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Parks and nature in Long Island

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“A walk, peddle, or carriage ride through the crisscrossing pathways of Central Park is a must-do on anyone's New York City itinerary. In winter, you can even lace up your skates and glide across Wollman Rink. This huge park in the city center, a half-mile wide and 2.5 miles long, is one of the things that makes New York such a beautiful and livable city. Besides being a great place to experience a little nature, Central Park has many attractions within its borders, and most of them are free, making it one of the few cheap things to do in NYC. Some of the most popular places to visit include the Belvedere Castle, Strawberry Fields, the Central Park Zoo, and the Lake. If you are exploring the park on your own, start by picking up a map at one of the visitor centers and plot your routing.”
  • 1159 locals recommend
Park
“Prospect Park is an urban park in Brooklyn, New York. The park is situated between the neighborhoods of Park Slope, Prospect Heights, Prospect Lefferts Gardens, Flatbush and Windsor Terrace. Also, it is adjacent to the Brooklyn Museum, Grand Army Plaza and the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens. With an area of 526 acres, Prospect Park is the second largest public park in Brooklyn, behind Marine Park. First proposed in legislation which was passed in 1859, Prospect Park was laid out by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, who also helped design Manhattan's Central Park following various changes to its design. Prospect Park opened in 1867, though it was not substantially complete until 1873. The park subsequently underwent numerous modifications and expansions to its facilities. Several additions to the park were completed in the 1890s in the 'City Beautiful' architectural movement. In the early 20th century, New York City Department of Parks and Recreation commissioner, Robert Moses started a program to clean up Prospect Park. A period of decline in the late 20th century spurred the creation of the Prospect Park Alliance, which refurbished many parts of the park starting in the late 1980s. 4.7 stars (14,628 reviews) Excellent Hours: Sunday 5:00 AM – 1:00 AM Monday 5:00 AM – 1:00 AM Tuesday 5:00 AM – 1:00 AM Wednesday 5:00 AM – 1:00 AM Thursday 5:00 AM – 1:00 AM Friday 5:00 AM – 1:00 AM Saturday 5:00 AM – 1:00 AM”
  • 1517 locals recommend
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“This is a great area to walk and see the city skyline! It’s a old railroad that they converted to to a public park! This place is usually bustling with both tourists and locals! It’s such a beautiful place to visit and walk! ”
  • 1059 locals recommend
Botanical Garden
“Beautiful botanic garden next to the museum and the park. Features include a japanese garden, cherry tree esplanade, rose garden, shakepeare garden, conservatory garden, lily ponds, native garden and a farming garden. Perfect place to get lost for hours. ”
  • 832 locals recommend
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“The hippies who famously turned up and tuned out in Washington Square Park are still there in spirit, and indeed often in person. In warmer months the park—which was once a potter’s field—is one of the best people-watching spots in the city, hummings with musicians and street artists, while skateboarders clatter near the base of the iconic 1895 Washington Arch (a modest replica of Paris’s Arc de Triomphe). Plus, kids can splash in the area's new fountain on sweltering days.”
  • 438 locals recommend
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“This urban oasis features shaded picnic tables, hibachi-style BBQ grills & river views. Brooklyn Bridge Park is a world-class waterfront park with rolling hills, riverfront promenades, lush gardens, and spectacular city views. Our list of amenities continues to grow each day.”
  • 467 locals recommend
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“Fabulous park with monuments, tennis courts, and kid's playgrounds (x2!), and also close to many excellent restaurants on Dekalb Ave. A great place to relax and people-watch. Check out the Farmer's Market every Saturday along the park's east side.”
  • 377 locals recommend
Park
“Green space with a farmer's market + athletic facilities. Good for a picnic.”
  • 426 locals recommend

Playgrounds

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“Green space with a farmer's market + athletic facilities. Good for a picnic.”
  • 426 locals recommend
Park
“Need a place to jog? Play some basketball? Let your pup off leash? This park is a little bit of a walk, but it's worth it, as it is the best park in the area. Have you seen the Netflix show "It's Bruno!"? They frequent this park. There's also a bunch of great places to eat, cool boutiques, and vintage shops nearby. ”
  • 161 locals recommend
Park
“This is a larger park, which provides views of the East River and also access to the East River Bike Path, for longer river walks.”
  • 122 locals recommend
Park
“A must see if you are walking the waterfront it Hoboken. Pier C juts into the Hudson River and thought it's small, offers interesting terrain, and fabulous views of NYC. There's also a playground built into the landscape for kids to play. ”
  • 16 locals recommend
Playground
“Next to a children's museum, this tree-lined space has ball courts, walking paths & a playground.”
  • 31 locals recommend
Park
“Adjacent to the park you can find a great kids playground; swings, slides & more! The flooring is soft and it looks and feels like cork so you don’t have to worry about a hard landing. The playground borders Lake Agawam so bring your children and jump on a swing and enjoy the views. Also a great location to run, kick a ball and visit the World War One Memorial. Say hello to the ducks. ”
  • 12 locals recommend
Park
“a nice waterfront park with lots of flowers and trees, and a large kids play ground for kids of all ages.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Playground
“A tiny little wisp of a park, but probably my favorite park in the city (and I live around the corner from the much more grandiose Brooklyn Bridge Park). I'll bring along a book to read, and sometimes I do, but it's a better place for people watching. Grab a cuppa from the coffee shop on the corner, Tekoa. ”
  • 19 locals recommend

Beaches

Beach
“World famous Jones Beach State Park, home of 6.5 miles of beautiful white-sand beach on the Atlantic Ocean, is made up of more than 2,400-acres of maritime environment on the south shore of Long Island. Among the 6 million visitors to the park each year, families enjoy their own piece of the beach for a day, with many returning dozens of times through the summer. Designed on the theme of an ocean liner, Jones Beach offers many activities to those who visit the park. They swim in the ocean, stroll the boardwalk, fish, visit an historic exhibit, get a bite to eat at one of the many concession stands, play miniature golf, shuffleboard and basketball, attend concerts at Northwell Health Theater.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Beach
“I have always love going to ROCKAWAY beach even tho I don’t know how to swim. Swimmer & non swimmer please do be aware there are strong ripe currents at this beach. I love the boardwalk, the parks and courts ( basketball and handball). Summer Friday night there is a live local band. ”
  • 58 locals recommend
Beach
“Ocean Beach with big waves and good facilities (bathrooms, food, beach gear for sale, outdoor showers for rinsing). This beach is public access for a fee and totally worth it - it's well kept and the staff are great. This beach epitomizes the Hamptons. You'll want to keep coming back. Please note: facilities are available from Memorial day to Labor day. ”
  • 36 locals recommend
Beach
“Beautiful ocean beach with a walkway to the water, they have a Large Pavilion cafe with food and cold drinks and they have lifeguards on duty most of the season”
  • 24 locals recommend
Beach
“Paid parking available all week $30 https:www.easthamptonvillage.org/Facilities/Facility/Details/Main-Beach-2”
  • 30 locals recommend
Beach
“Has a lively queer section, but also an area that has more families. It's one of the more popular beaches with locals.”
  • 28 locals recommend
Beach
“Drive, Walk, Bike to Indian Wells Beach and then continue on Beach Road to Atlantic Avenue Beach. Concession and washrooms available.”
  • 17 locals recommend
Park
“Hither Hills State Park has scenic picnic areas, campgrounds, hiking, mountain biking and cross-county ski trails. ”
  • 18 locals recommend

Trails

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“My most favorite place in the whole world. Go there for sunset, go there for the run. It's stunning, it's peaceful, it's where the real New York life is. ”
  • 87 locals recommend
Nature Preserve
“Free parking, nature walk with a story to read as you walk around the park. Creepy crawlies in the main refuge building! Good spot to see the water and birds from the refuge building.”
  • 28 locals recommend
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“Visit the Elizabeth A. Morton National Wildlife Refuge for hiking and bird watching. You’ll likely see chipmunks, birds, wild turkeys, frogs and more during your time in the outdoor area. Be sure to hike the Wild Birds Nature Trail, which is 1.2 miles through wooded and beach areas in the refuge. The visitors’ center hosts family-friendly activities like arts and crafts on Saturdays during the summer months. The trail extends down to the bay waters. Bring along some bird seed. The small birds will eat straight from your hand or hat brim. The Refuge is open year-round from sunrise to sunset. Admission is $4 per vehicle and $2 per bicycle or per person (if walking into the area).”
  • 38 locals recommend
Park
“Hudson River Park is a waterside park on the North River, and is the part of the Manhattan Waterfront Greenway that extends from 59th Street south to Battery Park in the New York City borough of Manhattan. It is a joint state and city collaboration, but is organized as a New York State public-benefit corporation. Riding a bicycle along the Hudson River is my favorite, It’s so beautiful, scenic and calm. You’re surrounded by everyone doing the same thing and sharing that space.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Trail
“Amazing promenade in Brooklyn Heights that has great views of the Manhattan skyline!”
  • 13 locals recommend
State / Provincial Park
“ State park that's a great place for talking long walks, and horseback riding and hot air ballooning if you go the right time of year.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Other Great Outdoors
“Just 15 min away, Audubon Center has a great natural center and garden trail. A great place for birds watching, to relax and have a romantic walk under the autumn sun. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Beach
“$10.00 car admission to preserve, all access to trails, beach, state of the art playground with zip-line, dog park, picnic tables, Castle Gould, gift shop, bathrooms and lots of events and classes for kids and adults. ”
  • 3 locals recommend
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