This weekend, my boyfriend and I went on a day date to the Bronx Zoo! I’m kind of weird about things like zoos, aquariums and circuses: there’s no doubt that I love being able to see such a wide variety of animals up close and personal, but I also believe strongly that wildlife should live in the wild, not in captivity. Even though I accept that the quality of life in any zoo is probably not as stimulating as being able to roam free, the Bronx Zoo was still a spectacular site to see.
The only kind of undomesticated animals I see regularly in New York City are pigeons flying and rats scurrying, with an occasional cute (but vicious!) squirrel in Central Park. The Bronx Zoo had not only an amazing array of animals–my favorites were the giraffes, zebras and tapirs–and gorgeous turn-of-the-century architecture, but we also visited at the height of fall foliage. It truly feels like a little nature escape in the middle of the Bronx: there were so many trees changing color, and we even crossed the Bronx River on a monorail (I didn’t even know the Bronx had a river!). Overall, highly recommend as a fun excursion out of the city–although I recommend getting there early and going on the monorail first thing to beat the crowds.