Hudson Yards. This opulent neighborhood of New York by the Hudson River provides access to a range of modern amenities, including spectacular views, community music events, restaurants, and art galleries among other options. Fortunately, green spaces, nature, and aquariums are no exception. Read on for some of our favorite aquariums, parks, and places to observe nature around Hudson Yards.
Central Park Zoo
For over a century, Central Park Zoo has been one of the premier attractions for generations of New Yorkers to see and learn about the wonders of animals, land, and sea. Here, famous faces like the chinstrap penguin, king penguin, macaroni penguin, gentoo penguin, California sea lion, grizzly bear, and snow monkey reside in a series of habitats, some of New York’s most interesting and eccentric residents. The California sea lions here have regular feeding shows, and love to show off their smarts to the crowds. The four species of penguin and the tufted puffins also have regular feeding shows, with their lovable antics above water and below for all to see. Aside from these close-up looks, there is also a 4-D theater, where groups can experience nature programming and family films.
The High Line
Hudson Yards is in proximity to one of New York’s most memorable green spaces since its opening in 2009, The High Line! This former New York Central Railroad track has been repurposed into a park like no other, with its train line heritage brought to a new life. A variety of local bird, insect and plant species reside in the unique setting over some 1.45 miles of Manhattan’s West Side, providing visitors with rare views of nature and the city alike. Some of the species seen at The High Line for visitors to keep an eye out for include the masked bee, peregrine falcon, robins, mockingbirds, mourning doves, common pigeons, and the innovative small carpenter bee. Also of note are the many installations along the path providing these species with small pools to refresh themselves during the day, a charming addition.
Habitat Garden at Hudson River Park
Hudson River Park is another thin, green slice of nature and community within close walking distance to Hudson Yards. This park runs along the Hudson River and is renowned for its attention to community events and involvement as it is recognized for the rare opportunity to escape and enjoy the sun and the outdoors. Mallards, robins, cardinals, and peregrine falcons are commonly spotted in the area over and around the park, while festive open-air music concerts and performers are also a regular sight. This park is a great option for meeting up with groups, sunbathing, an open area to read a book, or just somewhere to enjoy music and watch crowds of birds and people alike. People-watchers, bird-watchers, and anyone wanting to walk to a more communal setting, Hudson River Park is our spot for you.
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