Nelson A. Rockefeller Park NYC

There are tons of beautiful parks throughout New York City, but one of my absolute favorites is Nelson A. Rockefeller Park located in Battery Park City. The park pretty much has it all, stellar views of the Hudson River and Statue of Liberty, a waterfront promenade, a wide green lawn (open seasonally) for lounging or picnicking, a large fenced-in playground with swings, a duck pond, a basketball court, and public restrooms (located across the street in the Solaire). The kiddos can also enjoy renting games and equipment from the park’s clubhouse on a seasonal basis. As a nearby resident, I openly admit to being biased, but can you blame me with stats like that?


Rockefeller Park is a true neighborhood gem, but it isn’t without faults. If you plan to visit, here are a few things to keep in mind:

1. Rockefeller Park is a family-friendly destination swarming with children; if you are not planning to visit with children, this might not be the best place for you.

2. The playground is very busy, arrive early to avoid the crowds.

3. The park (BPC in general) can be very windy and has limited shade, come prepared!

4. Pet owners, dogs are not allowed on the lawn (strictly enforced).






Escape the hustle and bustle of NYC at Nelson A. Rockefeller Park, a true water-front oasis!


*This post is part of the Friday Postcards  at Walking on Travels! #fridaypostcards 

10 Responses to Nelson A. Rockefeller Park NYC

  1. malaysianmeanders April 19, 2014 at 5:53 am #

    I always like when a playground is fenced in. It’s so much easier to keep track of my 3 kids if I’m not worried about them running off in all directions. A place to play with a view of the Hudson and Statue of Liberty sounds wonderful.

  2. Anna Julien April 19, 2014 at 9:31 am #

    I completely agree, the fenced in feature is really nice! The park is really beautiful!

  3. © Keryn Means/ walking on travels April 21, 2014 at 1:26 am #

    Oh my gosh. I can just see Ty running back and forth, back and forth across those bridges. That kid has no fear. Meanwhile Dek would be in the the sandbox. And you really can’t beat that view!

    • Anna Julien April 22, 2014 at 2:18 pm #

      Your boys would love it!

  4. Mary {The World Is A Book} April 21, 2014 at 2:17 am #

    This looks like a wonderful park to spend some time with the kids. I love that playground. That view and the waterfront promenade would be enough for us to visit. I wish we knew about this park last year.

  5. Anna Julien April 22, 2014 at 2:19 pm #

    You’ll need to come back and visit!


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