New York is a city of views. From the unreal panorama seen from the observation deck of the Empire State Building to the bridges and waterside parks that deliver the city and its reflection all at once, the Big Apple is a stunner from any angle. That said, there are some views that are worth seeking out, and what better NYC family activity than hunting down the best views at Battery Park. Located at the southern tip of Manhattan, this scenic green space offers views you’ll never forget. The Statue of Liberty on the horizon is the most prominent feature, so feel free to snap a few photos of the kids pretending to hold it in their little hands. But when you’re done, turn your head in any direction and discover something fascinating. From the towers of the Financial District to the Korean War Veterans Memorial to R.M. Fischer’s Rector Gate sculpture, you’ll encounter a million sites worth remembering. Bring along some art supplies and have everyone in the family paint something they see in the park, then eat a picnic lunch on the grass and share your perspectives. There’s plenty of inspiration from the natural world (the park is home to 34,000 plants, including London plane trees, sweet marjoram, and aromatic aster) as well as its urban backdrop—with powerful public art and inspiring architecture everywhere you look. Visit in the afternoon and experience the sublime site of the sun setting over New York harbor together. It’s more than words could ever describe.

Battery Park

Battery Pl New York NY 10004

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