It’s Earth Day, and there’s no better way to celebrate than to head out to one of our awesome neighborhood parks. Whether you want to get some exercise and fresh air, or need a little rest and relaxation, you’ll find a park that suits your tastes. These are our top picks for the best parks in Tribeca, FiDi, and Battery Park City.
Hudson River Park
Hudson River Park is a 550-acre oasis that stretches from Battery Place all the way up to 59th Street. Grab a kayak at Pier 26 in Tribeca and explore the waters around Lower Manhattan. Or take the kids to have some fun at the playground at Pier 25, which includes a climbing wall and boulders. You can even challenge your friends to a game at Manhattan’s only 18-hole miniature golf course or have a nice day out with your best friend at the dog park at Pier 26.
The Battery offers something for everyone and is truly one of the most beautiful parks in the city. Here you can enjoy fantastic harbor views, lush perennial gardens, sprawling lawns perfect for a picnic, and bike paths to get some exercise. Learn about sustainable farming at the Battery Urban Farm, take a contemplative walk along the Battery Labyrinth, or have a ride on the SeaGlass Carousel. There’s always something fun to do in this popular neighborhood park.
Nelson A. Rockefeller Park
On the north end of Battery Park City, you’ll find Rockefeller Park, which is a great place to take the kids. The park features large lawns, lovely planted gardens, and many public art pieces. Kick back and relax by the Lily Pond and keep an eye out for migratory birds. There’s also a Children’s Garden where kids can grow flowers and vegetables.
Teardrop Park is another fun place for families. The nearly two-acre park is bursting with plants and has a complex, irregular shape that is great for exploring. This is a sanctuary for the senses – read a book by the rock garden, cool off with the water features, and rest in the shade of this beautiful landscape.
City Hall Park
The area around City Hall is home to City Hall Park, a wonderful green space surrounded by majestic historic buildings. It’s the perfect place to have some lunch and people watch, or to take a ride on its bike path, which leads to the Brooklyn Bridge. Keep an eye out for the rare black squirrels. The color is caused by a recessive gene, which is found in higher concentrations in this urban squirrel population.
The Elevated Acre
We’re going to let you in on a little secret – The Elevated Acre is one of the most beautiful, and least visited patches of paradise in Manhattan. This pocket of solitude is a one-acre elevated garden that is accessed by the escalator at 55 Water Street in the Financial District. Here you’ll find a lawn, wandering paths among the trees, gorgeous views, and some peace and quiet. There’s nothing else quite like it in the city.
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