Most Visited Parks in New York City
The most visited parks in New York City based upon the average number of visitors on a yearly basis. The most visited park in New York City is also the most visited city park in the United States and all of these most visited parks in New York City rank in the top 50 most visited city parks in the country. Combined these ten parks in NYC are visited by over 72 million people and tourists per year.
Central Park - 30 million
Central Park is the most visited city park in not only New York City but the entire United States with 30 million people and tourists visiting the park every year. Located in the heart of Manhattan, Central Park is 843 green acres in the middle of a sea of skyscrapers and hustle and bustle where tourists from the hotels in Manhattan as well as workers and locals can go to relax and enjoy nature.
Coney Island Beach and Boardwalk - 10.6 million
Some 10.6 million people visit Coney Island every year for the Atlantic Ocean beaches and famous amusement park rides. Coney Island is located on a peninsula in southernmost Brooklyn and has a long history as a popular tourist attraction in Brooklyn, New York City.
Gateway National Recreation Area - 8.5 million
Gateway National Recreation Area is a series of parks located along the shorelines in Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and Sandy Hook in New Jersey. Some 10 million people a year visit Gateway National Recreation Area which is run by the National Park Service with about 8.5 million visiting the parks in New York City per year. Boating, sun bathing, swimming, hiking and camping are popular activities in Gateway National Recreation Area.
Prospect Park - 8 million
Image Source (Prospect Park Boathouse in Brooklyn, NY)
Prospect Park in Brooklyn is the 4th most visited park in New York City with some 8 million visitors per year. Designed by the same people who designed Central Park, Prospect Park contains the only lake in Brooklyn as well as a zoo, the Long Meadow, Litchfield Villa, a nature conservancy, the Boathouse, the Picnic House, the Prospect Park Bandshell where concerts are held and numerous athletic fields and walking paths.
Bryant Park - 3.5 million
Bryant Park is located in Midtown Manhattan along 5th and 6th Avenues and 40th to 42nd street. Some 3.5 million people a year visit Bryant Park which contains the main branch of the New York Public Library as well as the Bryant Park Lawn which offers a lush green oasis surrounded by metal skyscrapers and asphalt streets. Concerts are held on the lawn and the park is near all the major hotels in Manhattan.
Statue of Liberty National Monument - 3.3 million
Located in New York Harbor some 3.3 million people a year visit the historic famous Statue of Liberty National Monument every year. To reach the Statue of Liberty from New York City tourists must take a ferry boat from Battery Park in Lower Manhattan. Ferry rides are also available from Liberty Park in New Jersey but for tourists staying at the major hotels in New York City the Battery Park ferries are closer.
Battery Park - 3 million
Some 3 million people a year visit Battery Park which is a 25 acre city park located at the southern tip of Manhattan facing New York Harbor. Battery Park is named for the gun batteries that have been placed at this strategically important location in the past dating back to the 1600's. Ferries to the Statue of Liberty leave from Battery Park which a great place for tourists, office workers or anybody to visit.
Riverside Park - 2.8 million
Riverside Park is located along a 4 mile narrow strip of land between the Hudson River and Riverside Drive on the Upper West Side of Manhattan running from 72nd Street to 125th Street. Located in Riverside Park is Grant's Tomb as well as the Soldiers and Sailors Monument and a Joan of Arc statue. Riverside Park has great pathways for biking, running, jogging, skating or just plain walking along the beautiful Hudson River.
Rockaway Beach and Boardwalk - 2.3 million
Rockaway Beach and Boardwalk are located along the south shore of Long Island fronting the Atlantic Ocean in Queens, New York. Some 2.3 million tourists and visitors a year travel to the area mainly because of Rockaway Beach which is the longest urban beach in the United States.
Randall's Island - 700,000
Rounding out the list of the top ten most visited parks in New York City is Randall's Island which receives about 700,000 visitors per year. Randall's Island is located in the East River on the east side of Manhattan between Queens and the Bronx. Hell's Gate separates Queens from Randall's Island and Bronx Kill separates the Bronx from the island. Visitor attractions on Randall's Island include a Golf Center and numerous athletic fields including the Icahn Stadium track where Usain Bolt broke the 100 meter dash world record with a time of 9.72 seconds in 2008. Randall's Island can be reached via the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge which is really the Triboro Bridge.
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