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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859 local Airbnb hosts recommend

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

In spring, the cherry blossoms are truly the main attraction. You get a nice view from above from the terrace, then you can go frolic in the grass between the rows of cherry trees. There are also s... 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

Central Park is a National Historic Landmark and considered the most visited park in the United States, and for a reason! It is absolutely breathtaking and you can walk around and discover things a... 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

Prospect Park was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux after their completion of Manhattan's Central Park. Main attractions of the park include the 90-acre (36 ha) Long Meadow; the Pi... 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

The High Line is an elevated abandoned rail track that has been turned into a stunning and innovative city park -- a must see. It starts around 31st St., just past 10th Ave., and stretches all the ... 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.

Turn left when you leave the building, cross Ave D and continue to the bridge that goes over the FDR Highway. You'll find yourself at the park. There's a track and workout area right at 6th stree... read more

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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

Check out the dog park, read under the historic Hare Krishna tree. Beneath this tree, in 1966, the first recorded outdoor chanting session of the Hare Krishna mantra outside India. There are also m... 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

This is right off the Ferry on the Manhattan side. It's amazing Park system along the water - you can ride a bike (Amazing dedicated Bike Paths) or walk for Miles - there are all kinds of activiti... 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

Humungeous park containing everything from nature (trees, grass, benches, walkways) to sports (running track, soccer goals, exercise stations, softball fields, tennis courts, swimming pool, paddleb... 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

If you have time to explore only one neighborhood, this is the one to pick. Start off in Washington Square Park, the physical and spiritual heart of Greenwich Village. In the early 1800s the park w... read more

133 local Airbnb hosts recommend

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

This is a very big and mostly free sport complex and park built on an artificial island with great views of the Hudson River. 2 pools, 1 skating ring, track and field loop, football field, 5 tennis... 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

This trail runs along the entire West side of Manhattan and is a great place to run or bike! Access it by walking west on W 145th Street until you reach Riverside Bank State Park. There is a stairc... 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.

Besides the spectacular views of Manhattan and the East River, this 12-acre Long Island City spot boasts an interesting piece of history. The manicured waterfront stretch is built around restored g... read more

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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

"The site of winter ice skating at The Pond, free summer movies on the lawn, and endless meals and meetings at its tables, Bryant Park serves its role well as a centrally located Manhattan park. Ju... 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

This area encompasses the Bronx Zoo and numerous gardens, and event spaces. There is also a current Chuley outdoor exhibition running through October that features some of his largest installations... 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

Liberty State Park is located on Upper New York Bay in Jersey City, New Jersey, opposite Liberty Island and Ellis Island. The park opened in 1976 to coincide with bicentennial celebrations and is o... 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

Lively park full of locals on the weekends. If it's warm out, kids will be playing in the fountains and the playground, groups will be playing competitive volleyball, and teenagers attempting to do... 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

This is a public park that doubles as a sculpture garden with rotating exhibitions of large scale sculptures made on site! It also boasts incredible views of Manhattan over the water. One of our fa... read more

90 local Airbnb hosts recommend

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.

The often overlooked other park of Frederick Law Olmstead (the famous designer of Central Park), Morningside Park is a long thin park just a block from my house. It has a dramatic rocky cliff you c... read more

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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.

While every other visitor will snap the same, boring shots from the south side of this massive park, you'll be entering from the North, giving you breath-taking views of the Harlem Meer lake and th... read more

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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

A secret spot in central park that even locals dont know exists. This is the only French Style garden in the park, the rest is an untamed, English garden. Best in the spring and summer, this is a... read more

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Popular park in the middle of the East Village is a perfect centerpiece for its eclectic neighborhood, which houses artists, radicals, fashion lovers, and those who have lived in the neighborhood f... 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

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