Things to Do in City Island

NYC's Best Kept Secret

If you’re in the mood for adventure during your stay in the Bronx, look no further than the quaint fishing village known as City Island. This small island is located just off the Bronx’s own Pelham Bay Park, surrounded by the waters of the Long Island Sound.

With a history dating back to the 1700s, City Island cemented itself as an important shipbuilding and yachting center during the 19th and 20th centuries. Today, the island remains a unique hub for boating and incredible seafood. Those visiting from NYC will relish in the distinct coastal New England atmosphere of the town—a perfect weekend escape close to home.

Discover some of the top attractions and restaurants in City Island to start planning your trip to one of the best kept secrets in the NYC area.


City Island’s history begins with its relationship to boating and fishing. Needless to say, this has made for some amazing fresh seafood dining options. Well known favorites, such as Johnny’s Reef and Seafood City, should be the first stops on any tour of the island. Those looking for some non-seafood fare still have plenty to choose from. The slightly more upscale Bistro SK offers a selection of French cuisine, while Ohana Japanese Hibachi Seafood & Steakhouse provides delicious Japanese cuisine, suitable for almost any palate.


City Island’s unique culture can be seen in the variety of shopping options in the city. Get a taste for the arts and find one-of-a-kind souvenirs at local galleries such as Kaleidoscope Gallery, Starving Artist Café & Gallery and jewelry store Calico Juno Designs. Those interested in spending some time on the water will be glad for the supplies available at the historic Jack’s Bait and Tackle.

Area Attractions

Never run out of things to do on your visit to City Island. Head out on the open water with Island Current Fleet for everything from moonlight cruises to parties, and fishing. Test your sense of adventure with scuba diving lessons from the famous Captain Mike’s Diving Services. For a more leisurely day in City Island, head over to Turtle Cove Golf & Baseball or take in the island’s rich history at the City Island Nautical Museum.

Our Opera House Hotel is just a short 25-minute drive from City Island, giving guests easy access to the island, ideal for day trips. Review the directions below to learn how to get to City Island from our Bronx hotel.

Driving Directions from Our Hotel

  • Head southeast on E 149th St toward Brook Ave
  • Turn left on Bruckner Blvd
  • Use any lane to turn slightly left to stay on Bruckner Blvd
  • Use the left lane to take the ramp onto I-278 E
  • Use the right lane to take the exit toward Hutchinson River Pkwy and merge onto Bruckner Blvd
  • Use the left lane to turn slightly left to stay on Bruckner Blvd
  • Use the left lane to take the Hutchinson River Pkwy ramp
  • Merge onto I-678 N
  • Continue onto Hutchinson River Pkwy N
  • Take exit 5 toward Orchard Beach/City Island
  • At the traffic circle, take the first exit onto Pelham Bridge Rd/Shore Rd
  • Turn left onto City Island Rd
  • At the traffic circle, take the second exit and stay on City Island Rd
  • Continue on City Island Rd and you will arrive in City Island, Bronx