With more than 4,000 animals representing more than 650 species, the Bronx Zoo is the largest urban zoo in the United States. It opened on November 8, 1899 on 250 acres of land donated by Fordham University. Initially it featured 843 animals displayed in 22 exhibit, but has grown quite a bit since. In addition to the animals, the zoo has some interesting architecture, including the buildings around Astor Court and the Rockefeller Fountain.
The Wild Asia Monorail takes guests through a recreation of an Asian jungle and features elephants, rhinoceroses, and tigers. The Baboon Reserve features one of the largest primate exhibits in the United States, as well as other species from the Ethiopian highlands. The zoo also has a butterfly garden, a monkey house, and an aviary, in addition to many other habitats and exhibits. There are also plenty of hand-on learning experiences available for kids.
The Bronx Zoo is a great place for families, and any animal lover visiting New York should check it out.
Location: Fordham Road and Bronx River Parkway
Hours: Daily 10:00-17:00 (April-October); 10:00-16:30 (November-March)
$14.00 Senior (65+)
$12.00 Child (3-12)