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Riverside Park

New York City, New York Co.

female cardinal, bay seal, baltimore oriole

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Riverside Park is Manhattan's most spectacular waterfront park, stretching four miles from 72nd to 158th Streets along the Hudson River. Since 1875, the landscapes of Frederick Law Olmsted have offered escape from the city and opportunities for people of all incomes to relax, play and socialize in tranquil settings.

Wildlife to Watch

Where to Watch

  • Wooden Docks at the 79th Street Boat Basin provide wonderful locations for waterfowl and the occasional seal to catch some sun
  • Bird Sanctuary between 116th and 125th Street is a great location to spot birds in a more natural forested landscape
  • Open lawns
  • Newly restored plant hillside to attract pollinators

Recreational Opportunities

  • Fishing
  • Kayak/Canoe Launch Sites
  • Hiking Trail
  • Bird and Wildlife Lookouts
  • Bicycling
  • Sports Related Activities

Accessible Features

International Symbol of AccessibilityThis New York City Department of Parks and Recreation site has accessible features that include restrooms and playgrounds. A full list of DEC's accessible recreation destinations is available on the DEC website.


222 Acres

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Contact Information

Address: 72nd Street to 158th Street along the Hudson River

Telephone: (212) 408-0264

Website: Riverside Park (This link leaves DEC's website)