Fodor's Expert Review Bronx Zoo

The Bronx Zoo/Aquarium Fodor's Choice
Statue, The Bronx Zoo, The Bronx, New York City, New York, USA

With 265 acres and more than 10,000 animals representing 700-plus species, this is the largest metropolitan zoo in the United States, opened in 1899. See exotic creatures in outdoor settings that re-create natural habitats; you're often separated from the animals by no more than a moat or wall of glass. Don't miss the Congo Gorilla Forest, a 6½-acre re-creation of a lush African rain forest with western lowland gorillas, as well as mandrills, okapis, and red river hogs. At Tiger Mountain an open viewing shelter lets you get incredibly close to Siberian tigers. As the big cats nap at midday, visit in the morning or afternoon. Madagascar! is a verdant re-creation of one of the world's most threatened natural habitats, with lemurs and hissing cockroaches.

Go on a mini-safari via the Wild Asia Monorail, May through October, weather permitting. Here you can view Asian elephants, Indo-Chinese tigers, Indian rhinoceroses, and other species. Try to visit popular exhibits, such as Congo... READ MORE

With 265 acres and more than 10,000 animals representing 700-plus species, this is the largest metropolitan zoo in the United States, opened in 1899. See exotic creatures in outdoor settings that re-create natural habitats; you're often separated from the animals by no more than a moat or wall of glass. Don't miss the Congo Gorilla Forest, a 6½-acre re-creation of a lush African rain forest with western lowland gorillas, as well as mandrills, okapis, and red river hogs. At Tiger Mountain an open viewing shelter lets you get incredibly close to Siberian tigers. As the big cats nap at midday, visit in the morning or afternoon. Madagascar! is a verdant re-creation of one of the world's most threatened natural habitats, with lemurs and hissing cockroaches.

Go on a mini-safari via the Wild Asia Monorail, May through October, weather permitting. Here you can view Asian elephants, Indo-Chinese tigers, Indian rhinoceroses, and other species. Try to visit popular exhibits, such as Congo Gorilla Forest, early to avoid lines later in the day. In winter the outdoor exhibitions have fewer animals on view, but there's plenty to savor indoors. Some exhibits have an extra charge; to see everything, consider purchasing the Total Experience ticket.

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Quick Facts

2300 Southern Blvd.
Bronx, New York  10460, USA

718-220–5100

www.bronxzoo.com

Sight Details:
Rate Includes: General admission $22.95–$25.95 (extra charge for some exhibits); Total Experience ticket $28.95–$38.95; free entry Wed. (suggested donation; some attractions extra), Last entry to exhibits is 30 mins before closing; check website for seasonal discounts available when purchasing tickets online; parking $16

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