OPEN IN NYC - BRONX, BROOKLYN & QUEENS

Find space and nature within city limits. Also see our open in Manhattan and best of virtual NYC guides.

Plus our holiday guide for safe festive fun.

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BRONX

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. The delicious Café has grab-and-go items, snacks and beverages amn outdoor seating on a lovely terrace. Or bing your own food to a picnic area by the art gallery. Currently…

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 Holiday Train Show – Members Only

* Marvel at model trains zipping around stunning New York landmark replicas made of plant parts such as nuts, bark, and leaves (most of it in the climate-controlled indoors).

* With capacity very limited for social distancing, this captivating display is only open to Members and Bronx Community Partners. Annual memberships start at $90 for individuals, $145 for families (tax-deductible)…

BROOKLYN

Reverberation

Brooklyn-DUMBO, Downtown & Heights

Use foot pedals to ring five cast bronze symphonic bell structures along the Brooklyn waterfront. Each bell has a unique pattern of drilled holes and distinct tones that match evocative titles: Reflector, Singer, Dreamer, Listener, and Mother.

Artist Davina Semo intends for these bright orange bells to sound an optimistic note. As we “ring out…

Prospect Park Zoo

Brooklyn-Prospect Park/Park Slope

This former menagerie is designed to allow up-close animal viewing, perfect for families with young children who want to learn about wildlife.

Explore a Discovery Trail and encounter 400 animals of 150 species including red panda, dingo, and a host of beautiful birds. Visit unique small cats, sea lions and Chinese-big headed turtles.

Advance online…

Brooklyn Botanical Garden

Brooklyn-Prospect Park/Park Slope

Explore a 52-acre urban botanic garden with a variety of plants and habitats.

*  Don’t miss the lovely Japanese Garden’s pond, home to turtles, carp, ducks and its small Shinto shrine guarded by two stone fox statues.

* Download a kids field journal and see these tips for visiting with kids. The one-acre…

Vale Rink

Brooklyn-Williamsburg

Glide on an impact absorbent/environmentally friendly ice-like surface with incredible city views at this outdoor rink on the 23rd floor of hip hotel The William Vale. Warm up in a rinkside tent with hot chocolate and treats.

50-minute skate sessions include skate and locker rentals.

Winter at Industry City

Brooklyn-Sunset Park

The public art & high design at this innovative hub has cool art and  photo-ops throughout in addition to tons of great international food options & with lots of heated outdoor seating. Housr vary by vendor, check the opening/closing schedules.

Ice skate in outside in courtyard 5/6 ($12, $10/skate rentals). Penguin skate aids available…

Brooklyn Bridge Park Sustainability Scavenger Hunt

Brooklyn-DUMBO, Downtown & Heights

Investigate the sustainable design of Brooklyn Bridge Park in a self-guided scavenger hunt. Travel through the northern end of the park (from Pier 1 to 99 Plymouth Street), searching for clues and answers to questions about the park’s incorporation of reused and recycled materials and efforts in conservation and ecological restoration.

Advanced registration required. All…

QUEENS

Monuments Now

Queens-LIC

This outdoor exhibition seeks to address the role of monuments in society and commemorate underrepresented narratives such as diasporic, Indigenous, and queer histories. Part I features Jeffrey Gibson’s massive technicolor ziggurat ‘Because Once You Enter My House It Becomes Our House‘ and works by Paul Ramírez Jonas and Xaviera Simmons.

Queens Zoo

Queens-Corona

This intimate zoo in Flushing Meadows houses wildlife native to the Americas including more than 4,000 Puerto Rican crested toads, Andean Bear Cubs, American bison and rare breeds of domestic animals including Flemish giant rabbits, Texas longhorn cattle, and Jacob’s four-horned sheep.

Some food and shopping available but only accepting credit card/apple pay. Only outdoor…

Queens County Farm Museum

Queens

Visit 47-acres of the longest continuously farmed site in New York State (since 1697). See historic farm buildings, a greenhouse complex,  farm vehicles and implements, planting fields, an orchard and herb garden and livestock including cattle, sheep, chickens and llamas.

Also visit floral pop-up The Fall Escape (separate timed ticket required).

Queens Botanical Garden

Queens-Corona

Explore lovely gardens in a 39-acre oasis in one of New York City’s most bustling and diverse neighborhoods. Look for site-specific art throughout the garden including ocean conservation-focused exhibition With Every Fiber of Our Being with hand-embroidered portraits of underwater life on upcycled canvases.

Classes & Camps

GIANT Open Studio

Chelsea

Build STEAM projects as a family. Play and make with creative tools including Rigamajig blocks and Clixo magnetic sets. Use fabrication machines including Laser Cut, 3D Printer, Sticker Maker, Button Maker, and Embroidery Machine with guidance from instructors.

Includes a complimentary pack of activities to take home and continue making.