A certain, specific question is certain to come into the minds of many visitors to New York City: What do to in the Bronx? This popular borough is the northernmost area of New York City, bordering Manhattan, Queens and Westchester, and contains some of the most vibrant communities, must-see attractions, hottest bars and restaurants, and plain coolest places in the entire city. So, for those who are getting ready to visit the Bronx – what should you add to your must-see list when you head there?
What to Do in the Bronx: A Guide for Visitors
Of course, one of the most familiar sights to see in the Bronx is Yankee Stadium — home of the team colloquially known as the “Bronx Bombers.” The baseball season runs from April through September, with the postseason going through October if the Yankees qualify (and they usually do). If you happen to go during the season, catching a game is a must; the stadium is big enough that you may be able to secure a cheap ticket. Don’t expect that type of bargain if they’re playing their arch rival Red Sox, however! There are plenty of great Yankee-themed watering holes around the ballpark, too. Stop in to Stan’s Sports Bar or the Bronx Drafthouse to have some pregame fun. Even if you go visit the Bronx out of baseball season, a stop by Yankee Stadium is always recommended; go take the tour and check out Monument Park and the site’s other attractions.
The Bronx Zoo is also up there for the most famous Bronx attractions. It’s easy to get to — there are two subway lines and numerous bus lines that will take you right there — and has one of the most comprehensive animal collections in the world. There are over 4,000 animals over the zoo’s 265 acres. If you go, be sure to check out the amazing Tiger Mountain exhibit and the fantastic Bison Range section; there aren’t many other zoos in the world that have bison in captivity. It’s an extraordinary place to visit for all ages.
New York Botanical Garden
Looking to get in some nature while you’re in New York City? The New York Botanical Garden is just what you need. Off of Southern Boulevard in the Bronx, this big (over 250 acres) and lush area contains over a million different plants from all around the world to explore and enjoy.
Food & Drink
Looking to wet your whistle while in the Bronx? There are plenty of great places to stop in for a few libations. Gun Hill Brewery is off of Laconia Avenue in the Bronx and offers a fine selection of made-with-love microbrews (try to find their Rise Up Rye beer, made in conjunction with the “Hamilton” production). If you’re not a beer fan, head over to Tin Marin off of Riverdale Avenue for some fine tapas and delicious wine.
Another gem in the Bronx? Try Clinton Hall on East 189th. This is one of the finest craft beer selections in the entire City, and has plenty of fun atmosphere for visitors — there’s ping-pong and jenga to play, and the outdoor beer garden is perfect for when nice weather hits. Oh, and if you’d like another fine place to go to for a meal while you’re in the Bronx,- the City Island Lobster House offers delicious seafood and fine meals.
Baseball, animals, flowers, beer, seafood and much more — what a fine menu of activities the Bronx offers! Be sure to put this borough on your itinerary when you head to New York City.