Don’t have a lot of money but you want to get out of the house? See nature? Have fun? Go on a walk? Have a picnic? Let’s check out the best parks in New York City. This city is known for its skyscrapers and miles and miles of concrete, however, there are also some gems of nature in this city and you’ll be happy to visit them all.
First, what list of parks in New York City would be complete without Central Park at the top of the list? This park is iconic and has been featured in countless movies for its dazzling display of trees, water, flowers, and wildlife in the middle of the Big Apple. It is easily one of the most recognizable parks in the world. This park is smack-dab in the middle of Manhattan and boasts various fountains, a lake, a castle, and even a zoo. If you’re ever in New York City, visiting Central Park is an absolute must.
Riverside Park stretches four miles and provides breathtaking views of the Hudson River. It was designed in the 1870’s by the same architect who designed Central Park and is home to famous landmarks such as Grant’s Tomb and the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument. You’ll also find various playgrounds for families as well as walking trails, trees, and various historical buildings.
This park is located in Midtown Manhattan and is completely surrounded by skyscrapers. Within walking distance of the New York Public Library and Grand Central Station, this park is the perfect choice for anyone in the city who wants to have a respite on their lunchbreak or just while wandering around town. Entertainment of all kinds comes to Bryant Park at various times of the year, such as summer movies on the lawn or ice skating at Winter Village during the winter. Make sure you take the time to check what event might be going on in Bryant Park while you’re in NYC.
Prospect Park is a sprawling 585 acres and also designed by the same team which designed Central Park and also Riverside Park. Some might call Prospect Park the crown jewel of Brooklyn, as it is well-beloved by the locals. There are so many things to explore in this park from the impressive Long Meadow to the Grand Army Plaza, you’ll never want for sights to see in this nature oasis. You’ll also adore Prospect Park Lake, a haven of peace and quiet in the middle of chaotic and noisy Brooklyn. In fact, it might just be the most serene location in the area.
Brooklyn Bridge Park
With a grand view of Brooklyn Bridge in the background, New York City’s most famous (and oldest) suspension bridge, you’ll have a most beautiful day exploring this lush, green park. You’ll have a perfect vantage point to enjoy the waterfront and have yourself a picnic. Or if you prefer to wander, you’ll enjoy all the gardens, basketball courts, playgrounds, and at Pier 4, there is even a sandy beach to delight the children. As far as a park with amazing photo opportunities, this is the park to visit. You’ll have a wonderful time visiting New York City’s famous parks!
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