East River Park
GOOD FOR: All Ages

Source:Outdoors with Kids New York City (AMC Books)
Address:FDR Drive between East Twelfth Street and Montgomery Street, Manhattan, NY
Hours:Park: 7 A.M. to 9 P.M. daily; running tracks: 8 A.M. to 9 P.M. daily
Fee: Free

nycgovparks.org/parks/eastriverpark; 212-529-7185 or call 311

Bathrooms: East Tenth Street; Broome Street (near tennis courts); East Sixth Street
Water/Snacks: Water fountains and vendors throughout park

USGS Brooklyn

Offering fresh river breezes and panoramic views of Brooklyn, East River Park is an excellent destination for hiking, walking, playgrounds, and fishing.

Anglers, pedestrians, and boat watchers enjoy East River Park.
Photo by: Cheryl and William de Jong-Lambert

At nearly 57 acres, East River Park is a recreational mecca. Since opening in 1939, it has been immensely popular as a place for neighborhood residents to gather, particularly during summer, when fresh breezes blowing off the East River provide a much-needed respite from urban living.

Today the park provides many opportunities for easy and expansive walks, strolls, and bike rides along the East River, as well as for soccer, basketball, baseball, tennis, and football. It also features a recently renovated amphitheater and a great waterpark that has a wading pool and a collection of bronze seal statues that spray water on passersby. This destination, located near the fire house across from Grand Street, is also a huge hit with children.

As you go into the park, head directly east to the river. Depending on where you enter the park (several ways exist from north to south), you should follow the path either north or south. Going north will take you to the East River Greenway. Heading south, you will eventually pick up the southern spur of the East River Greenway.

Remember: Crossing pedestrian bridges over highways can intimidate some children. It is helpful to tell them in advance what the plans are, and assure them that they will be safe and with you at all times. The bridges are well guarded from the highway below with high walls, rails, and/ or fences.

Plan B:

Tompkins Square Park and the Imagination Playground at South Street Seaport are close by. The former is one of New York’s oldest and most popular parks. The latter is a new park with a novel approach to children’s recreation.


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