'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.

Facts For Your Visit

Official Website: Pelham Bay Park

Fee: No

Category: Parks Beaches

Address: 1 Orchard Beach Rd
Bronx, NY 10464

Phone: (718) 430-1891


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5 Star Rating I love Pelham Bay Park. It's such a pleasant surprise. When you drive in, you may be put off at the price of parking, but it's absolutely worth it. The... Read More

Eric C. Jul-21-2020

5 Star Rating I take advantage of Pelham Bay Park since it's so close to me. The reality of it though, is that PBP is a hidden gem of not only the Bronx, but of NYC as a... Read More

Jason M. May-30-2020

4 Star Rating t's a nice big park for picnics, sports and BBQ's and stuff like that. There's a nice monument at the main entrance, the Bronx victory memorial. Then... Read More

Kami S. May-02-2020

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

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