Visit all five boroughs in a day: the essential highlights to see

Earn your stripes as a New Yorker by hitting all five boroughs (seriously!) during this city-spanning trek.

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You’ve likely perused one—if not all—of our NYC neighborhood guides, but you probably haven’t thought about how to visit all five boroughs in one day. From A-list attractions to one of our favorite new restaurants, we’re taking you on a multi-zip-code crawl through Manhattan, the Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn and even the black sheep of the bunch—Staten Island. Put on your most comfortable spring shoes, grab your MetroCard and get to it!

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  • Visit all five boroughs in a day: the essential highlights to see

    Bronx Zoo

  • Visit all five boroughs in a day: the essential highlights to see

    South Street Seaport Museum

  • Photograph: Wendy Connett

    Visit all five boroughs in a day: the essential highlights to see

    Snug Harbor

  • Photograph: Brian Palmer/Museum of the Moving Image

    Visit all five boroughs in a day: the essential highlights to see

    Museum of the Moving Image

  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

    Visit all five boroughs in a day: the essential highlights to see

    Pork Slope

Visit all five boroughs in a day: the essential highlights to see

Bronx Zoo

The Bronx

You have a ton of ground to cover, so kick off your day bright and early at the Bronx Zoo ($16.95, seniors $14.95, children 3–12 $11.95) as the gates open at 10am. The ginormous grounds hold 6,000-plus creatures from around the globe—snow leopards, zebras, crocodiles—so map out which species you’d like to check out before visiting. (The attractions at NYC’s largest zoo can easily suck up an afternoon’s worth of sightseeing.)

  1. 2300 Southern Blvd, (at Fordham Rd), 10460
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Manhattan

Nab a seat on the next downtown-bound 2, 4 or 5 train (a comfy one—you’ll be on it for a good hour) and book it to the South Street Seaport Museum ($10, seniors and students $6, children under 9 and members free). Located just off the East River on Schermerhorn Row, the nautical museum boasts exhibits (don’t miss the ongoing, Stanley Tucci–narrated short film “Timescapes,” which chronicles the island from its Native American roots to today) and, docked in New York Harbor, six ships dating back to the 1800s. You can explore a 1907 lightship (free with admission), as well as a 1885 schooner (required additional ticket).

  1. 12 Fulton St, (between South and Water Sts), 10038
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Staten Island

If all of that seafaring fun has you hankering for a boat ride, you’re in luck: To get to your next destination, you need to hop aboard the Staten Island Ferry. After taking in up-close views of the Statue of Liberty and disembarking, make your way to Snug Harbor. Exploring its lush 83 acres would take a while, so concentrate your time in the elegant, delicately manicured New York Chinese Scholar’s Garden. It’ll also give you a chance to catch your breath, find some calm and rest your feet before finishing the journey.

  1. 1000 Richmond Terr, (between Snug Harbor Rd and Tysen St)
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Queens

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Hop the S40 bus back to Manhattan, then hightail it to the Whithall R train and make your way to Astoria, where you can indulge your cinéaste (read: nerdy, Blu-ray–obsessed) side at the Museum of the Moving Image. Check out the institution’s permanent hands-on exhibit, “Behind the Screen,” where you can dabble in the basics of film production and even create a short animated film. Another must-see is the newest show, “Spectacle: The Music Video,” a comprehensive survey that covering 300 notable examples of the art form.

  1. 36-01 35th Ave, (at 37th St), 11106
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Brooklyn

Hurry back to the Steinway Street station to catch the R train down to Kings County. Once you exit the Union Street station congrats are in order. You’ve reached the final borough (cue celebratory horn blaring). Now it’s time for a drink and some sit-down eats. There’s been something of an influx of boozy barbecue places in Park Slope and Gowanus as of late, and Pork Slope is the best of the bunch for turning dinner into a munching-and-sipping all-nighter (the kitchen closes at 2am, the bar at 4am). Wash down your sandwich—we’re big on the pulled pork ($13) and BLT ($12)—and a complimentary side (potato salad, mac and cheese) with an affordable brew ($4–$6) or that day’s beer-and-shot special ($5). And then repeat. You’ve earned it.

  1. 247 Fifth Ave, (between Carroll St and Garfield Pl), 11215
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