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Parks in New York City for Nature Lovers

September 2, 2020 3 min read

If you’ve ever been to New York City, then you have probably seen the crowds, the buildings and the crazy traffic.

New York City is full of restaurants, art museums and gorgeous libraries, but anyone who grew up in the country side may not find New York to be very nature friendly, especially when all you really see are buildings.

However, New York City does have amazing parks. So if you find yourself traveling with a nature lover or you’re a nature lover yourself, then here are the best parks in New York City to visit.

Parks in New York City

My husband and I are total opposites. He is the nature lover, while I am a complete city girl. So when we made a trip to New York City, we decided to pay a visit to some of the parks in New York City. Our first park together was Central Park.

Parks in New York City

Central Park

One of the most well known parks to tourists, Central Park has a variety of things to see and do. Not only is this park large enough to jog in, but you can also visit the Belvedere castle and walk around the Shakespeare Garden.

You can also admire the Strawberry Fields Forever mosaic, row around the lake, check out Cleopatra’s needle, hangout around the Bethesda fountain and much more!

Having been to Central Park several times, I still haven’t managed to do it all yet! So there’s plenty to do.

Bryant Park

When I made my way to the New York Public Library, there I found Bryant Park. Adjacent to the Library, the park is famous for its seasonal gardens, free activities and al fresco dining.

This park isn’t as big as Central Park, but it’s still a nice park to visit and if you get the chance, do visit the New York Public Library!

Fort Washington Park

If you’d like to see a lighthouse and a bridge, then Fort Washington Park is the place to visit. Here you will find a small lighthouse by the name of The Little Red Lighthouse.

Aside from the lighthouse and bridge, this park offers an amazing view of the Hudson River and recreational activities.

Theodore Roosevelt Park

Right next to the American Museum of Natural History, the Theodore Roosevelt Park is a small park with great pathways for walking and running.

Although there’s not much to do in the park except for enjoying all the greenery, I do love the fact that it is close to the American Museum of Natural History, which is a good museum to visit.

Riverside Park

A beautiful park along the Hudson River, the Riverside Park is Manhattan’s most spectacular waterfront park. Aside from a beautiful view, the park also has a Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument, which commemorates soldiers and sailors that served in the Civil War.

This park also has plenty of facilities such as sports courts and fields, a skate park, and a public marina.

There’s plenty of nature around New York. It might not stick out like the buildings, but once you find them, you will sure be able to enjoy nature in New York City.

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Hola! I'm Hanny and I have been traveling since the age of three. Although, I grew up traveling, it wasn't until 2013, when I decided to start a blog. Read More

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