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East River State Park

New York City Metro Area, New York

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  • The park's main entrance on Kent Avenue.- East River State Park
  • The park is a mixture of lawn, plantings and wide pathways.- East River State Park
  • There are several picnic tables and signs indicating free Wi-Fi in the park!- East River State Park
  • The interpretive signs tell the story of the park's past.- East River State Park
  • You'll find signs of life all over the park.- East River State Park
  • Walk to the water's edge to find a dramatic skyline view.- East River State Park
  • A small rocky area is perfect for exploration.- East River State Park
  • You never know what you're going to find in an urban park.- East River State Park
  • The creative wooden play structures are fun for kids of all ages.- East River State Park
  • This is the only train that comes to this park!- East River State Park
  • Flower gardens bring some natural beauty to the city.- East River State Park
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Pros: 
Riverfront views. Food vendors on the weekend.
Cons: 
Feels a bit run-down. Lack of parking.
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Region:
New York City Metro Area, NY
Congestion: 
High
Pets allowed: 
No
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
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Adventure Description

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Once a shipping dock and now a neighborhood park, East River State Park is a surprising find in north Brooklyn. This is not your typical state park with lots of greenery, trails, and quiet spaces. Instead, this park is quietly recovering from its industrial past. Small trees and a few flower gardens make up most of the nature you'll find in this park. Picnic tables line a broad walkway where people sit with their laptops and take advantage of the (weak, but free) Wi-Fi. Long, concrete slabs and pieces of railway remain in the park as a reminder of how far this place has come.

The highlight of East River State Park is the small stretch of waterfront it protects. A narrow, sandy beach displays an equal number of bird tracks and human footprints. Piles of boulders along the shoreline harbor numerous aquatic creatures and seaweed. People pile up on the beach wall to capture pictures of sunset and the Manhattan skyline. 

For kids, there's a variety of wooden play structures that foster creative play. They are a far cry from the plastic and coated metal playgrounds common in most city parks today. The beautiful wooden train, wobbly bridge and spring-supported platforms are even fun for adults to play on.

On weekends, the park hosts a food market called Smorgasburg. Wander through the park between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. to feast on foods and beverages from over 75 vendors. In addition, there are several events held in the park throughout the year. Check the events calendar to see what's coming up.

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