Pelham Bay Park South
GOOD FOR: All Ages

Source:Outdoors with Kids New York City (AMC Books)
Address:Middletown Road and Stadium Avenue, Bronx, NY
Hours:Dawn to dusk daily
Fee: Free; $8 parking fee applies in summer
Bathrooms: At park headquarters and the Playground for All Children
Water/Snacks: Water fountains at the bathrooms; concessions at the pavilion

Walk along easy trails or begin a bike ride along the network of paths throughout New York City’s largest park.

Pelham Bay Park South.
Photo by: Cheryl and William de Jong-Lambert

The southern section of Pelham Bay Park is home to hiking and biking trails, a dog run, ball fields and tennis courts, spray showers, and a universally accessible playground. The playground includes the Sensory Garden, which is designed to stimulate smell, sound, touch, and sight. The towering, 78-foot-tall Bronx Victory Column is set within a grove of more than 500 maple and linden trees that were relocated from the borough’s Grand Concourse in 1928, when the storied boulevard was widened and the subway developed underneath it.

As you face the memorial, turn left to begin a hike (or snowshoeing circuit in winter) of about 1.5 miles around this verdant park and along the Eastchester Bay shore. An easy-to-follow path leads into the landscaped woods behind the memorial. This opens into a meadow where you will encounter a fork. Stay to the left, and when you come to a T intersection, turn right. This will take you to the bay, which you can walk along but not swim in. Stay on the wellworn dirt path past a right turn, take the second right, and then turn left onto a path that will lead you past a sports field. After the dog run, turn right and follow the path back to the Victory Column.

Pelham Bay Park is an endpoint on the North Bronx Greenway, beginning at Crimi Road in front of the memorial. The Greenway goes through Pelham Bay Park and City Island, then into the New York Botanical Garden (Trip 62) and the western terminus in Van Cortlandt Park (Trip 67). Visitors can bike along the Greenway, or stick to the paved paths in Pelham Bay Park. Remember: The paths along the bay are not stroller friendly.

Plan B:

Orchard Beach and the hiking trails throughout (Trips 63 and 64) are all-season alternatives. The Bronx Equestrian Center, at 9 Shore Road, offers trail and pony rides and riding lessons. Fees range from $5 to $35. For more information, call 718-885-0551.

Where to Eat Nearby:

If you are driving or biking, head to Pelham Bay Split Rock golf course’s small café. Nearby City Island has additional dining options.


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