In a city that moves this fast, New York parks are a welcome break. Adding some greenery and open-air spaces to the city, many of the parks have recreational or sporting facilities for visitors and New Yorkers to take advantage of.
Visit the world-famous Central Park, complete with lakes, gardens, monuments, and many walking tracks. Stroll through The High Line on Manhattan’s West Side and grab some sunshine, or visit Prospect Park for some live music. During a visit to one of the parks, you’ll find some of the best views and scenery New York has to offer.
In the middle of Manhattan lies Central Park, 341ha of greenery, lakes and walkways. Central Park is home to many iconic sights. Take a ride on a horse-drawn carriage, take in a concert on the Great Lawn, or simply sit and people-watch. Marvel at the sheer vision it surely took to create this oasis of tranquillity right in the middle of one of the busiest cities in the world.
The High Line
The High Line is an elevated park and walkway beginning in the Meatpacking District and running through to west Chelsea. What was previously an unused railway line is now home to beautiful gardens, sculptures, and a food court. On a sunny day, the views across the Hudson River are best taken in from one of the lounge chairs.
A gorgeous city destination, Bryant Park takes on many identities. In winter, the park is home to ice skating, while the summer months mean free outdoor movies. Tucked in behind the New York Public Library, Bryant Park is a beautiful spot to relax with a glass of wine. If you can nab a table, this is a lovely spot to enjoy lunch.
Stretching from 14th to 17th Street, Union Square Park has electric energy and is a popular spot to meet or hang out. Play a game of chess, watch some of the performers in the park, or admire some of the public artwork. The most noticeable item here is the Metronome and Countdown Clock, which displays 24-hour time left to right, as well as the amount of time remaining in the day.
It’s hard to beat Battery Park for stunning ground-level views. With a stretch looking out towards the Statue of Liberty, this large parkland is a quiet spot during the day. After the hustle of the nearby Financial District, Battery Park is a welcome retreat. A departure point for the ferries to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty, the park is a beautiful spot to relax.
Located in Brooklyn, Prospect Park is well worth a visit. Stretching over 213ha, the park has its own carousel, zoo and Greenmarket. Head to Long Meadow, a mile-long stretch of grass perfect for picnics, or check out the ball fields. The Prospect Park Bandshell hosts outdoor music and shows among the stunning parklands.
Washington Square Park
As you pass through the Washington Arch on 5th Avenue, you’ll find yourself in Washington Square Park. The gorgeous vintage streetlights, amazing fountains and statues give this park a touch of elegance for a public space. Here you’ll find musicians, serious chess players and office staff all mixed together, enjoying the beauty and the slower pace of the park.