Crotona ParkWHERE: 1682 Boston Rd., Bronx
HOURS: 6:00 a.m.-1:00 a.m.
BBQ AREA: Crotona Park East & Charlotte St. (Indian Lake)
Bronx residents know the Bronx Zoo is a popular place to go watch animals. But we know of somewhere else in the same borough where you can sit pond-side and see ducks, turtles, and fish. Crotona Park is also equipped with a lake where you can canoe, enjoy the playgrounds, and walk/jog/run the paths. If Wimbledon has inspired you to pick up a tennis racquet, they’ve got your inner Maria Sharapova or Rafael Nadal covered. It’s supposed to be hot for the 4th, so the shady grass area will be the spot for eating and staying cool. Since it’s the largest park in the South Bronx, it shouldn’t feel too crowded.