Bronx River offers 23 miles for boating, fishing and bird watching
As New York City cautiously reopens, there are some fun outdoor activities that are close to home.
The Bronx River, which runs 23 winding miles, is a great place for a summer adventure.
"For far too long we have heard people say, ‘I never knew there was a river in the Bronx,’” says Michelle Luebke, of the Bronx River Alliance.
The Bronx River runs from southern Westchester, curving through the middle of the Bronx until it empties into the East River near Hunts Point.
"It's the only freshwater river in New York City, and we think that that's pretty fantastic,” says Luebke.
She says it's great for a mental release and escape.
On the water, residents can go fishing, boating if they have their own kayak or canoe, bird watching and more.
"We get Egrets and we get Heron and we get ospreys and all sorts of really cool fish eating birds,” says Luebke.
On land, a greenway runs nearly the entire length of the river.
Starlight Park, like many others, has spectacular views of nature and areas to exercise.
"You can walk, you can bike, you can run and you can hike all along the Bronx River,” saysLuebke.
A can't miss spot is just north of the Bronx Zoo and the New York Botanical Garden where the Bronx River Forest hides.
"It's such a magical place...closer to what the Bronx River watershed would've look like prior to colonization,” says Luebke.
Those who plan on going to parks or out on the river are encouraged to wear a mask.