Pelham Bay Park and Orchard Beach

Pelham Bay Park and Orchard Beach is New York City's largest green space and includes several small islands

Orchard Beach in the Bronx is one of New Yorks top beaches
Orchard Beach in the Bronx is one of New Yorks top beaches cc licensed photo by WalkingGeek

More than triple the size of Central Park, Pelham Bay Park in the Bronx is New York City's largest green space consisting of 2,766 acres on both sides of the Hutchinson River along with several islands.

The area originally inhabited by the Siwanoy Indians and was sold to Thomas Pell in 1654. During the American Revolution, the track of land served as a buffer between Manhattan occupied by the Redcoats and colonist controlled Westchester County with a pivotal battle fought at Pell's Point where the patriots thwarted a British advance in 1776. Many remnants of the park's history remain observable to modern day visitors, including the 19th century Pell Mansion, carriage houses and cemetery and the ruins of the Hunter Mansion.

The southeast section of Pelham Bay Park has wide variety of recreational facilities including basketball, bocce, handball and tennis courts, baseball, soccer and football fields, roller hockey rinks, golf courses, driving range and a track and field facility that was newly renovated as part of New York's 2012 Olympic bid. The undeveloped sections of the park offer hiking trails, bike paths and bridle paths through wetlands, salt marshes and grassy meadows. Vast portions are a protected wildlife sanctuary.

In the northeast section of the park is Orchard Beach, a two kilometre man-made beach known locally as "The Riviera". Catering to sunbather's and beach sports enthusiasts, the beachfront pavilion has concessions, showering and changing facilities, beach volleyball courts and guarded bathing areas.

Other attractions in this area of New York include the Bronx Zoo and the New York Botanical Garden.

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Hours This Week:
  • Monday: 6:00 AM – 10:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 6:00 AM – 10:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 6:00 AM – 10:00 PM
  • Thursday: 6:00 AM – 10:00 PM
  • Friday: 6:00 AM – 10:00 PM
  • Saturday: 6:00 AM – 10:00 PM
  • Sunday: 6:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Address: Watt Avenue &, Middletown Rd, Bronx, NY 10465, USA

Phone: (718) 430-1891

Official Website: Pelham Bay Park and Orchard Beach

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Subway Line Nearest Station Walking Time
6Pelham Bay Park (Last Stop)1 mInute

How to get to Pelham Bay Park and Orchard Beach by Subway

Take the 6 train to the end of the line, Pelham Bay Park and follow the pedestrian overpass across Bruckner Blvd to the park on the other side.

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Rated 4.4 out of 5Pelham Bay Park Star Rating

5 Star Rating Unbelievable park, largest in the city, big white sand beach woods marsh Long Island Sound are easily accessible. Best time of year anytime but summer. From the park to city island for seafood is less then a mile away. Been going basically since 1983. It’s my place, my self safe space. Love to share on a limited basis. Anybody who’d like to I’d be glad to take them around.

Jerome Taffet - 5 days ago

5 Star Rating Even in the cold there's lots of fun to be had. The playground for the kids and the beach for the dog! Everyone slept well after their visit.

Patricia Six - 21 days ago

4 Star Rating This is a great park if your looking for a forest and high earful sky with lots of beautiful big landscape. However if your trying to get to the other side of the park (pelham bay bridge) be extra careful because the cars that goes in the bridge, goes in high speed. So be sure of that, or take the bus from the last stop of the 6 train, have a safe trip....goodbye

Andy Sanchez - 3 months ago

5 Star Rating Extensive biking and hiking trails. Orchard Beach is probably NYC's least appreciated public beach. It boasts a huge, clipper-ship themed playground. Less crowded, family-friendly getaway every season. The usual tennis and basketball courts. However, the nearby driving range, golf course, horse riding opportunities, AND City Island help make this place extraordinary. The largest park in NYC doesn't fall short of expectations.

Brandon Doyle - 3 months ago

5 Star Rating Great park with many things to do with the family. There is a playground as well as basketball courts. There's even tennis courts today you can use. The track and soccer/football field is great and always clean. They recently added a calisthenics workout area witch looks like everyone is enjoying.

Louie Pavlounis - 5 months ago


Enjoy this video showing some of the picturesque sights in and around Pelham Bay Park

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