'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: Dog Parks

Address: Middletown Rd
Bronx, NY 10465


Yelp Rating:
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Based on 8 Reviews.

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5 Star Rating Great people willing to converse. The dogs were playing nicely and the owners watched their dogs. Definitely will be back. Read More

Zemorah G. Sep-26-2019

5 Star Rating Great place in the Bronx to take your dog. Friendly crowd always, grounds are generally clean and poop free. Separate area for little dogs. Five or six... Read More

Richard B. Sep-03-2017

1 Star Rating Would not bother with this one. Things it has going for it: - Decent size but there is plenty of room to make it bigger - Plenty of shade - Separate large... Read More

Bill M. Apr-04-2013

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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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