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Bronx Zoo Wildlife Conservation Society | Bronx, NY

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Bronx Zoo
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Time Out says

Everything you need to know about visiting the Bronx Zoo (2300 Southern Blvd, Bronx, NY 10458).

Located in the Bronx, NY, this massive attraction is the largest metropolitan zoo in the country. Spanning 265 acres, it has numerous exhibits, forests, outdoor activities and restaurants. Oh, and don’t forget about the 5,000-plus animals! There are lions and tigers and bears (both grizzly and polar), all residing in naturalistic exhibits. You can easily spend hours walking the tree-shrouded trails past exhibits named after continents (African Plains) or taxonomic class (World of Reptiles). The zoo also has premium exhibits for an additional fee, such as the Wild Asia Monorail and the Bug Carousel, but the sea lion feeding is completely free and highly recommended.

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Get buzzed at the zoo
The Bronx Zoo finally began hosting Brew at the Zoo events in 2016, and it’s already one of our favorite times to go to the zoo. At this after-hours party, the grounds are free of pesky children, and it’s your rare chance to see the zoo at night (especially now that the World of Darkness has closed). More than 40 vendors offer unlimited beer samples, and there are food trucks, live music and a monkey house turned VIP lounge.

Fly over the river on a zip line
A brand-new attraction opening in 2017, the Bronx Zoo Treetop Adventure and Nature Trek lets you act like an animal yourself. Climb through the trees and soar for 400 feet over the Bronx River on a 50-foot-high zip line. Though the Treetop Adventure is a premium exhibit, the Nature Trek is free with general admission to the zoo, so go climb the ropes course or explore the nature play area if you’re bringing along kids.

Spend the night in the wild
Another annual zoo event is the adults-only sleepover. Guests age 21 and over can attend the party and spend the night eating, drinking and camping out in tents. There’s also a beer garden with the rhinos, an Instagram scavenger hunt and yoga classes. So no, you’ll never want to leave the zoo.

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Address: 2300 Southern Blvd
Cross street: at Fordham Rd
Transport: Subway: Travel: Metro-North Harlem line local to Fordham, then take the BxM11 bus to the zoo
Price: Total experience tickets $30.55, children 3–12 $21.55, children under 2 free. Wed 10am–6pm pay what you wish
Opening hours: Apr–Oct: Mon–Fri 10am–5pm; Sat, Sun 10am–5:30pm; Nov–Mar: Daily 10am–4:30pm
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You would only like this place if you think that animals don't have feelings, or at least are not entitled to have feelings, because they're not human. The Bronx Zoo has kept Happy the Elephant imprisoned here, for the last 40 years, since she was 7 years old and taken from the wild in Thailand along with 6 other baby elephants. Happy has been living in a one acre enclosure, by herself, since 2006. The other elephant still alive from the original group, Patty, is also alone since her companion, Maxine died in 2018. Elephants live in large social family herds, and travel miles a day in the wild. Staying in such a small enclosure, especially without other elephant companions, is a dismal and depressing existence for them. In the winter it's even worse, they stay inside a building, standing on hard cement, until the spring. The Bronx Zoo stubbornly refuses to release them to a sanctuary, arguing that the elephants are happy.  These elephants look anything but happy, and are only here so that their jailers could make an extra buck displaying them to customers.

Probably one of the top zoo's in the country! So many different animals, all in habitats that don't seem to bee TOO confining or restricting. They certainly do their best to advocate conservation and to make their animals happy as can be. Definitely check out their special events everyday to see animal feedings and special talks! Worth the trek to the Bronx, but wish it wasn't in the Bronx! haha 

Love the Bronx Zoo! I've been coming here since I was a kid and it never gets old. There's always so much to see with a wide variety of animals & exhibits. It's a bit of a trek from most of Manhattan but it's 100% worth the trip! 


I am a lover of animals and can spend hours watching animals do their thing. The Bronx Zoo is well worth the trek out to the Bronx. They have an extensive array of animals, big and small. The park’s layout is well thought out and very kid friendly. My favorite was watching the sea lions being fed – and it was also very cute watching the kids get excited during the feeding session. Be sure to wear sunblock or wear a hat if you’re visiting on a sunny day!

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