face it, ALL cities fo -- there are plenty of neighborhoods full of history, culture and amazing restaurants (plus, The Yankees are there!). As the only borough that's physically attached to the rest of the United Stated, some areas of The Bronx don't even feel like the city; instead, you get the sense that you've been transported into an old New England town.

So check out this often-misunderstood borough and experience the fun things to do in the Bronx. After all, my mom is from The Bronx -- and I can guarantee that she'd never steer me wrong!

Marmosets In The Bronx Zoo

Activities In The Bronx

What's surprising about The Bronx is that many of the best things to do can be found outdoors. Many areas overlook the cliffs along the Hudson River, The Palisades, and have fantastic views. Here are some of the stand-out attractions:

1. The Bronx Zoo (2300 Southern Blvd.): This zoo is not only the best in New York City; it's one of the top zoos in the country -- at least in my not-so-humble opinion. Situated on a hill, this zoo winds around for hundreds of acres and is surrounded by lush forests. In the past, the animals were kept in cages, but over the last 20 years or so, the zoo has done some major renovations so that now that animals are in large, well-kept open areas. Among the various exhibits is a bird sanctuary and a primate sanctuary, which makes you feel as if you're right in the jungle. They also have seasonal offerings, such as the Madagascar exhibit which, of course, featured lemurs. While seeing the animals is exciting, the zoo is also just a very pretty place to walk around. Come early on weekends, though, especially in the summer; parking can be extremely difficult when the crowds come.

2. The New York Botanical Garden (Bronx River Parkway at Fordham Road): These gardens are right near the zoo, so if you can swing it, try to see both. The vast area actually consists of about 50 different gardens, as well as lush walking paths. They also offer various seasonal exhibits, such as one on Japanese gardens. Check their Web site (listed below) for their latest displays and activities.

3. Wave Hill (675 W. 252nd St.): These gardens are in the Riverdale section of The Bronx. Wave Hill is smaller than the New York Botanical Garden, but offers a spectacular view of the Hudson River and Palisades. They have several hiking trails, as well as an upscale cafe where you can sit and look out at the water. After, it's worth leaving the gardens and taking a walk around the neighborhood to view the lavish Riverdale homes. Warning: wear good walking shoes because Riverdale is extremely hilly!

4. Arthur Avenue: In the mood for Italian food? Then head over to Arthur Avenue, in the Belmont neighborhood, which many claim is the "real" Little Italy (as opposed to the famous one in Manhattan). It's a great place to try authentic Italian cuisine, including fresh cheeses, cured meats, homemade breads, and of course, pastries. Yum!

5. City Island (Community Center is at 190 Fordham Street)  This historic seaport makes you feel more like you're in a New England town than the city. You can admire the different species of birds which migrate there. It's also a great place to walk around and to, of course, get some of the best seafood you can imagine.

The Bronx Arthur Avenue

The Bronx Wave Hill

The Bronx In A Nutshell

If you're ready to give The Bronx, well, The Bronx Cheer, think again: this borough has a fascinating history and is well worth visiting. It's time to stop putting it down -- and to cheer for The Bronx instead!


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      Writerly Yours 7 years ago

      Thank you for this! I love The Bronx---Born and Bred and proud of it. I appreciate this. We also have beautiful, affluent and familial neighborhoods that you would never know or feel that you are in THE BRONX, but that's what makes my Borough unique and special. We are not all about violence and abandoned buildings. We are real hard-working, educated and positive people as well.

      Thanks again!

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      dohn121 8 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      I haven't been to the Bronx Zoo in about 20 years, yet I grew up only about 30 minutes from there! Thanks for the memories. I wish you got more into talking about Yankees Stadium...I feel another Hub coming on!