National Parks / Natural World in New York

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Riverside Park
(14 Miles)
Manhattan
Riverside Park Fund nurtures Riverside Park’s well-being, helps preserve its historic nature and leads the community in developing active stewardship. Founded in 1986 by a small group of community activists, today Riverside Park Fund is a strong no...
Fairmont
Once the site of a lumber and grist mill community, the scenic treasure of Valley Falls State Park is located only a short drive from Fairmont and Grafton. This 1,145 acre day use park hosts a variety of outdoor recreation including fishing, picnicki...
Manalapan
Offers miles of hiking and horseback riding trails, picnic areas, adventure playground, a restored Revolutionary War farmhouse and an interactive visitor center.
Yonkers
The Park’s 278-acres include a swimming pool complex, arboretum and 2 picnic areas. The remainder of the park is heavily wooded with a variety of hiking and mountain bike trails fairly well spread for all ability levels.
Scarsdale
33-acre nature preserve bursting with wildlife featuring trails, a pond and gardens, plus outdoor live animal display and indoor environmental education centre with public exhibit and program spaces.
Melville
The White Post Animal Farm provides year round fun for the whole family. The animal farm features many animals of all different species from around the world! The park also features Farmland Express Train Ride and The Animatronic Singing Chicken Sho...
Ringwood
Stunning gardens intersected with marked and multi use trails. Swimming, boating, canoeing and fishing are all permitted with boat rentals available.
Long Valley
Over a hundred bird species and wildlife such as black bear, woodchuck, deer and fox live in the park, which is a favorite place for wildlife spotters, anglers, hikers and picnickers. Even in the heat of midsummer, the temperature of Black River gorg...
New Canaan
The New Canaan Nature Center is a not-for-profit environmental education center and sanctuary dedicated to helping people of all ages better understand, appreciate and care for the world of nature.
Pennington
Enjoy the more than 10 miles of hiking trails, the wonder of the Kate Gorrie Butterfly House, and the exhibits and animals of the Buttinger Nature Center - plus get on mission with the science of water and understand what we can do to help!
Lebanon
Welcomes swimmers, boaters, fishermen, picnickers and campers to its scenic shore. Camping opportunities accessible by hike or boat. There are two playgrounds and volleyball nets on the beachfront.
Hewitt
A wonderland in winter and a restful backdrop for canoeists, boaters and fisherman year round, you may also swim, picnic and hike to your heart's content.
Bear Mountain
(48 Miles)
Tomkins Cove
Hike, bike and ski trails; zoo and museum; fishing and boat rentals; swimming and ice skating plus the famous Merry-Go-Round.
Stillwater Township
With a series of short trails ideal for young children featuring duck ponds and bird blinds, also suitable for walking, biking, roller blading and skate boarding. A playground and open playing fields are located near the picnic area.
North Easton
Activities on offer in this historically significant park include walking and horseback riding on woodland trails, fishing and canoeing in the ponds, or, in winter, ice-skating and sledding. Home to many kinds of dragonflies and damselflies in summer...
Ansonia
Boasting an outstanding adventure playscape for younger children, they also have a butterfly and hummingbird garden, plus two and one-half miles of nature trails and plenty more besides.
Tuckerton
A swimming lake also suitable for for boating and canoeing, wide open spaces for exploration and wildlife spotting and the Absegami trail is just the right size for families.
Hammonton
Throughout Wharton are rivers and streams for canoeing, hiking trails, miles of unpaved roads for mountain biking and horseback riding and numerous lakes, ponds and fields ideal for wildlife observation and a family exploration.
Modena
Plenty of features to keep under 10s happy from Tots' Trike Track and giant slide to mazes, apple launchers and sand mountain. Plus lots more.
Woodbury
Flanders Nature Center & Land Trust promotes the understanding and appreciation of nature, and supports the conservation, preservation and management of the natural resources. We offer a broad range of recreational and educational programs for the c...
Hamden
The entire family can enjoy of all sorts of outdoor adventures. Playground & Swings, hiking, sledding, Softball Fields, and an animal petting zoo.
Portland
Activities include Swimming, Wakeboarding, Cliff Jumping, Zip Lines, Rock Climbing, Land-based Obstacle Courses, Scuba Diving and Kayaking.
Pittsgrove
Fishing, boating and swimming in Parvin Lake, camping, hunting and Nature Interpretive Programs.
Wilmington
Although each of the parks in the Delaware State Park system has its own unique features, Fox Point State Park deserves something more than "unique" in its description. Perhaps the best word is "extraordinary."
Canton
We offer a year-round schedule of educational programs for all ages. These programs range from week-long summer experiences to our school-year Discovery Days series for students.
Ocean City
Extremely popular with families for for hiking, fishing, crabbing, boating and sunbathing, the park offers outstanding scenic beauty and endless opportunities for observing a multitude of migratory and residential wildlife.
Andover
Hunting, hiking, fishing, boating, mountain biking, birding, and horseback riding are popular activities here, plus cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing seasonally.
Newark
The Nature Center at the park hosts fun and interesting public programs, and visitors can enjoy summer outdoor activities such as hiking, fishing, birdwatching, disc golf or a family barbecue. Sledding and cross-country skiing are among the many wint...
Newark
The lush greenery and sparkling streams of White Clay Creek State Park offer a refreshing change of pace from the encroaching urban development of New Castle County.
Cape May
The County Park area has picnic tables, kids playgrounds, biking paths and fishing areas. The Zoo has about 550 different types of birds, reptiles and mammals.
Bear
Lums Pond State Park is built around the largest freshwater pond in Delaware. The park features excellent fishing, sports facilities, hiking trails and more on its 1790 acres on the north side of the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal.
Mystic
We are a combination wildlife sanctuary, visitor attraction and educational facility. The Center features all-new exhibits highlighting the habitats and wildlife of southeastern Connecticut, as well as eight miles of trails that wind through a beauti...
Westerly
One of the state\'s most popular beaches with over a half mile of beach front. There are also many local attractions for children. This modern pavilion includes many new concepts including rails, outside showers, tower and composting toilets.
Asford
The Orchard offers Guided Orchard Walking Tours and Adopt-A-Tree by Appointment.Pick Your Own apples, peaches and blueberries. See the bee hive, sheep, chickens and horses on your way for a family hike. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy by the pond!
Charlestown
This very popular state recreation area offers 50 fireplaces, toilets, drinking water, a swimming beach and a nearby DEM boat launch for boating and fishing.
Benton
Take the Falls Trail and explore the Glens, which boasts a series of wild, free-flowing waterfalls, each cascading through rock-strewn clefts in this ancient hillside. A classic family hike with a fairytale edge!
Narragansett
acilities and Activities include: Restrooms, Restrooms for the Disabled, Parking, Beach, Pavilion with Coin Operated Hot Showers, Playground, Picnic Tables, Concession and Swimming.
Felton
Natural and recreational opportunities abound at Killens Pond State Park, centrally located in the heart of Kent County.
Lewes
Cape Henlopen's beaches attract thousands of visitors who enjoy ocean swimming and sunbathing. Two designated swimming beaches provide lifeguard patrols between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day. Umbrellas can be rented during the summer. The northe...
Bainbridge
The Unadilla & Susquehanna Rivers offer the perfect outdoor adventure! Grab a paddle and a canoe and experience the great outdoors! A beautiful, fun-filled adventure for families or groups. Flat water to class II. Single, multi-day & camping/...
Milford
Features free interpretive exhibits, live native fish, amphibian, and reptile collection, extensive taxidermy collection, historic buildings, boardwalk and trails.
Glocester
Located within the 4000 acre George Washington Management Area, the 100 acre Pulaski Memorial Recreation Area is a "day use" facility offering users a multitude of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors.
Milton
A 143-acre refuge maintained by the Nature Conservatory along the banks of the Broadkill River. Features native flora and fauna, including rare plants and more than 100 bird species. Several distinct habitats represented, such as upland forest, tidal...
Jamestown
Beavertail State Park, located in Jamestown, Rhode Island, is known for offering some of the most beautiful vistas along the New England coastline.
Rehoboth Beach
This three-mile stretch of barrier island is a playground of sand, surf, and sun along Delaware's Atlantic coast.
Rehoboth Beach
Holts Landing is an undiscovered facet of the Diamond State's park system. The 203-acres area contains a variety of beautiful landscapes, from bay shore beach to grassy fields and hardwood forests. Historically, the shores of the inland bays were hom...
Jamestown
Fort Wetherill State Park, situated upon 100 foot high granite cliffs across the water from Fort Adams State Park, is a former coastal defense battery and training camp.
Newport
Situated at the mouth of the Newport Harbor, Fort Adams State Park offers an exceptional panoramic view of both Newport Harbor and the East Passage of Narragansett Bay.
Warwick
Goddard Park attracts thousands of visitors each year as Rhode Island's most popular Metropolitan Park.
North Adams
A former railroad yard, this urban park uses historical artifacts and exhibits to bring to life the controversial and danger-filled construction of the Hoosac Tunnel, one of the greatest engineering feats of the 19th century.

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