Spring is in the air, which means it’s (almost) time to dust off those picnic baskets and head to the park.
Whether you’re looking to soak up some history or some sun, we’ll help you pick the best spot to suit your parking wants and needs!
Prospect Park (Brooklyn)
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Prospect Park is the 2nd largest public park in Brooklyn. It’s also one of its most popular destinations, and it’s pretty easy to see why.
The 90-acre Long Meadow is a prime location for some sun-worshipping. The Picnic House is a charming venue for a potential wedding (or divorce party). And the Boathouse is an opportunity to enrich yourself in history.
But our favorite spot? The Prospect Park Zoo. Its many activities include working to restore endangered species, running a wildlife theatre, and sponsoring educational programs for children.
Do you wanna know what the only thing missing from this park is?
Carl Schurz Park (East 86th St & East End Ave, Manhattan)
This hidden gem on the Upper East Side is the perfect place to take in some fresh(ish) city air.
Plus, you’ll be able to get a good look at Gracie Mansion, the 18th-century mansion that serves as the mayor’s official residence.
Stroll along the promenade and catch some stunning views of the East River, and make sure to bring all of your babies. Why? Because the park is family friendly.
Also, you shouldn’t be a neglectful parent. That’s awful!
Don’t forget your canine either, as this park has two dog runs that will keep Fido barking with joy.
We promise it won’t be too rrrrough!
Fort Tryon Park (Riverside Dr To Broadway, Washington Heights)
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This Upper Manhattan destination sports stunning views of, among other things, the Hudson River, the New Jersey Palisades, and the George Washington Bridge.
The greatest view? The Cloisters, a museum built by the Metropolitan Museum of Art to medieval house architecture, sculpture, and decorative arts.
So, you’ll get free views, culture, and memories.
Did we convince you to go there yet?
If not, we’ll keep Tryon.
Central Park (Manhattan)
This is one of the most famous parks in the world, and it makes sense -- she’s a stunner.
Sitting at approximately 843 acres and spanning all the way from Columbus Circle to Harlem, Central Park was designated a National Historic Landmark by the US Department of the Interior in 1962.
The fact that it continues to be among the top tourist attractions in the world is a testament to its staying power.
Other highlights of the park include the Bethesda Fountain, Wollman Rink, Rumsey Playfield, and Delacorte Theater.
And once you’ve traversed the incredible lawn space, reward yourself with a meal at Tavern On The Green, the 2nd-highest-grossing independent restaurant in the United States.
Bryant Park (41 W 40th St, Manhattan)
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Bryant Park is known to evolve throughout the year.
During the summer, the central lawn is a hotspot for lunch-ing, picnicking, and free movie-watching.
Come winter, they convert the lawn into an ice-skating rink. Bring your skates from home and enjoy unlimited (free) skating -- Adam Rippon will cheer you on!*
*Adam Rippon probably won’t be there.
The park also boasts various pop-up shops and restaurants throughout the year to quench any and all hunger or thirsts you endure while there.
Another feature? They’ve got one of the top public restrooms in the city. There’s often a long line to sit on one of these golden thrones, proving that many others also consider this one of the park’s number one priorities.
Or number two.
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This out branch of the city can be reached by the Triborough Bridge, the Wards Island Bridge, or the Randalls Island Connector.
And, believe us, it’s worth the trek.
The island is mostly parkland and offers athletic fields, a driving range, playgrounds, and picnic grounds. The island is also home to many summer music festivals, including The Governor’s Ball, Panorama Music Festival, and Punk Island.
Brooklyn Bridge Park (334 Furman St, Brooklyn)
Our preferred way of getting there is by boat.
Take the ferry on a warm day and make your way over to one of the piers. While at the piers, play some beach volleyball.
Or bring some meat and grill out on one of the public barbeques.
Or, go for Smorgasburg. They’ve got tons of pop-up food vendors slinging some of the hottest (and coolest) treats imaginable.
Fort Greene Park (Washington Park St, Brooklyn)
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One of this park’s niftiest features is the Prison Ship Martyr’s Monument, which commemorates American prisoners of the Revolutionary War.
And while you’re appreciating your freedom, head over and enjoy their annual Fort Greene Park Summer Literary Festival, which allows young writers aged 7-18 to read alongside various established writers.
They’ve also got a summer concert series, operated by the Fort Greene Park Conservancy.
Madison Square Park (11 Madison Ave, Manhattan)
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Did you know that Madison Square Garden was named after this park, and was initially located right beside it?
Well, now you do.
Located in the Flatiron district of Manhattan, this park is another popular lunch spot for all those working in the surrounding area.
It’s also got an adorable little dog park, an area for occasional musical acts, and a revolving spot to display cutting-edge architecture.
Why do we go there? Shake Shack. It’s got burgers with fried stuff on them, and various ice cream concoctions.