Note: City parks are open, however social distancing is required. Solo exercise is ok, but team sports (such as basketball, football, softball, and soccer) are not permitted. Park amenities such as grilling areas, skate parks and nature centers are closed.
New Yorkers cherish their parks as rare treasures in the concrete jungle. And with 1,700 within five boroughs, we're not playing around. Of course, certain green spaces are more peaceful and verdant than others, but all of the parks listed here offer amazing things to do outside.
We’ve compiled a list of our favorites, featuring picturesque views of New York and prime picnic spots. Plus, these New York attractions offer seasonal programming and free activities, some of which include outdoor concerts, movie screenings and food festivals. (For even more cool must-dos in the city check out our list of 101 best things to do.)
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