Fort Tryon Park

Fort Tryon Park offers some spectacular views from one of the highest points in New York City

Blazing Colours in the Heather Garden at Fort Tryon Park
Blazing Colours in the Heather Garden at Fort Tryon Park cc licensed photo by Kristine Paulus

Located in Washington Heights, Fort Tryon Park is one of the highest points in New York City, sitting on top of a rugged ridgeline once inhabited by the Wiechquaesgeck Indians. The park was an auxiliary site for the American soldiers during the Battle of Fort Washington in November 1776 and was named after Sir William Tyron, the last British governor of New York after the British victory.

Carefully designed, Fort Tryon Park's verandas and pathways disappear into the wooden slopes to preserve the uninhabited feeling of the open areas and the commanding views of the New York City skyline, Hudson River, George Washington Bridge and Palisades.

The entire Fort Tryon Park consists of several formal gardens, children's play areas, walking trails and a diverse catalogue of recreational and entertainment programs. One of the most noteworthy sections is the newly revitalised, 3 acre Alpine Garden with stone staircases traversing the slopes down to Broadway. Glacial striations and other geological evidence of the last Ice Age can be observed in the natural rock formation as you descend.

Since 1938, Fort Tryon Park has been home to The Cloisters, an annex of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which exhibits approximately 3,000 works of European art dating from the third to ninth centuries. The Cloisters is constructed from sections of medieval French monasteries disassembled brick by brick and shipped to New York between 1934 and 1938 and reassembled in Fort Tryon Park. The grounds surrounding the museum are landscaped with cloistered gardens planted utilising the same horticultural techniques used in the Middle Ages.

Nearby attractions include: The Cloisters, Bronx Zoo, New York Botanical Garden and Yankee Stadium

Facts For Your Visit

Official Website: Fort Tryon Park

Fee: No

Category: Parks

Address: 1 Margaret Corbin Dr
New York, NY 10040

Phone: (212) 795-1388

Reviews

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5 Star Rating My favorite park in the city. It's easy to reach via (A) train at 190th Street for the southern end or Dyckman Street for the northern end. And the M4, M100... Read More

Mark C. Apr-16-2019

4 Star Rating Oh sure, there are other parks on the island you will see before this one - Washington Square, Bryant, Madison Square, Hudson River, and oh yeah, Central -... Read More

Ed U. Oct-29-2018

5 Star Rating I recently moved to this area, and with this park less than a block from my building, I feel privileged. Not for the faint of heart (this green space... Read More

Giacomo C. Jul-26-2018

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Directions

Subway Line Nearest Station Walking Time
A190th Street3 minutes

How to get to Fort Tryon Park by Subway

Take the A train to 190th Street, head north on Fort Washington Avenue, bear slightly right onto Margaret Corbin Drive at the park's entrance.

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