Fort Tryon Park

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Fort Tryon Park Heather Garden
Washington Heights Free
The park, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted Jr., is 250 feet above the Hudson River and boasts three landscaped acres that look as if they were transplanted from an English country estate house, with sloping and dropping elms. Many of the garden's 48 varieties of heaths and heathers are unique to New York City, and some bloom even in winter, their needlelike leaves turning copper to chocolate. Summer, however, is always the best time to go: The plots become a genteel wilderness, riotous with musk roses, foxglove, hydrangeas and irises.
Venue name: Fort Tryon Park
Address: Margaret Corbin Circle
New York

Cross street: Fort Washington Ave at Cabrini Blvd
Transport: Subway: A to 190th St
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Jaime B

Fort Tryon Park is a really unique park for New York City, situated way up in Washington Heights, the northern tip of Manhattan. This park is on a pretty steep hill, and inclined walking paths wind slowly around the whole thing until reaching the top, where the Cloisters are featured. As you walk up the paths, you’ll catch stunning views of the Hudson River from a height. There are stone walls aplenty in Fort Tryon, which makes it feel like old fort. This is a gorgeous setting for a stroll. Also, there’s a playground at the bottom and plenty of nearby restaurants if you get hungry.