Family Vacations: Bronx Zoo

By: the Editors of Mobil Travel Guide

The Bronx Zoo's Congo Gorilla Forest exhibit features more than 300 animals,including one of the largest breeding groups of lowland gorillas.

The signature exhibit at this world-famous urban zoo is its breathtaking 6.5-acre Congo Gorilla Forest, a re-created rainforest complete with mist and a riot of lush green landscaping. As you meander along its path, you'll pass black-and-white colobus monkeys and walk through a fallen tree to see okapis, red river hogs, and mandrills. Then you head into a huge tree trunk for a short film about gorillas. When the movie ends and the screen goes up, you find yourself in a glass-enclosed observation room in the middle of the gorilla habitat.

The Children's Zoo lets children experience life from an animal's perspective. They can crawl through a prairie dog tunnel, listen for sounds through a fox's ear, climb a spiderweb, and shimmy up a tree to be eye to eye with the lemurs right next door.

A new Bug Carousel, where children can take a spin on a shiny green mantis, a bumblebee, a ladybug, or a black beetle, sits next to the popular Butterfly Garden. Three times a day in the tiger area zookeepers bring behind-the-scenes activities front and center to show visitors how they keep animals stimulated and entertained. In winter, indoor exhibits such as the World of Reptiles, housed in an original nineteenth-century building, allow guests to stay toasty while they tour.


Bronx Zoo Information

Address: Fordham Rd. and the Bronx River Pkwy., Bronx, NY

Telephone: 718/367-1010

Hours of Operation: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., daily

Admission: $14 adults; $10 kids


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Laura Sutherland is a widely acknowledged authority on family travel and has published several books on the topic, including Best Family Ski Vacations In North America and Tropical Family Vacations.