New York City Playgrounds & Parks Guide
NYC is a big concrete jungle, yes, but we've also got almost 30,000 acres of parkland. From grand, romantic 19th century parks like Central Park and Prospect Park to modern state-of-the-art playgrounds, New York City has some of the best urban green spaces, anywhere.
The city's wonderful parks and playgrounds are part of what makes raising kids here special. No need to coordinate playdates; just head to a neighborhood playground to meet friends or make new ones. You can also do a lot more than just play in the parks, you can go bird-watching, boating, picnicking, or just lay on the grass and stare at the clouds. Our parks and playgrounds are our backyards, community centers and nature preserves all wrapped up in one.
This guide to New York City's Best Playgrounds & Parks will lead you to some veteran favorites as well as innovative newbies that we adore.
Staying Cool in the Parks
New York's Central Park
We continue our month-long focus on Astoria, Queens with an in-depth look at its parks and playgrounds. Its namesake green space—the beautiful, 60-acre, waterfront Astoria Park—is unquestionably the neighborhood's crown jewel boasting NYC's largest outdoor public pool, a popular...
We finish up our series of posts about Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill and Boerum Hill with a roundup of the best places for kids to play in the area, both inside and outdoors. While there are lots of small playgrounds and green spaces peppered throughout the neighborhood, Carroll Park is definitely...
Camping is a great way to bond with your kids and commune with nature. Contrary to what you might think, you don't need to invest in expensive equipment or even leave New York City to pitch a tent. The Urban Park Rangers offer free overnight family camping at designated times and locations in...
There's something wonderfully nostalgic about kids getting a thrill from a ride on a carousel. There are 11 merry-go-rounds in our great city, with one brand-new one slated to open later this year. Carousels have a long and lovely history in NYC. (You can read all about it and see some...
Playing in Flushing Queens: Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Top Playgrounds, World Ice Arena, Bowling AlleysWe finish up our series of posts about Flushing with a roundup of places to play in the neighborhood, both indoors and outside. The area is home to Queens' largest green space: the attraction-packed Flushing Meadows Corona Park, which we've written about in depth before. You'll also...
We continue our month-long focus on Battery Park City with a look at the best places to play in the neighborhood, both indoors and outside. This tiny sliver of southwestern Manhattan is just 92 acres but 36 acres of that is parkland, mostly along the Hudson River. It's no wonder BPC is famous...
Prospect Park's LeFrak Center at Lakeside: Ice Skating, Roller Skating & Water Play at Brooklyn's New Outdoor Recreation DestinationThis season has been a great one for ice-skating in New York City with four new outdoor rinks opening to the public. But the long-awaited LeFrak Center at Lakeside in Prospect Park is definitely the big new destination in winter... and beyond. The state-of-the-art, $74 million complex features two...
It's official... an official snow day that is. On Saturday, January 4, the Parks Department is inviting New Yorkers to come out to a neighborhood park for some winter fun. White-capped hills around the city are open for sledding, snowman-making and more. And at five designated locations, the Parks...