5 Fun Summer Park Walks in Manhattan
Summertime in Manhattan is delightful. Ellen Levitt, author of the just-released Walking Manhattan, shared with us her top five lush, shaded city parks to explore when the summer sun is beating down.
Whether you’re a lifelong resident or just passing through, check out these walks and learn about some new parks and neighborhoods:
New York City had a rough winter (so did much of the rest of the United States!) and the Big Apple is embracing the warm weather with extra gusto this year. There are all kinds of street fairs and outdoor things to see and do, but sometimes you need a slightly cooler place to promenade. When the day gets really hot, I suggest visiting one of Manhattan’s wonderful public parks. You will get your share of greenery, along with people watching, shade, and other delights.
I give a special shout-out to the Sing For Hope Pianos program. Sing For Hope is a non-profit group that has placed 50 pianos around NYC, outdoors, for anyone and everyone to play! Each piano has been painted and decorated by one or more artists, and Manhattan is proud to showcase 17 of these pianos. I have already visited and played six of them. Check them out by June 21. Inwood Hill Park houses one piano and Central Park has two this year.
Here are five summer park walks in Manhattan that I enjoy walking in especially on a weekend day. Stroll mindfully to truly appreciate the wonders of these parks, which are not only chock-full of plants and trees and grass, but also statues and monuments, interesting buildings and more.
High Line Park: our elevated park, a gem and an experience sprinkled with artworks and fascinating views of Manhattan’s lower western section as well as the Hudson River.
Central Park: Manhattan’s largest park is so much fun in the summer. Beautiful gardens, delightful playgrounds, history and culture galore, the Zoo, Shakespeare in the Park, rides at the Victorian Gardens, a carousel and so much more. You can never get tired of Central Park. And late in June the Lasker Pool reopens.
Inwood Hill Park: the northernmost park in Manhattan is the essence of serenity. Enjoy breezes from the river and look for the Indian Cave.
Morningside Park: at certain times of the weekend you can thrill to the bells of the nearby Cathedral of St. John the Divine, while you walk and relax in this thin but picturesque park. You must check out the waterfall here.
Riverside Park: one of the nicest and most stirring features of this lengthy park is the Soldiers and Sailors Monument near West 89th It may even have the remnants of the Memorial Day bouquets that were left there in late May. Riverside Park has excellent river views and even a haven for skateboarders.
Whichever park you pick, you will have fun in one of these Manhattan gems. Onward!