No trip to New York would be complete without taking the time to spend a day in Riverside Park. One of the most beautiful sites in the city, Riverside is used by runners, walkers and bikers as a safe place to exercise while being surrounded by some of nature’s best scenery. Photographers and artists come for both inspiration and motivation, while pet owners come in droves to enjoy the many miles of dog trails. But Riverside is more than just a park. It is a cultural, historical and social center offering a little bit of something for everyone. Here are just a few of the highlights:
For history lovers and architectural enthusiasts, Grant’s Tomb is a must see sight for anyone planning to get though Riverside Park in a day. One of the most important men in history, Ulysses S. Grant went from being a participant in the Mexican-American War to the celebrated Civil War general who defeated the South no less than 5 times, to finally becoming America’s 18th President. His tomb, magnificent in scope and size, is one of the most photographed areas in Riverside Park.
Joan of Arc Statue
Want a bit of France in your Manhattan? Continue your walk to the area near West 92nd and 93rd Streets. There you’ll find a gift from New York’s Parisian friends in the form of a statue of Joan of Arc, the Hero of Orleans. This statue is in a well shaded spot, a perfect place to take a break for a quick picnic.
79th Street Boat Basin and the Hudson River
One of the best things about Riverside is that not everyone arrives the same way. It’s location on the Hudson River allows visitors to come up by boat as easily as any other mode of transportation. The 79th Street Boat Basin is more than just a place for boat owners though, it’s also a place for boat lovers. From a hill close by, spectators can watch a parade of sails on any given day.
This is just a small sampling of what Riverside Park (http://www.nycgovparks.org) has to offer. With a skate park, several flowering graders, playgrounds and monuments, there really is something for everyone to enjoy. So take a day and enjoy one of the city’s hidden treasures.