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Manhattan Greenway Trail

The Battery to Inwood Hill
  • 12.5 miles
  • 4 to 6 hours
  • 1 to 1 hour, 30 minutes
  • Dog-friendly
  • Paved

Trail Overview

This 12.5-mile trail section marks the beginning/end of the Empire State Trail, starting at the southern tip of Manhattan and running north on the Manhattan Greenway trail, along the west side of Manhattan. The Greenway is a paved, off-road trail, physically separated from vehicle traffic, through Battery Park City, the Hudson River Park, and Riverside Park. The trail is extremely popular with cyclists, walkers, and runners. Access is available from numerous city streets. A mix of on-street parking and paid parking garages are available, and the trail is accessible by the NYC subway and bus system. This popular trail segment provides stunning views of Manhattan and the Hudson River. The off-road Greenway Trail ends in NW Manhattan at Dyckman Street.

Cycling Directions

Cue sheets provide step by step navigation instructions for cycling the trail in both directions.

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Family Fun

Brooklyn Children's Museum

Founded in 1899 as the world’s first children’s museum, Brooklyn Children’s Museum (BCM) is New York City’s largest cultural institution designed especially for families. Proudly based in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, BCM serves 300,000 children and caregivers annually with exhibits and programs grounded in visual arts, music and performance, natural science, and world cultures.

Central Park Boat House

A haven for romantics and nature lovers, this understated icon offers rare tranquility within the ever-eclectic energy that defines Manhattan.

True to its name — rowboats drift about the adjacent lake, as they have for over 150 years.

  • Visit Site
  • Park Drive North, E 72nd St, New York, NY 10021
Central Park Zoo

The Central Park Zoo is part of an effort to save wildlife that began 120 years ago with the creation of the New York Zoological Society, an organization founded on science and hope which has since grown to become the Wildlife Conservation Society.

One World Observatory

Observatory located on floors 100-102 of One World Trade Center, with exhibits & restaurants.

Rockefeller Center

Rockefeller Center is home to a remarkable collection of art deco motifs and sculptures signifying man’s development in spirit, science, industry and more. Learn all about the Center’s most famous artworks—and how Rockefeller’s vision was ultimately realized.

  • Visit Site
  • 45 ROCKEFELLER PLAZA, New York, NY 10111

Outdoors

Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Brooklyn Botanic Garden is an urban botanic garden that connects people to the world of plants, fostering delight and curiosity while inspiring an appreciation and sense of stewardship of the environment.

  • Visit Site
  • 990 Washington Ave, Brooklyn, NY 10019
Central Park

Sprawling park with pedestrian paths & ballfields, plus a zoo, carousel, boat rentals & a reservoir.

Central Park Carousel

The Central Park Carousel, officially the Michael Friedsam Memorial Carousel, is a vintage carousel located in Central Park in Manhattan, New York City, at the southern end of the park, near East 65th Street. It is the fourth carousel on the site where it is located.

Empire State Building Experience

Located in the center of Midtown Manhattan, our 86th and 102nd floor observatories provide unforgettable 360° views of New York City and beyond. Whether you’re in town for a week or a day, no visit to NYC is complete without experiencing the top of the Empire State Building.

Staten Island Ferry

The Staten Island Ferry is one of the last remaining vestiges of an entire ferry system in New York City that transported people between Manhattan and its future boroughs long before any bridges were built.

  • Visit Site
  • 4 Whitehall Street, New York, NY 10004
The High Line

The High Line is both a nonprofit organization and a public park on the West Side of Manhattan. Through our work with communities on and off the High Line, we’re devoted to reimagining the role public spaces have in creating connected, healthy neighborhoods and cities.

The Vessel in Hudson Yards

The extraordinary centerpiece of Hudson Yards is its spiral staircase, a soaring new landmark meant to be climbed.

Comprised of 154 intricately interconnecting flights of stairs -- almost 2,500 individual steps and 80 landings -- the vertical climb offers remarkable views of the city, the river and beyond.

Top of the Rock Observation Deck

Top of the Rock ObserTop of the Rock Observation Deck is a can’t miss New York attraction. Seventy floors up, right in the heart of Rockefeller Center, you’ll experience the most breathtaking views in the city, with indoor and outdoor viewing decks that offer 360 degrees of the skyline. And, when you’re done, you’ll find yourself surrounded by the best shopping, dining, and entertainment in Midtown.

  • Visit Site
  • 30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10112
Washington Square Park

Washington Square Park has served various roles for its community throughout the years, adapting to meet its needs. Well-known for its arch, honoring George Washington, the man for whom the park is named, and its fountain, the arch's elder by 43 years and a popular meeting spot, Washington Square Park also houses several other monuments and facilities.

Art & Culture

Apollo Theater

Since opening its doors in 1914 and introducing the first Amateur Night contests in 1934, the Apollo has played a major role in the emergence of jazz, swing, bebop, R&B, gospel, blues, and soul — all quintessentially American music genres.

Carnegie Hall

Since it opened in 1891, Carnegie Hall has set the international standard for musical excellence as the aspirational destination for the world’s finest artists

Grand Central Terminal

Opened to the public on February 2, 1913, Grand Central is a world-famous landmark and transportation hub in Midtown Manhattan. Its rich history is a story of immense wealth and great engineering, but also of survival and rebirth.

It is an iconic train station known for its grand facade & main concourse, also offering shops & dining.

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Since it was founded in 1870, The Met has always aspired to be more than a treasury of rare and beautiful objects. Every day, art comes alive in the Museum's galleries and through its exhibitions and events, revealing both new ideas and unexpected connections across time and across cultures.

Museum of Modern Art - MoMA

The Museum of Modern Art is an art museum located in Midtown Manhattan, New York City, on 53rd Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues. It plays a major role in developing and collecting modern art, and is often identified as one of the largest and most influential museums of modern art in the world.

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, often referred to as The Guggenheim, is an art museum located at 1071 Fifth Avenue on the corner of East 89th Street in the Upper East Side neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City.

St. Patrick's Cathedral

The Cathedral of St. Patrick, also called St. Patrick's Cathedral, is a decorated neo-gothic Catholic cathedral on Manhattan in New York City, New York, United States, erected in 1879.

  • Visit Site
  • 5th Avenue between 50th/51st Streets, New York, NY 10022
The Met Cloisters

The Cloisters is a museum in Fort Tryon Park in Washington Heights, Manhattan, New York City, specializing in European medieval architecture, sculpture, and decorative arts, with a focus on the Romanesque and Gothic periods.

  • Visit Site
  • 99 Margaret Corbin Dr, New York, NY 10040
The Oculus

The Oculus is the main station house of what is now known as the World Trade Center Transportation Hub, a terminal on the Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH) system. At 800,000 square feet, this space features a mezzanine, retail space, and access to the station’s four underground platforms. In addition to this interior, the Oculus is known for its stark white, sculptural entryway. 

  • Church St, New York, NY 10006
The Shed

The Shed is a cultural center in Hudson Yards, Manhattan, New York City. Opened on April 5, 2019, the Shed commissions, produces, and presents a wide range of activities in performing arts, visual arts, and pop culture.

  • Visit Site
  • 545 W. 30th Street, New York, NY 10001
Times Square

Times Square is a major commercial intersection, tourist destination, entertainment center, and neighborhood in the Midtown Manhattan section of New York City, at the junction of Broadway and Seventh Avenue.

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  • 42nd Street & 8th Ave, New York, NY 10036
Whitney Museum of American Art

The Whitney Museum of American Art, known informally as the "Whitney", is an art museum in Manhattan. It was founded in 1930 by Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, a wealthy and prominent American socialite and art patron after whom it is named. The Whitney focuses on 20th- and 21st-century American art.

Food & Drink

Seaport District NYC

Strolling & shopping in a cluster of restored wharfside buildings, many from the early 1800s.

Historic

9/11 Memorial & Museum

The National September 11 Memorial & Museum is a memorial and museum in New York City commemorating the September 11, 2001 attacks, which killed 2,977 people, and the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, which killed six. 

African Burial Ground National Monument

African Burial Ground National Monument is a monument at Duane Street and African Burial Ground Way in the Civic Center section of Lower Manhattan, New York City. Its main building is the Ted Weiss Federal Building at 290 Broadway

Brooklyn Bridge

The Brooklyn Bridge is a hybrid cable-stayed/suspension bridge in New York City, spanning the East River between the boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn. Opened on May 24, 1883, the Brooklyn Bridge was the first fixed crossing across the East River.

  • Brooklyn Bridge, New York, NY, New York, NY 10038
Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration

The Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration is located in the Main Building of the former immigration station complex and tells the moving tales of the 12 million immigrants who entered America through the golden door of Ellis Island.

  • Visit Site
  • Statue of Liberty National Monument, New York, NY 10004
Federal Hall National Memorial

Federal Hall is a historic building at 26 Wall Street in the Financial District of Manhattan, New York City. The name refers to two structures on the site: a Federal style building completed in 1703, and the current Greek Revival-style building completed in 1842.

Fraunces Tavern Museum

Fraunces Tavern is a landmark museum and restaurant in New York City, situated at 54 Pearl Street at the corner of Broad Street. The location played a prominent role in history before, during and after the American Revolution, serving as a headquarters for George Washington, a venue for peace negotiations with the British, and housing federal offices in the Early Republic. 

General Grant National Memorial

Grant's Tomb, officially the General Grant National Memorial, is the final resting place of Ulysses S. Grant, 18th President of the United States, and his wife, Julia Grant. It is a classical domed mausoleum, located in the Morningside Heights neighborhood of Upper Manhattan in New York City.

  • Visit Site
  • W 122nd St & Riverside Dr, New York, NY 10027
Hamilton Grange

Hamilton Grange National Memorial, also known as The Grange or the Hamilton Grange Mansion, is a National Park Service site in St. Nicholas Park, Manhattan, New York City, that preserves the relocated home of U.S. Founding Father Alexander Hamilton. 

Intrepid Sea, Air, & Space Museum

The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is an American military and maritime history museum in New York City with a collection of museum ships. It is located at Pier 86 at 46th Street, along the Hudson River, in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood on the West Side of Manhattan.

  • Visit Site
  • Pier 86, W 46th St, New York, NY 10036
Museum at Eldridge Street Synagogue

The Eldridge Street Synagogue is a synagogue and National Historic Landmark in Chinatown, Manhattan, New York City. Built in 1887, it is one of the first synagogues erected in the United States by Eastern European Jews.

Stonewall National Monument

Stonewall National Monument is a 7.7-acre U.S. National Monument in the West Village neighborhood of Greenwich Village in Lower Manhattan, New York City.

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  • 38-64 Christopher St, New York, NY 10014
Tenement Museum

The Lower East Side Tenement Museum, located at 97 and 103 Orchard Street in the Lower East Side neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City, is a National Historic Site. The Museum's two historical tenement buildings were home to an estimated 15,000 people, from over 20 nations, between 1863 and 2011.

Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site

Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site is a recreated brownstone at 28 East 20th Street, between Broadway and Park Avenue South, in the Flatiron District of Manhattan, New York City. It is the birthplace and childhood home of 26th President of the United States Theodore Roosevelt.

Sports & Gaming

Madison Square Garden

Madison Square Garden, colloquially known as The Garden or in initials as MSG, is a multi-purpose indoor arena in New York City. Located in Midtown Manhattan between 7th and 8th Avenues from 31st to 33rd Streets, it is situated atop Pennsylvania Station.

  • Visit Site
  • 4 Pennsylvania Plaza, New York, NY 10001
Yankee Stadium

Yankee Stadium is a baseball park located in Concourse, Bronx, New York City. It is the home field for the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball, and New York City FC of Major League Soccer. The $2.3 billion stadium, built with $1.2 billion in public subsidies, replaced the original Yankee Stadium in 2009.

Train Stations

New York Penn Station

Major city & interstate rail-transit hub beneath Madison Square Garden, with restaurants & shops.