NYC Day Trips // The Bronx

The Bronx holds a very special place in my heart. I spent four years there as a student at Fordham University. I think that many Manhattanites and visitors to the Big Apple overlook The Bronx as a day-trip option, but it’s really easy to get to and there are so many great things to do.

Getting There: The Bronx is a huge borough, but all the locations I’m talking about today are easily accessible by taking the Metro North train from Grand Central to the Fordham stop. You can also hop on the F subway train and get off at Fordham Road. If you’re not in the mood for public transportation an Uber ride wouldn’t be too costly.

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The conservatory in warmer months. via

Snap from the orchid show
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The Bronx River in autumn. via
What To Do: The New York Botanical Garden is one of my most favorite places in all of NYC. The NYBG is set right across from Fordham’s main entrance. As students we would jog around the gardens for a work out, go sit by the Bronx River (which runs through the garden) to talk, and many of my friends volunteered there. One of my dearest college friends is getting married in the garden this summer! The NYBG is a historic landmark and its 250 acres are filled with a diverse array of plants. The garden hosts many wonderful events throughout the year... from an orchid show in the late winter through spring, to a train show around the holidays, there is always something interesting going on. The garden is also gorgeous in the winter. I went this past weekend and was in awe at the serene beauty of the snow covered landscape. If you’re worried about being cold walking around the garden in the winter, there is a huge glass conservatory which holds tropical flora that you can explore.
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The Bronx Zoo is about two blocks away from the Botanical Garden. It’s one of North America’s largest zoos and hosts over 4,000 species. Some of my favorite things to do at the zoo are the wild Asia monorail tour and visiting the Madagascar exhibit. If you have a flexible schedule, the zoo is ‘pay-what-you-wish’ on Wednesdays!


Where to Eat: Arthur Avenue is a close walk from both the NYBG and the zoo. It’s known as NYC’s real Little Italy and features tons of bona fide Italian bakeries, delicious Italian restaurants and fun bars frequented by Fordham students. Manhattan’s Little Italy has become very touristy, but Arthur Ave has remained very authentic over the years. Some of the best Italian food you can gets in the city is on this street.


Some Arthur Ave favorites: Wood-fired pizza at Zero Otto Nove, Tino’s Deli for an amazing eggplant parm sandwich, cookies and filled-on-the-spot cannoli at Madonia Bakery, outrageous pasta dishes at Roberto’s and grabbing a drink at the BronxBeer Hall which is tucked inside the impressive Arthur Ave Retail Market. If you’re looking for a quick bite, Pugsley’s Pizza, which is right outside of the Fordham gate, is a student favorite.

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