The Bronx

Find space and nature within city limits in the Bronx.

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Playground for All Children Pelham Bay Park

This playground is one of several throughout the city aimed at providing a recreation area that all children, able bodied and disabled. Colorful play equipment and handrails that can be reached by children using crutches or wheelchairs, textured pavement and Braille signs to help guide the blind, and swings are accessible to all.

All can explore a fun spray shower, a natural area with accessible boardwalk and activity stations, a shallow pond with wetland plantings, a sensory corner, adjustable basketball hoops, bleachers with shade covers, benches, game tables, picnic tables and more.

Dinosaur Safari

Travel back in time and get up close with 52 life-sized animatronic dinosaurs and pterosaurs in the Bronx Zoo’s a ¼ mile-long walk-through Dinosaur Safari. Look for the new-this-year 110-foot Argentinosaurus, the 40 foot long Tyrannosaurus rex and the largest known pterosaur Quetzalcoatlus. At the ADA-accessible dig site, dig up ancient fossils, compare them to…

Wave Hill

Explore 28-acre of gardens and woodlands with more than 4,000 varieties of trees, shrubs, vines, and herbaceous plants and dramatic views of the Hudson River.

* Join nature-inspired outdoor family art projects on Saturday & Sunday mornings.

* Visit indoor rotating nature-inspired multimedia art exhibits in the Glyndor Gallery.

* Free admission on Thursdays.

Bronx Zoo

 See tigers, bears, gorillas and over 650 other species of awesome animals at this 265 acres+ zoo.

* Tons of indoor and outdoor attractions – expect lots of walking but strollers welcome and the roads are scenic with pretty trees (and some bold peacocks).

* Learn about gorillas and watch them play in the mostly indoors Congo Gorilla Forest, ride on a ladybug on the Bug Carousel, pet and feed sheep, cows…

New York Botanical Garden

Experience a multisensory presentation of the work of internationally celebrated Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama. Explore the artist’s profound engagement with nature throughout the changing seasons from spring into fall.

* Multiple installations across NYBG’s 250-acre landmark landscape and buildings include Kusama’s signature mirrored environments and organic forms – find polka-dotted sculptures of colossal flora, mesmerizing nature-based paintings, biomorphic collages, giant mirrored cubes, a pumpkin infinity room and  a spectacular horticultural showcase in the  Conservatory. New works created by the legendary, 90-year-old artist, include a monumental site-specific ‘Dancing Pumpkin’ sculpture and her first-ever participatory greenhouse installation, where visitors place Daisies and transform a greenhouse.

* A new immersive Infinity Mirrored Room—Illusion Inside the Heart, responds to varying natural light through colored glass throughout the day and seasons. Separate tickets required for interior access; tickets are highly limited and expected to sell out. Up to four people can enter the at once.

* Themed activities in the  interactive Children’s Garden include a Scavenger Hunt pamphlet with, self-guided activities including searching for plants with the dot patterns that inspired Kusama. Join readings of  Yayoi Kusama: From Here to Infinity!, one of our favorite art books, weekends at 11 am, 1 pm & 3pm.

Wave Hill Family Art Project

Enjoy nature-inspired art projects among gorgeous gardens and trees overlooking the Hudson River. Themes change weekly.

Takes place indoors, but there is some outdoor walking to get to the project.

The number of families able to participate at any given time will be limited to about nine. If you arrive and capacity is full, program…

Bronx Zoo Treetop Adventure

Hangout in the treetops at the Bronx Zoo’s sustainably created aerial ropes course. Ride a 400-foot-long zipline over the Bronx River and/or swing from rope to rope, skateboard high above the ground, and navigate your way through the trees i seven courses of varying difficulties.

Make of it with a visit to the many animals…

Rocking the Boat Community Sailing

Community non-profit Rocking the Boat, host of weekly Community Rowing, provides free sailing lessons on the South Bronx waterfront.

There is no minimum age, but children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult guardian.  Life jackets in all sizes provided.