Contrary to the common perception about NYC, that of a posh city laden with skyscrapers and some massive landmarks, the place actually has a significant amount of greenery. Almost 14 percent of NYC is covered by greenery. When tourists get weary of the city's chaotic traffic, sightseeing and other activities, they can find relief in its numerous parks. These parks are ideal for travelers of various profiles including the kids and students.
Below listed are the top parks that you should not miss you during NYC tour.
Brooklyn Bridge Park
Unlike some city parks in New York region that were built to simulate rustic greenery, Brooklyn Bridge Park has a charm of its own. The riverside park has plenty of attractions for visitors from diverse age groups, as it is. It is one of the newest parks and the inauguration was in 2012. Located under the historic Brooklyn Bridge and facing Manhattan, this park offers visitors breathtaking views of the waterfront. It is also an ideal destination for weekend picnics.
Flushing Meadows-Corona Park
The fourth largest public park of NYC, located in borough of Queens is also referred as Flushing Meadows. It has the famous USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, which houses the U. S. Open tennis tournament. The other notable attractions of the park are Queens Museum of Art and the Queens Wildlife Center. There is a skate park and boating lake as well.
Hudson River Park
This beautiful 550-acre waterfront park extends from Battery Park to the 59th Street, thus offering visitors ample space to walk or skate while enjoying the riverside view. You may enjoy watching the kayak rides and youth sports events while relaxing on the grass.
Pelham Bay Park
This park, located at the Bronx borough's northeast corner, is actually the largest public park of NYC with an area covering 2, 772 acres. It is almost three times larger than the famous Central Park and you will need plenty of time to explore its various parts. The major attractions of this park include Pelham Bay Golf Course, Orchard Beach and Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum. At the park's southeast area, you will find baseball fields, picnic area, biking trails and area for kids. You may enjoy horse rise at the park's Bronx Equestrian Center. Nature lovers will find solace in Thomas Pell Wildlife Sanctuary which houses wildlife species including egrets raccoon and hawks.
Madison Square Park
Madison Square Park offers NYC visitors a break from clutter and rush with its large grassy area, ample dog running space and picturesque location. The amazing artwork occupying the ground area in the park will keep you hooked for long.
Possibly the most thronged and famous park in NYC, Central Park witnesses millions of footfalls around the year. It is an area where you will never be short on entertainment and recreation options- including horse carriage ride, boating, exploring wildlife etc. It also houses several entertainment programs and events at certain times of the year. Its open air ice rink is another major attraction for visitors.