You can't mention the best parks in New York City without first mentioning Central Park, likely the most famous urban park in America.  Central Park is a place where locals and visitors alike can enjoy a first date, some recreation with their kids, or a some live music in the summer. On the east side of Central Park is the Metropolitan Museum of Art, a fascinating place that takes an entire day to explore and a great place to introduce kids to great art.

Popular summer activities in New York City include walking tours highlighting the historic architecture and landmarks of the city. A ride on the great circle boat tour of Manhattan island is one of the top things to do in New York City as well. Another popular destination is the historic Coney Island Park, which has a new ferris wheel. Other great parks in New York City include Madison Square Park in Midtown Manhattan, which offers a kids concert series plus the Big Apple Barbecue Block Party every June.

Bryant Park, also in Midtown, is built in a French Classical Style, and is a favorite for picnics and bird-watching tours.

If you're looking for a bit of history, visit Battery Park at the south end of Lower Manhattan, and board a boat to Liberty Island, the site of the famous Statue of Liberty. Also leaving from the Battery Park docks is the Staten Island Ferry, an inexpensive way for families to enjoy a tour of New York Harbor.

New York City parks are as diverse and different as they are beautiful.  Whichever you choose, you can be assured you'll get a healthy dose of New York City beauty and history when enjoying these parks.