Gantry Plaza State Park
49th Avenue and Center Boulevard, Long Island City, New York
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- Recommended for:
- Backpackers / Students, Couples, Families with teenagers, Families with younger children, Singles, Chilling out, Great views / scenery, Relaxation
Expert review of Gantry Plaza State Park
There are many places at which to enjoy a great view of Manhattan but one of the best is at Gantry Plaza State Park in Long Island City. In-the-know Manhattanites have been heading to this Queens park for years (either via subway or ferry) but most people don't even know it exists. More's the pity as it's a great place for a romantic summer stroll or an activity-laden day with the kids. The park has playgrounds, basketball courts, handball courts, game tables and fishing spots. I like to come here and relax on one of the many modern seats on the 12-acre site. The mist fountain shouldn't be missed and the vintage gantries-giant industrial cranes for which the park was named-should be admired. This is a great spot from which to see the Macy's fireworks display on Independence Day.
Free for everyone. Summer concerts are free as well.
More information on Gantry Plaza State Park:
- Price guide:
- National park / nature reserve, Park / garden
- 49th Avenue and Center Boulevard, Long Island City, New York
- Months open:
- All year round
- Opening times:
- Mon-Sun 8am-10pm