A historic seaport, City Island is a part of the Bronx, and is truly one of the more charming locations to live in or visit in New York. Situated right by Pelham Bay Park and the Eastchester Bay, City Island offers travelers the chance to learn about its nautical history, view indigenous wildlife, go boating, and more. Indeed, City Island feels much different from the rest of the Bronx, and you'll feel at peace here beside the sea. For the most splendid ocean views, look for the best hotels in City Island.
Only measuring 1.5 miles long by half a mile wide, it's quite easy to get around City Island on foot or bike. Car rentals in City Island are available if you want to explore the rest of the Bronx and other boroughs of New York City, although most City Island hotels are within walking distance of major attractions, such as the iconic City Island Bridge, which opened for traffic all the way back in 1901, and the City Island Nautical Museum, which wonderfully preserves the island's boating history. Ambrosini Field is a nice place to enjoy the outdoors and views of the City Island Harbor, and the Samuel Pell Mansion—an architectural gem—is certainly worth checking out. Additionally, up and down City Island Avenue, you'll find plenty of antique shops and art galleries.
It's all about the seafood here, especially lobster. You'll discover long-standing eateries serving a wide variety of seafood all along City Island Avenue, with a large cluster operating near the southern tip of the island. The island is not too large, so you can literally cruise past all the various eateries and choose one that catches your eye. Classic American fare is also widely available.
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