6 Underrated Parks in NYC

Central Park. Prospect Park. Flushing Meadows. We’ve been there, we’ve done that. It’s not that we have anything against these parks; there’s a reason that they are internationally known, after all. It’s just that we already know all about them, and so do you. What about the other parks? The ones that don’t get the love of the spotlight but certainly deserve it? That’s what this list is about.

Here are the 6 best parks in NYC that you’ve never been to:

Socrates Sculpture Park

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photo via flickr / Jason Eppink

This East River side park in Astoria, Queens is the best park in town for artists to express themselves and take in others’ work. The park serves as the home of regular installations and programs that appeal to all.

Fort Tryon Park

fort tryon

Photo via Flickr / Ted

Head north up the Hudson River to this Manhattan park which is home to The Cloisters, the old Revolutionary War fort, and the best view of New Jersey’s Palisades from the island. Fort Tryon Park was added to the National Register of Historic Places in the 70’s, but is still overlooked by most people who don’t live in Washington Heights.

Riverside Park

riverside park

photo via wikipedia.com

Riverside Park is just south of Fort Tryon, and probably the most popular on our list. It runs from 59th street to 125th street right along the Hudson River. It’s winding paths and beautiful plant life makes it a must visit on our list of underrated parks.

Inwood Hill Park

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Photo via Flickr / Kevin O’Sullivan

Inwod Hill Park is packed with beautiful greenlife and heavily wooded trails which will make you forget that you’re in Manhattan. Head to the northernmost point of the park where the Hudson meets the Harlem River during the fall for one of the most refreshing views.

Pelham Bay Park

pelham bay park

Photo via pelhambaypark.org

Pelham Bay is one of the most beautiful parks that no on ever talks about. It’s can be a hike to get there since it’s in The Bronx, but it is most definitely worth it. Pelham Bay Park is the largest park in New York City covering over 2,700 acres of land and is full of activities for the whole family, including Orchard Beach on the Long Island Sound.

Great Kills Park

great kills park

photo via visitstatenisland.com

People often forget about Staten Island, with it being seemingly entirely removed from public transportation, but it one thing that borough can do is parks. There are dozens of New York’s best parks on the island, but none rank better than Great Kills Park. There’s swimming, hiking, tons of sports fields great fishing.

Which underrated park is your favorite? Tell us on twitter at @GrayLineNewYork!

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