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
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... read more
There's something wonderfully nostalgic about kids getting a thrill from a ride on a carousel. There are a dozen 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. With... read more