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The skating court at the Riverbank State Park turns into an ice skating rink every winter, welcoming visitors from all over the city looking for some winter recreation. The rink is situated by the Hudson River, with beautiful views at the other side of the river as well. Admission prices are minimal, and one can also rent skates or enroll for ice skating lessons. If you wish to hold a special event here, you can rent the entire rink too.
Upper West Side joggers, rollerbladers and dog owners love this four-mile long park beside the Hudson River. Designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, the same architects behind Central Park and Prospect Park, Riverside Park boasts excellent views of the river and New Jersey. Park attractions include Grant's Tomb, the Civil War Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument, and a statue of Eleanor Roosevelt. Early morning may be the best time to visit or exercise, as this park can become fairly crowded.
Trump Lasker Rink becomes one of the main attractions of Central Park in the winter, with families from all over the city flocking here to get a piece of the winter action. The facility has a number of amenities such as skate rentals, locker provisions, skate lessons and a lot more. A part of the rink is reserved for use by local university teams, while the other is open to the public. So grab your skates and head here already!
Overlooking the picturesque Harlem Meer within the Central Park, Charles A. Dana Discovery Center is one of the numerous visitor centers that help visitors better experience the park. Established in 1993, the center offers numerous educational programs as well as fun activities for budding naturalists and those keen enough. Besides this, the center also hosts an array of exhibitions throughout the year. The beautiful structure, is a rare building within the park that was purpose-built to serve as a visitor center.
Harlem Meer is not actually a "sea" as its name in Dutch would imply, however, this little lake in the Northeastern end of the park is a delight nonetheless. Most tourists rarely travel this far up in the park (unless they are visiting the nearby conservatory gardens), so it is always filled with locals who bike, run, play and fish far from the tumult of crowds. The Charles A. Dana Discovery Center is open at the north end of the lake and it provides information about the area and activities. Additionally, the area around the park is filled with historical landmarks from the Revolutionary War, like remnants of Fort Clinton and McGowan's Pass.
Named after the late Holcombe L. Rucker, a former Harlem playground director for the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, Rucker Park is perhaps the most famous street basketball court in the world. The court has been the home of a well-known pro-am basketball tournament for decades, and is visited frequently by many NBA superstars. Many NBA legends got their skills at Rucker Park before moving on to fame, such as Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Julius "Dr. J" Erving, to name a few. Basketball fans should be sure to check out this legendary court.
The New York Hall of Science is an interactive museum geared towards children. The Space Pavilion at the 1964 World's Fair took place here, but now it houses more than 160 exhibits detailing the history and evolution of science and technology. A highlight is the outdoor Science Playground, a park filled with interactive games and displays. Fictional characters and scientific arts and crafts are used extensively much to the delight of the little ones here.
Right in the heart of Manhattan stands this oasis of rolling pastures and gardens, stretching from Midtown to Harlem. It was created in 1857 by Frederick Law Olmstead and Calvert Vaux, and sprawls over a wonderful 843 acres (341.15 hectares). Bustling with activity, walkers, rollerbladers, bikers and joggers hurriedly compete for space while lovers meet at the Bethesda Fountain on Bethesda Terrace. To the north, visitors wonder at the architecture of Belvedere Castle, and found nearby is the Delacorte Theater where plays are staged during summer. Over time, Central Park has blended so seamlessly with Manhattan that it is hard to disassociate the two. Also within its folds are other delights, including the Central Park Wildlife Conservation Center and the Central Park Zoo, as well as the wonderfully-restored Carousel.
One of the many treasures to be found within Central Park, this beautiful restored carousel is made up of huge, hand-carved and hand-painted jumping horses. It is simple, old-fashioned and children of all ages adore it. A carousel was originally placed in the park in 1871. The current carousel has been on this site since 1951 (although it is much older than that). You can take your children to one of the many playgrounds located throughout the park.
Located in Washington Heights, Fort Tryon Park and its 67 acres (27.11 hectares) of land are home to some of the best views in The Bronx, as well as a number of other worthy tourist attractions. Featuring one of the highest points in the city, Fort Tryon Park offers stunning views of the Hudson River, George Washington Bridge, and other magnificent vistas. Highlights of the park include the Alpine Garden and Heather Garden, as well as the full-service restaurant, New Leaf Cafe. Perhaps the most popular attraction of the park is The Cloisters, the medieval branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The park also contains two playgrounds and a gazebo, and visitors are welcome to picnic, run, or ride bikes through the park.
Central Park's oldest playground is also one of the largest at 1.8 acres (0.73 hectares). The playground has standard features such as swings, slides, and see-saws, as well as a large grass field and six softball fields. Other highlights include a group of concrete hills with a series of ladders and tunnels and a water feature for kids to play in. The playground has its own restrooms and snack carts located in the Heckscher Building. The park is open daily from 8a until dusk.
Located within the sprawling confines of the Central Park, the outdoor Trump Rink is one of the city's premier ice skating spots. Originally established in 1858, this rink has drawn native New Yorkers and travelers from around the globe to partake in a city tradition. The atmosphere is fun and relaxed, and amateurs are certainly welcome. Try and visit on the weekdays, as the weekends bring large crowds and lines. Skate rentals and lockers are available and the snack bar beats the in-between hunger pangs. During the off-season, the space becomes a roller rink.