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
Governors Island reopens to the public this Memorial Day weekend, and we've got the scoop on the coolest new attractions, activities and returning family favorites. In 2014, the isle unveiled 30 acres of new parkland, expanded its open hours to weekdays and instituted a fee for the formerly free... read more
My 9-year-old may not have a big backyard like her suburban peers, but she does have Central Park. The northeastern corner of Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux's 843-acre masterpiece is literally across the street from our apartment. But while it's got some amazing attractions, like the... read more
Just because we live in a concrete jungle doesn't mean our kids can't enjoy a summer filled with great outdoor, athletic activities. And you don't even need to be a Hilton to afford it.
New York City offers many opportunities for kids to learn team sports and also try swimming, tennis,... read more
When we were growing up, playgrounds had sprinklers. Now playgrounds have "water features." You know, fountains, geysers, rivers, pumps and beautiful spraying statues. The kids just love them, and we parents prefer to go to these newfangled playgrounds because they're pretty and cool, and make... read more