30. The Bronx, New York USA
Most people who visit the New York area never make it to the Bronx. Or if they do they may visit Yankee Stadium and perhaps don’t even realize that its in the Bronx. There are many more facets to the Bronx though. You can find a zoo, special exhibits at amazing museums or visit beautiful gardens and parks.
The Bronx is the northernmost of the five boroughs of New York City bordering with Westchester county in Yonkers and is located north of Manhattan Island.
How To Get Here
Amtrak, Long Island Railroad, Metro-North Railroad and NJ Transit all have services to New York Penn Station or Grand Central Station in Manhattan, NY, then you can take local New York City Transit Authority trains into the Bronx. The trains to the Bronx are the 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, B and D.
There are five airports in the New York area (Islip McArthur (ISP), JFK, LaGuardia (LGA), Newark-Liberty (EWR) and White Plains (HPN)). The closest two are LaGuardia and White Plains. Of course you can fly into JFK and Newark from most places in the world with international and domestic U.S. flights.
The following airlines has service to New York-LaGuardia (LGA):
Air Canada (AC), American Airlines (AA), Delta Airlines (DL), Frontier Airlines (F9), JetBlue Airways (B6), Southwest Airlines (WN), Spirit Airlines (NK), United Airlines (UA), Virgin America (VX) and WestJet (WS).
The following airlines has service to New York-White Plains (HPN):
American Airlines (AA), Cape Air (9K), Delta Airlines (DL), JetBlue Airways (B6) and United Airlines (UA).
It’s New York, so there are several buses that offer service into the city; some such as BoltBus. Here are a few of them:
If you are already in the region you can take the drive. Just use a service like Google Maps for directions.
Where To Stay
When I travel to the Bronx, I usually stay with friends and/or family. There are a few hotels in the Bronx or you can stay in New York City or in nearby Westchester county. Check below for a place to stay.
==>> Try Airbnb.
Where To Eat
The Bronx has a treasure trove of places to eat. As its ethnically diverse you get all kinds of foods. I’m biased to the Jamaican food though and its quite plentiful in the Bronx. Plus there is a heavy Latin population from Puerto Rico and the rest of the Caribbean. There is also an area called Little Italy where of course you can get Italian food.
There’s an amazing gelato ice cream place called Lollipops at 4120 Baychester Ave, Bronx, NY 10466. Yeah, I was just as surprised as you are when my friend took me there. The ice cream is homemade, divine and a combination of Jamaican and Italian flavors. The owner is actually from Jamaica.
The most famous patty place is Royal Caribbean Bakery at the end of the #5 subway line at Dyre Avenue.
What To Do
When in Bronx, you’ll never get bored because there are a bunch of things to do; a lot more than you would have imagined. You can get something called the New York Pass which will give you discounts on several attractions, not only in the Bronx, but in other parts of New York City. Here is a partial list of things to do:
- Visit the Bronx Zoo
- Visit City Island
- Check out the Grand Concourse, the longest street in the Bronx at 4 miles and 180 feet wide!
- Visit the New York Botanical Garden
- Visit Yankee Stadium
You can find a longer list of things at the Bronx Council Web site.
One other thing that’s worthwhile is that on the #2 and #5 subway lines the stations have stained glass windows on the station platform. These are very intricate designs that are different at each stations as well as within a station.
==>> Here is a list of things to do from Trip Advisor.
==>> Here is a list of Tour offered by Viator.