1. Arthur Ross Pinetum
This oasis of pine trees just north of the Great Lawn is perfect for larger gatherings of all ages. The pinetum features two designated picnic areas, one each directly east and west of the Great Lawn ball fields. Both are nicely manicured with wood-chip-covered grounds, feature several picnic tables and are bordered by 17 different species of evergreens. The western area is equipped with swing sets, while the larger eastern area, located in the shadow of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, is adjacent to basketball courts and volleyball nets. It’s the perfect combination of play and pastoral peacefulness.