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 ParkFee: No
May differ on holidays
- 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: Middletown Road & Stadium Avenue, Bronx, NY 10465, USA
Phone: (718) 430-1891
Official Website: Pelham Bay Park
Ratedout of 5
Very nice, low key park. You can have barbecues in the picnic area. There are tennis courts, a dog park, a very nice park for all age children with an attached basketball court and bathrooms. It is kept clean and attended by the nyc parks department. There are softball/baseball areas and very close to city island.
nika h. - 2 months ago
I enjoyed Pelham Bay Park. I went on the trails on Hunter Island and visited Glovers Rock. The trails were interesting and scenic. The park was quiet and peaceful during this time of year.
Raymond Ellis - 1 day ago
This is an absolutely heavenly place to visit in the bronx. The skyline and water color are extreme beauty of this bay. I have visited this place with my friends and enjoyed the natural beauty.
Anisul Islam Shaheen - 9 days ago
Wow! Where has this very large public park been hidden for so long?! In plain site and so easy to get to and park, an outdoor day of hiking and beaches and relaxing. Many Bar B Queing going on and a nice and relaxing place to visit. And enjoy a very different view of Long Island and the Bronx. Put it on your list!!
Glenn - 3 months ago
One of the biggest park in the city of New York lots of tree and still very green, the only thing most people don’t dispose their garbage properly. Workers always tried to do there job properly, thanks to that.
alexander valera - 2 months ago
Accommodations near Pelham Bay Park:
|Subway Line||Nearest Station||Walking Time|
|6||Pelham Bay Park (Last Stop)||1 mInute|
How to get to Pelham Bay Park 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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