15 top things to do in the Bronx, NY

There are plenty of things to see and do in the Bronx. The Bronx is known for a few things: street art, the birth of Hip-Hop, and Yankee baseball.

It’s also known to have “The” in front of the name. This is the only borough that does this. It’s widely disputed as to write it as either “The Bronx” or “the Bronx.” You don’t, however, need to include “the” when you write on postcards — the mail system knows where it’s going.

Anywho, if you’re looking for something to do this weekend, here are the top 15 that are on our list.

1. Sightsee … Street art!

The Bronx is home to much street art. The best place to find art is at the Nelson Avenue Graffiti Art Wall.

A few pieces of art you may see in the Bronx are:


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2. Check out [R]Evolution of Hip-Hop


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Inside the Bronx Terminal Market, this collaboration immerses listeners through the history of Hip Hop history from the 1970s to now.

Shows dedicated to the opening of the official Hip Hop museum set to open in 2023.

Directions to [R]Evolution of Hip-Hop

Take 2, 4, 5 subway to 149 St – Grand Concourse, walk north for two blocks, then west for two blocks.

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3. Go to a Yankees Game


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Are you a baseball fan? Then this is your heaven. Go to a home Yankees game at their stadium. This new stadium finished construction in 2009 with a $2 billion price tag that can seat 50,287 fans.

Directions to the Yankee Stadium

Take the 4 subway and stop at 161 St – Yankee Stadium. You’ll exit at the field entrance.

NOTE: If you go during a game, this stop will be very busy, so make sure you give yourself plenty of time to arrive.

4. Stroll in the public garden of Wave Hill


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For anyone who likes flowers, butterflies, and greenery, take a walk around this manicured public garden. With foliage, flowers, landscapes, and benches, and views of the Hudson River.

“Its mission is to celebrate the artistry and legacy of its gardens and landscapes, to preserve its magnificent views, and to explore human connections to the natural world through programs in horticulture, education and the arts.”

Directions to Wave Hill

Take the 1 subway to Van Cortlandt Park – 242 St. Either take an Uber (which we recommend) or walk 1.7 miles northwest to the garden.

5. Visit The Bronx Public


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Beer, cocktails, craft food, and sweet hangs — stop by this snazzy bar and kitchen for dinner or late-night drinks.

Directions to The Bronx Public

Take 1 subway to 231 St Station and walk east for a block.

6. Catch some rays on Orchard beach


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Pack your sunscreen and chairs and hit the beach. Actually, hit the bay. This public beach is proclaimed “The Rivera of New York.”

This mile-long beach has a central pavilion, snack bars, food and souvenir carts, two playgrounds, two picnic areas, a large parking lot, and 26 courts for basketball, volleyball, and handball.

Directions to Orchard Beach

Take the 6 subway to Pelham Bay Park and take a Lyft or Uber three miles to the beach.

7. Visit the City Island Nautical Museum


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If you love boats and want to learn all about the history of boat-making, sail-making, yacht-making, or a slew of other boat-related things, then pay this small museum a visit.

This museum is a little out of the way, so be prepared to travel a little to get there, but you’ll see some fun things along the way. This tiny island is home to only 4,400 residents.

Directions to City Island Nautical Museum

Take 6 subway to the last stop at Pelham Bay Park then take an Uber or Lyft to 190 Fordham St, The Bronx, NY 10464.

8. Up late? Satisfy late-night cravings


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Go to any 24-hour diner for late-night satisfaction of the munchies. Whether it be breakfast or a burger at 2 a.m., these Bronx diners have your back.

Here are a few to check out:

9. Go to the New York Botanical Garden


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Be one of the million who will visit this park this year. The 250-acre landscape supports flora and massive gardens.

Their mission statement: “The New York Botanical Garden is an advocate for the plant kingdom. The Garden pursues its mission through its role as a museum of living plant collections arranged in gardens and landscapes across its National Historic Landmark site; through its comprehensive education programs in horticulture and plant science; and through the wide-ranging research programs of the International Plant Science Center.”

Directions to the New York Botanical Garden

Take the D subway to 205 Street Station, then walk south for about five blocks. You’ll run right into it.

10. Visit the Edgar Allan Poe Cottage


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In 1812, the cottage where Edgar Allan Poe lived was built. He rented it for $100 a year — a small sum compared to what many New Yorkers pay these days.

In 1975, the Bronx County Historical Society administered the cottage as a historic house museum.

Directions to the Edgar Allan Poe Cottage

Take the B, D subway to Kingsbridge Road Subway Station. As you come up the stairs, the cottage is straight ahead and across the street.

11. Grab a cold one at The Bronx Brewery


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This brewery isn’t short on character or drive, like the rest of the Bronx. With color, style, and pizazz this is a unique area.

If it’s warm outside, grab a picnic table and play a life-size game of Jenga. If it’s cold, head inside to the tasting room where you can see inside to the brew room through large windows.

Directions to Bronx Brewery

Take the 6 subway to Cypress Av and walk two blocks east and two blocks south. You’ll see it on your left.

12. See TONS of animals at the Bronx Zoo


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Check out the largest zoo in the United States. With over 20 free exhibits, 650 species of animals, and 265 acres of property, you can truly experience all parts of the world. Tickets are just shy of $30 for adults and $20.95 for children between 3-12. Kids under 2 years are free. Parking is additional if you have a car.

Directions to the Bronx Zoo

Take the 2, 5 subway and stop at West Farms Square – E Tremont Av Station, walk north two blocks, walk west on E 180th St for about five blocks, then north on Southern Blv for three blocks.

13. Travel “overseas” to Little Italy


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Feel like you’re really in Italy in “Little Italy” with taste, smell, and views. Don’t miss out on authentic Italian pastries, pies, pasta, and lasagne.

A few of the top ones to eat at are:

Directions to Little Italy

Take the B, D subway and stop at 182nd-183rd Sts. and walk east for about a mile. You may consider taking an Uber or Lyft if that’s too far.

14. Explore the Van Cortlandt House Museum


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The oldest house in The Bronx and New York City’s first historic house museum. Admission is $5 for adults.

The National Society of Colonial Dames is responsible for caring and preserving the inside of the home, caring for collections, and offering educational opportunities for children.

It’s a good idea to call before arrives because the home must close for specific reasons at times.

Directions to the Van Cortlandt House Museum

Take the 1 subway to Van Cortlandt Park – 242 St. and walk east once in the park. It won’t take long to arrive.

15. Take in views of the Whitestone Bridge


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Also known as “Whitestone,” this bridge connecting The Bronx to Queens is a well-known staple of New York City.

The bridge is part of Interstate 678 and spans 3,770 over the East River. It first opened to traffic on April 29, 1939.

Further resources to consider:

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