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Top Manhattan Parks That Aren't Central Park

Explore New York City's Outdoor Spaces


There’s no better way to enjoy the warm weather in New York City than to venture out to a local park and spend some quality time in the great outdoors.

Central Park isn't the only great park in town. There are plenty of other green spaces for nature-starved New Yorkers to enjoy.

  • Washington Square Park
    Washington Square Park is Greenwich Village’s main public space as well as the heart of NYU’s campus. Students, families, area shoppers, and tourists frequent the fountain area to read, sunbathe, admire the historic Washington Square Arch, or watch one of the park’s many entertaining performance artists.
    • Location: Between MacDougal Street and University Place, Waverly Place and West 4th Street

    • Size: 9.75 acres

    • Bathrooms: Yes, at the south end of the park

    • Food/Drink: Snack vendors, with many delis and restaurants nearby

    • Activities: Annual Downtown Children’s Halloween Parade, chess tables, bocce court, medium-sized grassy areas perfect for tossing a ball around

    • Get there: A/C/E/F/V/B/D to West 4th Street, N/R/W to 8th Street

  • Hudson River Park
    After only ten years in the making, the Hudson River Park is one of the most exciting parks on the island. Stretching along the Hudson River from Lower Manhattan to Midtown, the park offers a vast range of facilities and activities. Just want to relax? Take a stroll, sunbathe, or picnic in one of the many grassy areas scattered throughout the five miles of park space.
    • Location: Far west side Manhattan from 59th Street to Battery Place

    • Size: 550 acres

    • Bathrooms: Yes – both indoor restrooms and Port-a-johns

    • Food/Drink: Manhattan Youth Snack Shack, Runner’s Station, restaurants at Chelsea Piers

    • Activities: skate park, Trapeze School New York, Pier 96 boathouse for canoeing and kayaking, bike path, batting cages, Chelsea Waterside Park, swimming with the Manhattan Island Foundation, summertime movies and concerts

    • Get there: All A/C/E and 1/2/3 stops between 59th Street and Chambers Street

  • Bryant Park
    Stroll by this very social space during the week and find hordes of Midtown office workers lounging on the park’s Great Lawn or enjoying happy hour specials at the Bryant Park Café. On the weekend, feel free to grab a book from the adjacent New York Public Library and read in the shade on one of the park’s dual promenades.
    • Location: Between 5th and 6th Avenues, 40th and 42nd Streets

    • Size: 9.603 acres

    • Bathrooms: Yes, at the northeast corner of the park

    • Food/Drink: Bryant Park Café, Bryant Park Grill, various food kiosks, plus tons of sandwich shops and delis on nearby 42nd Street

    • Activities: HBO Summer Film Festival, New York Fashion Week, wireless access

    • Get there: F/V/B/D to 42nd Street

  • Fort Tryon Park
    Nature lovers who venture up to this wooded space in Upper Manhattan are rarely disappointed. From the highest natural point in Manhattan, visitors can take in views of the Hudson River and Palisades State Park and meander through the lush Heather Garden. On colder days, stop by the Cloisters Museum or grab a casual gourmet meal at the New Leaf Café.
    • Location: Between Broadway and Riverside Drive, West 190th Street and the Henry Hudson Parkway

    • Size: 66.6 acres

    • Bathrooms: Yes, at New Leaf Café

    • Food/Drink: New Leaf Café, various snack carts

    • Activities: Try out the swings at Dyckman and Jacob Javitz Playgrounds, hike the eight miles of pedestrian paths, picnic on the Billings and Cloisters Lawns

    • Get there: A train to 190th Street, 1 train to 191st Street

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