The 10 Best Budget-friendly Things to do in Bronx, New York (NY)

March 20, 2022 Lean Nau

Famous as the home of Yankee Stadium, elevated trains, and dense apartment blocks, the Bronx is also the greenest of New York City's boroughs. Visit the gorillas at the famous Bronx Zoo or wander through the 50-acre forest at the New York Botanical Garden. Pick up some gourmet foods on Arthur Avenue, the Bronx's Little Italy, and have a picnic at Van Cortlandt Park, which features two square miles of boating, horseback riding, tennis, and the oldest public golf course in the United States.
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1. Bronx Historical Tours

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5.0 based on 186 reviews

Bronx Historical Tours

Explore The Bronx with a native. Sharing our history, culture & national landmarks, one tour at a time. Visit The Bronx & Support Our Local Economy!

2. Van Cortlandt House

246th Street and Broadway Van Cortlandt Park, Bronx, NY 10471 +1 718-543-3344 http://www.vancortlandthouse.org/
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4.5 based on 35 reviews

Van Cortlandt House

The oldest house in the Bronx, this was the homestead of the Van Cortlandt wheat plantation.

Reviewed By gaharris10 - Yonkers, United States

The Van Cortlandt House Museum is a truly remarkable historic gem of Bronx, New York. The Van Cortlandt House is the oldest building in the Bronx, and it is a Georgian style mansion that dates back to 18th Century New York, a time in which slavery was legal and heavily practiced. The home itself was said to have been built by African slaves for the Van Cortlandt Family, a prominent mercantile family, whom founded and operated a grist and plantation mill on the property. When visiting the Van Cortlandt museum in June of 2018, my wife and I were impressed by the house’s carefully preserved Georgian style details. We also viewed and learned much about the multiple furnishings and materials that belonged to the Van Cortlandt Family. Being African Americans, both my wife and I were of course understandably sensitive and saddened to learn about the house’s connection to slavery and the life and treatment of the slaves that worked and lived on the property. For those that enjoy visiting historic homes, learning about 18th Century New York, and it’s Dutch heritage, the Van Cortlandt House Museum is definitely a top destination to visit and sightsee!!!

3. Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum

895 Shore Rd Pelham Bay Park, Bronx, NY 10464-1030 +1 718-885-1461 [email protected] http://www.bartowpellmansionmuseum.org
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4.5 based on 60 reviews

Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum

Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum, with its splendid Greek Revival interiors, is tucked away in a lovely, quiet corner of Pelham Bay Park - an area that was once home to more than 20 elegant country estates. As the only grand country house still in existence on Pelham Bay, it provides an important link to the social and architectural history of New York. Visitors are welcome to take a guided tour of the mansion and view our impressive collection of mid-19th century furnishings and fine and decorative arts. Or stroll around the grounds and the formal terraced garden behind the house. Hours Mansion: Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday 12 noon - 4 p.M. $5 For adults $3 for seniors & students free for children under six Tours (aprox 45 mins)12:15, 1:15, 2:15 & 3:15 Carriage House: April through October Gardens/Grounds: open daily from 8:30 a.M. To dusk, free

4. New York Botanical Garden

2900 Southern Blvd, Bronx, NY 10458-5153 +1 718-817-8700 http://www.nybg.org
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4.5 based on 2,573 reviews

New York Botanical Garden

Located in the Bronx, just 20 minutes from Midtown Manhattan via Metro North Railroad, the 250-acre New York Botanical Garden is a showplace of nature in every season of the year and a must-see destination for NYC visitors. Discover 50 breathtaking gardens, indoor rain forests and deserts, 50 acres of native forest, a river, waterfalls, and rolling green hills. Major seasonal exhibitions and events complement the existing beauty of the permanent gardens, and highlights include the Holiday Train Show (November - January) and The Orchid Show (March - April). NYBG is the perfect excursion for visitors looking to experience the natural beauty of New York City.

Reviewed By vickibird2015 - Weedon, Canada

Hawaii in miniature in the Bronx! An excellent experience because the free tram ride round the gardens was an extra delight and the boutique and testaurant good too!

5. City Island

Long Island Sound, Bronx, NY 10464 +1 718-885-0300 http://www.seashorerestaurant.com
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4.5 based on 550 reviews

City Island

Island off the east coast of the Bronx that transforms into a seaside resort on weekends during the summer.

Reviewed By 639hedym

I have visited City Island pretty much bi-weekly...the atmosphere, its tranquility, as you are 'transported' to a community sorrounded by water, makes you feel as though you're in Cape Cod...in a boating & fishing community. In this fishing village, you must visit shops like "Captain Mike's Diving" you can learn scuba diving, book fishing excursions, and so much more. It has been at that location for over 27 years!...learning its history alone is mind boggling. ...and eateries like "The Lobster Box", Sammy's Fish Box", "Ohana Japanese Restaurant" are awesome. The church, the school, & businesses...its community is not harried like us on the other side of the City Island bridge...when you go, visit the little mom and pop businesses, where you can buy trinkets, your worms or tackle for fishing or wolf down dessert at the "Black Whale", and stop there, if only to gaze at a very old gnarled tree on its corner. A beautiful place!

6. Woodlawn Cemetery

517 E 233rd St, Bronx, NY 10470-2401 +1 718-920-0500 [email protected] http://www.thewoodlawncemetery.org/
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Woodlawn Cemetery

Occupying more than 400 acres in the Bronx, this cemetery is known for the ornate and imaginative mausoleums and monuments of some of the country's most famous industrialists and politicians. Notable individuals include Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, Celia Cruz, Irving Berlin, Herman Melville, and many more. Guide maps are available at both cemetery entrances.

Reviewed By 539sherrieg - Bronx, United States

When you arrive at the main gate there is an office you can go into and get a map. On the map is where all the famous and interesting people are buried. They also have an app for your phone. It was a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon!

7. Bronx Zoo

2300 Southern Blvd, Bronx, NY 10460-1090 +1 718-220-5100 [email protected] http://bronxzoo.com
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4.5 based on 3,121 reviews

Bronx Zoo

The largest urban zoo in the U.S., with over 6,000 animals within its 265 acres of parks, woods and streams.

Reviewed By susankC5940LS

The Bronx Zoo is so much fun! We went on a simulated dinosaur safari; saw a Komodo dragon; visited sea lions and gorillas in the Congo; went on monorail ride through the jungles of Asia. This zoo is absolutely a must-visit. It's only a 3.5 hour drive from north of Boston!

8. Van Cortlandt Park

Van Cortlandt Park South, Bronx, NY 10462 +1 718-601-1460 [email protected] http://www.vcpark.org/the-park/directions.html
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Van Cortlandt Park

Van Cortlandt Parkis the third largest New York City Park with 1,146 acres. Over half of the Park is forested and it has the largest freshwater lake in the borough. There is a lot of history in the Park: - It contains the Bronx's oldest building, the Van Cortlandt House built in 1748-49. The Park has the oldest municipal golf course in the United States, the Van Cortlandt Golf Course, founded in 1895. -It has a National Historic Landmark trail, the Old Croton Aqueduct Trail, which travels the route of the city's original water tunnel. Inside VCP is a cross-country running course with a national reputation. Every year, the rugged course hosts the national cross-country championships as well as the Manhattan College Invitational for high school students throughout the U.S.

Reviewed By briandQ3255VQ - Asheville, United States

Love the trails here for a run. The cross country course is challenging and beautiful. You will not be disappointed.

9. Wave Hill

West 249th Street and Independence Avenue, Bronx, NY 10471-2899 +1 718-549-3200 [email protected] http://www.wavehill.org
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4.5 based on 317 reviews

Wave Hill

A non-profit cultural institution that is located on 26 acres in the Bronx, whose mission is to explore the interaction between people and their natural environment through the maintenance of gardens, greenhouses and environmental protection programs for residents and visitors.

Reviewed By nomychavez - New York City, United States

Stunning views and beautiful gardens! Me and my family have enjoy this gem for few years now it’s absolutely beautiful any time of the year even when snowing! Views are amazing and gardens are beautiful. Highly recommend family activities specially if you are visiting with kids. Small restaurant is pricey but food is good and many organic options. There is not parking space for know but shuttle vans take you quickly to a near by parking lot. Overall every visit has been great for us

10. Fordham University Church

Fordham University, Bronx, NY 10458-5149 http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/medny/venturi.html
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Fordham University Church

Located on Fordham University campus, this Gothic-style church was built in 1845 as a parish church and seminary chapel.

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