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The Bronx

Bronx is a place of world-famous attractions, diverse artistic expression, miles of parks, and over 60 landmarks and historic districts. It’s where people like Edgar Allan Poe and Mark Twain lived and break dancing and salsa music were born.

The Bronx Zoo

The Bronx Zoo, also known as the New York Zoological Society and the Wildlife Conservation Society, has been a New York City landmark for over a century.
The Bronx Zoo & Buy Tickets

The Bronx Museum of the Arts

The Bronx Museum of the Arts is the borough’s key fine arts institution and is nationally acclaimed for reflecting the multi-ethnicity of its community and New York City. An exciting permanent collection features more than 800 works, primarily by artists from Africa, Asia and Latin America. Changing exhibitions bring fresh perspective to the urban experience and new insight to contemporary themes, particularly those with historical and cultural relevance to the Bronx.
Location
1040 Grand Concourse (at 165 Street) Bronx, NY 10468
Hours
Wed: 12 pm – 9 pm; Thur – Sun: 12 pm – 6 pm

Admission
$3.00 for adults, $2.00 for students & seniors, children under 12 Free. Wednesdays free.
The New York Pass grants you free admission to the Museum and a 10% discount in the Gift Shop.
The Bronx Museum of the Arts

Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum and Gardens

National landmark, which houses examples of fine 19th century furniture and decorative arts. The newly restored three-story Carriage House contains a carriage stable, hay loft and tack room that give visitors insight into what life was like on the estate. There’s also a serene garden with a formal pool. Bartow-Pell hosts special events and exhibitions year round.
Location
Shore Road in Pelham Bay Park Bronx, NY
(718) 885-1461
Direction

#6 train or NY Express Bus to Pelham Bay Park, then #45 Westchester Bee Line bus to gates (bus does not run on Sundays).
Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum and Gardens

Edgar Allan Poe Cottage

America’s first great literary master lived in this farmhouse at the end of his life, and today the small, modest home looks very much as it did when Poe lived here 1846-1849. While living at the cottage, Poe wrote Annabel Lee, Ulalume, The Bells and Eureka. The house tour is complemented by an award-winning video that provides insight into the writer and the man.
Location
Grand Concourse & E. Kingsbridge Rd. (in Poe Park) Bronx, NY 10458
(718) 881-8900
Hours
Sat: 10 am – 4 pm, Sun: 1 pm – 5pm. Weekday tours by appointment
Direction

Subway #4 or D to Kingsbridge Road or bus BX1, BX2, BX9, BX28
Edgar Allan Poe Cottage

Orchard Beach

Built in the 1930s, this mile-long beach is the borough’s most popular summertime meeting place. There’s a boardwalk for people-watching, a band shell where weekend concerts are held, and tennis, paddleball and basketball courts.
Location
Pelham Bay Park Bronx, NY 10465
(718) 885-2275
Direction

Subway #6 or NY Express Bus/Pelham Bay to Pelham Bay Park, then bus BX12 to the beach (summer only). A great option: Take your bicycle on the #6 subway to Pelham Bay station, then ride the Greenway path to the beach.
Orchard Beach

Pelham Bay Park

Pelham Bay Park, located in the northeast corner of the New York City borough of The Bronx, is at 2,764 acres (11 km²) the largest public park in New York City, more than three times the size of Manhattan’s Central Park. It is operated by the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation.
Location
Pelham Bay Park Bronx, NY 10465
Direction

Subway #6 or NY Express Bus/Pelham Bay to Pelham Bay Park, then bus BX12 to the beach (summer only).
Pelham Bay Park

New York Botanical Garden

A national historic landmark, the New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) occupies 250 acres, 40 of which are pre-settlement forest. NYBG features 27 outdoor gardens and plant collections and the nation’s most beautiful Victorian conservatory, the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, a beautiful crystal palace that is home to exotic plants from around the world. Other special sites to visit are the Everett Children’s Adventure Garden, the Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden and the T.H. Everett Rock Garden. And don’t miss the narrated tram and golf cart tours. NYBG is especially magical during the holidays, when the Victorian Train Show transforms the Conservatory into a timeless wonderland.
Bronx Botanical Garden & Buy Tickets

Woodlawn Cemetery

Since its founding in 1863, the Woodlawn Cemetery has been the final resting place for America’s rich and famous, among them George M. Cohan, Augustus D. Julliard, Duke Ellington, Miles Davis and merchant kings F. W. Woolworth, J.C. Penney and R.H. Macy. Woodlawn is also an oasis of art, history and beautiful ecology, and serves as a sanctuary to diverse bird life and many of New York’s Great Trees. Cultural events take place throughout the year, including Memorial Day and 4th of July concerts featuring the music of Cohan, Ellington and Davis.
Location
Webster Avenue & E. 233rd Street Bronx, NY 10470
(718) 920-0500
Hours
9 am – 5 pm, 7 days a week; group tours by appointment
Direction

Entrances on Jerome Avenue at Bainbridge Avenue or Webster Avenue at E. 233 Street. Subway #4 to last stop; or Metro-North commuter rail to Woodlawn; or Liberty Lines Express Bus BXM4B to Jerome Avenue; bus BX31 to Webster Ave, BX16 and BX34 to Jerome Avenue.
Woodlawn Cemetery

Van Cortlandt House Museum

Built in 1748, Van Cortlandt House is the oldest surviving residence in The Bronx. Twice during the Revolutionary War, George Washington used Van Cortlandt as headquarters. Due to its location in Van Cortlandt Park, the house appears much as it did two centuries ago, when it was the rural manor house of a large and prosperous wheat plantation. Since 1896 the National Society of Colonial Dames in the State of New York has operated the house as a museum furnished with decorative arts and Van Cortlandt family collections.
Location
Broadway at 246 Street Bronx, NY 10471
(718) 543-3344
Hours
Tues – Fri: 10 am – 3 pm; Sat & Sun: 11 am – 4 pm. Closed Mon. Guided tours by appointment.
Direction

Subway #1 to 242 Street or Bus BX9 to 244 Street or Liberty Lines Express Bus BXM3 or #1, #2 Westchester Bee Line bus.

Admission
The New York Pass grants you free admission to the Museum, plus a 10% discount on merchandise.
Van Cortlandt House Museum

Lourdes of America

This replica of France’s famous shrine is a dazzling sight, with hundreds of votive candles lit by devout pilgrims who come to collect the grotto’s flowing water, said to have miraculous healing powers. The adjacent Scala Santa (Holy Stair) depicts different stages in the life of Jesus Christ and a life-size sculpture of the crucifixion. There’s also a bookshop with Christian titles and gifts.
Location
833 Mace Avenue (at Bronxwood Ave) St. Lucy’s Church Bronx, NY 10467
(718) 882-0710
Hours
Year-round, 7 days a week, sunrise to sunset
Direction

Subway # 2 to Allerton Avenue or Liberty Lines Express Bus BXM11 then walk or take bus BX26 to Bronxwood Avenue; or Metro-North commuter rail to New York Botanical, then bus BX26.

Fonthill Castle at the College of Mt. St. Vincent

Romantically located on a bluff overlooking the Hudson River, Fonthill was completed in 1852 as a home for the era’s most distinguished actor, Edwin Forrest, and named after William Beckford’s famous English castle, Fonthill Abbey. Now used for administrative offices, it is one of several landmarks on the campus of the College of Mount St. Vincent.
Location
6301 Riverdale Avenue (at West 263rd Street) Bronx, NY 10471
(718) 405-3345
Hours
Tours by appointment
Direction

Subway #1 to 231st Street, then bus BX7 or BX10 to last stop; Liberty Lines Express Bus BXM1 or BXM2 to last stop; Metro-North commuter rail to Riverdale then Rail Link bus (weekdays only); #8 Westchester Bee Line Bus.

How to See Bronx

Harlem Spirituals Gospel & Jazz Tours

Visit Harlem with its bountiful history, culture, and cornucopia of architectural styles from the Gothic Cathedral of St. John the Divine, to the colonial Morris Jumel Mansion, and the elegant brownstones of upscale Sugar Hill and Strivers Row. Stroll along 125th Street and see the famed Apollo Theater. Spend Sunday morning in a Harlem church and experience an uplifting Gospel service followed by a savory soul food brunch. Hear the joyous a cappella sound of the ARC Gospel during the midweek Hour of Power, or relive the jazz age on the exciting Soul Food and Jazz Tour.
More information:
Tours depart from 690 Eighth Avenue (between 43rd/44th Streets), New York, NY
(212) 391-0900

Admission:
The New York Pass entitles you to $5 off any Harlem Gospel Tour and $10 off the Soul Food and Jazz tour.

Bronx Tour for backpackers and tourists

The Bronx Tours start at 9:30am and should end at 3:30pm depending on traffic. Pick up is infront of the soccer field at Asphalt Green Park, between 90th and 91st Street on York Avenue, in Manhattan. The cost is 40 Dollars. The Bronx Tours will also have special events going on during the course of the tour’s seasonal run (for example, the Hip Hop Festival in October)
The Tour: The first stop is the South Bronx–once the postage stamp of crime, urban blight and general despair, the Bronx Tours will take you to the Point Community Development Center, a place where cultural improvement has reigned for the past 11 years. It is a place where local plays, dances, and hip-hop festivals occur all throughout the year. There you will be given a presentation on the Point and on the community it serves. Next comes City Island, Co-op City (the nation’s largest privately owned housing development) Arthur Avenue. The final stop of every tour is the stylish Blue Ox Bar in Mott Haven, where you can have a few beers under artwork created by local artists. Just remember you must be over 21 to drink, and passorts are required!!
For more information:
Sign up by emailing Mo at Moman@bronxtours.net giving your name, and the country where you are from. Pay online! Last minute sign ups must call Mo at 1-646-685-7725

The Free Bronx Tour Trolley

Catch the trolley every weekend-and weekday evenings during the holidays-when the trolley takes you to The Bronx Zoo, The New York Botanical Garden and Arthur Avenue, New York’s True Little Italy. Or come aboard on the first Wednesday evening of the month for a cultural tour of visual and performing arts in the South Bronx.
For more information:
The Weekend & Holiday Trolley: The City of New York Parks & Recreation (718)430-1808
The First Wednesdays Bronx Culture Trolley: Bronx Council on the Arts (718)931-9500
The Bronx Tourism Council: (718)590-BRONX

Other Attractions

Kingsbridge Armory

The Eighth Regiment Armory, also known as the Kingsbridge Armory, was constructed between 1912 to 1917 in Bronx, New York. The Armory was built to house the National Guard’s Eighth Coastal Artillery Regiment unit which relocated from Manhattan in 1917.
Kingsbridge Armory

The Bronx Walk of Fame

The highest honor for Bronxites – introduction to the Bronx Walk of Fame. The ceremony is held every year during the Bronx Week celebration. The permanent street plaques bearing the individuals names can be seen on the famous Grand Concourse, beginning 161st Street.

Hall of Fame of Great Americans, Bronx Community College

University Ave/ W 181st St
neighborhood: University Heights
Sat: 9am-5pm
Sun: 9am-5pm
Continuous open access, first come basis, lining up if necessary
building date: 1900
subway: 4 to Burnside Ave or 183rd St.
bus: Bx3, B12, Bx36, Bx40/ 42.
Hall of Fame of Great Americans

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