As the pale green spring slowly takes shape in parks across New York City, there are a plethora of urban hikes to try that are just a short walk from your closest subway line. In other words, there is simply no need to travel outside the five boroughs if you would like to get some exercise in with a few friends or loved ones during the weekend.
Located on the west side of Manhattan, the High Line is an incredibly dynamic park that has great green space and other architectural features, making this zone a staple. Many of the art installations light up at night, making the park exceptional all hours of the day. You can also see unique street art on the path which is adjacent to the Hudson River.
More commonly known as the island where many summer music festivals are hosted, Randall’s Island actually has some awesome urban hiking options via walking bridges from the Bronx, Manhattan and Queens.
While you may not want to swim in the waters near Coney Island, the boardwalk is perfect for a nice long stroll into NYC’s historic past. Established in 1923, Coney Island’s boardwalk is around two and a half miles and is just a short walk from the Q Subway stop. Along with delicious carnival treats such as funnel cakes and cheese fries, the original Nathan’s kiosk is located close to the subway stop.
Situated in lower Manhattan, this 25 acre park has unique gardens, a castle and a labyrinth on the waterfront next to the Financial District. The park offers a walking tour which is a 7 mile point-to-point trail Battery Park to Riverside Park and the trail primarily used for walking and road biking. The trail is accessible all year long and you can take the ferry to Ellis Island and Statue of Liberty.
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