Parks & Nature in New York
Where local Airbnb hosts go be one with nature. Join them in their favorite parks, beaches, and trails.
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Brooklyn Botanic Gardens has incredible architecture, rare plants, flowers, and meticulously cared for gardens. World famous Cherry Blossom Esplanade, Japanese and Rose Gardens are located at this ... read more
Brooklyn Botanic Garden (BBG) is a botanical garden in the borough of Brooklyn in New York City. Founded in 1910, and located in the Prospect Park neighborhood, the 52-acre (21 ha) garden includes ... read more
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Located in Manhattan, Central Park is the nation's first major urban public space, attracting 25 million visitors every year. Covering 843 acres of land, this magnificent park was designated as a N... read more
Central Park is an urban park in middle-upper Manhattan, within New York City. Central Park is the most visited urban park in the United States, with 40 million visitors in 2013. It is also one of ... read more
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Five minutes from my place a 585 Acre (2.37 km) Urban Park. Main attractions of the park include the 90acre Long Meadow. Prospect Park Zoo a large nature conservatory, the Boathouse housing a visi... read more
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Once upon a time (like 1800's time) there was an elevated railroad line running along Manhattan's west side. The RR eventually turned into what was known as "the West Side Highway' but fell into di... read more
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East River State Park is a seven-acre waterfront park located along the East River in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn. It offers visitors a stunning view of the Manhattan skyline, a delig... read more
This park runs along the east side of Manhattan all the way around the tip of the island and up the west side. Take 10th street from Avenue D across the FDR and head south along the East River.
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At first glance, the area around Tompkins Square Park seems like the quintessential New York City neighborhood, with its lively restaurant scene and trendy shops. But it’s was not always this way. ... read more
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Good place to start exploring the south side of Manhattan, the Financial District, Wall Street, and the likes. Came on winter so the trees are dry. Good view overlooking the ocean, on clear weather... read more
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A park equally valued and cherished in Greenpoint and Williamsburg, McCarren Park is the site of endless games of kickball, soccer, baseball, bocce, handball, basketball, football, and tennis, not ... read more
Beautiful green space to people watch, have a picnic, read a book, or run on the track. Just steps from restaurants, bars, ice cream shops, and thrift stores in Williamsburg and Greenpoint. Loca... read more
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Washington Square has long been a hub for politics and culture in New York City. The Park is an open space, dominated by the Washington Square Arch at the northern gateway to the park, with a trad... read more
Washington Square Park is a public park in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of Lower Manhattan, New York City. One of the best known of New York City's 1,900 public parks, it is a landmark as wel... read more
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Swimming Pools, basketball courts, softball field, futbol/soccer field, running track, ice skating rink, picnic areas and great views of the Hudson River looking over to New Jersey. Great at sunset.
With its entrance at 145th Street and Riversdie Drive, Riverbank State Park boasts of spectacular promenade views of the Hudson River, the Palisades and the George Washington Bridge. There is a 400... read more
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Walk down 13th Street west to where it turns into Horatio. Keep on walking until you hit the river. Cross the West Side Highway to find the largest park outside of Central Park. This strip spans fr... read more
Hudson River Greenway provides a continuous 11-mile route between Battery Park at the southern tip of Manhattan and the Little Red Lighthouse underneath the George Washington Bridge. The trail pass... read more
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Brooklyn's newest park is also one of its best, with amazing views of lower Manhattan and the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges. Lots of open spaces to lounge about and read or just soak up the sun, ... read more
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Riverside Park is a scenic waterfront public park on the Upper West Side in Manhattan. With beautiful views along side the Hudson River, it's a great spot for a run or walk. During the warmer mon... read more
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This is one of the places which most of the tourist will miss it because they simply won't know about it. This place is just only 2 miles from my home. You can just take a 7 train and get off of Ja... read more
The park overlooks the East River and has skyline worthy shots of Manhattan. Highly recommended. You can hop on the East River Ferry for less than $10 and head to Brooklyn or Manhattan.
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Situated behind the New York Public Library is Bryant Park, a well-cultivated retreat that hosts a schedule of free entertainment during the summer, ice skating in the winter and free WiFi all year.
Great place in mid-town to take a break. Located on 6th Avenue off of 42nd Street and behind the Central branch of the New York Public Library. Lots of free participatory and entertaining events! M... read more
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Every city park offers its own brand of verdant escapism, but this lush expanse goes beyond landscaped flora. In addition to housing swaths of vegetation—including the 50-acre forest, featuring som... read more
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The Light Rail is 2 blocks north on Congress Street, take a right, go down the elevator, buy your ticket 1st- on platform, take South bound train to Liberty State Park. Also goes first to Newport M... read more
On the New York Harbor, less than 2,000 feet from the Statue of Liberty, Liberty State Park has served a vital role in the development of New Jersey's metropolitan region and the history of the nat... read more
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For a quick run: 3 loops = 1 mile In the summer, find a cart vendor and buy an ice cream or an elote (Mexican corn) and watch the skaters. Always, a small but great little park.
Maria Hernandez Park is a municipal park in Bushwick, Brooklyn, New York City. It is located between Knickerbocker Avenue on the southwest to Irving Avenue on the northeast, and Starr Street on the... read more
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This former army barracks has been converted into a beautiful park with lots of activities including a beach bar on the sand. It's accessible by ferry from Brooklyn and Manhattan. Incredible views!... read more
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Just a few blocks away this park has amazing views of the east river and bridges. Also good for picnics, taking a nice walk, run or just sitting on the park benches enjoying a beautiful day.
Home to the Mayor of NYC, Gracie Mansion is situated on this beautiful park along the east river. My favorite spot to run and relax !
Home of the Gracie Mansion with amazing views! On 96st if you walk toward water & walk down the pathway toward 86st you will enjoy a peaceful & beautiful stroll with luscious display of flowers.
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The Hudson River, hugging the west side of Manhattan, provides countless activities from kayaking and sightseeing tours to music festivals and Independence Day fireworks
Being a waterside park on the Hudson River, it's the best place to see sunset and sunrise. It has opportunities for outrigger canoeing, rowing, sailing and free kayaking.
You can't go wrong by taking a stroll over to the Hudson River. Hudson River Park stretches for miles, but the area around 23rd Street near Chelsea Piers is particularly enjoyable!
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It's a hidden waterfront park right on the East River with a stunning view of Manhattan (Chrysler building, Empire State building, etc). Called WNYC Transmitter Park because it was once the site o... read more
Newest park to be developed in Greenpoint a few years ago. Great view and connects to the pier to pick up the ferry. Nice spot to go and hang with friends, sit on the pier or get some sun before ... read more
It's a very laid-back park with stunning views of the East River and Manhattan! A great bike ride via Citibike or a quick ride on the G train to Greenpoint Ave then a 5 min walk to the park.
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This is a nice beach in the borough of Brooklyn. There is a boardwalk that takes you all the way to Coney Island.The Q train runs there. Nowhere is nicer than Brighton Beach when the sun starts to ... read more
Brighton Beach is an oceanside neighborhood in the southern portion of the New York City borough of Brooklyn, along the Coney Island peninsula.
One of my favorite beaches in the city. Located just down the boardwalk from Coney Island, a little more quiet and less crowded. Lots of Russian owned-restaurants with picturesque views.
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Unusual outdoor sculpture park on the East River in western Queens. It is next door to the Astoria Costco, by the way, if you have a membership and want to kill two birds with one stone. It's a lov... read more
A city park that was essentially reclaimed from a scrap heap and built by local sculptors -- right on the river. A great place to walk and check out local life and interesting sculpture. They have ... read more
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Really cool park that takes up the hill between Morningside Heights and Harlem. Great paths to walk on and a killer set of stairs if you want to work out.
The park that is on a cliff! Steps galore but really great beautiful foliage and trees. If you enter from the west side you will walk up the stairs and end up near Columbia University.
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We are only 6 blocks from the north entrance of Central Park, which is actually my favorite because there is a beautiful tranquil pond with benches to sit and relax on. There is also a public pool ... read more
Just a quarter mile away. Access pool in Summer and ice rink in Winter. Citi bikes available at the entrance to the park. Great walking, jogging and biking trails.
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Lovely park with lost of areas to sit and relax with a coffee from Variety. There is a farmer's market on Sundays from 11-4pm.
Small but awesome Farmer's Market, Sundays, 10 to 4pm. There's also cute playground and lots of local people watching.
A beautiful park with children playground. It is a nice picnic spot too. It has a farmers market on Sundays (Spring-Fall, please check the schedule)
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My favorite part of Central Park, especially when everything is in bloom! It is divided into three smaller gardens, representing three, equally beautiful countries: Italy, France, & England. Must-see!
This is the only formal garden in Central Park, designed by Gilmore Clarke, Thomas Price and M. Betty Sprout in 1937 and significantly restored in the mid 1980's. The conservatory has English, Fre... read more
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With a stunning view of Manhattan and Queens, this impeccably landscaped park and monument to FDR has been used as the backdrop for Kanye West's fashion shows and Hillary Clinton's campaign kick-of... read more