The Bronx

Sure, the Bronx is home to the world-famous New York Yankees (otherwise known as the Bronx Bombers), who play out of the brand-new Yankee Stadium. But this borough holds other attractions for visitors to New York City. Begin with the Bronx Zoo, the country's largest urban wildlife preserve at 265 acres; a standout is the Congo Gorilla Forest, an enormous recreation of an African rainforest. Both visitors and city residents will appreciate the green escape offered by the New York Botanical Garden, a 250-acre expanse of forest and indoor and outdoor gardens that hosts concerts, classes, special exhibitions, and guided tours; the garden also includes the Bronx River, the only freshwater river in the city. Other attractions in the borough include the Bronx Museum of the Arts and the Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum.

Restaurant options in the Bronx range from family-style Italian at Dominick's to the seasonal cuisine at the Riverdale Garden. Located beyond Pelham Bay Parkway in the northern part of the borough is City Island, a tiny, quaint village whose harbor houses yachts, fishing boats and a cluster of seafood restaurants (including the Lobster Box).
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