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.


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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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Upcoming Events

Tiny Tots Halloween Extreme

Wednesday, October 27, 2021
Hansborough Recreation Center, Manhattan


Wednesday, October 27, 2021
Media Lab (in McCarren Park), Brooklyn

Candlelight Ghost Tours of “Manhattan’s Most Haunted House”

Thursday, October 28, 2021
Merchant's House Museum, Manhattan

'Super Spooky' Candlelight Ghost Tour with a Paranormal Investigator

Thursday, October 28, 2021
Merchant's House Museum, Manhattan

Word To The People Theater Co. Presents: A Reading of Shakespeare's Macbeth | Adapted by Gavin Witt

Friday, October 29, 2021
Almira Kennedy Coursey Amphitheatre (in Herbert Von King Park), Brooklyn

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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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