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Carl Schurz Park and Gracie Mansion


Over the weekend I took my family to a New York neighborhood park for a spendid Saturday afternoon. Our objective was to go somewhere we have not been to. Though I have visited this park once before, my wife and daughter have never visited. There are a number of activities you can enjoy at this park, most of them are relaxing of course. So if you would like to enjoy a relaxing afternoon on a sunny day, perhaps you too can enjoy your time at Carl Schurz Park. Here is the official site for Carl Schurz Park.

The park entrance is located at East End Avenue and 86th Street in Manhattan, New York City. The park is also home to Gracie Mansion, home to NYC's mayor. This is a link to NYC's history of Gracie Mansion. You can reach it via the M86 bus and walk one block toward the river and park. Activities you can partake at the park include: sunbathing on the lawn, river side stroll, jogging, walking, biking, playground for kids and a dog park. We went for a stroll along the river, watching boats go by and having a great view of the northern tip of Roosevelt Island and its light house.

The playground in this park is great for young children and toddlers. On this early Fall afternoon, with great weather and the temperature in the low seventies, its a great day to be out in the park. I relaxed by a bench while my wife accompanied our daughter on the playground. After some time, my daughter settled in the sand box and remained there for the remainder of our visit. Activities at the playground include: monkey bars, swings, slides, towers to climb, pigeons to chase, build a sand castle and any other childhood sports you can think of.

If you have a low budget and would like to do something for a Saturday afternoon, why not visit this park? The only cost I incurred was for travel and any snacks we wanted. Pack a picnic and all you have to pay is transportation costs.

Have you been to Carl Schurz Park? What did you most enjoy at this park? Would you like to see more suggestions? Check out my other posts on NYC parks.

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