NYC Parks and Gardens

Outdoors and Recreation

by staff, 10/01/2014

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New York City may be a bustling metropolis with more than 8 million residents, but it's surprisingly easy to find tranquility within the five boroughs. In fact, the City boasts 29,000 acres of parkland, which is 14% of its total area. These environs have charms anytime of the year: for spring's blooms, summer's picnics, autumn's colorful foliage and winter's solitude. Below, you'll find information about some of the city's most popular flora-filled spaces.

Central Park

must-see central park

One of New York City's most celebrated attractions, Central Park is a must-see for anyone visiting the five boroughs.

Prospect Park

must-see prospect park

Prospect Park's attractions include a band shell, an Audubon Center, a zoo and Brooklyn's only natural forest.

Staten Island Greenbelt

the greenbelt: staten island's hidden jewel

This network of lush parks, wetlands, open meadows and hiking trails, located in what is often referred to as NYC's "greenest borough," is one of the City's best-kept secrets.

Van Cortlandt Park

van cortlandt park

The Bronx green space features natural beauty and America's first municipal golf course.

Wave Hill

wave hill

Wave Hill is a public garden and cultural center in the Bronx overlooking the Hudson River, with sweeping views west to the New Jersey Palisades.

New York Botanical Garden

new york botanical garden

Featuring more than a million plants on 250 acres, the New York Botanical Garden is a place for study and research as well as enchantment and exploration.

Snug Harbor

snug harbor cultural center & botanical garden

This complex includes the Staten Island Botanical Garden, the Staten Island Museum and the Staten Island Children's Museum.

Brooklyn Botanic Garden

brooklyn botanic garden

The Brooklyn Botanic Garden features 52 acres of natural beauty, with more than 10,000 kinds of plants from all over the world.

Queens Botanical Garden

queens botanical garden

Relax in 40 acres of natural splendor, including a "Fragrance Walk" and a "Bee Garden."




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  1. 1
    Central Park
    Between Fifth Ave. and Central Park West
    Manhattan – Central Park
    NY 10024
  2. 2
    Prospect Park
    95 Prospect Park West
    Multiple Locations
    NY 11215
  3. 3
    Greenbelt Recreation Center
    501 Brielle Ave.
    Staten Island
    NY 10314
  1. 4
    Wave Hill
    675 W. 252nd St.
    Bronx – Riverdale
    NY 10471
  2. 5
    New York Botanical Garden
    2900 Southern Blvd.
    Bronx – Bedford Park
    NY 10458
  3. 6
    Queens Botanical Garden
    43-50 Main St.
    Queens – Flushing
    NY 11355
  1. 7
    Brooklyn Botanic Garden
    1000 Washington Ave.
    Brooklyn – Prospect Heights
    NY 11225
  2. 8
    Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden
    1000 Richmond Terr.
    Staten Island – Randall Manor
    NY 10301
  3. 9
    Van Cortlandt Park
    Broadway and Jerome Ave.
    Bronx – Woodlawn/Little Ireland
    NY 10467

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