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

Regular Hours:
May differ on holidays

  • Monday: 6:00 AM – 1:00 AM
  • Tuesday: 6:00 AM – 1:00 AM
  • Wednesday: 6:00 AM – 1:00 AM
  • Thursday: 6:00 AM – 1:00 AM
  • Friday: 6:00 AM – 1:00 AM
  • Saturday: 6:00 AM – 1:00 AM
  • Sunday: 6:00 AM – 1:00 AM

Address: Riverside, Dr To Broadway, New York, NY 10040, USA

Phone: (212) 795-1388

Official Website: Fort Tryon Park

Reviews

Rated 4.7 out of 5Fort Tryon Park Star Rating

4 Star Rating A fantastic park that is well worth traveling to. The park itself is quite beautiful and has a wide array of well maintained paths and hiking trails. The park is very clean and I saw almost no litter or trash. The trails weave through the park in a variety of paths and offer a piece of nature within the bustling city. Many of the paths lead up the hill to the Met Cloisters and these paths provide scenic views of the Hudson River. I highly recommend taking some time to explore this gorgeous park.

Brian Chastain - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating This park gives you a very nice view of Hudson River and Palisades. It is a hidden gem, in my opinion. People usually come to this park for the Met Cloisters without realizing right close there is a wonderful garden next to it. I visited on a rainy day, but it is worth visiting on a clear day. It is a very well maintained park just like other city parks. Finding parking within the park can be challenging at times.

Ashish Satyabhashak - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating Beautiful uptown park with panoramic views of the Hudson River. I love the stonework all over the park. Such close proximity to the parkway detracts from the experience in some of the lower western areas, but it's minimal. The many winding and intersecting trails are fun to hike and explore.

Joe S - 23 days ago

5 Star Rating Really a quite lovely park that I now consider a bit of a hidden gem. Not something I think I would have seen had I not lived in Inwood, but it's definitely worth a visit. There are multiple things to do here, spread out over various spots of this large, expansive park area, so if you're looking to explore it, I recommend comfy clothes and shoes. You'll have plenty of long trails to walk and there are stairs and hills throughout the park as well. Some of the main features you can do here: playgrounds and sports fields for families and young ones, plenty of tidy lawns for picnics or relaxing in the sun or the shade, tree lined paths for exploration without the burning heat on you, floral gardens which makes great backdrops for photo shoots, a dog run, nature and wildlife can be seen in this park of you're lucky (we saw a groundhog doing it's thing!), the community will sometimes hold local events here, there is a farmers market close by the northern edge of the park area, access to the water if you want to walk along the Hudson or even fish (I personally wouldn't recommend fishing without REALLY knowing your stuff but people def do it out here), The Hudson restaurant towards the upper north corner, a canoe club that does free canoe demonstrations on Sundays, The Met Cloisters at the top of the hill kind of in the middle, and the views at the various hillsides of the city are GORGEOUS. I'm including Fort Tryon and all the surrounding nearby park area in this description as it's kind of a long area if you look at the map. The park areas are separated a bit by the street if you're exploring the full thing but definitely sill right there by each other, making this a lovely area full of things to do.

Stephanie - 2 months ago

5 Star Rating It's just perfect to walk with families, dogs, and friends. Beautiful river scenery, trees, and old fortress are very good harmony.

Hyekyung Kim - 1 month ago

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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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