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Things to do in the Bronx this summer

Make the Bronx your summer playground with its parks, museums and special events.

Be it a Yankee game, a visit to Little Italy or a stroll through a museum, take in New York culture with all the borough has to offer.

Check out some of our summer picks.

Yankee Stadium

Catch a Major League Baseball game at Yankee
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Catch a Major League Baseball game at Yankee Stadium this summer. Tickets range from $9 for a bleacher seat to upward of $500 for access to the Delta suite. yankees.mlb.com

Bronx Zoo

Visit lions, tigers and bears, along with birds
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Visit lions, tigers and bears, along with birds of prey, reptiles and other animal favorites at the Bronx Zoo. You can feed the penguins or sea lions, ride the bug carousel or check out a 4-D film. Also on exhibit now with his family is the zoo's newest male North American porcupine. Ticket prices range from free for children to $33.95 at the gate for adults. Wednesdays are free. bronxzoo.com

Little Italy of the Bronx

Also known as Belmont or Arthur Avenue, this
Photo Credit: Bronx Little Italy via Facebook

Also known as Belmont or Arthur Avenue, this neighborhood purports itself to be the "real" Little Italy of New York over Manhattan's more touristy locale. For Italian bread, pasta, pastries, sausage and espresso, Arthur Avenue offers it all in its shops, bakeries and restaurants. arthuravenuebronx.com

Edgar Allan Poe Cottage

If you've always been fascinated by
Photo Credit: Emilio Guerra

If you've always been fascinated by "The Cask of Amontillado," "The Raven" and "Annabel Lee," visit the cottage in the Bronx where American poet and author Edgar Allan Poe spent the last few years of his life. Situated in Poe Park, the house was actually moved about 450 feet from its original location in 1913. Open Thursday through Sunday, admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students, children and seniors. bronxhistoricalsociety.org

Free summer movies

Use free movies as an excuse to explore
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Use free movies as an excuse to explore the Bronx's parks. Popular movies from the past and present -- including hits like "Grease," "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" and many more -- will be screened during the evenings for free in park locations all summer long. nycgovparks.org/events

Check out amNY.com's list of movies to see this summer: amny.com/entertainment

Wave Hill

This 28-acre public garden and cultural center sports
Photo Credit: Wave Hill via Facebook

This 28-acre public garden and cultural center sports fantastic views of the Palisades, gardens and hiking trails. Wave Hill offers free guided walks through its gardens and galleries as well as yoga, Tai Chi and meditation classes that range in cost from $10 to $25. Admission to the site is $8 for adults, $4 for students and seniors, $2 for children over 6 and free for younger kids. Admission is free on Tuesday and Saturday mornings from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. wavehill.org

Boogie on the Boulevard

On the last Sundays of June, July and
Photo Credit: Bronx Museum of the Arts via Facebook

On the last Sundays of June, July and August, the center lanes of the Grand Concourse starting at 162nd Street will open to the public for free music, art and fitness programs from 12 to 4 p.m. Bike, run, dance, craft or picnic where cars usually rule. boogieontheboulevard.org

Free yoga in Poe Park

Every Thursday at 12:30 p.m., Poe Park offers
Photo Credit: Bend & Bloom Yoga via Facebook

Every Thursday at 12:30 p.m., Poe Park offers a free yoga and meditation class. Take an hour for balance and relaxation in the outdoors. nycgovparks.org

Bronx Museum of the Arts

With totally free admission, there's nothing to stop
Photo Credit: Bronx Museum of the Arts via Facebook

With totally free admission, there's nothing to stop you from checking out art and cultural exhibitions at the Bronx Museum of the Arts, unless it's a Monday or Tuesday (it's closed). Currently on display are the works of Hank Willis Thomas, artwork from the Teen Council focusing on alienation and acceptance, paintings by Valeri Larko and more. bronxmuseum.org

Woodlawn Cemetery

Visit the graves of American greats like
Photo Credit: Getty Images / Paul Zimmerman

Visit the graves of American greats like "Moby Dick" author Herman Melville, suffragist Elizabeth Cady Stanton, newspaper publisher Joseph Pulitzer, salsa performer Celia Cruz, editorial cartoonist Thomas Nast and jazz legend Duke Ellington at the 153-year-old Woodlawn Cemetery. A designated National Historic Landmark, the cemetery's visitation hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. every day. thewoodlawncemetery.org/#

Bronx River

Head over to the Bronx River to take
Photo Credit: Bronx River Alliance via Facebook

Head over to the Bronx River to take in scenic views or paddle down the river in a canoe. The 23-mile river is accessible from several of the borough's parks. bronxriver.org

New York Botanical Garden

Celebrating its 125th year, the New York Botanical
Photo Credit: Getty Images / Timothy A. Clary

Celebrating its 125th year, the New York Botanical Garden has 250 acres of land that showcase a rose garden, arboretum, azaleas, day lilies, orchids and much more. Currently on display is its "Impressionism: American Gardens on Canvas" exhibition, featuring art and the gardens that inspired it. You can also check out the NYBG Greenmarket on Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., where fresh fruits, veggies and baked goods can be purchased from local farms and bakeries. A grounds-only pass can be purchased by NYC residents at $13 for adults and $6 for students and seniors, or an all-garden pass at $20 for adults and $18 for students and seniors. nybg.org

SummerStage

The City Parks Foundation brings free performances to
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The City Parks Foundation brings free performances to New York City through its annual concert series SummerStage. Several shows will be held in Bronx parks, including Fat Joe and Tony Touch on July 6 in Crotona Park and Johnny Rivera and Joan Català on July 12 in St. Mary's Park. cityparkfoundation.org

The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series

Does free opera in the great outdoors sound
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Does free opera in the great outdoors sound like your cup of tea? Head to Crotona Park on July 13 at 7 p.m. for aria and duets from a variety of operas, featuring soprano Michelle Bradley, tenor Kang Wang, baritone Yunpeng Wang and pianist Dan Saunders. metopera.org

Bronx SalsaFest

Dance your heart out and celebrate salsa in
Photo Credit: Bronx Tourism Council via Facebook

Dance your heart out and celebrate salsa in the Bronx Aug. 2 through Aug. 25 with photographers, documentarians, musicians and salseros. Last year, events included a performance by Orquesta SCC, a concert by Tito Rojas, self guided tours, film screenings, a silent disco and other performances. The 2016 events will be announced on the Bronx Tourism Council's website some time in July. ilovethebronx.com

Visit a new park

Concrete Plant Park as well as Pugsley Creek
Photo Credit: Emilio Guerra

Concrete Plant Park as well as Pugsley Creek are newer additions to the varied Bronx park system.

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