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Covering 250 acres (101 hectares), the New York Botanical Garden is a blend of rocks, waterfalls, hills, rivers, woods, ponds, plants, and of course, flowers. The property is beautiful and a National Landmark and includes an interactive area for children. The restored Enid A. Haupt Conservatory is a Victorian-era greenhouse. Don't forget to visit the Shop in the Garden - a store which offers a wide range of goods, from books and garden products to jewelry and body products. Admission prices are higher during peak season, so check the website for details. For those interested in fresh fruits and vegetables, the garden hosts a farmer's market from June through November each year.
If you long for some quiet from the Manhattan crowds, then the 1,146 acres of Van Cortlandt Park is made for you. This is the third largest park in New York City, but one of the least well known. It is filled with playgrounds, fields, picnic areas, a lake, and the Van Cortlandt House Museum. There is also a swimming pool, horseback riding and stables, a golf course, cross-country skiing trails, tennis courts, two nature trails and a bird sanctuary. Admission is free.
The Cloisters is the medieval outpost of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Overlooking the Hudson River, it is a deeply relaxing and spiritual place. The interlocking cloisters are faithful reconstructions of five French monasteries. They were erected between 1934 and 1938 on a site offered by John D. Rockefeller Jr. The museum here is devoted to medieval architecture and European art. The gardens are as beautiful as the chapels and cloisters.
Located in Washington Heights, Fort Tryon Park and its 67 acres (27.11 hectares) of land are home to some of the best views in The Bronx, as well as a number of other worthy tourist attractions. Featuring one of the highest points in the city, Fort Tryon Park offers stunning views of the Hudson River, George Washington Bridge, and other magnificent vistas. Highlights of the park include the Alpine Garden and Heather Garden, as well as the full-service restaurant, New Leaf Cafe. Perhaps the most popular attraction of the park is The Cloisters, the medieval branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The park also contains two playgrounds and a gazebo, and visitors are welcome to picnic, run, or ride bikes through the park.
The Little Red Lighthouse, also called Jeffrey's Hook, was a serving lighthouse until the George Washington Bridge was built. It served from 1880 to 1917 at Sandy Hook, New Jersey and then here at Jeffrey's Hook from 1921 to 1947. A part of the City Park Department, the Urban Park Rangers conduct tours of the lighthouse and includes food, reading the story called Little Red Lighthouse by Hildegarde Swift and the Great Gray Bridge by Lynd Ward and also take you to see pictures. The lighthouse stands on the point called Jeffrey's hook and close to the eastern pier of the bridge.
Offering expansive views of the East River, the Barretto Point Park provides the perfect opportunity for an eventful day with the family. This Bronx park features a large swimming pool fashioned out of a remodeled barge, a lovely amphitheater, rolling grass spaces facing the Barretto Bay and a pier that can be visited if you wish to cast a fishing line. Those who seek to venture around the park can take a canoe or kayak out onto the river. For families that wish to picnic and relax can pick a spot on the grass and see the day go by.
Located off of St. Nicholas Avenue in Washington Heights between 160th and 161st Streets visitors will find the architectural gem of Sylvan Terrace. Originally built in the late 19th Century, these row houses were made as an entrance street to the elegant Morris-Jumel Mansion. The wooden houses and cobblestone street were restored after falling into disrepair over time, however in the 1970s, community benefactors as well as the city started improvements to the area. Today, with all the houses restored to the original glory, the street has once again become one of the most quaint spaces in New York.
Located on 28 acres of beautiful gardens and woodlands, this non-profit cultural institution overlooks the Hudson River. Wave Hill is dedicated to exploring the interaction between human beings and the natural environment. It maintains four historic buildings and five greenhouses and has won many awards for its gardens. Its Arts Program presents the work of contemporary artists and landscape professionals. Partake in educational, horticultural and art programs that are held at the cultural center from time to time. Come enjoy the feast of nature in its own arms.