Gantry Plaza State Park

Price guide: Free

49th Avenue and Center Boulevard, Long Island City, New York

Price guide: Free

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expert-rated things to do in New York City
Expert overall rating:4.5 out of 5
Value for money:
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

A fun-filled park with outstanding views of Midtown Manhattan.

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.

Price advice: 

 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

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