Inwood Hill Park: History & Urban Ecology in Northern Manhattan
GOOD FOR: All Ages

Source:Submitted by RSyop
Address:Inwood hill park, new york city

Bathrooms: Yes - Urban Ecology Center, Tennis Courts near Seaman Ave., and Payson Playground

Whether you are looking to take a nature hike, enjoy playgrounds, engage in athletic activities, or visit the Urban Ecology Center, Inwood Hill Park offers something fun for all ages.

Photo by: AMC

Inwood Hill Park is a wonderful location to visit with youth of all ages. Inwood Hill is rich in history and ecology. The Inwood Hill Urban Ecology Center is a great place to stop by at the northern end of the park; it features excellent exhibits on local animal and insect species, and Urban Park Rangers are on hand to answer questions.  The facility also as restrooms and a water fountain. 

Families and youth groups should be sure to visit Manhattan's last remaining salt marsh at the park's northern end and venture into the park's Forever Wild forest habitat to get a glimpse of the different species residing in the park. The park's deciduous forest contains some of the borough's largest Tuliptrees, as well as a meadow known as The Clove that fills with wildflowers in early spring. Visitors can spot Red-tailed Hawks soaring above their heads, waterfowl wading in the marsh, and even the occasional owl (Great Horned Owl visited this past February).

Be sure to stop at Shorakapok Rock near Gaelic Field to gain perspective on the area's revolutionary history and imagine what the neighborhood would have looked like almost 400 years ago when the island of Manhattan was purchased from the Lenape who first lived on the land. The park offers abundant walking trails to explore and discover even more unique history, including the Caves. Composed of Manhattan Schist, these caves were apparently used by Native Americans for shelter in the past.

Families can also visit one of three playgrounds in the area: Payson Playground (which also has restrooms), Emerson Playground, and Indian Road Playground.


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