A jewel of New York City with striking river views, Hudson River Park is the second largest park in Manhattan boasting 550 acres of bicycle and walking paths, sports fields and courts, skate parks, recreational piers and a tennis center stretched out for 5 miles along the eastern bank of the Hudson River.
In the not so distant past, this park consisted of old warehouses and industrial land along the river and which has been transformed, and is still being transformed into a great space for people to enjoy and relax in. Hudson River Park is a gateway connecting Battery Park, the World Trade Center site, the World Financial Center, Chelsea Piers and the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum and Riverside Park.
Starting at 59th Street and ending in Battery Park, the Hudson River Park Greenway is the highest traffic bike path in the United States and also makes a great walking tour. It's a short walk to the Tribeca Skate Park and Pier 25's water playground and climbing wall. Pier 26 is home to the Downtown Boathouse, where the public can borrow canoes and kayaks for a small donation. Currently undergoing restoration, the long abandoned Pier 34 has been transformed into an underground urban art gallery by local artists.
In the Greenwich Village section, Pier 40 is home to The Trapeze School of New York, batting cages and many indoor and outdoor athletic fields. One of the most picturesque places in the park, Pier 45 is a haven for sunbathers with interactive water feature for cooling off. The playground at Pier 51 was named "One of the Best Playgrounds to Travel To" by Time Out New York features climbing equipment, sand and water features.
On Pier 40, the Chelsea Piers Sports and Entertainment Complex is a 30 acre recreation complex featuring indoor lacrosse and soccer, gymnastics, basketball, dance studio, rock climbing walls, bowling lanes, golf club, multi-story driving range and two year-round ice skating rinks. A bit further north, kids of all ages will enjoy the Pier 62 carousel and spray ground at Chelsea Waterside Park.
Circle Line and other sightseeing cruises depart from the piers in Midtown for a day of fun on the river. Swimming and kayaking facilities are available at Pier 96. For those who enjoy land based activities, a trip to the Intrepid, Sea, Air and Space Museum is a favourite for tourists and locals.
Facts For Your Visit
Official Website: Hudson River ParkFee: No
West Side Hwy
New York, NY 10001
Phone: (212) 627-2020
Marianne W. May-09-2019
One Summer day I decided to walk from my apartment across Central Park to the West Side. I began walking South down towards Hudson River Park starting... Read More
Ed U. Oct-22-2018
Did you know this is the second largest park in Manhattan after Central Park? Well, did ya? I didn't think so because the 550 acres are stretched over close... Read More
Steve A. Oct-10-2018
Hudson River Park is pretty much the west coast of Manhattan. It runs from about Battery Park all the way to 59th. The main feature is the bike and jogging... Read More
Accommodations near Hudson River Park:
|Subway Line||Nearest Station||Walking Time|
|A, C or E||50th or 42nd Street||15 minutes|
|A, C or E||23rd Street||13 minutes|
|1 or 2||Houston Street or Canal Street||10 minutes|
|1, 2 or 3||Chambers Street||7 minutes|
How to get to Hudson River Park by Subway
For Clinton Cove, take the A, C or E train to 50th Street, walk west to riverfront. For Midtown, take the A, C or E train to 42nd Street, walk west to riverfront. For Chelsea Piers, take the A, C, or E train to 23rd Street, walk west to riverfront. For Pier 40, Greenwich Village, take the 1 or 2 train to Houston Street, head north on Varrick Street, turn left on Houston Street and follow west to riverfront. For Tribeca, take the 1 or 3 to Canal Street, head south on Varick Street, right on North Moore, right on West Street to the park or 1, 2 or 3 train to Chambers Street, head northeast on West Broadway, turn left on Chambers Street.
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