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.
Facts For Your Visit
Official Website: Fort Tryon ParkFee: No
Some attractions may have reduced hours or be closed due to COVID-19. Please verify opening hours with the attraction before visiting.
1 Margaret Corbin Dr
New York, NY 10040
Phone: (212) 795-1388
Kenya J. Jun-07-2020
I moved to the area recently and found this gem of a place. Although we are all experiencing this COVID-19 crap, it's a beautiful place to hang out with... Read More
Carla L. Jan-05-2021
What a gem of a place. This park holds a special place on my heart because I grew up in the neighborhood and would always come here winter and summer, no... Read More
Tamara H. Dec-15-2020
Nice little park to walk around near cloisters. This was my first time this fall - and the foliage coupled with views of the Hudson River was stunning. I've... Read More
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|Subway Line||Nearest Station||Walking Time|
|A||190th Street||3 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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