MetroCard Summer: The Bronx Zoo

The latest in a series throughout the summer highlighting how you can use your MetroCard to enjoy all that New York has to offer brings us to the world's largest urban zoo.

MetroCard  Summer: The Bronx Zoo

Before the kids head back to school, treat them to lions and tigers and bears – oh my!  Swipe your MetroCard and head to the Bronx Zoo, featuring more than 600 species from around the globe. With 265 acres of wildlife habitats and attractions, there's plenty to see and do.

The BxM11 express bus makes stops along Madison Avenue, between 26th and 99th Streets, then travels directly to the Zoo's Bronx River entrance (Gate B).  In the Bronx, you can take Bx9 or Bx19 buses to 183rd Street and Southern Blvd, which is the location of the zoo's Southern Blvd pedestrian entrance (Gate C) -- or take the

Bx12 or Bx22 buses to Fordham Road and Southern Blvd, then walk 5 blocks south on Southern Blvd to 183rd Street.  From Queens, you can take the Q44 to 180th Street and Boston Road. You must then walk north (take a right on Boston Road) one block to the Asia gate entrance (Gate A).

The Bronx Zoo's world-class exhibits such as Congo Gorilla Forest, the Wild Asia Monorail, Tiger Mountain, and their latest exhibit, Madagascar!, get you eye-to-eye with massive crocodiles, majestic tigers, and inquisitive gorillas.  Kids can also enjoy the life-size LEGO animal sculptures and can build their own during weekends through September.

The zoo opens daily at 10am and admission is free on Wednesdays.  For rates on other days and for additional information, visit

The MTA's Trip Planner+ can help you find the best way to get there.  For Trip Planner+, click here