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A visit to The Bronx Zoo

semi-overcast 65 °F


Since this was our last day of our City visit we scheduled our departure for 7:10 pm at Penn Station giving us most of the day for more sightseeing. Pat particularly wanted to visit the fabled Bronx Zoo so we explored our options. One was a cab (too far & too expensive), another was an express bus with a third a subway transit. We chose the subway and it proved to be relatively easy. Entering at the 34th St. & 6th Ave. entrance we caught the 'D' train to the Fordham Rd. station, about a 45 min. ride. People watching along the way was very entertaining. Our map directed us to the Zoo, a mere 2 and 1/2 miles along Fordham University to our north. Upon reaching one of the 3 park entrances we entered a magnificent gate of sculpted copper with designs of animals, fish, and reptiles. The gate's proportions must be 30' high by 30' wide, a work of art. Inside we walked past fountains with sculpted stone animals in the center spewing water in several directions. Along the way were buildings which housed the aviary, the butterfly garden, the reptile building (Pat chose not to visit this one!), and the various pathways led us through the park. In addition, we saw rhinos, Grizzly bears, tigers, a rare white leopard from China, a herd of some rare deer breed from China, Bison, giraffes, etc.- the brochure states 6,000 animals in total. There was a petting zoo area for kids, which we skipped. The Zoo incorporates the New York Botanical Gardens and altogether it covers 265 wooded acres in this urban area. We remarked while walking through that the city sounds (horns & sirens) are completely blocked out. Just amazing. While the Omaha, Nebraska zoo is rated #1 among US zoo's the Bronx Zoo stands in the Top 10. Our day was beautiful with temps moderate and skies blue. The downside was that the subway station on the return was uphill! Yes, we walked the crowded streets of the Bronx uphill to the Fordham Station. The ride back to Manhattan was a crowded one on the subway. One subway stop was Yankee Stadium so fans poured in after the game.
After leaving the subway train we found a neighborhood Irish establishment for refreshments. My ice cold Brooklyn lager was delicious, and Pat's chardonnay was as good, she said. Our sandwiches filled the bill, also. After reaching our hotel to pick up our luggage we walked to Penn Station. Being 2 hours early we inquired about an earlier train and were able to leave on the 5:30 pm AmTrak for Albany/Rensselaer. We arrived back at the motorhome about 8:00 p.m. Pat looked at her iPhone watch and it recorded 6 miles walking for the day! When getting into bed I could barely lift my tired, old legs. It was a great day but I wondered as I lay my head on the pillow if tomorrow would come! It did! Sunday we rested, found a local restaurant for brunch and ate on their deck overlooking a small lake. The food & service were good so we returned for dinner that evening. Tomorrow we plan to visit NY's State Capitol in Albany, just down the road (15 miles). More to come.................

Posted by dixter 05:53 Archived in USA Tagged the zoo bronx

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