New York is often referred to as the business capital of US. However, amidst the hustles and bustles are some great Nature spots that may contradict the perception of people about this city. There are more than 5 beautiful nature spots in New York that are suitable for individual and family visits.
1. Planting Field Arboretum State Park
Planting Field Arboretum lies between Locust Valley and Oyster Bay in New York. Formerly, it was Gold Coast estate and covers 400 acres of nature walks, woodlands, gardens and rolling lawns. Main Greenhouse, Camellia Greenhouse and Coe Hall are some of the major attractions in the park. The largest collection of camellias and vast collections of succulents, orchids and hibiscus are displayed at this beautiful nature spot in New York.
2. Rosamond Gifford Zoo
Rosamond Gifford Zoo is at Burnet Park in Syracuse. Onondaga County Parks owns and operates the 43 acres of expanse of the beautiful nature spot in New York with 700 animals in it. African lions, Amur tigers, Asian elephants and Humboldt penguins can all be seen at the zoo. There is a Jungle Cafe, a gift shop, banquet/meeting space and education centre within the perimeter of the zoo. Rosamond Gifford Zoo is a member of AZA since 1987.
3. Stuyvesant Cove Park
The 1.9-acre land on the East borough of Manhattan is Stuyvesant Cove Park. It stretches between East River and FDR Drive. Support and development of the park as the environmental centre along East River is the mission of Stuyvesant Cove Park Association. This beautiful nature spot in New York is a waterfront attraction for both children and adults which provides environmental education to its visitors. It was designed by landscape architecture Donna Walcavage and was opened in 2002.
4. Tifft Nature Preserve
Tifft Nature Preserve is 264 acres of beautiful nature spot in New York which is dedicated to environmental education and conservation in the state. It is most loved for some of its features such as the 5-mile nature trail, 3 boardwalks, Important Bird Area for outstanding bird watching, Lake Kristy for fishing, cross-country skiing and the opportunity to observe local wildlife in their natural habitats. The transformation of the area into a nature site began in 1970 and Tiff Nature Preserve was officially opened 2 years later in 1972.
5. Van Cortlandt Park
Van Cortlandt Park is in Bronx in New York City. It is the 4th largest park in the city and occupies expanse of 1,146 acres with valleys and ridges of Northwest Bronx included in it. The park was opened in late 19th century and is popular as the site of 1st public golf course in the US, largest freshwater lake in the borough and the oldest in Bronx. The park is named after Stephanus Van Cortlandt of Van Cortland Family.