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New York Parks


 
Brooklyn Botanical Garden
1000 Washington Ave. (Eastern Pkwy.), Brooklyn, NY 11225
A 52-acre urban oasis with specialty gardens such as an authentic Japanese Hill and a Pond Garden. Over 13,000 plant varieties, the soaring Steinhardt Conservatory, children's programs, the Trail of Evolution, and a bonsai museum.
(718) 623-7200
www.bbg.org
Central Park
The largest park in the city sprawls from 59th Street to 110th between 5th Avenue and Centra Park West, Manhattan. Landscaped and recreational areas totaling 843 acres. Activities include horseback riding, skating rinks, zoos, boathouse, Belvedere Castle, theater, a Swedish cottage with marionnette theater, carousel, Strawberry Fields (the memorial to John Lennon at Central Park & 72nd Street), and open fields for picnics and play.
(212)360-3444
www.centralparknyc.org
New York Botanical Garden
Bronx River Pkwy at Fordham Road, Bronx.
The largest garden in the city offers the most diversity of flora and fauna in its 250 acres. Stunning specimens can be seen in the Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden with its 230 variety of roses and the Propagation Range featuring different orchids from Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and the Americas. The Enid A. Haupt Conservatory is a Victorian hothouse filled with tropical plants. The only original woodlands left in New York exist here on 40 acres. (718)817-8700
www.nybg.org
Pelham Bay Park
Country Club Rd. exit off Bruckner Expwy., Bronx
More than 2,700 acres for swimming, cycling, horseback riding, fishing, picnicking, and tennis.
(718) 430-1890
www.nycparks.com
Prospect Park
95 Prospect Park West
This 526-acre oasis, designed by Olmstead and Vaux, is considered America's best example of 19th-century romantic landscape design. In addition to its meadows and groves, it boasts the only U.S. urban Audubon Center, an historic carousel, Lefferts Homestead Children's Museum, pedal boating, ice-skating and NYC's last surviving forest.
(718) 965-8999
www.prospectpark.org
Prospect Park Audubon Center
95 Prospect Park West
An Italian Renaissance-style architectural gem built in 1905. Newly-restored and opened in April 2002. The Audubon Center was built to inspire children, families and adults to discover the secrets of nature in the park. Designated an "important bird area" by Audubon New York, Prospect Park has long been an avian refuge and important stopover for migratory birds.
(718) 287-3400
www.prospectparkaudubon.org
  Queens Botanical Garden
43-50 Main Street (between Dahlia & Elder Avenues)
Queens 11355
The Queens Botanical Garden was opened in 1948 and remains the only source of horticultural and botanical information in the nation's most ethnically diverse county. Its 39 acres include bird, bee, rose, perennial, and backyard gardens, a compost home demonstration site, a Wedding Garden, pinetum, and arboretum with pedestrian access to Flushing Meadows-Corona Park.
(718) 886-3800
www.queensbotanical.org
 
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