Oh New York, New York, city of lights, traffic, big buildings and beautiful people. Even though the rush of this magical city, there is something that I will always love; its amazing parks.
If you are planning on coming to the big apple or if you already walked through the streets, museums, shopping stores and malls, it is time to take a break. If you want to feel closer to Mother Nature and want to breathe some fresh air, go to some of my favorite parks in town.
For those who fell in love since day one in New York City, but still have no time to go to its natural side, go ahead and get ready for one of the most amazing experiences in the middle of the city. If you are in the mood for meditation, peace and want to get away in the city, you are going to love this list of my favorite parks in the greatest city in the whole wide world.
If you are coming to NYC and don’t stop at Central Park, your trip is not going to be the same, believe me. Also known as one of the lungs of the city, this park has historic sculptures and classic monuments. It is also perfect for working out, making picnics with friends or just meditating.
On the other hand, one of my favorite plans is jogging through Central Park while contemplating its infinite beauty. I also love, just like a little child, to take a ride in the carousel or reading a book behind a shadow tree. If you are planning on spend the whole day there, you must go to The Mall and Literary Wall and take a boat through the Central Park Lake.
Also, Central Park has so many activities no matter the season of the year. You also are going to be able to join yoga classes and to take walking tours. In conclusion, this park has endless activities for you and your family.
This tiny park has a magical energy that makes it awesome and really attractive for tourists and locals. In Midtown, just by the New York Public Library, there you might watch movies at the park, skate on ice or take yoga classes.
In addition, Bryant Park is for me one of the most amazing parks in winter time and Christmas. The decorations, The Holiday Shops at Winter Village and the hot cocoa are just great. Besides, if you like reading, go ahead and enjoy The Reading Room, a great spot for everybody.
Furthermore, if you like photography this is such a perfect place to take amazing pictures of the Empire State, Times Square, 5th Ave and the buildings around. If you want to know more about this park click here.
Madison Square Park
Without any doubt, it is one of the most beautiful parks in Manhattan. Madison Square Park is located between the intersection of 5Th Ave. and Broadway at 23rd Street. If you have a dog, there is a big doggy park for your best friend. You can just lie down in the grass and get away from the noise of the city.
Indeed, the best time of the year to visit MSP is summer because there is a lot of art, concerts and you can make a potluck with friends and family. There are so many cute tables and chairs so you don’t have to worry if you forgot your blanket.
Also, if you like architecture you might make some beautiful pictures with the Flat Iron, the Met Life Tower or the New York Life.
Washington Square Park
With its bohemian style, this park is point for students for hanging up and having fun. It is also one of the neighborhoods that tourists and locals love the most; Greenwich Village.
When you come for the first time to this park, its Square Arch is going to blow your mind because is classic and really interesting. Also, you can play chess; listen to live music of hundreds of artists and get refresh in the fountain. On the other hand this park has been scenario of movies as I am legend or August Rush and others.
Finally, this amazing park is famous for its Hangman’s Elm, a tree with more than 300 years of history with interesting stories and myths through NYC history. You must hug it.
Union Square Park
One of the most important parks in Manhattan is from 14th Street until 17th Street between Union Square East and University Place. There you might get to know different statues from important people of the world as Abraham Lincoln, Mahatma Gandhi or George Washington.
Also, one of the more interesting things at Union Square is its Metronome; a strange but modern clock that has been called as pretentious for the media. Despite of what many people think, this is actually a really easy reading format and you might be able to know the real time with its 15 digits counting hours, minutes, seconds and tenth of seconds. Interesting right?
To finish with, one of my favorites ever is the organic market; you must really go and get charmed. They have local fruits, vegetables, plants and handmade products. You will be amazed.
In the Upper West Side Manhattan, this beautiful park makes you feel like you are not in the city anymore.
First, you can have a lot of fun by playing volleyball, basketball or any other easy sport. Also, there is a spot for kids so they will enjoy as well.
Second, you can learn a lot of the statues and monuments of important people. My favorite ones are: Eleanor Roosevelt Monument, Joan of Arc, Amiable Child Monument and Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument.
The biggest park in Brooklyn has green areas, jogging trails and so many beautiful trees. If your plan is to do some work out while in Prospect Park, this is the perfect place especially in summer.
On the other hand, you will see great bridges, arches, statues and lakes during your visit. I will say this is one of the most important parks because of its history and cultural value.
Lastly, you will be able to enjoy different activities like free concerts or food festivals.
This is probably the cutest park during spring. You will be amazed with its nature and the beauty of its flowers. Also you can enjoy spaces for jogging, a baseball field, a dog’s park, a public pool and so many activities to do when it is not so cold.
McCarren Park is the perfect park for making BBQs with family and friends or making a picnic. If you are not feeling like bringing your own food, you have a lot of good restaurants around the park. If you like yoga, go ahead and take a class at Yoga to the People, my favorite place ever.
Flushing Park is in the northern part of Queens and it’s the fourth largest public park in NYC. If you are planning on walking through this huge park, you must wear comfortable shoes and take at least a day for doing it.
You can go to the Queens Botanical Gardens, lakes, soccer fields or just to make a BBQ with your friends.
If you like sports, go ahead and visit the skateboarding field or visit the Citi Field to see the Mets playing. This is definitely one of the greatest parks in NYC.
East River State Park
This could be my favorite park ever. It is In Williamsburg, Brooklyn between River and 7th, 8th and 9th streets. From there you would see one of the best Manhattan skylines ever.
This park is perfect for an afternoon picnic by the river; watching the 4th of July lights or just taking a walk with your dog. East River is becoming one of the favorite parks for tourists and locals.
Finally, if you come in summer you must visit Smogarsburg, the largest market in America attracting more than 30,000 people to Brooklyn each weekend. You will find different options of food as vegan, Asian, Hispanic, African & local.
I also love Domino Park in Brooklyn, Astoria Park in Queens, Brooklyn Bridge Park in Brooklyn, The Hills at Governors Island, The High Line and Pelham Bay Park in The Bronx.
What’s your favorite park?