Places to Run
Whether you’re training for a big race or looking to take steps towards a healthy and active life, here are our choices of the best places to run in New York City. Try out one of our fitness paths or running tracks today.
Distance: approx. 1.5 miles
Though most famous for housing the Bronx Zoo, the New York Botanical Garden, and beautiful views of the Bronx River and Twin Lakes, opt for a run on the edge of the 718-acre park, between Bronx River Parkway and Bronx Park East, between Pelham Parkway North and Duncomb Avenue (near where the Bronx River curves uptown).
Mill Pond Park
Distance: approx. 0.5 miles
Snake alongside the Harlem River at this 15-acre park, a few blocks south of Yankee Stadium, near the Major Deegan Expressway.
More to do: Take advantage of the 16 Deco Turf tennis courts. (Deco Turf is the court surface used at the Olympic Games and the U.S. Open)
Orchard Beach and Promenade
Distance: approx. 1.1 miles
Head over to the city’s largest park – three times the size of Central Park – and find the 115-acre, 1.1-mile-long beach, in the park’s northeastern section. Though perfect for running at anytime throughout the day, take in the warm sunrise during your morning run and catch views of City Island and Long Island.
More to do: Take a walk through the Twin Islands Preserve Trail to the rocky shore, for expansive views of the Long Island Sound, David’s Island, and even the southernmost point of New England!
Distance: approx. 1.5 miles
Enjoy the run along the Bronx River, in this 205-acre park in Clason Point, south of the Bruckner Expressway.
Find a running loop: Try the (4 laps/mile) Soundview Park fitness path at the park’s center.
More to do: Check out the six baseball fields, six basketball courts and six handball courts, or practice for the Tour de Bronx on the park’s biking paths.
Van Cortlandt Park
Van Cortlandt Park is one of the country’s premiere cross country courses. The century-old course tests even the hardiest runners. Follow the 3-mile and 5-mile loops of the Cross Country Running Trail. If you are looking for a quicker and more level run, visit the quarter-mile track in the Van Cortlandt Stadium, which also holds handball and basketball courts, baseball diamonds, soccer fields and a football/rugby field.
Find a running path: Take advantage of the 1.5-mile running path around the Parade Ground flats, which includes fitness stations throughout.
More to do: Enjoy the changing seasons along Putnam Trail at Van Cortlandt Lake and Tibbets Brook. The VCP Ice Skating Rink is open from mid-fall through mid-spring.
Brooklyn Bridge Park
Run along parts of the 1.3 miles of waterfront or opt for the neighborhood fave (Pier 1), while taking in photo-worthy views of the Financial District and its new 1 WTC, Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge and the Williamsburg Bridge.
Brooklyn Heights Promenade (0.5 miles): Start out at the Brooklyn Heights Promenade (accessible from Montague street) for breath-taking views of the Statue of Liberty, as well as the Financial district, against the back drop of Midtown East’s Chrysler building and the Empire State Building, behind the Brooklyn Bridge.
More to do: You can reach the Brooklyn Bridge near Front Street or Camden Plaza. The bridge is only 1.1 miles long!
Bush Terminal Park
Distance: 0.5 miles
This serene waterfront park in the Sunset Park neighborhood features lovely views of the city. The sunset is beautiful here and birds flock to the park to enjoy its natural areas. The distance from the park's entrance to one lap around the outer pathway of the soccer field is half of a mile; one lap around the soccer field's outer pathway is approximately 0.37 miles.
Coney Island Beach & Boardwalk
Distance: approx. 3 miles
Take a cool run along the iconic boardwalk and beach, home to the 86-year-old wooden Cyclone, and Wonder Wheel.
Find a running loop: Try the (3.5 laps/mile) Asser Levy Park fitness path just off the Boardwalk.
More to do: Lace up at the Abe Stark Ice Skating Rink across from West 19th Street.
Fort Greene Park
Run around the entire park, create your own loop starting with one of the many entrances, or opt for the (1.75 laps/mile) fitness path, which includes access to the Prison Ship Martyrs Monument through the famous Fort Greene Park steps.
More to do: Head over to the tennis courts near Dekalb Avenue.
Take your pick! Take a 3.68-mile run around the entire park, opt for a run through the park using the 3.36-mile inner loop, or take in serene views of Prospect Park Lake with its 1.76-mile loop.
More to do: Visit the Brooklyn Botanical Garden nearby.
Shore Park and Parkway
Distance: approx. 4.5 miles
The Run: American Veterans Memorial Pier/69th street pier (Bay Ridge) to Toys “R” Us (Bensonhurst Park). Run along the Belt Parkway while taking in views of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge towering over the Narrows. Spot Coney Island, Brooklyn’s Fort Hamilton Army Base and Staten Island’s Fort Wadsworth across the way. On the right day, you’ll see cruise ships depart the New York Harbor.
More to do: If you end at the pier, take time to check out our new Eco Dock and admire city staples, such as the Statue of Liberty and the new 1 WTC.
Find a running loop: Try Dyker Beach Park and Golf Course. This 2.1 mile loop wraps around the entire golf course and park, which includes a baseball and soccer field, as well as a playground and a dog run on 86th Street. Access Shore Park and Parkway near the intersection of Poly Place and 14th Avenue.
Carl Schurz Park/Bobby Wagner Walk
Distance: 2.2 miles
Enter at the 84th Street end of the Carl Schurz Park and take the Bobby Wagner Walk lying along the East River. Run all the way up to 125th Street, passing Carl Schurz Park and Jefferson Park, to enjoy breath-taking views of the north end of Roosevelt Island and its lighthouse, the western shoreline of Randall's Island, the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge and the Willis Avenue. Bridge.
Find a running loop: Take the 5 laps/mile fitness path in Carl Schurz Park.
More to do: While Gracie Mansion isn’t open for walk-in visitors, the beautiful exterior of the official residence of the Mayor of the City of New York is just a short distance from the fitness path.
New York City’s most famous park is also a year-round haven for runners. Pick a trail, loop or traverse out of the 843-acre park, run around its entire 6-mile perimeter, or opt for dramatic views of the city around the 1.58 mile run Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir, accessible near both Fifth Avenue and Central Park West between 86th and 96th streets. The park also includes three conjoined soft surface bridle paths.
More to do: Catch a softball game nearby on the Great Lawn, play tennis near the reservoir’s north end or lounge about on the East Meadow.
East River Promenade
Distance: approx. 1.5 miles
Prefer Manhattan’s east side? You can run alongside the FDR at East River Park between Jackson Street and East 12th Street, while looking out on the East River to Brooklyn’s up and coming Williamsburg neighborhood.
Find a running loop: Try the running tracks between East 6th and East 10th streets.
More to do: Take the 1.3-mile Williamsburg Bridge to Brooklyn.
Hudson River Greenway
Distance: approx. 12 miles
Take a run along some or all of Manhattan’s west side, from Fort Tryon Park near Dyckman Street to Battery Park City, near the September 11 Memorial (encompassing Fort Washington Park, Riverside Park, Hudson River Park and Riverbank State Park). Catch the sunset during a late-afternoon run while passing by about 15 neighborhoods!
Inwood Hill Park
Opt for expansive views of the Hudson River, New Jersey and the Bronx, while running along the sprawling waterfront of this 192-acre park, in the northern section of Manhattan.
More to do: Stop by the Moose Hall Theatre Company, east of the park.
The island, nestled between Manhattan, Queens and the Bronx, at the junction of the East and Harlem rivers, provides more than 5 miles of waterfront pathways. Run along the east side of the Wards Meadow Loop (in the southern section of the island) to enjoy views of the Hell Gate Bridge and the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge stretching over to Queens.
More to do: Icahn Stadium (at the island's northwestern shoreline), includes a 400-meter Mondo surface running track. This international quality track is also available to be booked for local track meets and training. Visit Randall’s Island Park Alliance’s Icahn Stadium page to contact the Sports Director for more information about booking events.
Distance: 0.6 miles
Run along Shore Blvd., looking out on the East River. Take in views of the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge and Hell Gate Bridge connecting Astoria and its 59-acre park to Randall’s Island.
Find a running loop: Jog around the track in the southern section of the park, near the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge.
More to do: In the summer, check out the Astoria Park Pool, the largest outdoor pool in New York City.
Baisley Pond Park
This quiet, hidden gem, whose pond steals the spotlight (taking up more than half of the park's 100+ acres), spans nearly eight blocks, and is perfect for an afternoon run.
More to do: Check out the baseball field, tennis court and cricket field in the park’s eastern end.
Flushing Meadows Corona Park
While Flushing Meadows Corona Park is filled with some of the city’s most iconic landmarks, and hosts thousands of baseball, soccer and tennis players each week, the park is also a terrific place to run alongside nature. The Meadow Lake Trail provides an excellent longer loop around a water body usually filled with boaters and athletes on the nearby fields, and the Willow Lake Trail offers a shorter run through a natural path just south.
More to do: While there’s no end to the amount of sights to see in Flushing Meadows Park, we recommend the Queens Museum of Art before or after a run. Not only will you see great art, but you can see a replica of the entire city at the Panorama of New York.
Hunter’s Point South Park
Take a run along the East River waterfront in this newly constructed 10-acre park, featuring breath-taking views of the Midtown East skyline and a 13,000-square-foot pavilion.
More to do: Try out the basketball and volleyball courts.
Juniper Valley Park
Distance: Juniper Valley Park fitness path: 2.25 laps/mile
Take advantage of the park’s track to the west of the park on Lutheran Avenue or loop around the giant baseball field (fitness path) in the center, accessible near 77th Street.
More to do: Try out the Bocce courts!
Distance: 2 laps/mile
Enter through Oak Avenue or Metcalf Avenue at 164th Street, and find the Kissena Lake fitness path, flanked by weeping willows and shady trees.
More to do: Bring your bike to the Kissena Velodrome, New York City’s premier public sport cycling track.
Distance: 1.2 miles
This hidden gem is a breathtaking site to see, in the midst of Highland Park's 101 acres of forest on both sides of Brooklyn and Queens. Wrapped around the reservoir, which once supplied water to both boroughs until 1989, is a newly renovated walking/running and biking path frequented by locals, and more than 151 species of birds.
Clove Lakes Park
Run around this 193-acre park, which lies on both sides of Clove Road, take Park Drive and loop around the park's ponds, or head east to loop around Valley Lake.
Find a running loop: Take the (2.75 laps/mile) fitness path.
More to do: Visit the Staten Island Zoo one avenue over on Broadway.
Run through one of the last undisturbed forests in the city, which, in autumn, boasts boldly changing colors with its majestic oak, hickory, maple and beech trees, as well as glacial ponds and a 16-acre lake.
Silver Lake Park
Run along the park up Victory Blvd. (0.7 miles) or loop around Silver Lake in the park’s northern section.
More to do: Try out the tennis courts nearby the lake or score a hole-in-one at the golf course.
Staten Island Boardwalk
Distance: 2.5 miles
Run along the boardwalk off Midland Beach, looking out to the lower bay and Hoffman Island, with backdrops of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. Other key sights include Fort Wadsworth and Brooklyn’s Fort Hamilton Army Base.