5 of the Best Parks in NYC

It’s no secret that I’m an indoor person. My favorite place is my bed, there’s just nowhere I’d rather be than curled up beneath the blankets with a cup of tea and my laptop. Not only am I an indoor person, but I am also a city girl through and through. Guess that’s just a result of being a native New Yorker. I couldn’t even ditch the #citylife for a hot sec in college (I went to school in Chicago, for those of you new here!).  That being said, sometimes, even *I* could use a bit of green and fresh air, which is really saying something. Last weekend, I had the joy of exploring a New York green space that I had never been to before, Van Cortlandt Park. Nestled on the border of the Bronx and Westchester, this park was, by far, the most nature-y and one of the best parks in NYC that I’ve ever visited.

It was such a refreshing change of pace to get lost walk through the woods for a while. When all you see are skyscrapers all day, it’s good to get out and look at some damn trees for a few hours, is all I’m sayin’.

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It was so soul-cleansing, that I felt inspired to list my other favorite green spaces in the city. Granted, some of them are nearly not as woodsy as VCP, but hey, I’ll take some grass where I can get it. Here are some of the best parks in NYC:

Rockefeller Park

Not exactly a place to take shade (not a ton of trees), but this one earns a spot here largely due to the fact that it’s right on the Hudson River with views of the Statue of Liberty. Sitting on the grass for hours watching ships sail by is not a bad way to spend an afternoon or two.

Central Park

Ok, so this one’s #basic. BUT, it’s the park that a) I grew up going to and b) one of the greatest marvels of urban planning in the WORLD. From marveling at the penguins at the zoo to lounging in Sheep’s Meadow to skating for hours at Lasker Rink, there are an incredible plethora of things to do for literally everyone.

Prospect Park

I like to think of Prospect Park as the Central Park of Brooklyn. It’s large, also has a zoo inside, but my favorite thing by far about this park is the Botanical Garden (fun fact: that’s where this look was shot!). A day at Prospect Park is certainly a day well spent.

Carl Schurz Park

Tiny but mighty, this park boasts river views, grassy hills, and oh, what? A historic mansion where the mayor lives?? I’ve spent many hours here tanning, reading, and walking my dog and I’m better for it.

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 What are your favorite parks and outdoor areas? Do you ever feel the need to wander around underneath the trees? And for my fellow New Yorkers: I’d love to hear what you think are the best parks in NYC. Let me know in the comments below.

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  1. October 10, 2018 / 10:52 am

    Omg I actually havent been to any except for Central Park, have to add these to my list for the next time I go to New York!

  2. October 10, 2018 / 12:34 pm

    I love going to parks, especially with my pup! We have many around my city so it’s always fun to discover new ones.

  3. October 10, 2018 / 5:36 pm

    I love getting outside. My husband and I try to go hiking at least once a month. Being in Seattle, we have a ton of green spaces we can go to. I’m glad to see there are so many gems in NYC, too!

  4. October 10, 2018 / 10:11 pm

    NYC is so rich with parks, and they all are just a little bit different. great picks!

  5. October 11, 2018 / 7:28 am

    awe love this! whenever i go to nyc i usually just spend all my time in parks lol

  6. October 11, 2018 / 11:01 am

    Haha, I’m with you – I’m an indoor city girl myself! My friends tried to take me “glamping” but immediately dropped the subject when I asked if there will be internet for me to stream movies haha!
    I like a good nature walk or a hike every now and then though. I love Central Park in New York City and I love Rock Creek Park in DC!

  7. October 11, 2018 / 1:02 pm

    Central park is my fav! I have never actually been to any of the other parks, Ill have to checkd them out next time i go!

  8. October 11, 2018 / 4:13 pm

    Ahh I bet NYC is gorgeous right now! I have to visit these parks soon.

  9. October 11, 2018 / 5:59 pm

    ahh i love nyc, you’re making me want to visit again!

  10. October 12, 2018 / 3:40 pm

    This makes me want to go back to New York so badly!! I miss it

  11. October 15, 2018 / 8:48 pm

    It’s definitely true that NYC has the best parks! I am not an outdoorsy person, but I love the arboretum on the university campus near where I work. It is beautiful and great for pictures, too!

  12. October 25, 2018 / 5:29 am

    I would definitely try all these when I go back to NYC. I only had the chance to go to Central Park because of my tight schedule.

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