We've written about the Bronx Zoo often, and with good reason. First opened in 1899, the Bronx Zoo continues to evolve and remains a top destination for local NYC families, tourists, and animal lovers of all kinds. I've been a regular at this zoo since I was a child and today, with my three kids, it has become an extension our backyard. And now, with its very own show on Animal Planet, the Bronx Zoo is arguably the world's most famous zoo.
Located in the heart of the Bronx at the southern end of Bronx Park and near the borough's own Little Italy, the Bronx Zoo is easily accessible via public transit or by car. One visit is sure to leave a lasting impression, though you'll need more than that to experience all this institution has to offer. And since it is the nation's largest urban zoo, it helps to have some pointers before you go—especially if you are visiting with kids. So read on for 10 tips on visiting the Bronx Zoo like a local.