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Zoos, Nature Centers, and Botanical Gardens in New York City, Long Island, and CT

Zoos, Nature Centers, and Botanical Gardens in New York City, Long Island, and CT

UPDATED APRIL 2015: Celebrate the great outdoors with a family day trip to one of these seasonally splendid spots in the New York metro area, including New York City; Long Island; Westchester and Rockland Counties, NY; and Fairfield County, CT.

Family Day Trips and Destinations in NY, NJ, CT, MA, and PA

Family Day Trips and Destinations in NY, NJ, CT, MA, and PA

From museums and parks to festivals and beaches, this list has something for everyone, all within easy traveling distance from the New York City area, including Upstate New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Pennsylvania.

5 Ways to Indulge Kids' Dinosaur Obsession This Summer

5 Ways to Indulge Kids' Dinosaur Obsession This Summer

Indulge your kids' dinosaur obsession this summer with any of these fun outdoor activities taking place across the Tri-State area.

Baby Boom at New York City Zoos

Baby Boom at New York City Zoos

NYC zoos welcomed several newborn baby animals this spring, including baby baboons in Brooklyn, a pair of gorilla babies and four lion cubs in the Bronx, a tiny pudu in Queens, and snow leopards and a white-necked crane chick in Central Park Zoo.

Ocean Wonders: Sharks! to Open at New York Aquarium in 2016

Ocean Wonders: Sharks! to Open at New York Aquarium in 2016

Ocean Wonders: Sharks!, a new 57,000-square-foot building that will house more than 115 species of marine wildlife, is set to open at the New York Aquarium in Coney Island in 2016. The project was delayed due to Hurricane Sandy.

Into the Wild: The Many Reasons to Visit the Bronx Zoo

Into the Wild: The Many Reasons to Visit the Bronx Zoo

The Wildlife Conservation Society's Bronx Zoo is New York City's largest zoo, and there's no shortage of animals to see or things to do there. Here, we break down what the zoo has to offer and how to plan an outing there with your family.

Family Outing: Wolf Conservation Center in South Salem

Family Outing: Wolf Conservation Center in South Salem

At the Wolf Conservation Center in South Salem, NY, you can hike, howl, and hang with some pretty awesome predators any time of year. Here, we've put together an overview of what you can see and do on your visit, whether it's mid-June or mid-December.

Your Family Guide to Coney Island

Your Family Guide to Coney Island

Coney Island is home to the New York Aquarium, Luna Park and Deno's Wonder Wheel, the Brooklyn Cyclones baseball team, and of course, the famous beach and boardwalk. See our guide for what to do when visiting Coney Island with your family.

Family Outing: The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk

Family Outing: The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk

The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, the Connecticut-based aquarium dedicated to the Long Island Sound, offers dozens of new reasons to visit. With more interactive exhibits, a wider variety of fish and other creatures, and tons of fun family programs, the aquarium is worth the trip for Fairfield County, CT residents and out-of-towners alike.

Family Outing: Long Island Aquarium & Exhibition Center

Family Outing: Long Island Aquarium & Exhibition Center

Swim with sharks, feed massive stingrays, or just marvel at the marine life from habitats as diverse as Africa, the Amazon, and even Atlantis, at the Long Island Aquarium & Exhibition Center. A recently completed expansion gives you just one more reason to visit.

Bronx Zoo Debuts New LEGO Exhibit for Summer

Bronx Zoo Debuts New LEGO Exhibit for Summer

LEGOs take over the Bronx Zoo this summer in an interactive new exhibit that's perfect for families.

Berenstain Bears at the Bronx Zoo

Berenstain Bears at the Bronx Zoo

The Berenstain Bears will give Bronx Zoo visitors a sneak peek of their new musical during the zoo's Animal Tales Extravaganza festivities this June.

Queens Zoo Welcomes Olympia the Elk

Queens Zoo Welcomes Olympia the Elk

The Wildlife Conservation Society's Queens Zoo embraced a new tenant in May: Olympia the Roosevelt elk.

Zoos, Nature Centers, and Botanical Gardens in Manhattan

Zoos, Nature Centers, and Botanical Gardens in Manhattan

Embrace spring by paying a visit to a zoo, nature center, or botanical garden in Manhattan, many of which offer outdoor, nature-based activities for kids and families. Our guide has all the information you need for a fun family outing to celebrate the great outdoors.

Zoos, Nature Centers, and Botanical Gardens in Brooklyn

Zoos, Nature Centers, and Botanical Gardens in Brooklyn

Embrace spring by paying a visit to a zoo, nature center, or botanical garden in Brooklyn, many of which offer outdoor, nature-based activities for kids and families. Our guide has all the information you need for a fun family outing to celebrate the great outdoors.

Zoos, Nature Centers, and Botanical Gardens in Queens

Zoos, Nature Centers, and Botanical Gardens in Queens

Embrace spring by paying a visit to a zoo, nature center, or botanical garden in Queens, many of which offer outdoor, nature-based activities for kids and families. Our guide has all the information you need for a fun family outing to celebrate the great outdoors.

Zoos, Nature Centers, and Botanical Gardens in Westchester County, NY

Zoos, Nature Centers, and Botanical Gardens in Westchester County, NY

Embrace spring by paying a visit to a zoo, nature center, or botanical garden in Westchester County, NY, many of which offer outdoor, nature-based activities for kids and families. Our guide has all the information you need for a fun family outing to celebrate the great outdoors.

Zoos, Nature Centers, and Botanical Gardens in Rockland and Orange Counties, NY

Zoos, Nature Centers, and Botanical Gardens in Rockland and Orange Counties, NY

Embrace spring by paying a visit to a zoo, nature center, or botanical garden in Rockland County and Orange County, NY, many of which offer outdoor, nature-based activities for kids and families. Our guide has all the information you need for a fun family outing to celebrate the great outdoors.

Zoos, Nature Centers, and Botanical Gardens in Fairfield County, CT

Zoos, Nature Centers, and Botanical Gardens in Fairfield County, CT

Embrace spring by paying a visit to a zoo, nature center, or botanical garden in Fairfield County, CT, many of which offer outdoor, nature-based activities for kids and families. Our guide has all the information you need for a fun family outing to celebrate the great outdoors.

Zoos, Nature Centers, and Botanical Gardens on Staten Island

Zoos, Nature Centers, and Botanical Gardens on Staten Island

Embrace spring by paying a visit to a zoo, nature center, or botanical garden on Staten Island, many of which offer outdoor, nature-based activities for kids and families. Our guide has all the information you need for a fun family outing to celebrate the great outdoors.

Where-To Guide: Zoos, Nature Centers, and Botanical Gardens on Long Island

Where-To Guide: Zoos, Nature Centers, and Botanical Gardens on Long Island

Embrace spring by paying a visit to a zoo, nature center, or botanical garden on Long Island, many of which offer outdoor, nature-based activities for kids and families. Our guide this month has all the information you need for a fun family outing to celebrate the great outdoors. So, if you've thawed out enough, put a spring in your step and hop to some seasonal fun at any one of the locations in your area.

Family Travel: The Kid-Friendly Side of Baltimore, Maryland

Family Travel: The Kid-Friendly Side of Baltimore, Maryland

Baltimore, Maryland, is not only home to a myriad of kid-friendly museums and sites, but it also comes alive during October with free festivals, events, and special exhibits for the entire family. And with the city's tourism office running a "Bmore Happy" campaign to help you find the happiest places to explore in Baltimore, your trip has never been easier to plan.

New Exhibits at the Atlantis Marine World Aquarium

New Exhibits at the Atlantis Marine World Aquarium

Meet the underwater animals making their debut at the Atlantis Marine World Aquarium in Riverhead, NY, this summer, including alligators, penguins, and sea lions.

Family Travel: Celebrate America in Washington, DC

Family Travel: Celebrate America in Washington, DC

Find family-fun activities in our nation's capital.

The Family Side of New Orleans

The Family Side of New Orleans

Famous for its wild Mardi Gras parties, vibrant multiethnic culture, and jazz music, New Orleans, Louisiana, might not seem to be the spot for a great family vacation. But dubbed “The Big Easy,” this city is a charming Southern belle boasting a culture that is unique, music that is truly inspiring, cuisine to die for, fun-for-all entertainment, and an intriguing history.




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