• Posted:Thursday, March 10, 2011
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New York City Parks

As the weather starts to get better in New York City and the chills disappear, both locals and tourists start to spend more time outdoors and hit the public parks. One of our favourite free things to do in many places is to check out the public parks as they are great spot to escape the noise of the city, stop off for your packed lunch or to just chill out and take it all in. New York City has a great selection of open spaces and public parks so we’ve decided to put together our pick of them for your trip to New York.

Central Park

One of the top attractions in New York, as well as being the city’s much loved park is Central Park. There’s so much to see in Central Park as it really is a huge green space. You can lie out in Sheep Meadow, take a bike or pedicab tour, catch a game in the baseball fields, visit Strawberry Fields or walk over the famous Bow Bridge.

Washington Square Park

In the heart of the popular Greenwich Village you will find Washington Square Park. This beautiful area which was extensively renovated a few years ago is where you will find students, chess players and some very entertaining street performers. Two of Washington Square Park’s most popular attractions are the Washington Square Arch and the Washington Square Fountain.

The High Line

Taking recycling to new extremes, one of New York City’s newest parks has transformed a 1930s elevated railway line into a public park that continues to develop and expand. Once the entire High Line is completed the park will stretch out over a mile and a half and is elevated over the West Side neighbourhoods of the Meatpacking District, West Chelsea and Clinton/Hell's Kitchen. The High Line is the ideal place for a scenic walk without leaving the city.

Prospect Park

If you find yourself in Brooklyn do not miss out on a visit to the 585-acre urban oasis that is Prospect Park. This New York City park is somewhat unexpected in the city’s busy neighbourhood but it really is a credit to landscape architects Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, who also designed Central Park. There is a lot to see and do in Prospect Park such as a visit to the Long Meadow, Prospect Park Zoo and a 60 acre lake.

Bryant Park

This urban park next to New York Public Library is where you will find many New Yorkers on their lunch break once the weather heats up and the skies get sunnier. It’s also a great place to go ice skating during the winter months. Bryant Park is laid out with tables and chairs so you can have a bite to eat or a coffee in the sunshine in comfort.

What's our favourite public park in New York City? Leave your suggestion in a comment below.

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