As you undoubtedly know, playgrounds in New York City have been closed for several months, in an effort to keep everyone healthy and safe during COVID-19. But the long wait is over! NYC playgrounds are now open in every borough—although of course you should still practice social distancing, wear masks, and carry lots of hand sanitizer! We’ve rounded up all of our intel on the best NYC parks and playground for kids here—Manhattan playgrounds, Brooklyn playgrounds, playgrounds for toddlers, shady playgrounds and more. Pack up some water, chalk and snacks and go play!

photo: Central Park Conservancy

Our Favorite Manhattan Playgrounds

From the tops in Central Park Playgrounds, to treasures in Battery Park, Hudson River Park, Washington Square, Union Square, Gramercy Park and beyond, here's where to play uptown, downtown and all over town. 

Click here to see our Manhattan playground picks!


The Best of Brooklyn Playgrounds

From Prospect Park to Brooklyn Bridge Park to Domino Park in Williamsburg, there are some impressive playgrounds in the borough of Brooklyn. But they're not all the same, by any means—check out playgrounds with giant structures to climb, shady spots to cool down, and spots for tots new to the playground scene. 

Click here to se our picks for the best playgrounds in Brooklyn! 

photo: Central Park Conservancy

For the Coolest NYC Playgrounds with Shade

Summer is in full swing, and sooner or later you're going to need a place to cool down. A shady playground is a welcome relief, and we've found NYC playgrounds with shade all over town. 

Click here for our favorite NYC playgrounds with shade here!

NYC Playgrounds for Toddlers

If you're just beginning to get the walking thing down, playing with the big kids can be a little rough. That's where a "Tot Lot", or a playground just for toddlers come in. (Bonus: many are in shady areas, too.) 

Pack up the diaper bag and head to one of our favorite playgrounds for toddlers here! 

NYC Playgrounds with Water

If you really need to cool down, a splash pad, or playground with a water feature is in order. 

Click here for our favorite NYC playgrounds where kids can get wet and wild! 

—Mimi O’Connor

feature image: Central Park Conservancy 


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