Lesser Known Parks on the Upper West Side

Lesser Known Parks on the Upper West Side

When the topic of parks on the Upper West Side comes up, people generally have two immediate reactions – Central Park and Riverside Park. If you’re looking to branch out and find a new quiet spot in the bustle of the city, however, there are a number of lesser known parks on the Upper West Side that can provide just as much comfort and peace.

Theodore Roosevelt Park

Located on Columbus Ave. between 79th and 81st Streets, Theodore Roosevelt Park surrounds the American Museum of Natural History and kicks off our list of lesser known parks on the Upper West Side. The park is very well landscaped with tall trees, flower beds and a wonderful view of the museum.

If you’re looking for the more quiet areas of the park, move around to the sides of the park away from the museum’s main entrance. The park also features a couple of dog runs – one for small dogs and one for larger dogs. Theodore Roosevelt Park tends to be a bit more tranquil than its giant next door neighbor – Central Park.

This is a great place to take the kids, gather your thoughts and escape from the busy New York City environment.

For more information and directions, visit NYCGovParks.org.

Parks on the Upper West Side

Parks on the Upper West Side

Parks on the Upper West Side

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Mike is a native Upper West Sider. He's lived in the Lincoln Center area, Morningside Heights, and pretty much everywhere in between. You can frequently find him eating through the many great restaurants on the Upper West Side or awkwardly taking iPhone photos for @ilovetheupperwestside.
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