- Type: Zoos and Aquariums
- Time to Spend: 2 hours to Half Day
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No, we're not referring to the Yankees' less affectionate nickname, but the actual wildlife conservatory in Bronx Park. According to travelers, these 265 acres of more than 4,000 animals should be near the top of every young family's itinerary in New York. And if you're an older visitor, the Bronx Zoo could be a great way to escape the non-stop activity in Manhattan. If you're not an animal lover, however, stay far away -- this zoo's claim to fame is that it's the largest metropolitan animal park in the country.
Previous visitors do not; however, prices are rather expensive for each zoo exhibit. If you're used to paying one flat admission fee to enjoy the lions, tigers and bears, then brace yourself. You can buy a bundle ticket to enjoy the gorilla forest, children's zoo, butterfly garden, Zucker bug carousel, the 4-D Theater and monorail for approximately $16, or you can pay anywhere from $3 to $5 to visit any one of these individual attractions. Factor in parking and dining fees, and your visit to the zoo could be quite pricey.
The Bronx Zoo is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. On weekends, the park stays open an additional half-hour. Visit the website for further details on prices for exhibits, transportation and parking, plus bundle discounts. If you're taking the subway, get on the 2 train to Pelham Parkway.