Attractions

Bronx Zoo

The largest urban zoo in the United States provides natural habitats and environments for its 4,000 species, including snow leopards, lemurs and Western lowland gorillas.

Winter hours (Nov. 4, 2018-April 5, 2019): Daily 10 am-4:30 pm

Spring/summer hours: M-F 10 am-5 pm, Sa & Su 10 am-5:30 pm

“Total Experience” tickets: $36.95 adults, $31.95 seniors (65+), $26.95 ages 3-12, age 2 and under free

Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Fifty-two acres of seasonal gardens and conservatories hold regional and exotic plants, including the Amazon lily, cherry blossoms, peonies and magnolias. 

Hours: March-October: Tu-F 8 am-6 pm, Sa-Su 10 am-6 pm; November: Tu-F 8 am-4:30 pm, Sa-Su 10 am-4:30 pm; December-February: Tu-Su 10 am-4:30 pm

Admission: $15 adults, $8 seniors (65+)/students with ID, children under 12 free; Tu free for all, F free for seniors, Sa 10 am-noon free for all, December-February weekdays are free.

Brooklyn Brewery

Located within walking distance of the heart of Brooklyn's Williamsburg area, Brooklyn Brewery produces craft beers like its famed Brooklyn Brown, and is open most days into the early evening (for real nightlife, head to one of Williamsburg's many bars). Sign up for a "small batch tour" ($15) to get the insider's view of the brewery's operations (and a chance to taste four beers). The tours aren't massive groups, so sign up early before the spots are gone.

Brooklyn Bridge

A hybrid cable-stayed suspension bridge and one of the oldest of its kind, the Brooklyn Bridge, which connects Manhattan and Brooklyn over the East River and at night is enhanced with the twinkling lights from the New York skyline, has a romance to it that New Yorkers and visitors alike enjoy.

During the day, you can take a stroll across the bridge; the pedestrian pathways always crowded on the weekends with people walking, running and biking to and from Manhattan and Brooklyn.

Brooklyn Bridge Park

This park boasts stunning views of John Augustus and Washington Roebling’s iconic bridge and offers grassy knolls, a playground and path along the East River.

Brooklyn Children's Museum

Originally opened in 1899 and now boasting an expanded building, the nation’s first museum dedicated to children houses hands-on activities and interactive exhibitions.

Hours: Tu-W, F-Su 10 am-5 pm, Th 10 am-6 pm

Admission: $11 general admission, free Th 2-6 pm

Brooklyn Historical Society

Designed by George B. Post, this 19th-century architectural treasure hosts exhibits pertaining to Brooklyn’s history, people and lore.

Museum Hours: W-Su noon-5 pm

Suggested admission: $10 adults, $6 seniors (62+), free students and children under 12

Brooklyn Museum

More than 1 million objects make up the multiple permanent collections of this internationally recognized museum. Ancient Egyptian and contemporary American art, among other specialties, are housed in a 560,000-square-foot Beaux Arts building.

Hours: W 11 am-6 pm, Th 11 am-10 pm, F-Su 11 am-6 pm, first Sa of the month (except Sept.) 11 am-11 pm

Suggested admission: $16 adults, $10 seniors (65+)/students, age 19 and under free, first Sa of the month (except Sept.) after 5 pm free.

Bryant Park

Situated in Midtown just behind the main branch of the New York Public Library, this well-maintained green space features an outdoor reading room, working carousel and free wireless access. Daily 7 a.m.-8 p.m.

Castle Clinton National Monument

Located in Battery Park, this historic open-air fort was built to defend New York Harbor during the War of 1812 and was renamed Castle Clinton in 1821 to honor onetime mayor and governor of New York, DeWitt Clinton. Having served as an opera house, immigration center, entertainment complex and aquarium, it now offers guided tours and an exhibit room devoted to key periods in the monument’s history. Castle Clinton is also the departure point for ferries to the Statue of LIberty.

Daily 7:45 am-5 pm

Free

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