|The Orchid Show at the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx–via NY Botanical Garden|
An oft-overlooked borough with plenty of commercial appeal and local charm, head to the Bronx now through April 22 to check out the Orchid Show at the New York Botanical Garden. In its breathtaking 11th year, the show gives you a unique close-up of thousands of orchids, the largest exhibit of its kind in the US.Stop by the gift shop on your way out to take home a low-maintenance variety of your very own. Tickets are $25 for adults, $22 for seniors/students, and $10 for children. Youngsters under age two get in free. Take the whole family early in the day, or make it a romantic date in the evening and enjoy a cocktail as you take in the array of sizes, colors, and species during “Orchid Evenings” while DJ Julio spins electronic tunes.
|One of the many orchids at the Orchid Show-via NY Botanical Garden|
If you’re looking to learn more about plants and flowers, the NYBG offers more than 850 courses in gardening, landscape design, floral design, and more. For the amateur to the seasoned gardener, the Garden offers classes at all levels.
|Colorful orchids at the Orchid Show— by Shannon Lee Gilstad|
Maruri will take you on a customized tour tailored to your group or special occasion. Lace up your sneakers and hoof it on a three-hour Grand Concourse Walking Tour, or choose from a history and food tour by bus to either the real Little Italy or Little Ireland.
If you’re a culinary buff, test your palate with a wine and cheese tour of Little Italy at an exclusive, authentic Italian restaurant on Arthur Avenue. This famed, longstanding strip in the heart of the Bronx’s Italian-American district has plenty of authentic markets, bakeries and butcher shops. Indulge in a loaf of fresh-baked semolina bread paired with Sicilian olive oil straight from Arthur Avenue.
Another outdoorsy option in this borough is the Bronx Zoo. I remember going to the Zoo when I was younger, and I loved looking at the giraffes and jungle cats. The gorillas are always entertaining and will look right into your eyes if you allow them. My boyfriend and I hope to go back soon, before the heat spikes in true New York summer fashion.
|Thanks for visiting the Bronx Zoo!––by Nick Harris via Flickr|
make a suggested donation instead. Just be aware that this deal attracts plenty of school and camp groups, as well as large families.
Visit during summer to check out local street fairs, or discover their museum or bird watchers’ community. You can even charter a yacht or take sailing lessons. My boyfriend may just have to rent a car (much easier than taking the trip by subway and then bus transfer) and make a day of enjoying City Island’s sun, seafood and surf, all without leaving New York City.