Please note that, while we've attempted to provide highlights of these parks at their best, some of the features and events listed below are canceled or closed due to COVID-19. Find an updated list of all NYC Parks Department service changes.
Central Park, Prospect Park, Brooklyn Bridge Park—even if you only just arrived in NYC, we probably don't need to tell you that these are all must-see green spaces, but they're also popular and crowded. Fortunately for us, according to the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation, 14 percent of the city is parkland. That's more than 30,000 acres! So, in this new age of social distancing, if you're looking to find a new-to-you outdoor destination to explore, we've got 10 off-the-beaten-path parks worth putting on your NYC family bucket list.
Some are massive and boast a wide array of attractions for all seasons; others are small but picturesque. With weeks of school closures ahead, and many indoor venues closed, check out this list and visit some of the city's best hidden outdoor gems.