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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.
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.
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.
One of the bigger parks in the neighborhood, the Crotona Park lays sprawled across 127.5 acres (51.6 hectares), and is the sixth largest park in the borough. One of the main attractions of the park is the diversity of tree life that can be found here, about 28 species in total, and visitors can find more information on the plant as well as animal life here at the Crotona Park Nature Center. Besides the abundant natural scenery, the park also has the largest swimming pool, at 300 feet (91.44 meters), five baseball fields, 11 playgrounds, and 20 hard tennis courts. The park holds a weekly farmer's market from July through November. The market takes place every Saturday and features cooking demonstrations and offers free nutrition education.
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.
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.
Abigail Playground is one of a kind, by virtue of it being steeped in history. This 0.53 acre(0.215 hectares) facility, owned by the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, is named after Abigail Adams. She was related to not one, but two, Presidents of the United States of America- wife of James Adams and mother of John Quincy Adams. In 1996, the playground received funds so that it could be upgraded to include safety surfacing. The playground includes features like basketball half-courts, benches and swings.
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!
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.
Located on 28 acres of beautiful gardens and woodlands, this non-profit cultural institution overlooks the Hudson River. Wave Hill is dedicated to exploring the interaction between human beings and the natural environment. It maintains four historic buildings and five greenhouses and has won many awards for its gardens. Its Arts Program presents the work of contemporary artists and landscape professionals. Partake in educational, horticultural and art programmes that are held at the cultural center from time to time. Come enjoy the feast of nature in its own arms.
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.
The Van Cortlandt Park Ice Skating Rink is probably the only one of its kind in the Bronx. Open through the year, this arena is used for both ice skating and ice hockey. They have special programs for kids, as well as private lessons, group lessons, ice hockey lessons and a lot more. You are most likely to find the spot filled with kids of all ages, gliding along effortlessly on the ice. The center also has rental space available for kids' birthday parties.