What are the best parks in New York
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.
It's easy to see why New Yorkers love the green space Central Park provides.
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.
The High Line in New York has transformed the definition of 'park'.
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.
Bryant Park in New York is popular in every season.
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.
Union Square draws an eclectic crowd and popular with foodies is the Greenmarket.
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.
Soak up the amazing views from Battery Park, Lower Manhattan.
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.
A Brooklyn favourite, the Grand Army Plaza, in Prospect Park.
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.
Take a 5th Avenue break at Washington Square Park, New York City.