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.
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New York's Central Park
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