Things to Do

Climbing a wall at the adventure course

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.

Activities & Facilities

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.


Recreation CentersRecreation Centers

Skate ParksSkate Parks

Spray ShowersSpray Showers

Tennis CourtsTennis Courts

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Citywide Festivals

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.

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Urban Park Rangers
can help you discover New York City Outdoors.

Upcoming Events

Salsa Social (Tuesdays)

Tuesday, August 16, 2022
Garibaldi Plaza (in Washington Square Park), Manhattan

Line Dancing W/ LaSharn

Tuesday, August 16, 2022
Dance Room (in Chelsea Recreation Center), Manhattan

Central Park Conservancy Film Festival Presented by National Geographic: The Territory

Tuesday, August 16, 2022
Frisbee Hill (in Central Park), Manhattan

Zumba with Gigi

Wednesday, August 17, 2022
Williamsbridge Oval Recreation Center (in Williamsbridge Oval), Bronx

Everything Hip-Hop/Rap Showcase

Wednesday, August 17, 2022
Multi-Use Room,

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Forever Wild

Parks’ 51 Forever Wild Nature Preserves include over 8,700 acres of towering forests, vibrant wetlands, and expansive meadows. These vital open spaces offer the chance to walk in the woods, paddle a stream, or observe wildlife.

Autumn leaves in the water next to rock outcrop on shoreline

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