Gantry Plaza State Park

Address: 49th Avenue and Center Boulevard, Long Island City, United States
Telephone: 718-786-6385

- Free


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.

Value for money

Price advice

 Free for everyone. Summer concerts are free as well.

Expert tips

Recommended for

  • Backpackers / Students
  • Couples
  • Families with teenagers
  • Families with younger children
  • Singles
  • Great views / scenery
  • Relaxation
  • Chilling out