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American Museum of Natural History's lawns will operate as a park this summer

American Museum of Natural History's lawns will operate as a park this summer
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Can't decide between an afternoon at the museum or a few hours relaxing in the park? Now you can have the best of both worlds. 

After hanging out with the dinos and taking a loop around "Unseen Oceans," you'll be able to enjoy New York in the springtime (now that the weather is finally cooperating) with a quick trip to Theodore Roosevelt Park. The lawn that calls one of NYC's most notable attractions its home—which runs from 77th to 81st Sts between Central Park West and Columbus Ave—was once closed off to visitors. Now, however, the Northwest and Southwest Lawns of the park will be open to the public beginning Memorial Day Weekend, 6 Sq Ft reports. 

There's nothing like topping off an educational experience with a little outdoor r&r, so get ready for a full day of NYC fun. The park will be open five days a week from 9am–7pm. Though sports and pets will be prohibited, a bit of greenery in the midst of the Upper West Side is certainly a welcome addition.

This initiative is part of Parks Without Borders, which aims to make parks' entrances, edges and adjacent spaces more accessible and inviting to the public. It's going to be a great space to look over the pics you just snapped in front of T-Rex—plus it won't require too much exertion to get there.   

The lawn will remain open until Sept 30. We'll see you there! 

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Looking for more things to do in NYC? We have a few ideas. Why not take the crew for a bite at one of the best outdoor restaurants NYC has to offer? When you're finished, stop by one of these cool family attractions or tackle our roundup of things to do in spring for the ultimate NYC outing. 

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