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The Best Parks in New York City | Outdoor Activities in New York City

Parks in New York City are world famous for the green lung space they offer to the majestic city. From outdoor activities such as swimming, picnic spots and play areas for kids, there is something for everyone. Let’s take a look at the most popular parks in New York City.

Here is the list of 36 The Best Parks in New York to Explore Local Activities.

1. City Hall Park

City Hall Park
1.8 /5

City Hall Park is a park in New York City located on Broadway. It is known for its lush trees and a view of NYC. It is surrounded by centuries-old government buildings.

Timings : 6 AM to 12 AM
Entry Fee : Free

2. Inwood Hill Park

Inwood Hill Park
3.0 /5

Inwood Hill Park is one of the best parks in New York City to explore and relax. It is located in the Inwood neighborhood of the Manhattan borough, New York City. The park is famous for the Hudson River Bike Trail and a hiking trail. Bald Eagles are commonly spotted in the park.

Timings : 6 AM to 1 AM
Entry Fee : Free

3. Flushing Meadows Park

Flushing Meadows Park
2.5 /5

Flushing Meadows Corona Park, better known as Flushing Meadows Park is the best park in New York to take a relaxing stroll or ride bicycles. It is located in Flushing Bay, in the northern part of Queens in New York City.

Timings : 6 AM to 9 PM
Entry Fee : Free

4. Socrates Sculpture Park

Socrates Sculpture Park
2.5 /5

Socrates Sculpture Park is the best park in New York City to enjoy art. It is situated in the neighborhood of Astoria, Queens in New York City.

Timings : 10 AM till Sunset
Entry Fee : Free

5. Rockefeller Park

Rockefeller Park
2.0 /5

Rockefeller Park is one of the best parks in New York located at the North end of Battery Park City. It is well known throughout New York for its wildlife, carriage trails, and scenic beauty.

Timings : Open 24 hours
Entry Fee : Free

6. Shakespeare Garden

Shakespeare Garden

Shakespeare garden is a themed garden in New York City. It is located in Central Park in NYC. It is close to the Delacorte Theatre, an open-air venue. The garden has almost all of the 175 plants mentioned in the works of Shakespeare.

Timings : 6 AM to 1 AM
Entry Fee : Free

7. Conservatory Garden

Conservatory Garden
2.0 /5

The Conservatory Garden is an English style garden located in the northeastern part of the famous Central Park in New York City. You can reach it through the Vanderbilt Gate at Fifth Avenue. It is the only formal garden in New York and has over six acres of flora.

Timings : 8 AM to 6 PM
Entry Fee : Park-Free.
The Museum of the City of New York- $20 for adults, free for people under 18

8. Paley Park

 Paley Park
2.0 /5

Paley Park is one of the best parks in New York City. It is an urban pocket park located on 53rd Street between Madison and Fifth Avenues in Manhattan. The small park is the perfect place for having a relaxing time. 

Timings : Monday to Friday 8 AM to 8 PM
Entry Fee : Free

9. Hudson River Greenway

Hudson River Greenway
1.8 /5

The Hudson River Greenway is the longest in Manhattan (3.2 miles) and it offers a beautiful view of the Hudson River and New York City. It stretches from the Bronx down to Battery Park at the south peak of Lower Manhattan.

Timings : Open 24/7
Entry Fee : Free

10. Fort Greene Park

Fort Greene Park
3.0 /5

Fort Greene is a 30-acre park in the New York City borough of Brooklyn. The park houses the Prison Ship Martyrs monument that consists of a 100-foot-wide granite staircase and a central Doric column 149 feet high. It is illuminated at night, making it a sight to behold. The park is also famous for its monarch butterflies.

Timings : 6 AM to 1 AM
Entry Fee : Free

11. Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir

The Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir is a reservoir in Central Park, in the Manhattan borough of New York. It extends from 86th to 96th Streets and covers 106 acres. It is also known as the Central Park Reservoir.

Timings : Open 24 Hours
Entry Fee : Free

12. John Lennon Memorial park

John Lennon Memorial park

Strawberry Fields in Central Park in New York is a memorial to former The Beatles member John Lennon. Located between 71st and 74th Streets, the garden is named after The Beatles song “Strawberry Fields Forever”.

Timings : 6 AM to 1 AM
Entry Fee : Free

13. John V Lindsay East River Park

John V Lindsay East River Park

The John V Lindsay East River Park, also known as the East River Park, is a park in New York City. It is located on the Lower East Side of the Manhattan borough of NYC. The park is almost 58 acres huge and stretches along the East River from Montgomery Street up to 12th Street on the east side of the FDR Drive.

Timings : Monday to Sunday, 6 AM - 1 AM
Entry Fee : Free

14. Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park

 Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park

The Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park is a memorial to the 32nd President of the United States, Franklin D. Roosevelt. It is a triangular tip at the southernmost end of Roosevelt Island in the East River between Manhattan Island and Queens in New York City.

Timings : Wednesday- Monday, 9 AM – 5 PM
Entry Fee : Free

15. High Line Park

High Line Park

High Line Park is a futuristic elevated linear park located on the west side of the Manhattan borough of New York City. The park is a 1.45 miles long greenway that runs from Gansevoort Street over to 34th Street in New York.

Timings: Monday-Sunday, 12–8 PM
Entry Fee: Free

16. World Trade Center Liberty Park

World Trade Center Liberty Park

World Trade Center Liberty Park, locally known as the Liberty Park, is a one-acre elevated park located at the World Trade Center in the Manhattan borough of New York City. It overlooks the National September 11 Memorial & Museum. Liberty Park is of great significance to New York City.

Timing : Monday-Sunday, 6 AM–11PM
Entry Fee : Free

17. Greenacre Park

Greenacre Park

Greenacre Park is a pocket park in New York City. It is located on 51st Street between Second and Third Avenues in the Turtle Bay neighbourhood of Manhattan, NYC. The park is filled with honey locust trees, azaleas, and pansies.

Timing : Monday-Friday, 9 AM–5 PM
Entry Fee : Free

18. The Hills at Governors Island

 The Hills at Governors Island

Located in the New York Harbour, the 10-acre hills at the Governors island is one of the latest addition to iconic New York landmarks. The Hills are full of green shrubs, grass, and trees, providing a contrast to NYC’s urban skyline.

Timings : Monday-Friday from 10 AM to 6 PM and Saturday- Sunday from 10 AM to 7 PM
Entry fee : Entry to The Hills is free. Round trip on ferry costs $3 for adults and is free for children under 13

19. Battery Park

Battery Park
3.2 /5

It is a part of a larger planned community located in the Manhattan borough along the Hudson River. A third of this is the parkland, where vast open spaces welcome people.

Timings : 6 AM to Midnight.
Entry Fee : Free

20. Prospect Park

Prospect Park
5.0 /5

Prospect Park is located in Brooklyn Borough and is home to wetlands, fountains and wooded areas.

Timings : opens at 6 AM and closes 12 AM
Entry Fee : Free

21. Strawberry Fields

Strawberry Fields
5.0 /5

Strawberry Fields is also located in Manhattan borough, inside the Central Park and was initially built as a tribute to musician John Lennon.

Entry fee : Free since it is located inside the Central Park
Timings : 6:00 AM to midnight 1:00 AM

22. Bryant Park

Bryant Park
5.0 /5

Bryant Park is privately managed in the Manhattan borough of the mid-town NYC. It is small compared to it’s neighbouring Central Park but provides a lot of facilities like reading rooms, fresco dining areas, indoor and outdoor games.

Timing : 7.00 AM to 7.00 PM during winters and from 7.00 AM to 8.00 PM during daylight savings

23. Roosevelt Island

Roosevelt Island
4.0 /5

Roosevelt Island Park is located on Roosevelt Island in the Manhattan borough and is one of the least crowded parks. Being surrounded by water, it offers the best riverside walks and ferry facilities.

Entry Fees : Basic entry permit for the park starts at $30. Gyms start at $45, and the Sports arena entry fee starts from $25
Timings : 12 AM to 11.45 PM.

24. Union Square Park

Union Square Park
4.0 /5

is located in the Manhattan borough of NYC and is prominent for its numerous statues around meeting spots like James Fountain, Abraham Lincoln Statue, George Washington Statue and Mohandas Gandhi Statue. 

Timings : It is open 24/7
Entry Fee : Free

25. Riverside Park

Riverside Park
3.3 /5

It is in Manhattan borough and is the most spectacular water-front park along River Hudson. The piers overlooking River Hudson, huge gardens with lots of trees and flowers, lakes and water sports along with rocky precipices, lawns, and shoreline, promenade and elm tree woods are the most famous spots.

Entry Fee : Free to visit and open all around the year
Timings : 6:00 AM - 1 AM

26. Washington Square

Washington Square
3.3 /5

A park which is also a marsh and a parade ground in Manhattan. The park has huge gardens, flowers from all around the world and benches around lakes.

Timings : Open all year long from 6 AM to 8 PM
Entry Fee : Free

27. Brooklyn Bridge Park

Brooklyn Bridge Park
2.7 /5

It overlooks the Brooklyn Bridge in Brooklyn borough of the city and the promenades are the most visited spot in the park. The park has vast river-facing and spacious promenades which are the most visited spot in the park.

Entry Fee : Free
Timings : Open all around the year from 6 AM to 11 PM

28. Central Park

Central Park
5.0 /5

Central Park is located in the Manhattan borough and is the fifth-largest but most visited park in the US due to the sheer amount of variety it offers.

Timings : 6.00 AM to 1.00 AM
Entry Fee : The entry is free of cost. However, to visit sections like the zoo, tickets start from $18.

29. Highline Park

Highline Park
2.0 /5

Highline is located in the Manhattan borough with spectacular views of the skyline. It does not have outdoor activities to freshen up but is one of the most enduring spaces to observe the city culture.

Entrance Fee : The walk from the North to South end is completely free, however, few passes are also available at the entrance.
Timings : 12 PM to 8 PM daily.

30. Astoria Park

Astoria Park
2.7 /5

Astoria Park is one of the few parks in Queen’s borough. The Dutch settled here first, so most of the area has Dutch architecture. It is also one of the oldest and largest parks in the neighbourhood.

Entry Fee : Entry to the park is free, but to avail facilities, like parking and sporting facilities it might cost you depending on what you order, the price of which is in the range of USD 10.
Timings : The park is open from 6 AM to 9 PM in the night, on all days

31. McCarren Park

McCarren Park
3.5 /5

The 35 acres huge McCarren park is located in the Williamsburg and Greenpoint neighborhoods of Brooklyn, New York. It is famous for its soaring arches and lush greens. The park is filled with flowers and trees.

32. Pelham Bay Park

Pelham Bay Park
3.5 /5

The Pelham Bay Park, situated in Bronx, New York, is the largest in the city at 2,765 acres where one can enjoy activities like fishing, golf, and hiking. It is well known in New York for its scenic landscapes.

Timings : Park- 6 AM to 10 PM
Beach- 10 AM to 6 PM

33. Fort Tryon Park

Fort Tryon Park
3.5 /5

Fort Tryon Park is one of the most beautiful parks in New York City. Located in the Hudson Heights and Inwood neighbourhoods of the borough of Manhattan in New York City, this 67-acre park overlooks the Hudson River, making it a perfect picnic spot. You can spread a blanket on the lawns and look over the panoramic views of the park.

Entry Fee for The Cloisters : Adults- $25 
Children (under 12)- Free
Seniors- $17  
Students: $12
Timings : 6 AM to 1 AM

34. Hudson River Park

Hudson River Park
3.0 /5

Hudson River Park is a waterside park on the Hudson River located in the New York City borough of Manhattan. It is a 550-acre park, making it the second-largest park in Manhattan after Central Park.

Timings : 6:00 AM until 1:00 AM
Entry Fee : Free

35. Tompkins Square Park

Tompkins Square Park
3.0 /5

The 10-acre park is located in the middle of the East Village in Manhattan, New York. Tompkins Square Park is famous for its rare American Elm trees. The Hare Krishna Tree at the center of the park is significant to the Hare Krishna faith and is a good place for meditation and yoga.

Timings : 6 AM–12 AM
Entry Fee : Free

36. New York Harbor Park

New York Harbor Park
3.5 /5

New York Harbor is located at the mouth of the Hudson River on the east coast of the United States in New York City where it empties into New York Bay. It is one of the most beautiful natural landmarks in the city of New York.

Timings : 6 AM – 1 AM
Entry Fee : Free

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