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Discover Nature & Beautiful Parks on Your New York Vacations

If you think New York Vacations are all about spectacular museums, splendid art galleries, gourmet restaurants and fantastic dance clubs and bars, think again.


Boating on The Lake in Central Park is so peaceful and tranquil and the scenery is stunning too. From some points inside the park, you can admire the beautiful views of the Langham and the San Remo apartment buildings.

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The Lake in Central Park with beautiful views of the Langham and San Remo

Plan to Visit Central Park on Your New York Vacations


One of the iconic sights of New York City is Central Park, which extends from 59th Street (Central Park South) to 8th Avenue (Central Park West) and 110th Street (Central Park North) and 5th Avenue which retains its name.

To really getaway, discover the glorious New York parks and experience the tranquil, rejuvenating and refreshing paths, boardwalks, bike trails, hiking and boating adventures, and city vistas from these grand New York City parks.

Did you know New York has many lush and ornamental parks?

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Wonderful Walking Path in Central Park, New York City

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Central Park is Fantastic for Rest, Relaxation and Enjoying Nature

Central Park offers a number of sporting opportunities, including a wildlife sanctuary, grassy areas and extensive walking tracks, two ice-skating rinks, and playgrounds for children.

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View of Bethesda Terrace and Angel of Water Fountain in Central Park

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The Stunning Bethesda Terrace in Central Park, New York City

This is a great place to bring the whole family on your New York vacation.

Activities in the park include jogging, bicycling and inline skating, especially after 7:00 pm when automotive traffic is banned.

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The Tranquil Angel of Water Fountain at Bethesda Terrace Central Park

The park is sculptured in the English-style pastoral landscape and is a popular oasis for migrating birds, and a great venue for bird watchers to enjoy on your New York vacations.

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Ancient Egyptian Obelisk – Cleopatra’s Needle in Central Park, New York City

The obelisks in London and New York are a pair of twins. They are genuine Ancient Egyptian obelisks over a thousand years old.

There are several artificial lakes in Central Park, and if you feel like boating, head over to the Loeb Boathouse on “The Lake” and rent a boat.

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The Loeb Boathouse in Central Park has Restaurants, Bars and Patios

You can spend hours at the Loeb Boathouse, whether you are lounging and having lunch and cocktails, or enjoying a formal meal. You have the option of people-watching or watching the guests who have rented the boats. But I encourage you to rent a boat and enjoy the natural beauty and peace of The Lake in Central Park.

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The Beautiful Loeb Boathouse Restaurant and Bar in Central Park, New York City

The Loeb Boathouse is a beautiful restaurant with several bars including two lovely outdoor patios. You can dress up and have a romantic meal in the formal dining area, or dress casually and enjoy the outdoor terraces after boating on The Lake.

Catch the Ferries at Battery Park on Your New York Vacations

This is the largest open space in downtown Manhattan and one of the most commonly known New York City parks with access to ferries and is walking distance to many NYC’s fabulous attractions such as the New York Stock Exchange, the Staten Island Ferry and South Street Seaport.

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Battery Park at the Southern Tip of Manhattan, New York City

You can stroll around and enjoy the panorama of the NYC skyline and the harbour front. It is also walking distance to the Brooklyn Bridge.

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Battery Park – A Peaceful Retreat in the Financial District of New York City

There is a restaurant and terrace where you can relax and enjoy a drink and a meal while watching the ferries and yachts in the harbour. Take time to relax here on your New York vacation.

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Relax at the Battery Park Terrace with a Cold Beer or Glass of Champagne

At the Clinton Castle is the ticket office where you can purchase your boat tour tickets or you can order online.

Explore the Elevated Gardens of High Line Park on Your New York Vacations

This park is a landmark and free to visit. It can be accessed at Gansevoort Street, 14th Street, 16th Street, 18th Street and 20th Street in Manhattan.

The park joins 3 neighbourhoods and features an elevated freight railroad which has been transformed into a lovely series of elevated park gardens. The designs and landscape styles are awesome. Not one of your average New York parks.

Discover Carl Schurz Park on Your New York Vacations

A wonderful park on the Upper East Side alongside the East River and like a secret hidden getaway of flora, beautiful landscape and people watching. In the park is the Gracie Mansion, playgrounds for children, water fountains, landscaped gardens and pathways.

Plan a picnic, read a book or snooze in the grassy shaded lawns in Carl Schurz Park on your New York vacation.

The promenade offers fantastic views of the East River, Randall’s and Wards islands, the Triborough Bridge, Roosevelt Island Lighthouse and is a great place for jogging or strolling on the promenade and walking your dogs.

In the Carl Schurz Park, you can enjoy the sunsets, lush gardens, river and bridges, and watch the families playing with their children and their dogs.

Location: 217 East 86 Street in Manhattan (East End Avenue to East River, stretching from East 84 to East 90 streets)

Experience Historical Fort Tryon Park

To experience several hundred years of history, beautiful architecture and gardens, visit Fort Tryon Park in Upper Manhattan.

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Courtyard Garden at the Cloisters of Fort Tryon Park in Upper Manhattan

In the park you will find the famous Cloisters, medieval buildings that were purchased in Europe, brought to the United States and reassembled. There are also many winding paths up steep inclines with beautiful flowers and grassy areas for relaxation and picnics.

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Medieval Arches of the Cloisters in Tryon Park, New York City

Be sure to check out the fantastic views of the waterfront, the skyline and spectacular sunset, and views of the George Washington Bridge and the Harlem River while on your New York City vacation.

Include a Visit to Prospect Park in Brooklyn in Your New York Vacations

There is a wide open grassland, known as the Long Meadow and is the longest meadow in all of New York City parks, almost one mile (1.5km) in length with trees, flowers, and recreational activities, the park is a relaxing, pastoral landscape.

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The Grand Army Plaza Entrance to Prospect Park in Brooklyn

Designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux after they completed Manhattan’s Central Park, Prospect Park features a zoo, a visitor’s center called The Boathouse, the first urban Audubon Center, a Bandshell that hosts free outdoor concerts in the summer, baseball fields, tennis courts, basketball courts and soccer fields.

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The Boathouse in Prospect Park Brooklyn

At the entrance to Prospect Park is the Grand Army Plaza and its triumphal arch, a Civil War memorial, reminiscent of the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel in Paris, France, and is worth visiting on your next New York vacation.

Make sure not to confuse the Grand Army Plaza of Brooklyn with the the Grand Army Plaza in Upper Manhattan and the Boathouse in Prospect Park with the Loeb Boathouse in Central Park Manhattan.

Spend Time at Riverside Park on the Scenic Waterfront of the Hudson River

Located on a scenic waterfront on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, Riverside Park contains spectacular walking paths, car-free bike routes and is part of the Manhattan Waterfront Greenway which encircles Manhattan’s waterfronts.

The park contains famous monuments and statues including the Eleanor Roosevelt Monument at 72nd Street, the Joan of Arc statue at 93rd Street, and the famous Grant’s Tomb.

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General Grant’s Tomb National Memorial Riverside Park

The park also has many recreational facilities including tennis, volleyball and basketball courts, a skate park, and kayaking and soccer fields.

Riverside Park features a free season of events (Summer on the Hudson) between May and October, hosting dozens of fun events for all including movies, concerts, and children’s shows.

This is a beautiful park indeed. Do check it out for your next New York vacation.

Union Square Park A Quiet Retreat on Your New York Vacations

Union Square Park is a beautiful public square and known for its historic events with its intersection joining the neighbourhoods of the Flatiron District to the north, Chelsea to the west, Gramercy to the east, and Greenwich Village to the south.

In the square are stunning statues sculptured in the 1700s – 1800s, including the impressive equestrian statue of George Washington, Marquis de Lafayette, Abraham Lincoln and James Fountain.

The park includes playgrounds for children, numerous walking pathways and a limestone pavilion at the north end of the park. The southern part of Union Square Park is a large art installation called Metronome which is spectacular and worth checking out on your New York City vacation.

Visit Beautiful Parks on Your New York Vacations

When planning your New York vacations, take time to enjoy all aspects of this remarkable city, including the planning and thought that went into creating the beautiful New York City parks for your pleasure and enjoyment.

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The Bow Bridge on The Lake in Central Park with Awesome Views of The Majestic and The Oliver Cromwell Buildings in the Background

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Stunning Views of the Famous Beresford Apartments from Central Park

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If you want Romance, escape to Central Park and Kiss under Balcony Bridge


New York City has many beautiful parks for rest and relaxation. Take time to discover them on your next New York Vacations.

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