This post about the Bronx Zoo’s Boo at the Zoo was made possible by The Bronx Zoo who provided us with complimentary admission and parking at the Bronx Zoo. We appreciate their support of Jersey Family Fun that allows us to share with families information about New York Day Trips we think your family may enjoy.
Visit the largest urban zoo in the country this fall- and it’s not as far from home as you think!
The Bronx Zoo, is the place of countless class trips and family days out. Our family had never been, and while we are not far from New York City, I always thought it was just too far. On a recent Sunday we headed to the Bronx and in just over an hour, we were at the zoo. We even found a parking spot on the street! (FYI: there are multiple zoo parking lots available.)
The Bronx Zoo is 265 acres and has 4000 animals, so its likely you’re not going to see everything in one day. Take the time before you go to find out what each family member wants to see, and plan your path. The zoo was crowded during our visit, but after we prioritized what we wanted to see and what could wait for our next time, we were ready.
Since our visit was during Bronx Zoo’s Boo at the Zoo, we made sure to stop by a lot of that programming. With so many guests in costumes from animals to superheroes, it was one big Halloween party! Boo at the Zoo takes place every weekend in October, and includes the following activities:
- Hay Maze
- Jack o Lantern Illumination
- Costume Parade
- 3D carved pumpkins
- Treat Stations
- Creepy Crafts
- Mystery of Animals Stations
- Special Music Shows
We enjoyed it all, from the fun and creative costumes on adults and children to the animal inspired illuminated jack o lanterns. While we made animal masks at the Creepy Crafts station, we watched skilled artisans making some impressive animal pumpkin sculptures. Maybe it will give you inspiration for your own pumpkins at home! Boo at the Zoo is a great way to make the Halloween holiday last while treating your family to an educational day out.
Of course there’s the animals at the zoo to amaze you as well. Our favorite animals to see were gorillas, tigers, flamingos, and reptiles. These did not disappoint! The Congo Gorilla Forest was my favorite. I loved watching the female gorillas tend to their young and seeing the male gorillas show off for the zoo guests. The World of Reptiles was another favorite, with the huge snakes and cute swimming turtles. I was also a fan of the building’s architectural details! Our plans for our visit next time include the sea lions, children’s zoo and elephants.
Need a break from the walking? There’s the Wild Asia Monorail that gives you a birds eye view of the zoo’s elephants, red pandas, and rhinos. Shuttles run throughout the zoo to get from one end to the other, and there’s plenty of seating throughout. We had no trouble finding restrooms and food when we needed it, and plenty of staff members were available to answer questions.
There are a few days left for Bronx Zoo’s Boo at the Zoo, and don’t forget about the NJEA convention days off coming up. The Bronx Zoo is open year-round and would make a great day trip when school is closed for the day!
The Bronx Zoo is located at 2300 Southern Boulevard Bronx, New York. It is open year round. Hours vary by season, but is always open from 10-4:30. Admission is free on Wednesday, and begins at $12.95 daily. More details and tickets for Boo at the Zoo are available here.
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