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Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum
Photograph: Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum

The best things to do near the New York Botanical Garden

After ogling gorgeous greenery at the New York Botanical Garden, let the Bronx-fun continue at these nearby attractions

By Time Out New York contributors and Jonathan Cotto

Out of all the New York attractions in the Bronx, we think the New York Botanical Garden is pretty great. But when you go—and you will—we encourage you to stick around the Bronx, NY area and explore some of the other amazing attractions, NYC parks and best restaurants only a short subway ride away from the iconic gardens. In case you need suggestions, see our top picks for things to do near the New York Botanical Garden below.

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Things to do near the New York Botanical Garden

1. Museum of Bronx History and Historical Society

Museums The Bronx

If you’re spending time in the Bronx area and are in need of some more day-time activities, why not dive into some Bronx history? Current exhibitions at this treasured museum include The American Presidency: Politics & The Bronx and Remembrance of Pearl Harbor: The Bronx Goes to War, which is an examination of the aftermath effects on the Bronx and its people.

The Bronx Brewery
Photograph: Courtesy The Bronx Brewery

2. The Bronx Brewery

Bars Breweries The Bronx

Beer lovers are drawn to this craft brewery for its delicious, rotating crop of ales, but they stay—and keep coming back—because of the atmosphere and good company. During the warm months, grab a spot at a picnic table in the backyard, order the tasting selection and challenge your buddies to a game of Jenga while enjoying the sun. In colder months, the indoor tasting room is the perfect place to bundle up with specialty cask ale.


3. Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum

Museums History The Bronx

The history of this beautiful estate dates back to the 17th Century, when Thomas Pell signed a treaty with the Siwanoy Indians to purchase what is now the Bronx borough. Located within today’s Pelham Bay Park, the current house was built between 1836 and 1842, and was sold to the City of New York in 1888. Re-opened as a museum in 1946, it now offers tours of its furnishings, carriage house and formal gardens.

4. Bronx Zoo Wildlife Conservation Society

Attractions Zoo and aquariums The Bronx

The biggest urban zoo in the country happens to be accessible with just a swipe of your MetroCard. Lions, tigers and bears are all there, along with 600 other species. Popular exhibits include the Congo Gorilla Forest, where primates run and play, and the Wild Asia Monorail, which takes you past the aforementioned tigers and other endangered creatures in their expansive habitats.

Ann & Tony's
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Ralph N.

5. Ann & Tony's

Restaurants The Bronx

This Arthur Avenue staple has withstood the test of time—the eatery has been serving its community for five generations since 1927. Surely its flavor comes from the Chef’s spoon and authentic Italian recipes.

Photograph: Lindsay M Taylor

6. Edgar Allan Poe Cottage

Attractions Monuments and memorials The Bronx

Fun fact: Edgar Allan Poe spent the last years of his life in the Bronx, and his house still stands. Visit a wooden farmhouse built in or around 1812 for an outstanding blast from the past.

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