Things to Do
No matter the season or weather, Parks has something fun to keep you active and amused. Through countless programs, events, and exhibits, we transform neighborhood parks and playgrounds into classrooms, theaters, gyms, planetariums, museums, and more. You can find fitness opportunities tailored to your age, location, and interests through BeFitNYC, or discover local events that match your availability and recreational desires in our Upcoming Events calendar. Add to that all of the Parks Department’s programs for the picking and first-class art for the finding, and you’ll learn that a visit to the park is the perfect antidote to a humdrum day.
One benefit of living in the greatest city in the world is the amazing variety of recreational, athletic, and fitness opportunities available for people of all ages, interests and abilities. Parks offers many free or low-cost activities that can help New Yorkers get fit and stay fit. We’ve put information about our programs and others offered by local fitness organizations at your fingertips with our online guide and search engine, BeFitNYC.
Many parks in New York offer an abundance of wildlife, including deer, red-tailed hawks, owls, and even snapping turtles. Our Urban Park Rangers organize programs to teach you about the various wildlife throughout the Parks.
Manolo Valdes uses the work of past masters “as a pretext” (“como pretexto”) to create an entirely new aesthetic object..
From swimming pools to wetlands and everything in between, Parks very own television show, It's My Park!, showcases the treasure trove of experiences waiting for you in NYC’s parks and recreational facilities.
Parks produces a variety of large festivals and special events that provide unique experiences for thousands of New Yorkers year-round. Learn more about some of our biggest events by visiting the pages below.
Don’t get left out of the fun! Last year over four million people participated in our programs and special events.
Urban Park Rangers
can help you discover New York City Outdoors.
Lawn in front of the 79th Street park house (in Shore Park and Parkway), Brooklyn
Near the Sunken Meadow Picnic Area (in Randall's Island Park), Manhattan
Parade Grounds (in Fort Totten Park), Queens
North Plaza (in Union Square Park), Manhattan, South Plaza (in Union Square Park), Manhattan, West Side Seating Area (in Union Square Park), Manhattan
Pier 2 (in Brooklyn Bridge Park), Brooklyn