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Riverside Tower Hotel

New York City Parks & Monuments

New York City is known for its many parks and historic monuments, many of which are conveniently located within walking distance from the Riverside Tower Hotel.

Many of our rooms look out onto the picturesque Riverside Park on the banks of the Hudson River and just steps from our front door, you can stroll through the world-famous Central Park.

There’s no shortage of things to do in New York City’s parks no matter what time of year you visit. Take in a summer concert, go ice-skating in the Winter or stroll through the famous Central Park Zoo. It’s the perfect way to relax surrounded by nature after a day of exploring the Concrete Jungle.

Central Park

You could spend a few days alone exploring the beauty of Central Park, one of the world’s most well-known and beloved parks. It’s over 800 acres of fun for everyone, with biking/running trails, a large lake and even a castle. Take a horse and carriage tour, ride the Central Park Carousel or take a stroll over one of many iconic bridges throughout the park. Don’t miss famous monuments like Alice in Wonderland & Balto, the Obelisk, and the Strawberry Fields memorial, located minutes from our hotel. After you’ve worked up an appetite, be sure to try one of NYC’s worst-kept secrets, the famous Shake Shack. They opened a location in the park right across the street from the American Museum of Natural History (in our backyard).

Other Manhattan Parks & Monuments

  • Riverside Park — Stretching over four miles along the Hudson River from 68th to 155th Street, we’re lucky enough to call this 323-acre park our front yard!
  • Bryant Park — Bryant Park is a scenic landmark that features a Parisian-inspired carousel, seasonal events (most of which are free) and an outdoor reading room at the foot of the iconic New York Public Library. It’s the perfect spot to rest after exploring the nearby sights.
  • Madison Square Park — Located in the heart of the Flatiron District, this park is surrounded by historic landmarks and features a children's play area, flowering plants, a restored 19th-century fountain and a contemporary reflecting pool.
  • Union Square Park — This three-square-block urban park is 3.6 miles away from our hotel and hosts an open-air farmer’s market four times a week, year-round.
  • Washington Square Park — Located in the heart of Greenwich Village, this historic park is characterized by its large, central fountain as well as its proximity to NYU and the Washington Arch.
  • Battery Park — This is the birthplace of New York, with sweeping views of the harbor, the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and Battery Park. It's definitely worth the six-mile journey to Manhattan’s southern tip.
  • New York Botanical Garden — Further away at 8.6 miles, the New York Botanical Garden is worth the trip with its 48 specialty gardens and plant collections as well as a 40-acre forest. It’s the largest Victorian conservatory in the United States.

Brooklyn Parks & Monuments

No trip to the Big Apple would be complete without hailing a cab or catching the train to Brooklyn. Travel over the iconic Brooklyn Bridge to New York City’s hippest up-and-coming neighborhood. Experience the jewel of Brooklyn, Prospect Park, and the Brooklyn Botanical Garden (visit their website for more information on free admission days). While you’re there, don’t forget to try a slice (or two) of some famous Brooklyn-style pizza. Check out this full guide for exploring the best of Brooklyn.

Book your visit today and make the most of your trip when you choose the Riverside Tower Hotel for the most affordable accommodations in the Manhattan area.