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.
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.
Garibaldi Plaza (in Washington Square Park), Manhattan
Dance Room (in Chelsea Recreation Center), Manhattan
Frisbee Hill (in Central Park), Manhattan
Williamsbridge Oval Recreation Center (in Williamsbridge Oval), Bronx