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According to travelers, these 265 acres sheltering 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 nonstop 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 note prices are rather expensive at this zoo. The "total experience" tickets, which include access to the gorilla forest, children's zoo, butterfly garden, JungleWorld, bug carousel, the 4-D Theater and monorail, cost $39.95 for adults (and $29.95 for kids). Or you can pay around $6 to visit any one of these individual attractions. Factor in parking and dining fees, and your visit 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.

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This part-park, part-museum, part-concert hall swallows central Manhattan, and many of the city's most notable attractions are situated next to it or within its limits (the Guggenheim, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the American Museum of Natural History, to name a few). But travelers insist that you shouldn't just pass through Central Park on your way to another place. This 843-acre green space is a favorite of New Yorkers and tourists; you can come here to exercise, dine, go to the zoo and more.

“Central Park is fantastic year-round, and is a must-see for anyone coming to New York," says Josephine Danielson, head concierge at the Four Seasons Hotel New York. "People may not realize Central Park has several hidden treasures. If you’re looking for something different, I tell guests to visit the Conservatory Garden." 

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