Hudson River Park is the backyard for New Yorkers living on the west side. Though always popular, it’s recently become a haven for locals cooped up in their small apartments following the city guidelines. As a result, this parkway has become the go-to spot for working out, first dates, birthday parties, and summertime activities.
The 4-mile park begins at Mooring Field and Pier 25 and continues north past the cruise terminals to Pier 99. Indoor establishments and attractions are still closed, but fortunately, there are plenty of fresh air options in this adult playground.
Food & Beverage
One of the most popular reasons for going to the Hudson River Park is to picnic. Lawns and green spaces are scattered throughout the park, as well as on the piers. Some have designated markers for where to sit, but for others, it’s a free-for-all. Blankets, picnic baskets, and music resonate on the weekends and nice evenings. Not to mention budget-friendly. For those wondering, it seems to be an unspoken rule that adult beverages are allowed!
The design, architecture, and gardens on the Hudson River Park are individually crafted, so there are new themes and designs to explore. Flowers add a burst of color and the vegetation covers up the sight and sounds of the West Side Highway.
The Hudson River Park is divided into a biking lane and a walking/running path surrounded by the lawn and piers. There are three dedicated Citi Bike stations in the park and several additional stations within 1-2 blocks of the path. It is nicely paved and a fantastic option for those who don’t feel comfortable biking in the streets. This is also the suggested path for rollerbladers and motorized scooters.
Sports and Activities
Running and biking are just the start. Three tennis courts, soccer fields, skateboarding parks, and multiple basketball courts are available for those who like to stay active. HITT and yoga classes are sometimes offered on Pier 45 but Pier 46 is where the serious muscle-building athletes hang out.
Though free kayaking is closed on Piers 26 and 96, Manhattan Kayak is open at Pier 84. Classes or rentals for kayaks and stand up paddleboards are available. It’s also the best way to see the Intrepid up close right now!
For something more unique, trapeze is in full swing at Pier 40. Since the classes are smaller, it’s the perfect time to work on your technique. Finally, the Golf Club is open at Chelsea Piers. Visitors can reserve a stall at the driving range or schedule a private lesson. Just don’t get distracted by the surrounding water views!
For the Kids
Children’s playgrounds have really improved in the past several years. A half jungle gym, and half water park, kids can cool off at four separate areas this summer. An 18 hole mini-golf course on Pier 25 will also keep the kids busy.
Pier 26’s Tide Deck is still under construction but will be an ecologically-focused area with a habitat walk and marshland. The most prominent new addition to the Hudson River Park is Little Island. Though it is not due to be complete until Spring 2021, the newest pier has already taken shape. The “floating park” is supported by concrete tulip-shaped columns. Perform in the Park will populate a diverse mix of programs, series, and experiences. We’ll be looking forward to this one!
Although RiverFlicks, summer programming, and other events have been canceled for the season, New Yorkers are determined to make the most of their time. Walking through Hudson River Park, you’ll spot unofficial salsa dancing at the pier, frisbee games across the lawns, and arm’s length cheers-ing with neighboring picnickers.