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.
Facts For Your Visit
Official Website: Pelham Bay Park and Orchard BeachFee: No
Category: Parks Beaches
1 Orchard Beach Rd
Bronx, NY 10464
Phone: (718) 430-1890
Katherine P. Mar-30-2019
Pelham Bay Park is, as many other reviewers have mentioned, the largest park in NYC, larger even than Central Park, which is enormous. Pelham has... Read More
Josh B. Apr-14-2019
A huge spot with diverse terrain, reachable from the 6 train. If you wanted to make a Blair Witch reboot there are woodsy and swampy areas to peruse. One... Read More
Mel G. Mar-25-2019
I've only scratched the surface on exploring this park in my borough, but green spaces like this make it a very worthwhile retreat from the hustle and... Read More
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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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