Vibrant Times Square. This energetic and dynamic part of New York City with its shops, shows, and lights showcase so much that New York City has to offer. Whether visitor or local resident, you don’t need to go too far from here to see and do it all. Read on for some of our favorite places to sleep under the stars and enjoy the great outdoors here around Times Square.
Gateway National Recreation Area
For those travelers who want to get lost in a green world and habitat spanning a number of diverse islands, trails, and campsites, look no further than Gateway National Recreation Area, right here in New York’s backyard. With a number of beaches, educational areas, campsites, and access to the Belt Parkway and John F. Kennedy International Airport, this is an easy addition to any itinerary.
Norvin Green State Forest
Visitors that can make the trip a bit further out of the city proper will enjoy the wide expanses of Norvin Green State Forest, a beautiful combination of forests, winding trails, lakes, streams, and views of the diverse scenes over the Tri-State area. Here, aside from camping, hiking, boating, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, animal watching, and stargazing, the highest hills also provide for a great view to end or start your day. From some of the highest hills at around 1,300 feet high, travelers can enjoy views of the New York skyline, New Jersey wilderness, and unobstructed views of the skies.
Indeed, neighboring Central Park also has plenty to boast in the way of picturesque backdrops, including the Jacqueline Onassis Kennedy reservoir and the Great Lawn among some of the spots visitors can tour. These are but a fifteen minute walk from many exciting neighborhoods on this end of Manhattan, and are a great setting for long-exposure photography, impromptu nights under the stars and nighttime meet-ups. Make the most of New York City’s green heart and bring the party to Central Park!
And finally, one of Instagram’s most famed locations, The Edge! This is a jaw-dropping glass lookout over New York City’s skyline, a backdrop that is truly hard to beat and a cityscape photographer’s dream. Aside from the amazing views over the city, at this height, visitors will find themselves that much closer to the stars, a different, yet unique point to enjoy the stars over New York. This is a memorable and impressive way to mark your time in New York, suitable for both large groups and solo visitors. Come to The Edge for a different perspective of New York, high and low.
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