Fodor's Expert Review Riverside Park

Upper West Side Park/Playground
Free

Surrounded by the culture and concrete of the Upper West Side, you might not realize that there is an expansive green space running along the Hudson River just blocks away. Riverside Park dishes out a dose of tranquility from 72nd to 158th Street, as does the park's south extension, from about 59th to 72nd Street, still a work in progress. The original sections of Riverside Park, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux of Central Park fame and laid out between 1873 and 1888, have a waterfront bike and walking path.

There are several access points to the park, including one at West 72nd Street and Riverside Drive (look for the statue of Eleanor Roosevelt), where you reach the waterfront path by an underpass. You can then head north along the Hudson River, past the 79th Street Boat Basin. Above it, a ramp leads to the Rotunda, home in warmer months to the seasonal Boat Basin Café, a dog-friendly open-air café that serves lunch and dinner. The 91st Street Garden is a... READ MORE

Surrounded by the culture and concrete of the Upper West Side, you might not realize that there is an expansive green space running along the Hudson River just blocks away. Riverside Park dishes out a dose of tranquility from 72nd to 158th Street, as does the park's south extension, from about 59th to 72nd Street, still a work in progress. The original sections of Riverside Park, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux of Central Park fame and laid out between 1873 and 1888, have a waterfront bike and walking path.

There are several access points to the park, including one at West 72nd Street and Riverside Drive (look for the statue of Eleanor Roosevelt), where you reach the waterfront path by an underpass. You can then head north along the Hudson River, past the 79th Street Boat Basin. Above it, a ramp leads to the Rotunda, home in warmer months to the seasonal Boat Basin Café, a dog-friendly open-air café that serves lunch and dinner. The 91st Street Garden is a level up from the water: leave the riverside path near 92nd Street by taking another underpass and then heading up the path on the right.

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Park/Playground Green Romantic Views Pet Friendly Family Free

Quick Facts

From 59th to 158th St.
New York, New York  10024, USA

www.nycgovparks.org/parks/riversidepark

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