The Bronx Zoo In February
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The Bronx Zoo In February

Why the winter is the best time to visit.

The Bronx Zoo In February
Jean Two Hawks Munn

Visit the Bronx zoo in February and more than just warm fuzzy feelings will brighten your cheeks. It's cold and it's blustery, but this near VIP experience is worth braving the elements. The Bronx Zoo is known for being one of the most famous zoos in the world. It opened November 8th,1899. When it first opened it featured 843 animals in 22 exhibits. The Bronx Zoo continues to be one of the world's largest conservation parks.

There is no better time to visit than during the off season. Be prepared as there are a few slight draw backs due to reduced staffing and the weather. On some days depending on the temperature some animals may not be available for viewing. The only place in which to purchase food and beverages is the main food court. The zoo tries to be as accommodating as possible and invites people to view some of these animals inside. The zoo features many indoor attractions such as their World of Birds; Madagascar; World of Reptiles; Mouse House; Carter Giraffe Building and others - all which can be viewed at a comfortable temperature indoors.

Dress appropriately and be prepared for the weather in order to maximize the comfort of your visit. Each building is a manageable distance apart so that you can break up your time outside in the elements with visits indoors. The zoo is quiet and calm during the winter season and allows for a more subversive experience. You can easily forget that you are an in the middle of a blistery cold winter in New York and feel as though you've been transported to a tropical forest. This experience is heightened by the birds that fly freely through different exhibits in World of Birds and Madagascar. If you want a crowd free experience with few to no lines or wait times the Bronx Zoo in the winter is the perfect experience for you.

Information from: NYC Gov Parks and NY Daily News

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