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Neighborhood Play Guide: Eight Hours in Tribeca

June 22

Your Park’s southernmost neighborhood is a wonderland of activity and relaxation – the perfect place to plan a fun-filled summer day! Hours of play, riverfront exploration and delicious eats await, providing a perfect travel-free escape for the local Park fan and an enticing destination for all.

Start with a Scenic Stroll

Arrive in the morning and watch our esplanade come to life! Cross at Canal Street and savor that river breeze as you watch joggers bound along Pier 34’s southern path toward one of the Holland Tunnel’s iconic ventilation shafts. Head south along our esplanade to admire our Tribeca viewing gardens. With colorful crescent-shaped gardens arrayed before inviting lawns, these displays are some of our Park’s most photogenic.

Once you reach Watts Street, try a new path: our Tribeca Boardwalk offers a journey through ornamental grasses and flowers, and an ideal vantage for admiring our three Serpentine Structures, whose form echo the estuarine environment of the Hudson River at their side. When you reemerge onto our esplanade, peek in at our popular Tribeca Dog Park, where little dogs and big dogs each have a space to play.

Brunch with a View

Once you’ve worked up an appetite, City Vineyard has you covered at Pier 26. Delicious seasonal menus and a fantastic wine list make this new restaurant a popular destination. Whether you’re enjoying the large roof deck or dining in the window-walled interior, riverfront views feature the sparkling Hudson and the Lower Manhattan skyline. And who doesn’t love a scenic brunch?

Playgrounds for all ages

Now that you’re fueled up, it’s time to play, so head over to Pier 25 – our Park’s longest pier is packed with exciting activities for all ages. Kids in tow? They’ll love climbing, swinging and splashing through one of our most popular play areas – named one of the best in the city by Time Out New York. Get competitive with a round of mini-golf with Manhattan Youth, check out the action on our beach volleyball courts, or get a game of your own going on our turf field – just a few ways to play on this pier.

Get on the Water

And when you’re ready to cool off, get onto the Hudson River! Hop aboard and explore the historic LILAC, the last surviving steam-propelled lighthouse tender in America, or head back over to Downtown Boathouse at Pier 26 for free kayaking!  For those looking to sail, Atlantic Yachting offers lessons for all levels.

Just be sure to keep your sea legs, because there’s no better way to cap off a long day of play on a pier than with a dockside celebration. Head to the edge of Pier 25 to board Grand Banks. This historic wooden schooner turned stylish oyster bar serves fantastic cocktails and fresh seasonal fare, and it’s a great place to cap off a busy day of exploration and play.

With so many ways to play and beautiful spaces to relax and enjoy, we couldn’t capture all of our Tribeca favorites in one day, so keep exploring, and be sure to check our events calendar, too! We’ll be back soon to help you make the most our Park’s other unique neighborhoods.