When you take your New York car rental around the Big Apple you’ll find no end of attractions and things to keep you busy. But how many of these are fun for the whole family? It’s unlikely that your 6 year old is going to want to take a jaunt through the Met. Fortunately, New York is a city full of possibilities. There are more than enough activities to keep the whole family happy.
A few sites you definitely won’t want to miss are the various zoos around New York. This year, new attractions are being introduced at each zoo to further enhance your experience. If you want your own cubs to experience nature and learn about the wild, then NYC’s zoos are right for you. Read on to find out how the city’s zoos have expanded and improved.
The Bronx Zoo
With your New York car rental, you’re certainly not limited to the Central Park Zoo. Take a drive to the Bronx to check out the $4 million renovation to the Children’s Zoo. Located at 2300 Southern Blvd. the zoo now boasts a Monkey Island. Monkey Island is home to the South American pudu (the world’s tiniest deer!), South American coati-mundi bears, and, of course, 11 squirrel monkeys. Your children will fall in love with the Children Zoo’s newest resident – a giant anteater that goes by the name Velcro.
Finally, your children will adore the interactive qualities of the petting zoo and tree house slide. Find the gorgeous penguin exhibit at the Aquatic Bird House. Kids enter the zoo for $23.95, and adult tickets are $33.95.
If you want to get out in the sun and enjoy the weather on the way to Bronx Zoo, park your New York car rental and venture across the High Bridge. This hike may not be suitable for the whole family, but if you’re kid-free then this 1,450-foot walkway may be just the trip for you. If you do have kids, why not pull out a few bicycles? The High Bridge connects Manhattan to the Bronx on a journey over the Harlem River. It’s a gorgeous trip to enjoy the incredible views that New York has to offer.
New York Botanical Garden
While this may not count as a “zoo” per se, the Botanical Garden provides an awe-inspiring look at what nature has to offer. Located at 2900 Southern Blvd. in the Bronx (conveniently close to the Bronx Zoo), the Botanical Gardens’ Haupt Conservatory has reimagined Frida Kahlo’s Casa Azul home and studio. With replicas of her studio, decorative pyramid, and gardens with the same plants, you’ll think you drove back in time in your New York car rental.
On top of the Kahlo exhibit, entitled “Frida Kahlo – Art, Garden, Life”, you can wander the 250 acres of orchids, forests, and herbs. Adults enter for $20, students and seniors for $18, and kids for $8.
The Central Park Zoo
What would a visit to New York be without a trip to the Central Park Zoo? One of the most popular attractions in the Big Apple, the Central Park Zoo offers a thrilling experience for the whole family.
The Zoo offers a variety of exhibitions with animals from all over the world. Exhibits include:
- Tropic Zone: The Rainforest
- Polar Circle
- Grizzly Bear & Treena’s Overlook
- Central Garden & Sea Lion Pool
- Temperate Territory
- Tisch Children’s Zoo
- Allison Maher Stern Snow Leopard
The Central Park Zoo has almost any animal your child could dream of. And who doesn’t love cuddly animals like penguins and sea lions? Fortunately your children can take part in feeding both of those adorable creatures. The Central Park Zoo has a number of other activities, including Zoo Quests and a 4-D theatre.
The Central Park Zoo certainly isn’t the only one you can visit. Depending on your location in New York, you may choose one of the many other zoos available. For similar exhibits to the Central Park Zoo check out Queens Zoo, the Prospect Park Zoo, and the New York Aquarium for nature’s submarine wonders.
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