New York City has been called a concrete jungle. But Manhattanites know better! From the majestic line of American elms on Fifth Avenue to the water simply everywhere, opportunities to interact with the natural world abound in Manhattan.
In Springtime, many city streets have a green canopy and in Autumn the leaves are ablaze. Explore Manhattan, and see what all nature has to offer all year round!
- The jewel of Manhattan, Central Park’s trails lead visitors over bridges, through hills and valleys, and into the Ramble with its hanging rocks, Indian cave, and rustic arch.
- The 22-acre Lake in Central Park offers hourly rowboat rentals at Loeb Boathouse. You’ll see natural cliffs and rock formations and there are catfish and bass, but regulations require they must be thrown back. Don’t forget the snack bar at the Boathouse Cafe!
- Central Park offers many watery locales, including the Pond in the southeast, the Conservatory Water, the Reservoir, Turtle Pond at Belvedere Castle, the Loch in the north woods, Lasker Rink and Pool, and Harlem Meer (sea) in the northeast.
- Birdwatching is a popular attraction in Central Park where you can see chickadees, cormorants, swans, snowy egrets, red-headed woodpeckers, ring-necked pheasants, wood thrush, warblers, starlings, hawks, and more. Pick up a free bird-watching discovery kit at Belvedere Castle!
- Hudson River Park: A newer park, the Hudson River Park stretches from Lower Manhattan to Midtown. The park features the Pier 96 boathouse for canoeing and kayaking, the Chelsea Waterside Park, and swimming with the Manhattan Island Foundation.
- Fort Tryon Park: This wooded space in Upper Manhattan includes the highest natural point in Manhattan and the lush Heather Garden. The views of the Hudson River and Palisades State Park are not to be missed!
- Coney Island Beach and Boardwalk: Coney Island is a Manhattan tradition for many reasons, and being a wonderful beach environment is one of them. Seaside Park and MCU Park feature three miles of sandy beaches like Brighton Beach where you can swim in the Atlantic.
The New York Botanical Garden covers approximately 250 acres and is a true gem! Described as a classical botanical garden to study, exhibit, and teach about plants.
- Visit the Victorian-style glasshouse Conservatory where the “World of Plants” exhibit is an "ecotour" around the world and across the ages.
- Enjoy 50 beautiful gardens of all types.
- Come back over and over for the rotating exhibits.
- Take a self-guided tour through the Rock Garden.
- Walk through the forests in the Arthur and Jane Ross Conifer Arboretum.
- View the perennials in the Jane Watson Irwin Perennial Garden.
- Admire the bright and beautiful roses in the Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden.
On the Water
We live on an island, take advantage of that and enjoy nature on the water!