Bronx Zoo

Bronx Zoo

The largest urban zoo of the United States lies within the heart of the Bronx, and is a must-visit for nature/ animal lovers or those with children. With numerous themed zones, species range from gibbons and gorillas to African and American wildcats, including cheetahs, panthers and lions. Recent habitat develops include a renovated JungleWorld ape and primate zone which replicates the natural rain-forest, along with Wild Asia, which represents some of the most common species from that part of the world.

New York Botanical Garden

New York Botanical Garden

Shaded pagodas, trickling waterfalls and sheltered rose gardens are just some of the multifarious and beautiful attractions of this 250 acre botanical park. 50 acres of these gardens alone consists of dense woodland, while the remainder are filled with beautiful landscaped areas such as the Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden and Enid A. Haupt glass conservatory. Children will be spoiled for choice by the plethora of activities available within the Everett Adventure Park, from playgrounds to painting lessons, they are guaranteed hours of fun.

Van Cortlandt Park

Van Cortlandt Park

New York’s fourth largest public park comprises of over 1140 acres of verdant woodland, nature reserves and flat open meadows, along with America’s first public golf course and the region’s largest lake. Whether you’re seeking relaxation in the summer sun, or strenuous watersporting activities, Van Cortlandt has it all. If you’re a lover of walking or cycling, the 1.7 mile John Muir Nature Trail is a must.

Central Park

Central Park

Comprising over 840 acres of woodland, grassy plains, conservation areas, rivers, courts and playgrounds, Central Park has been described as “America’s Garden” and an “urban oasis”. Indeed with so much space, and endless trails to explore, both walkers and bikers alike will find the park a god-send, however there are many other attractions on offer such as the Central Park and Tisch Children’s Zoo, Loeb Park Boathouse and Belvedere Castle.