Last Wednesday, my sister and I spent the morning with a wide variety of animals at New York’s Bronx Zoo. We arrived when the Zoo opened at 10 a.m. and looked around for a bit before heading to the sea lions’ pool at 11 a.m. for feeding time. We only spent two hours there—long enough to see all our favorite animals: the penguins, lemurs, giraffes and a few more—but could have spent the entire day.

The oldest racetrack in the country kicks off its 150th Anniversary when gates open at 11 a.m., followed by first race post-time at 1 p.m. Events this weekend will also include Hats Off To Saratoga, a three-day festival, which will include world-class racing, family fun, live music downtown and at the track, and more.

Discovery Times Square’s LEGO® art exhibit, The Art of the Brick, features pieces by Nathan Sawaya, a former corporate lawyer who relieved stress after his day job with the popular toys before turning his hobby into a career. Inside the exhibit, you’ll see Sawaya’s recreations of famous artwork and sculptures, as well as his own designs.

Looking to escape New York City for a day? Visit Governors Island, accessible by ferry from downtown Manhattan, any weekend this summer through September 29th. The island is home to grassy parks for picnics, plenty of events and festivals, historic tours and biking.

A visit to New York is not complete without a trip to the Statue of Liberty. Liberty Island and its national monument will reopen this year on July 4th, and you can book your tickets now through Statue Cruises. Be sure to specify whether or not you’d like a ticket that includes access to the statue’s pedestal or crown.

Take a cruise right here on New York City’s Hudson River with World Yacht, conveniently located on Pier 81 in Midtown Manhattan. The company’s four vessels carry you through the water for dinner cruises, private parties and events, like the upcoming Fireworks Cruise for July 4th.

On the first Wednesday of every month, art enthusiasts board the Bronx Culture Trolley and ride to various galleries and museums in the borough. This past month, I headed to Longwood Art Gallery at Hostos Community College, where a replica trolley car sat awaiting riders.

When I commute on the subway, I always notice people with bicycles. At first I think, that’s great exercise and I should probably get a bike. On second thought, it crosses my mind how difficult it must be to carry a bike up and down subway stairs while trying not to bump other commuters.

This past evening, I went to an event at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan on the Upper West Side. The sprawling space is full of interactive activities and exhibits geared towards newborns all the way to 10-year-old children—think corridors of wooden puzzle games, to teach kids how to apply spatial logic and explore vertical symmetry; and large pictures mounted on the walls with hidden images for them to find.

I recently went to the Whitney Museum of American Art on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. I always wanted to go to the museum and after I recently learned that Hopper Drawing—the first major museum exhibition to focus on the drawings and creative process of Edward Hopper—was on display, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to check it out.


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