One of the greatest urban parks anywhere in the world, Governor's Island is 172 acres of bucolic landscapes with a whopping 7 miles of car-free bike paths. Getting there is a commitment, but the payoff is well worth it: Bring your own bikes on the ferry, or rent one on the island (there are even three CitiBike docks), and enjoy what is surely the best family-friendly biking in NYC! Visit the Hammock Grove, check out the longest slide in New York, catch a free concert or simply explore one of the best public spaces in the city.
New York, New York, it's a wonderful biking town! From protected bike paths on the Bronx waterfront to the low-key cycling in Battery Park City, we'll help you find the best bike trails for families in NYC.
When the weather warms up, there's nothing quite like going for a bike ride with the kiddos—it's one of the best things a family can do in New York City right now. The key? Pick the right bike path. Brooklyn Bridge bike trail? It has one of the best views in the world, but it's steeper than you think—and might be too much for tiny legs. Prospect Park? Glorious setting—and the loop is dominated by super-pumped peletons zooming at top speed.
Our curated list points you to places like the semi-secret bike paths in Central Park, Erie Basin in Red Hook, and Governor's Island, a car-free paradise with 7 miles of bike paths and breezy skyline views. How do you top off a biking adventure like that? Why, with a visit to one of the best ice cream shops in NYC for kids! It's just a day in the life of a real New Yorker kid.
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